Our Professionals

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College Counselors
Career Counselors
Learning Disabilities Specialists
Academic Life Coaches
Child and Family Counselors
Laurel A. Brady, Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician

Laurel A. Brady, Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician

lbrady@savannaheducationalconsultants.com

Laurel A. Brady has over 35 years of experience in serving individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders. Laurel specializes in the area of transition--from high school to post secondary education, to employment and self sufficiency. At SEC, Laurel provides comprehensive educational evaluations for children, adolescents and adults to determine the presence of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) and other special needs, and recommend specialized educational interventions and appropriate accommodations. In addition, Laurel offers academic coaching to help individuals understand the impact of SLD/ADHD on their learning and their life, and develop personalized strategies to maximize their potential.

Laurel’s professional experience includes serving as the Director of the Office of Specialized Services for Ramapo College of New Jersey. This program provides accommodations and specialized support for students with physical limitations and learning disabilities.  She also served as a national advisor to Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and the George Washington University HEATH Resource Center. While in this capacity she participated in a study that examined model programs and best practices in the area of post secondary education and disabilities.

Laurel moved to Savannah in 1991, becoming Executive Director of the Royce Learning Center, which specializes in the education of children, adolescents, and adults with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other barriers to learning. In that capacity, she served as the principal of the day school, provided supervision for psycho-educational evaluation services, and supervised both the regional tutorial program and the adult literacy program.

Laurel attended Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and received a Masters of Art degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University.  Laurel is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician (NCED). She is a founding member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA) of McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School, is a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) and  the Georgia Counseling Association (GCCA).

Most recently, Laurel completed professional training coursework from Landmark College in Strategies in Executive Functioing and Academic Supports for Students with LD, ADHD and ASD.  

 

Helese S. Sandler, Certified Educational Planner

Helese S. Sandler, Certified Educational Planner

hsandler@savannaheducationalconsultants.com

Helese S. Sandler is the director of College Counseling for Savannah Educational Consultants and is a founding partner of the practice. Helese received her Bachelors of Art in Social Work degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she developed clinical experience as a social worker with children and adolescents. . Upon relocating to Savannah, Helese became the Coordinator of the One-to-One Tutoring Program at Royce Learning Center, where she worked for 10 years. Helese has over 35 years of experience in working with children and their families, focusing on educational and emotional needs.

Helese is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC), the Georgia College Counselor Association (GCCA), and the Clinical Social Workers Association of Savannah (CSWA-S). She is also a professional affiliate of the Highlands Ability Battery.

Selma Bernard, M.S.

Selma Bernard, M.S.

sbernard@savannaheducationalconsultants.com

Selma Bernard is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) who began her career in education as a middle school teacher. She earned her Masters in School Counseling from Georgia Southern University in 1991, and since that time has counseled children at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She established the Counseling Guidance Programs at South Effingham Elementary School and Oglethorpe Charter Middle School and then transitioned to High School and College Counseling at Savannah Arts Academy in 2003. She worked as a high school counselor continuously from that time until her recent retirement from the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. A member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Southern Association of College Admissions Counseling (SACAC), Selma brings to Savannah Education Consultants 32 years of experience in working with and counseling children and adolescents.

Colleen Gecawich, J.D.

Colleen Gecawich, J.D.

cgecawich@savannaheducationalconsultants.com

Colleen Gecawich is a graduate of the University of Scranton and Villanova Law School. Colleen has a passion for education that developed as a result of being an active volunteer in the schools of her community and serving as a substitute teacher for several years. She also served as the teen program coordinator at her local library. Observing the traditional education system, working with teenagers, and having raised two children of her own, Colleen recognized a need for students to learn certain skills to provide an essential foundation for success in and out of the classroom.

At SEC, Colleen offers the Academic Life Coaching program, which teaches students essential life skills, including tools for academic success. This powerful program helps teens understand how they learn best in school, how to exercise personal leadership, improve their relationships, and how to be more proactive in their lives. Students in the ALC program experience positive results as new habits are reinforced with tangible feedback and encouragement.

Colleen is certified as an Academic Life Coach and is also a member of the International Coaching Federation. Colleen is excited to share the Academic Life Coaching program with teens and their parents. Colleen offers coaching programs for young adults from eighth grade to college, including a program with a focus on the student-athlete.

Lindsay Greco, M.A.

Lindsay Greco, M.A.

lgreco@savannaheducationalconsultants.com

Lindsay Greco is a former university admissions officer who spent significant time recruiting potential students in the US and abroad. She was raised in the Washington, D.C. area and now resides in Savannah. Lindsay attended the University of Georgia and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science. She received a Master of Arts in International Affairs-The Middle East from the American University. She has traveled extensively regarding college admissions throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Lindsay has a working knowledge of Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish. She is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and member of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC).

Peggy Ann Kiker, Ed.S., Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Peggy Ann Kiker, Ed.S., Nationally Certified School Psychologist

pkiker@savannaheducationalconsultants.com

Peggy Kiker graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and returned to The University of Alabama to earn her Educational Specialist degree in a program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.  Peggy has over five years of experience, honing her diagnostic assessment skills in public school districts in Macon, Mississippi, Tucson, Arizona and Houston County, Georgia.  In addition to conducting comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for students in pre-K to twelfth grade, Peggy has provided consultation to regular and special education teachers to facilitate responsive learning environments and effective educational practices, participated in IEP and eligibility meetings and conducted individual and group counseling for elementary, middle and high school students related to self-esteem, anxiety, depression, peer pressure, resiliency, social skills and problem solving development.

At SEC, Peggy conducts psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents to determine the presence of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) and other special needs, and recommend specialized educational interventions and appropriate accommodations.

Peggy is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists, the Georgia Association of School Psychologists, the Alabama Association of School Psychologists and the national Education Association.

Heather D. Myers, M.S.

Heather D. Myers, M.S.

hmyers@savannaheducationalconsultants.com

Heather Myers is a native Georgian and the mother of four children. She has been a Licensed Family Therapist for nearly fifteen years, working with families and children in both private practice and school settings. Heather began her graduate work at University of Kentucky and completed her residency and licensure credentialing in Family Therapy, with a sub-specialization in Children and Adolescents, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.

Heather has broad experience in the evaluation and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Child and Adolescent Development, School Based Emotional and Learning Disorders of Childhood, Behavior Disorders, Family Transition, Grief and Loss Counseling, and Depression. Her repertoire of counseling skills includes individual counseling, family counseling, play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy (including DBT) and co-parenting counseling. 

 

Henrietta Pearlman, M.S.

Henrietta Pearlman, M.S.

hpearlman@savannaheducationalconsultants.com

As a graduate from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Behavioral Science degree, and a graduate from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, with a Master of Science degree in Education, majoring in Reading and Special Education, Henrietta Pearlman has always been concerned with the educational welfare of her students. Her education certification areas are: Pre-School and Common Branch Subjects; Reading Specialist; Special Education – Pre-School – 21; Social Studies – 7-12.

After raising her own children, Henrietta joined the staff, as a Clinical Educator, at Adelphi University in the Program for College Students with Learning Differences. In this program she worked one to one with students strategizing on how they should handle their college workload to become successful students. She was also an instructor of a first semester writing and rhetoric course. She moved on to become the Director of the Learning Center at the same university, responsible for staffing over 90 peer learning tutors at a time and to be a guest lecturer, throughout the university, teaching a class about study strategies regarding each individual course's requirements.

Henrietta and her husband retired in Savannah where she has continued her love, which is to work as a tutor. At Savannah Educational Consultants she works with students who are preparing for their college entrance examinations, both ACT and SAT. She also works with students who have gaps or weaknesses in their learning styles or who require a more thorough understanding of their subjects, study skills and effective communication skills. She has the techniques to engage a student in their learning process. As a Life Coach, where the goal is to train a child to be a self-sufficient, confident, successful student who reaches the top or his or her potential, Henrietta uses the same strategies as she did with her college students.

Claudia A. Thomas, Ed.D.

Claudia A. Thomas, Ed.D.

cathomas45@bellsouth.net

Dr. Claudia Thomas is a licensed Psychologist who has been in private practice in the Savannah area since 1984. She provides therapy for individuals, parents and couples using a variety of approaches as needed by each individual client. In addition, she conducts full psychological evaluations for children six years of age or older, as well as adolescents and adults. Most of these assessments are for the purpose of determining the existence of a Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or emotional disturbance. Often these evaluations are used to establish the need for accommodations in school and/or standardized testing situations.

Stephen L. Watson, Ph.D.

Stephen L. Watson, Ph.D.

stephenlwatson@aol.com

Dr. Stephen Watson earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling. His experience includes time as an educator directing the medical education program for a large psychiatric hospital system, having a busy private practice, and creating and directing corporate wellness and executive coaching programs. He has directed many seminars that focused upon helping individuals maximize their potential, as well as managing career transitions. His career also includes developing and operating five successful small businesses.

Stephen’s work with Savannah Educational Consultants as a Career Development Counselor and Life Coach allows him to apply all of these skills to help individuals accomplish their life goals. Specific areas of interest in Life Coaching are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), mindfulness training, learned optimism, and positive psychology practices. He is a founding member of the Institute for Coaching Professional Association (ICPA) at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School, a member of the American Counseling Association, and a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

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