23 11, 2016

Ann Miller, Educational Advocate

2016-12-23T16:25:37+00:00

Ann Miller joined Susan Luger Associates in August, 2015. She received her MS/Ed. at Yeshiva University and did post graduate work in testing and evaluation at Columbia University.

Ann spent 26 years at the Stephen Gaynor School in Manhattan as a teacher, the Assistant Director, a Co-Director of the Lower School, and a Co-Director of Admissions Applications.

She also spent 9 years teaching special education in the New York City Public Schools. Ann holds her New State License in both elementary education and special education and was honored to be listed in the 2004 edition of “Who’s Who of American Teachers”

Her own personal history led to Ann’s passion for attempting to create a sense of fairness for special needs children and their families. Her desire to equalize the playing field continually fuels her work. “As identification of children with learning issues continues to grow, so does the need to ensure that every child gets the education he/she needs to flourish. It is vital that this goal be met, therefore the support of families with special needs children is an on-going mission.”

Ann Miller, Educational Advocate2016-12-23T16:25:37+00:00
22 11, 2016

Rhoda Geller, Educational Advocate

2016-12-23T16:24:26+00:00

As a member of Susan Luger Associates, Rhoda Geller brings over 17 years of special education advocacy experience to the table. Rhoda has focused her career on establishing partnerships with families while providing them with the knowledge and comfort level needed throughout the special education process.

Rhoda’s educational background and training as a math teacher, experience as a math tutor, for both special and general education students, and her training in the Wilson Reading Program, all bring an added dimension to her ability to support our families. Having run her own college counseling business, Rhoda has a clear understanding as to what students need to do while in junior and senior high school as well as during their college years.

Whether accompanying parents to CSE Meetings or advising families on the next steps of a case, Rhoda’s unique combination of skills provides parents with the support and guidance they need. We are pleased that in addition to handling New York cases, Rhoda is part of our New Jersey cohort that handles cases in New Jersey.

Rhoda has a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Brooklyn College and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, with a minor in Education, from Richmond College.

Rhoda Geller, Educational Advocate2016-12-23T16:24:26+00:00
22 11, 2016

Desiree Keane, Educational Advocate

2016-12-22T21:25:56+00:00

Desiree Keane came to SLA with 15 years of experience teaching students with a vast range of special needs. She earned Master’s Degrees in Both Special and General Education and holds a Specialized Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been a Graduate Professor at Manhattanville College, preparing future special education teachers with IDEA laws and the most current teaching methodologies.

Desiree’s philosophy is to empower parents with the ability to make sound decisions regarding their child’s education. her commitment to advocacy is also personally driven, as she had advocated for family members and dear friends who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Speech and Language Impairments. She is sensitive to parents’ concerns and committed to ensuring the most proper placements and support services.

As a teacher, Desiree had years of experience writing IEP’s, attending CSE meetings, and working closely with school psychologists, speech & language/occupational therapists and many other support services. She is familiar with modified curriculum, alternative assessments, testing accommodations and appropriate placements. Desiree supports the importance of deadlines and proper documentation and joins Susan luger Associates with your child’s education and best interests in mind.

Desiree Keane, Educational Advocate2016-12-22T21:25:56+00:00
22 11, 2016

Lois Siegler, Educational Advocate

2016-12-26T18:36:16+00:00

Prior to joining Susan Luger Associates, Lois was employed as a special education advocate in New York City. During this time Lois accompanied parents to CSE meetings. She has accompanied parents to visit and evaluate CSE recommended programs. Lois has assisted parents through the special education process.She was always available to answer parent questions and address their concerns.

Lois worked for the NYC Department of Education for over thirty years. She taught middle school students enrolled in general education and special education classes. Lois became an education evaluator in various schools in District 2 in Manhattan. She assessed students in public and private school in order to determine their educational needs.

The last five years of Lois’s career at the Department of Education were as a special education teacher on the special assessment team at the Committee on Special Education. She worked with a multi- disciplinary team of clinicians, parents and private school personnel in order to create IEP’s and make educationally appropriate recommendations for students with special needs.

Lois earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the State University College at New Paltz and a Masters of Science degree at Richmond College. She is New York State certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. Lois is excited to bring her years of experience helping parents through the special education process in order to obtain appropriate educational services for their children to the team of Susan Luger Associates.

Lois Siegler, Educational Advocate2016-12-26T18:36:16+00:00
22 11, 2016

Jeanne Stone, Educational Advocate

2016-11-22T22:57:48+00:00

Jeanne Stone has been advocating for children for over twenty-five years. As a licensed school psychologist and speech pathologist, she has provided services for students in both public and private school settings, conducted numerous evaluations and worked with all age students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.

She has received extensive New York State training in the CSE process and is a recognized leader in conducting and chairing meetings as well as other related special education services. Her goal has been and remains, “Always working to do what is best for children and their special needs. We need to ensure a level playing field for all students.” Jeanne has attended years of special education law conferences and seminars, has presented on a variety of special education topics and has consulted on a number of difficult of cases where she was instrumental in collaborative decision making.

Jeanne has established and directed early childhood centers with a variety of special needs students, she has created collaborative settings for children with autism, she has served in public school settings as a district chairperson, coordinating services between regular and special education, which when combined with her speech and psychological background offers parents and children a complete range of special services.

“I want to spend this time in my career insuring that children receive the best possible services they are entitled to, so they can fulfill their potential.” Jeanne is excited to be part of Susan Luger Associates, dedicated to these same goals.

Jeanne Stone, Educational Advocate2016-11-22T22:57:48+00:00
22 11, 2016

Rita Ashdale, Educational Advocate

2019-08-19T17:15:09+00:00

Rita Ashdale is a professionally trained Special Education Advocate and parent of a son with learning disabilities. Since 2011, she has worked for private clients in both New York and Massachusetts and is thrilled to join Susan Luger Associates. She earned a Certification in Special Education Advocacy from William and Mary Law School, PELE Institute in Special Education Advocacy and Wrightslaw in Williamsburg, VA.

She also completed full advocacy training with NSEAI, National Special Education Advocacy Institute, of Wayne, PA. Rita has trained extensively with the Landmark Outreach Teacher Development Program at Landmark School in Prides Crossing, MA, which specializes in teaching students with language-based learning disabilities using scientific research-based methodologies.

Rita earned 196 Professional Development Points in Special Education, General Education and Administration for Reading Comprehension, Writing, Study Skills, Executive Functioning and Special Education Law. When she was young and fair, Rita completed four years at Boston University’s College for the Arts majoring Theatre Arts and Acting. Rita is passionate about helping parents to successfully navigate the treacherous waters of special education.

Rita Ashdale, Educational Advocate2019-08-19T17:15:09+00:00
14 11, 2016

Ellen Roth, Educational Advocate

2017-01-16T20:46:10+00:00

Ellen’s primary focus is providing support for the litigation process through the drafting of essential documents. Ellen’s preparation of requests for impartial hearings and related documents is aimed at maximizing our clients’ chances of settlement or prevailing at a hearing.

Prior to joining Susan Luger Associates, she was employed in a similar capacity in the offices of a special education attorney in New York City. Ellen has spent most of her professional life in education, as a classroom and remedial reading teacher in the New York City public schools and administrator at Baruch and Hunter colleges.

Ellen has a B.S. from Skidmore College, master’s degrees in remedial reading and guidance from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a J.D. from CUNY Law School.

Ellen Roth, Educational Advocate2017-01-16T20:46:10+00:00