Jacqueline Huscroft-D’Angelo Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs and Quality Assurance
Jacqueline D'Angelo is a research faculty member at the Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service Institute at Texas Christian University. She has worked on several federally funded projects focusing on various aspects of special education including using technology in mathematics for students with learning disabilities, communication in mathematics for students with disabilities, mathematical reasoning, reintegration and aftercare for youth at-risk or identified with disabilities in out-of-home placements. Dr. D'Angelo currently manages a large professional development project aimed at enhancing teachers' knowledge and practices for supporting individuals with or at-risk of disabilities in inclusive settings. Her primary role is to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of this professional development model. Furthermore, she collaborates with a large urban district on Response to Intervention initiatives including building capacity for sustainability of the program within the district, disseminating information, training staff, and evaluating fidelity of implementation of program components across campuses. As an extension of this project, she is working with targeted buildings to strengthen core instruction in literacy by training teachers on foundations of the English language, spelling and the connection to reading and writing achievement. This work has been supported by and in collaboration with national expert, Dr. Elaine Cheesman. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses related to supporting students with disabilities in inclusive settings, professional collaboration, research methodology, and the social/emotional development of students with disabilities in addition to several guest lectures. She has presented at several national conferences and published on various special education related topics. Jacqueline and her husband Louis are active in the community, but most of all enjoy spending time with their two children Gabriella and Giuliano.
Katie Arbataitis M.A. CCC-SLP
Director of Clinical Services
Katie Arbataitis received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from Marquette University as well as her Master of Art degree in Speech Pathology from Northwestern University. In addition to her position with FixLexia, she maintains a private practice serving a pediatric population with a variety of communication needs. Her specialty areas including treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and with speech challenges secondary to a history of a cleft palate. She has undergone training in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) program as well as participating in various other continuing education courses. She maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a member of the Nebraska Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSLHA). Katie has experience working in a school setting and a variety of clinical settings as well as working in the area of research studying vocal development in children with hearing loss. Katie enjoys traveling, hiking and seeking out new adventures with her husband, two children and daschund.
Our instructional staff are referred to as “reading technicians” because each is skilled at unfolding the layers which exist with reading difficulties. All technicians have received foundational level training in core reading deficits as well as evidence based reading intervention.
Mark Coblens M.A.
Mark Coblens is a certified teacher with more than 25 years of experience. Having worked in elementary, middle and high school settings Mark has had a unique opportunity to experience how students develop their reading skills over time. Mark earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters Degree in Reading from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Mark is an avid hiker, sports enthusiast and relentless in his pursuit to make sure all children have the opportunity to become great readers.
Rebecca Bowman B.S.
Rebecca Bowman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. With more than 26 years of teaching experience Rebecca has worked with students pre-school thru the eighth grade. Rebecca has taught in a wide variety of settings including public school, private school as well as homeschooling her own children for four years. Rebecca is a lifelong learner. In every state she lived (Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Illinois) Rebecca made certain to attend seminars, workshops and classes offered by the local college or university. To sum up the importance of learning to read Rebecca says, “Every child needs that extra, individualized attention in an environment conducive for learning. When a student finally unlocks the world of reading, the child experiences added joy and success in every aspect of school.” Rebecca is a volunteer for Project Harmony. Rebecca and her husband, Robert, have three grown children and have resided in Omaha for the past 15 years.
Sue Hamilton M.A.
Sue Hamilton has been an educator for over thirty five years, including several years in one-room schools and four years of homeschooling her own children. This has resulted in a wide range of experience in every grade from kindergarten through middle school. Sue received her BA in elementary education from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and her MA in gifted education from UNK. She has three grown sons and two daughters-in-law, but no grandchildren yet! Sue loves working one-on-one with children of all ages. Her greatest joy in teaching is watching a struggling student suddenly "get it."
D’Arcy Goodrich M.A.
D’Arcy Goodrich has been a teacher and tutor in Omaha, NE, for the past 40 years. She received her BA in Elementary and Special Education (K-12) from Nebraska Wesleyan University. While working on a multidisciplinary assessment team at Meyer Children’s Rehabilitation Institute, she earned an MA in Special Education and an endorsement in Reading from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. She began a career as an elementary special education teacher in Omaha where she later specialized in co-teaching with elementary classroom teachers. D'Arcy took pleasure in showing special education students they could be successful in a regular classroom setting. During that time she also completed an MS in Educational Technology from Lesley University. She was honored as the ARC Teacher of the Year in 2008. After 34 years with Omaha Public Schools, she decided to spend more time tutoring students who struggle in school because she enjoys developing closer relationships while helping students discover they really are smart and can read or do math just like the other kids. For the past 30 years D'Arcy has also been the volunteer coordinator for Project Explore, a non-profit summer camp program for special needs students, in collaboration with YMCA Camp Kitaki. D’Arcy enjoys technology, traveling, reading, gardening, and currently has two special needs cats - Mr. Wobbles and Happy Girl.
Sharon Hobza M.A.
Sharon Hobza worked in various capacities for Omaha Public Schools for thirty three years. Initially Sharon was a Special Education teacher working with students with Intellectual, Behavioral and/or Learning Disabilities. Sharon spent eight years as a Behavioral Consultant and as a Special Education Instructional Coach assisting teachers to implement strategies to increase student success. Sharon’s undergraduate dual degree in Special Education and Elementary Education was earned at University of Nebraska-Omaha. Additionally, Sharon earned her Masters Degree in the area of Learning Disabilities. Sharon continued her education and completed an additional thirty hours of coursework to further her skills in the areas of parent involvement, technology and multi-sensory learning, in addition to instructional strategies in reading, writing and math. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys playing golf, reading and is an avid seamstress.