The entire specialized Learning Services staff at Greenwich Education Group is dedicated to helping their students reach their full emotional, social and academic potential.
(Alphabetized by last name below.)
Keara Conway, PsyD
Dr. Keara Conway is a Clinical Psychologist who earned her doctoral degree in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University. Upon graduation she was honored with Pace's Outstanding Doctoral Student award. In her role at Greenwich Education Group, she conducts neuropsychological, academic, and personality assessments. She also provides support to some of the students and families in GEG's Spire and Links programs. Prior to joining Greenwich Education Group, Dr. Conway completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. As a postdoctoral fellow, she conducted psychological assessments for children of all ages, performed in-home assessments of foster homes, assessed biological parents whose children had been placed in foster care, and participated in evaluations for the Committee on Preschool Special Education. Through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities program, she participated in a research study examining the prevalence of physical and sexual abuse among children with disabilities. Dr. Conway has worked with children, adolescents, young adults and families in school settings, residential treatment centers, hospital settings, and outpatient clinics. In her free time, she enjoys taking dance classes, running, traveling, and spending time with family.
Diane Iris Ferber, MA, C.A.S., MBA
Director, Specialized Learning Services
Diane is responsible for developing and implementing programs and supports for students with learning differences, and ensuring that our expertise is customized for your child. This includes Diagnostic Assessment and Specialized Evaluations, Speech and Language Services, Executive Function Coaching, Social/Emotional Supports, ASD and ADHD Related Services and Supports, Academic Support and Educational Planning Advisory Services. Prior to joining GEG in 2013, Diane was the School Psychologist and Learning Support Specialist for Pear Tree Point School, where she worked with students, parents, teachers and administration to promote an optimal learning experience that focused on the strengths and needs of each individual child.
Diane has also conducted private psycho-educational and neuro-psychological assessments for students K through 12, helping identify strengths and areas requiring support. She believes strongly in providing scientifically based, customized and understandable assessment recommendations which are actionable by parents at home, and by teachers and service providers in both private and public settings.
Diane received her Master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from Fairfield University. Her internship and fieldwork were all completed in the Stamford Public School System, and featured assessment, IEP and 504 planning, individual and group counseling, teacher and parent consultation, and whole-class workshops on social/emotional skills, safety, and test anxiety. Diane earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from Brandeis University, and an MBA from The George Washington University. She lives in Stamford with her family, two very lucky rescued rabbits, and approximately 20 varied orchid plants that bloom and grow when she figures out what each one needs.
Nancy Grejtak, MA, MBA
Executive Director, Specialized Learning Services
As Executive Director of GEG's SLS Group, Nancy leads the teams responsible for developing and implementing best practice programs for students with learning differences. This includes Pinnacle School, Specialized Academic Services (tutoring for students with learning differences), Behavior Services, Speech and Language Services, Executive Function Coaching, Specialized Evaluations, and Social Skills Training. Prior to joining GEG in 2008, Nancy was the Director of Pupil Services in the Los Altos School District in California, where she was responsible for administration of the special education and psychological services programs for the district. In that role she developed a comprehensive autism support program for her constituency, and spearheaded collaborative practices between parents and district staff. Nancy also was a Resource Specialist and Inclusion Specialist teacher in Sunnyvale School District for nine years, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year.
Nancy received her undergraduate degree from University of California at Santa Barbara, a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Masters in Special Education from Santa Clara University. Her volunteer interests have ranged from the Williams Syndrome Association, where she was on the Board for many years and served as President (1996-1998), to her current involvement in the Connecticut Council for Exceptional Children, where she serves on the Program Committee. Nancy lives in Darien with her husband, son and two very active Portuguese Water Dogs.
Justyna Balzar, BA
Social Skills Teacher/ABA Therapist
Justyna graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Sociology and Economics. She started to work with children on the autistic spectrum as a teenager, continuing all throughout her college years. She was trained in many different interventions while working with families privately on home programs. Justyna's primary background is rooted in ABA therapy and she plans on pursuing her BCBA in the future, but she also has training in RDI, Son-Rise, Verbal Behavior, and the Lindamood Bell Visualising Verbalizing program. In her spare time Justyna loves reading and running with her 3 year old daughter on the beach.
Beth Cirulis, MEd
Director of Special Education, GEG Schools
Beth Cirulis holds a BS in Special Education and a Masters in Education Administration. She began her career as a middle school special education teacher in Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she was honored as the outstanding district special education teacher. She moved on to the sunnier life in Arizona, where she continued her work in special education middle school, and then became Principal and Director of Special Education for Pinnacle Education, Inc., a statewide charter school district. Continuing her pursuit for better programs for Arizona students, Beth joined Sequoia Choice Schools, another statewide charter school district, where she served as Assessment Coordinator, Vice-Principal and Principal. She joins GEG as a seasoned special education and general education administration professional, with 14 years of experience serving students and leading faculty in challenging educational environments.
Beth serves as the Director of Special Education for all of the Greenwich Education Group Schools. With many years of experience in Special Education, compliance and consulting, she empowers both staff and students to create effective and positive learning environments. She is also serving as the Dean of Faculty for Spire, Pinnacle and Beacon, ensuring that our GEG Schools teachers have the resources and support necessary to their success.
While taking in the amazing culture, character and sites of the Northeast, Beth enjoys spending time at the gym, going to the movies and watching sporting events. Through work and play, her priorities include building and maintaining positive personal and professional relationships, and continuing to grow and learn with and from others.
Alisa Dror, PhD, BCBA
Head of Pinnacle School
Clinical Director of Behavior Services, GEG Schools
Dr. Alisa Dror holds a MA and PhD in Special Education and is a NYS certified special education teacher. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) program certified consultant. Alisa performs dual roles at GEG, as Clinical Director of Behavior Services and as Head of Pinnacle School. In the latter role, Alisa oversees assessment, intake and coordination of services to Pinnacle students. She is responsible for developing and implementing Pinnacle’s social and therapeutic curricula. Additionally, she provides behavioral assessments and support plans to the students in Beacon, Spire and Pinnacle. As Clinical Director of Behavior Services, Alisa supervises our team of behavior therapists and BCBAs, and designs and supervises implementation of behavioral and social skills programs for children and adolescents.
Prior to joining GEG, Alisa worked for 14 years developing curricula to meet the behavioral, educational and social needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for Tri-State Learning Center in New Rochelle, and five years with Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) as a behavior therapist and clinical supervisor. She has also worked extensively with families of individuals with ASD, providing them with training and support to address their child's behavioral and social development. Additionally, she has conducted social groups, consulted with public and private schools, provided community and professional trainings, and serves on the board of a parent advocacy group.
In her leisure time, Dr. Dror enjoys traveling and exploring new destinations both near and far with her family, friends and 4 year old daughter. She is an avid runner, hiker and connoisseur of great food.
Shevon Morris, MPS
Special Education Teacher
Shevon Morris is certified to teach K-8 in New Jersey and Florida, and holds a masters degree in Special Education from Manhattanville College. She has taught elementary grades 1st – 4th in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Colorado and St. John USVI. She will be doing her supervised special education teaching at Pinnacle and Beacon starting in September 2011. Shevon enjoys outdoor activities, participating in athletics and working out at the gym. She lives in Stamford with her husband, Marc, and two dogs, Guido and Deegan.
Tammy Moscrip, PhD, MSW
Executive Director, The Spire School
Director of Clinical Services, Greenwich Education Group
Tammy holds a doctorate in Psychology from Columbia University, and earned her master’s in social work with a concentration in clinical practice with children & families. Tammy is particularly interested in the intersection of the brain, cognition, and behavior. By integrating her knowledge of neuroscience and learning theory, she helps students develop cross-disciplinary skills and strategies that address short-term goals for academic success, as well as long-term goals that involve essential life skills such as organization, time management, confidence-building, and emotional regulation. In addition to teaching advanced topics in psychology, statistics and research methodology, Tammy also serves as a life coach and executive function coach. Her approach utilizes a strengths-based instructional methodology and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques that complement the unique social-cognitive-behavioral profiles that shape individual students’ learning styles and academic success. In addition to her work with students, Tammy enjoys SCUBA diving, traveling, and motorcycle riding.
Joanne Sabato, MA, CCC-SLP
Director, Speech and Language Services
Joanne is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist serving children with speech, language and hearing disorders for over 30 years. She is currently licensed in CT, NY, RI and FL and is the former Executive Director of Central Speech, a multi-disciplinary therapy center that provided Speech, OT and Special Education to children from birth to 21 years throughout Westchester County. Joanne has developed programs, supervised professionals and has extensive experience with a wide range of speech and language disabilities including: articulation and phonological disorders, feeding, oral motor, autism spectrum disorders, language learning disabilities, developmental delays, social language (pragmatics) and literacy. She has worked in TEACCH programs, ABA and Greenspan’s Floor-time and developed a program combining all three to provide interventions to preschool children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has created and presented numerous workshops for parents and in-service training for therapists and teachers.
For over 30 years Joanne has worked as a speech-language pathologist in private practices, public, charter and Montessori schools. Her philosophy is holistic in approach and strives to look at how communication difficulties, and their various complexities, impact the whole child. She believes that evaluation is an on-going process and involves collaboration between parents, teachers and the child. This approach allows her to zero in on both the child’s greatest needs and strengths, and to use those strengths to help develop the weak areas, while building self esteem in the process.