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Meet Lori Stephens, M.A.

I have been working with children and families in various capacities since 1993. In all of my roles, I focus on two important things. The first is to teach parents ways to work with their children that result in confident, responsible, and happy children. The second is to instill in them why and how to always be their child’s advocate.

These ideas were paramount in my role as executive director of a private school for special needs children. Working with the parents of current students and prospective students, I realized the parents needed assistance in understanding how to navigate the public school system to get their children all of the support they required. Many parents also needed support in understanding whether their child’s behavior was due to their disability or their personality.

Using my degrees and education in special education, elementary education, and reading specialization, combined with her experience as a special education teacher, program director, and executive director, I began working with families in capacity of educational advocate and school success coach in July 2011.

 

Lori Stephens has the credentials and experience...

Past Professional Experience

Executive Director, The GAP School—Sarasota, Florida

Program Director, The GAP School—Sarasota, Florida

Special Education Teacher, Gocio Elementary—Sarasota, Florida

Early Childhood Teacher—Cyesis Teen Parent Program—Sarasota, Florida

Education

Certification, Parent Educator—International Network for Children and Families

Master’s Degree, Reading Specialist—University of South Florida

Bachelor’s Degree, Special Education & Elementary Education—University of South Florida

Associate’s Degree—State College of Florida

Personal

Mother and grandmother

Self-employed

Love to read and run

Value my health

Love spending time with people

LORI STEPHENS' PERSISTENCE AND RESILIENCE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IS AMAZING.

Lori Stephens walked into my daughter’s life and changed her world. The school system is a difficult challenge for children with disabilities. My daughter has autism.

-- a grateful mother

autistic child needs education advocate for school