2020 Academic Support Conference
 
Lane Abrams
Learning Specialist, 11th Grade Dean of Students
Christ Church Episcopal School

Lane Abrams has served as an upper school learning specialist for 16 years and as 11th grade dean of students for three years at Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES). She has also served as SSD coordinator, AP coordinator, and is a member of the college prep task force where research created CCES's current strategic plan. In honor of her work at CCES, an endowed award was created for underclassmen students called the Lane Abrams Growth Mindset Award. Prior to her time at CCES, Abrams was a public school special education teacher and school counselor. She also has experience as a program director for clinical day school based programs.
 
Kathleen Bukowski
Director, Marist Academic Center
Marist School

For 25 years, Kathleen Bukowski has worked with students with learning and attention challenges in order to help them become successful advocates for their learning. She has served on the conference program committee for the National Learning Disabilities Association and has spoken at the conference on numerous occasions. Bukowski helped open Marist School's first dedicated academic center space to help serve students who need support at an academically rigorous school. 
 
Allyson Campbell
Middle School Learning Coach
The Mount Vernon School

Allyson Campbell is a middle school learning coach at The Mount Vernon School. Previously, she was a third grade teacher at Woodward Academy for 13 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Georgia Southern University as well as a degree in educational leadership from Walden University. 
 
Josh Clark
Head of School
The Schenck School

Following five years as head of school at the Bodine School in Memphis, TN, Josh Clark began serving as head of school for The Schenck School in Atlanta in 2016. Clark currently serves on the board of SAIS and the International Dyslexia Association. He is also an expert contributor for Made By Dyslexia. Clark holds a bachelor's in secondary education from Indiana University and a master's in American literature from Sewanee, The University of the South.
 
Lyle Davis
Educational Consultant
LHD Consulting

Lyle Davis received her doctorate from Northwestern University in learning disabilities and in language and cognition. She holds a M.Ed. in special education from the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University in special education and cognitive studies. Over the past decade, Davis has conducted studies pertaining to children’s language and literacy development within clinical and classroom-based contexts. Before focusing on diagnostics, test development, and remediation, her research targeted early literacy development, specifically relationships across the domains of reading and spelling. Davis has taught multiple graduate and undergraduate level courses in educational psychology, communication disorders, literacy, and assessment. Additionally, she has designed training materials, computer-based evaluation tools, and content for a major educational software company. At present she is director of LHD Consulting, an educational consulting company in Memphis, TN.
 
Laura Fillyaw
Learning Coach
The Mount Vernon School

Laura Fillyaw is currently a learning coach at The Mount Vernon School. She also served as dean of student life and operations. Prior to her time at The Mount Vernon School, Fillyaw taught at The Galloway School and St. Benedict's Episcopal School. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Auburn University as well as a master's degree in community counseling and M.Ed. in secondary English education from Georgia State University.
 
Miranda Forman
Upper School Learning Specialist
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Miranda Forman has taught writing to students from seventh grade through college. She has spent the past four years working with students with dyslexia and other learning differences, first at The Swift School and currently at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.
 
Margaret Gunter
Upper School Learning Coach
The Mount Vernon School

Margaret Gunter is the upper school learning coach at The Mount Vernon School. Prior to her current role, she served as director of academic technology at Mount Pisgah Christian School and technology integration specialist at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. She received her bachelor's degree in sociology based human relations from Connecticut College and master's in professional counseling and instructional design and technology from Georgia State University.
 
Scott Hamilton
CEO
Understanding Minds, PC

Scott Hamilton is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology. He maintains a private practice called Understanding Minds, PC and also serves as a consultant for Cliff Valley School in Atlanta. Previously, he was assistant head of school for academics at The Howard School, a K-12 independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities and learning differences. Prior to relocating to Atlanta, Hamilton directed the Russel & Mary Williams Learning Project at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, IN. Hamilton received his doctorate and master's degrees in psychology from Indiana State University and a bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology from Washington and Lee University. 
 
Susan Lancaster
Language Arts & Literature Teacher
Episcopal School of Knoxville

Susan Lancaster is a language arts and literature teacher at the Episcopal School of Knoxville. Prior to her time at the Episcopal School of Knoxville, Lancaster was a teacher at Charlotte Christian School, Winthrop University, and the University of Mobile. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Rhodes College and a master's in English from Vanderbilt University.
 
Erika Letsinger
Learning Specialist
Webb School of Knoxville

Erika Letsinger graduated from the University of Tennessee with both a bachelor's and master's degree in special education. She has taught for 27 years in special education in both public and private schools. Letsinger initiated the Learning Center Program at The Episcopal School of Knoxville 14 years ago, growing it into a program that serves children from pre-k to 8th grade. This year she was given the opportunity to design and implement the Lower School Learning Center Program for The Webb School of Knoxville. 
 
Fran Linley
Middle School Learning Specialist
Harpeth Hall

Fran Linley is a middle school learning specialist at Harpeth Hall. She earned her bachelor's degree in child advocacy from Davidson College and her M.Ed. in English from King's College. 
 
Tom Pittard
Math Resource Specialist
The Children's School

Tom Pittard is currently a math resource specialist at The Children's School. Prior to his time at The Children's School, Pittard taught at The Howard School as a math lab teacher, lead teacher, and support teacher. He earned a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy from Florida Southern College.
 
Marcus Soutra
President
Eye to Eye

Marcus Soutra was identified with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age. He struggled in grade school, feeling frustrated and misunderstood. After successfully graduating college at Keene State with a degree in social science and secondary education, he chose to devote his life to creating a world where all youth with learning and attention issues, like dyslexia and ADHD, can achieve their fullest potential. As president of Eye to Eye, Marcus steers its continued evolution as a driving force for change for people with learning and attention issues in education, government, the workplace, and pop culture. He serves on the Understood Advisory Board, is a contributing member to Reimagine Learning, was named a New Leaders Council Fellow in 2008, and received the 2017 Keene State Alumni Inspiration Award.
 
Dina Stevenson
Upper School Learning Specialist
Harpeth Hall

Dina Stevenson worked as a certified behavior analyst for the state of Florida before moving to Nashville in 1992. She began her independent school career at Christ Presbyterian Academy working as an elementary school learning specialist, working mainly with students with dyslexia. From 2000-2016 she served as the head of the learning services department, with seven staff members K-12. In 2016, she went to work at Harpeth Hall as the upper school learning specialist. 
 
Tara Terry
Assistant Head for Academics
The Howard School

Tara Terry joined The Howard School in 2001 from her position as a school psychologist in Cobb County Public Schools. She served as the K-12 school psychologist at Howard until 2008. Terry then served as middle school counselor and upper school academic coach at Pace Academy, and returned to The Howard School in 2015 as middle school principal. In 2017, she became the lower and middle school principal. Terry's focus is the connection of the school's mission with the day-to-day life of the school. She is dedicated to enhancing the school and family experience.
 
Connie White
Director of Learning Design and Innovation
Woodward Academy

Connie White serves as the director of learning design & innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia. She is a former high school physics, chemistry, and math teacher who specializes in start-up innovation initiatives, strategic planning, technology integration, brain-based strategies, professional development, coaching, and curriculum design. White has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars throughout the country and internationally. She is the president of AATE, writes the Education column for Southern Distinction magazine, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She is the program director of the ATLIS Institute for Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors and leads Woodward Academy’s efforts in the areas of professional development, curriculum, and innovation. White was also the recipient of the 2016 ISTE ISEN Outstanding Educator Award.
 
Debra Wilson
President
SAIS

Debra joined the SAIS staff in July 2019. She grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from the Williams School, an independent school located on the campus of Connecticut College. Debra received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, The University of the South, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. In addition to her role as chief legal officer, she has presented to school leaders around the country and abroad, including at many SAIS events. SAIS school leaders may also know her from phone calls and emails she’s fielded from member schools facing particular legal or governance issues. Before joining the NAIS staff, Debra was a tax litigator at the Department of Justice. She is an avid reader, photographer, and cook, and loves to be outdoors in the low country of South Carolina.