Executive Function Coaches
Bonnie Jones graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1995 with a degree in psychology. From there, she received her Master’s in Education in School Psychology in 2000 and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in 2001, both from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Since then, she has been working with students ages 3-21 in public and private schools who have been referred for special education evaluation. In her 18 years as a professional in schools, she has performed psycho-educational evaluations for children with Autism, speech or language impairments, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, emotional disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.
Bonnie specializes in not only targeting the needs of students with disabilities, but she is able to use the data gained in a psycho-educational evaluation to assist other professionals and parents in tailoring individualized educational programs. Her knowledge regarding a variety of assessment instruments that measure cognitive abilities, executive functioning, behavioral concerns, memory, and processing abilities allows her to look at children in a strength-based lens in addition to highlighting areas of growth.
Over the past 15 years, Amanda's passion for working with young children and troubled adolescents has allowed her to develop a keen sense for how to identify "learning styles" and utilize existing strengths and talents within all. After receiving her Masters degree in Psychology, Amanda's professional path included working for the agencies of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Youth Services (DYS). In these unique roles, Amanda utilized her educational and behavioral training, as well as counseling skills, to address and guide individual clients, students and their family toward their desired outcomes.
Through her innate capacity for developing student study strategies and other internal strategies to help regulate levels of alertness, sustained effort, and self-monitoring behaviors; Amanda has had great success working with children and young adults challenged with deficits in the areas of executive functioning. Executive functioning is the mental process that enables us to plan, focus attention, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, control impulses and juggle the multitude of things life throws at us. Amanda's personal goal is so much more than just getting students across the finish line of high school with a diploma in hand. Her enthusiasm lies in helping identify student passions and encouraging them to develop their own set of interests for leading a fulfilling and independent adult life.
We are so happy to have Amanda as our newest member of the Academic Support Team.