Jennifer Mauro, MS
As a professional educator for more than 15 years, Jennifer Mauro, places a high standard on learning. She believes that truly great educators are themselves passionate learners. While she always knew that she would pursue a career in education, it wasn’t until college that she realized the many ways in which one could be a teacher and learner.
Jennifer has a strong academic background in the principles of learning and lifespan development. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Mitchell College. In 2001, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Education from the University of New Haven.
In addition to her educational background, she has had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of educational settings.
As an undergrad, Jennifer began facilitating an Anger Management program in public high schools and for youthful offenders residing in a local correctional facility. She learned very quickly that to be successful she needed to adapt her facilitation style to fit the specific needs of each individual participating in the program.
Her professional experiences as a graduate student include teaching 2nd grade at a public elementary school, facilitating an adolescent anger management program and a parenting at-risk teens program for teens and their parents. In addition, she began instructing college students on an individual basis working as an academic tutor. In all of these settings, she worked with individuals who were challenged by learning, emotional, and behavioral disabilities so she found herself necessarily embracing innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
Upon completing her graduate degree, she began working as a Learning Specialist supporting college students diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder at Mitchell College’s Learning Resource Center (LRC). As a specialist, she provided individual and small group support focusing on strategy and skill development. During this time, she worked closely with Joanne Carnevale implementing a coaching program for students with ADHD. She later became the admissions liaison for the LRC program.
Currently, Jennifer is the Program Coordinator for Liberal and Professional Studies and faculty member in the department of Behavioral Sciences at Mitchell College in New London, CT. She has been teaching courses in Human Development, Psychology, and Liberal and Professional Studies for the department of Behavioral Sciences since 2001.
She also actively volunteers serving on the advisory board for such community organizations as the Community Dance Ensemble, NL Teen Outreach Program, and the Community Coalition for Children.
Joanne Carnevale, MAT
A lifelong passion for teaching led Joanne Carnevale to a career that began as a high school English teacher in New Jersey thirty five years ago after earning her BA from Rutgers University and her M.A.T. from The College of New Jersey. Her public school classes included honors students, English as a second language students, and students who clearly could not learn effectively in a formal classroom. After moving to Memphis, TN and starting a family, she began to work with students privately on an individual basis. Learning disabilities and ADHD were not being diagnosed in Memphis in the early 1980’s, and she found herself having to be creative with her approaches to learning strategies and study skills to improve her students’ chances of succeeding academically.
When she came to New London, CT in 1987, Joanne quickly found her place at Mitchell College’s Learning Resource Center, a comprehensive academic support program for students with diagnosed learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder. As a writing specialist, she was able to tailor her approach to each individual student’s strengths and challenges. Throughout her tenure at Mitchell, Joanne focused on helping her students “level the playing field” by offering them the learning strategies and study skills they needed to both achieve academically and become independent learners. Over the years, her additional roles at Mitchell included work as the admissions liaison to the department and eventually Assistant Director of the Learning Resource Center.
While at Mitchell, Joanne led a workgroup that developed a coaching program for students with ADHD. Ultimately, that successful program led to the original parent coaching model currently being presented by Creative Learning Solutions.
Over the course of twenty years, we worked as learning specialists, educators, and administrators supporting college students with Attention Deficit Disorder and/or Learning Disabilities. During the course of our careers, we shared the frustration, success, and chaos of hundreds of young adults who came to us from your homes. We’d like to share with you what we learned from those students and give you tools to help the child with ADHD or Learning Disabilities in your home.