Meet Lori Stephens, M.A.
Speaker, Educator and Coach
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 my experience as a special education teacher, program director, and executive director, I began working with families in the capacity of educational advocate and school success coach in July 2011.
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
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
Former Certified 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
- Sarasota YMCA
- Girls Inc.
- Orlando Annual Family Café Conference
- Elite Family Care
- Mother and grandmother
- Love to read and run
- Value my health
- Love spending time with people