Sherry Mee Bell, Ph.D.
Dr. Bell is a licensed psychologist and former special education teacher with 25 years combined experience in education. She works primarily as an Associate Professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Bell specializes in the assessment of reading, learning disabilities, dyslexia, intellectual giftedness, and school readiness. She is co-author of The Handbook of Reading Assessment by Drs. Bell, McAndrew and McCallum and other numerous scholarly articles and conference presentations.
Jessica Bennett is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with honors and a B.S. in Chemistry. She has worked for three years tutoring both high school and college students at a local facility similar to PEN in Monterey, California. There, she prepared students for the ACT, SAT, pSAT, and AP exams, as well as for their math and science classes. Her specialties include math courses ranging from Preliminary Algebra up to Calculus II, as well as science courses including Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Environmental Science. She has years of experience with helping students make sense of difficult material in their own way by taking the time to get to know and understand each of them. She is an aspiring physician who is passionate about healthcare, specifically women’s health. Jessica also works at UT Medical Center as a volunteer in 3-South Day Surgery where she assists nurses in pre-op and post-op care, and has worked in the Breast Cancer Center as well. Bennett is preparing to apply to medical schools in the following year.
Katherine "Katie" Cahill
Katie Cahill earned her B.A. in English summa cum laude while completing an undergraduate thesis from The University of Tennessee. She has also completed some Masters work in English at UT. Ms. Cahill has 3 years of teaching experience at the college level and spent time during college working with under-privileged children at Thrive Londsdale’s after-school program. She works part-time with student-athletes at UT’s Thornton writing lab.
A reading specialist, Ms. Cahill has completed the Lindamood Bell program and specializes in English at all levels of spelling, comprehension, grammar, and composition. She empowers students by helping them develop the tools they need to succeed and deepen awareness of their core strengths. Ms. Cahill also offers support in-person or online in study skills management, accountability, and test prep.
Ms. Cordero has spent 30+ years in the field of education. She has served students and families in public, private, and independent schools as well as private individualized tutoring settings. Cordero graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University in 1982. While teaching in Williamson County Schools, she was trained in the Slingerland Method, an Orton-Gillingham method of teaching designed for dyslexic students. Since 1989, Ms. Cordero has worked exclusively with students coping with dyslexia, ADHD and mild learning differences. She lead professional development sessions on Study Skills, Reading Comprehension, Writing Strategies and Lesson Designing for educators at conferences for the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools and the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools. Ms. Cordero has a passion for helping students with disabilities grow to their fullest potential as well as assisting districts, schools and educators in developing a deeper understanding of students coping with disabilities.
Laura Crisp, Ph.D.
Educational Psychologist Laura Crisp earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Tennessee. Crisp has eight years of experience working with K-12 and college students with a variety of learning disabilities and psychological disorders including ADHD, Dyslexia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Crisp is especially attuned to helping children lift emotional barriers to learning. Therapies offered include: Lindamood-Bell® reading interventions, On Cloud-9 Math®, ADHD Coaching, Cognitive Enrichment Advantage®, Handwriting without Tears®, The Brain Balance Program®, and the Klein-Schwartz® Program for training sequential memory and attention. Crisp is also an effective Special Education advocate for those families who need help developing an IEP or 504 plan for their child.
Rebekah Ghawaly is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she earned her B.S. in Audiology and Speech Pathology. Currently, she is a master’s student in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Speech Language Pathology program. Rebekah specializes in reading therapy and follows the Lindamood-Bell model. She also offers tutoring in reading and language arts as well as preparation for the reading and English sections of the ACT. Her coursework keeps her up to date with the current research on the best methods to make literacy progress in special populations. She has also worked as a research assistant with a focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Graham Gibson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, earning his B.A. summa cum laude in History. His academic work earned recognition, as he won the prestigious Stephens & Hoffman Award from his department and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. While at UT, Graham also became involved in numerous activities. He served as an intern for the Center for the Study of War & Society, wrote for The Daily Beacon, and worked as a campus ambassador for the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Additionally, he participated in a semester exchange in Manchester, United Kingdom, taking courses in economics and politics. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in international public policy.
Prior to joining PEN, Graham worked for an online tutoring agency, guiding both high school and college students through a variety of subjects and courses, including ACT preparation, English, history, political science, and writing. Additionally, he has worked as a volunteer tutor at Pond Gap Elementary School in Knoxville. He believes developing a personal connection with students is critical for success and growth, and strives to adapt his style of tutoring to the individual needs of his clients. He hopes to challenge students to fulfill their academic and personal potential, while simultaneously providing the kind of support and guidance many need. He believes in focusing efforts not only on the academic performance of his students in the classroom, but also their preparation, time management, and study skills outside the classroom.
Ajeet Khalsa, M.A., E-RYT200, RCYT
Ajeet is a teacher and trainer of yoga, meditation, contemplative practices and holistic well-being. She has taught in numerous Yoga Teacher Training Programs in Knoxville and throughout the United States. She completed her formal studies in India, New York and New Mexico under the direct tutelage of a Yoga Master. Ajeet holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University in Performing Arts. Her undergraduate degree is in Sociology and Criminal Justice, from City University of New York with a year abroad studying Cultural Philosophy at Oxford University. The benefits of a regular, on-going yoga and meditation practice are an increase in feelings of well-being and safety, flexibility of joints and muscles, increased release of endorphins and cellular regeneration, reduction in nervous and manic tendencies, reduction in depression, and greater balanced awareness in the body-mind. This holistic approach has been proven to increase the relaxation response, alleviate stress, enhance intuitive awareness and bring about increased calm. Ajeet has taught children’s Yoga Practices for over 20 years, helping young people with ADHD or Anxiety to enhance learning through body awareness, contemplation, and movement.
R. Steve McCallum, Ph.D.
Dr. McCallum is a nationally recognized expert in assessment. Dr. McCallum has authored/co-authored two books on assessment of non-verbal cognitive abilities, developed a measure of nonverbal cognitive ability (the UNIT) published by Riverside Publishing, and numerous journal articles and conference presentations focusing on assessment. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment; most recently he co-authored The Handbook of Reading Assessment. He is a professor and head of Education Psychology & Counseling at the University of Tennessee. Dr. McCallum has been recognized as a fellow by the American Psychological Association and is a licensed psychologist.
Sandra McClennen, Ph.D.
Dr. Sandra McClennen is a Licensed Psychologist and Professor Emerita of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). She also holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Her doctoral degree is from University of Michigan. She has recently taught autism endorsement courses online for EMU and for Rutgers University. She is psychological supervisor and consultant to the Developmental Disabilities Unit at The Guidance Center in Southgate, and has a private practice. She works with children and adults with disabilities in cooperation with their parents to develop positive behavior making home life more comfortable. She presents workshops writes on autism, Asperger syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, the earliest math skills, alternative communication, and other areas. She is a Consulting Editor of the journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Her entire career has been devoted to helping parents and teachers provide the best possible learning and living environments for individuals with cognitive, neurological and physical disabilities. Dr. McClennen advocates for and consults with PEN clients through online sessions.
Rebecca Napier-Brown, M.A.
Rebecca Napier-Brown graduated summa cum laude from The University of TN. Knoxville with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English where she was the recipient of a John C. Hodges teaching fellowship. She currently teaches at Pellissippi State at which she was awarded Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year. She is also a visiting professor of English at DeVry University. Her extensive tutoring experience, both in-person and online, includes English, reading, English as a second language, Composition, social science, natural science, and humanities classes. She has created and taught online courses in which she brings personal connectivity to the web-based learning environment. As a certified rater for the writing portion of the SAT and creator of content for the TEAS IV, she has insider knowledge when it comes to tutoring students for standardized tests or helping them craft the perfect college admissions essay. Napier-Brown’s passion is helping students unlock their potential.
Autism Specialist & Reading Therapist/Tutor
Oakley earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with double minors in Sociology and History while completing her undergraduate thesis at Maryville College. She received her teaching certificate through the Georgia TAPP program and is licensed for Middle Grades, with special emphasis on Language Arts and Social Studies. Oakley taught in the Georgia school system for 6 years, helping to write the Georgia State Standards Curriculum for Middle Grades Language Arts, until she took time off to have a set of twin boys. Oakley believes strongly in personal responsibility and proactive community involvement, volunteering with both the Knox County School System and Knox Makers, and serving on the Mayors Business Advisory Council to Madeline Rogero. Oakley also believes strongly in engaging ones personal creativity and self-expression, which she focuses on through her own artwork, which has been featured in over 500 galleries in 5 different countries, including pieces for the Smithsonian, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Henry Ford Museum.
Oakley loves to work with students and parents of all types, but has a particular fondness for students with learning disabilities and those on the Autism, ADHD, ADD, and Aspergers spectrum. Oakley is available for tutoring, curriculum development, test prep, and study skills.
Katie Pruitt is a graduate of the Honors College at Western Kentucky University with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in American Sign Language Studies. She tutored students with dyslexia and other disabilities for four years in Bowling Green, KY and utilized several different programs using the Orton-Gillingham method, as well as several programs designed to improved processing speed. Before moving to Knoxville, Katie also worked in an elementary school as a Special Education Instructional Assistant, where she served in general education classrooms and special education classrooms instructing students in reading and math. Katie excels in working with students with dyslexia, autism, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. Katie enjoys working one-on-one to discover what motivates each student and how each individual will learn best to provide an engaging and productive sessions.
Lois Prislovsky, Ph.D.
Prior to private practice, Prislovsky served as the Director of the Special Needs Program (SNP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Prislovsky created and developed the SNP from its inception into a nationally respected program that comprehensively assisted student athletes with disabilities, allowing them to attain unprecedented academic and personal success. She served UTK’s student-athletes for over 13 years. In 2007, Prislovsky became president and founder of Psychoeducational Network by organizing dedicated colleagues to create another comprehensive program designed to serve clients with the highest standards of professionalism and personal attention. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Memphis, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Prislovsky completed over 138 hours of post-doctorate studies in assessment, cognitive psychology, Lindamood-Bell® reading therapy, DIRFloortime® methods for strength/relationship approaches to ASD treatment, and Ericksonian hypnosis. Prislovsky earned advanced certification in Ericksonian hypnosis and is dedicated to empowering individuals by helping them KNOW and GROW their Greatness. Other areas of expertise include: Corporate Mental Wealth strategies to maximize wellness and human potential, Anxiety management, communication and social skills training with clients on the Autistic spectrum, ADHD coaching, and Intensive, IN HOME parenting support and child/family counseling. Prislovsky is a seasoned keynote speaker and joined with author, Barb Rentenbach, to found the Greater Living Institute (GLI) a non-profit organization to assist those with disabilities in maximizing their highest potential. Dr. Prislovsky serves as the Executive Director of GLI. Rentenbach and Prislovsky co-authored (in alternating chapters) both I Might Be You: An Exploration of Autism and Connection and Neurodiversity: A Humorous and Practical Guide to Living with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Dyslexia, the Gays, and Everyone Else. The two authors went on to start Mule and Muse Productions where Prislovsky serves as president and co-host of Loud Mute Radio. email@example.com. Dr. Prislovsky also proudly serves on the board of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP).
Elijah Prislovsky-Warwick is a senior currently enrolled at the Webb School of Knoxville and a part-time tutor for middle and elementary school children. Elijah is a calm and confident practitioner who is particularly effective with students who struggle with ADHD and ASD. Elijah is also experienced in working with older ASD clients on literacy and communication skills. In addition to tutoring, Elijah also serves as a technical support person for Psychoeducational Network and helps manage our company’s web site, social media, and interoffice software. He is also an exceptional French Language tutor. Elijah’s passion for connection with others, intellectual curiosity, and warm professionalism allow him to work well with clients of all ages.
Leslie M. Smith Griffiths, Ph.D.
Leslie M. Smith, Ph.D. is an Oceanographer and Science Communicator. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Davidson College, where she was also an NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse player, and her doctorate in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Currently, Dr. Smith runs a consulting company, Your Ocean Consulting, LLC, out of Knoxville, TN helping scientists around the US communicate their scientific findings to the public. As Oceanography is a very diverse scientific discipline, Dr. Smith has in depth education in biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. At PEN, Dr. Smith offers online and face-to-face upper level high school and college science and math tutoring.
Mr. Stoupe graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) with a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry. In the Fall of 2016, he begins his Ph.D. studies in Physical Chemistry at UTK. Zach currently works as a research technician for the university and serves PEN clients as a tutor in math, sciences, and ACT/SAT test preparations. Helping others experience what it is like to fully understand something is a passion of his, which is why Zach hopes to eventually become a professor after Graduate School. Through years of service in counseling and government-run childcare programs, Mr. Stroupe has experience working with all age groups and is well liked and respected by clients and fellow practitioners.