Donna Parrish, M.ED. is a special educator with thirty years experience as a classroom teacher and consultant. Donna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language from the University of Tennessee in 1977. She earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1982. She is certified in the States of New York and Tennessee.
Donna continues to work with students with Autism, Aspberger’s Syndrome, and moderate to severe learning and behavior challenges in a variety of settings including both self-contained and inclusive classrooms.
She specializes in structuring the classroom environment to increase student success and decrease challenging behaviors. She was a member of a system-wide Autism support team that provided both training and classroom support to students and teachers from preschool through the high school level. She was the Lead Teacher for a system-wide Kindergarten Inclusion program as well as a classroom teacher for seventeen years in Nashville, Tennessee.
Donna was awarded the Teacher of the Year by the ARC of Davidson County in 1990 and by the ARC of Tennessee in 1991.
Donna’s approach, knowledge and greatest joy come from her over twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher. Her work includes helping teachers find that joy by demonstrating how to set up successful learning environments through integrating a variety of methodologies including TEACCH, discreet trials, incidental learning and direct teaching while differentiating instruction to successfully meet the needs of all students.
Karem Y. Isaac, M.S., CCC-SLP / Bilingual T.S.H.H., has worked as a speech-language pathologist with children for 15 years. Karem earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Universidad del Rosario in Bogota Colombia in 1995 and has a specialty in Language development in children in 1997. Upon arriving to the United States 13 years ago, she furthered her education by getting her bilingual extension at Marymount College. She earned her Masters Degree in Communication Disorders in 2005 from Hunter College in New York. She is licensed by the state of New York and is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Karem has worked in numerous settings including early intervention home based therapy, special education schools, and private clinics specializing in pediatrics. Karem is very passionate about her work and enjoys working with the families, schools, other clinicians and teachers to help children be functional in their environment and develop all their potential. She also teaching and mentoring new therapists, and has previously served as a CFY supervisor for a number of agencies and schools in the NY area and in Westchester.
Karem specializes in working with children to improve difficulties related to early language development, speech delays, childhood apraxia of speech, stuttering, feeding/swallowing skills and development of social skills and behavior management. She also works on structuring the home and classroom environments through the use of visuals. She has presented in several schools on a variety of continuing education topics such as behavior management, developing functional language, feeding and children and enhancing play skills.
As part of her commitment to excellence in therapy, Karem has continued to participate in continuing education coursework such as: sensory integration, play, pediatric feeding and swallowing, and language development. She received 2 levels of P.R.O.M.P.T training and the E-Z apraxia of speech training and has been trained in the S.O.S. approach to feeding.