Our team of professionals is highly experienced in the various methods we offer and working with students on a personalized level. We collaborate with the student’s team on a regular basis to ensure we are fulfilling their specific needs.
Lisa Taylor, M.Ed.- Founding Director
Lisa is the Founding Director and Owner of Imagine Possibility. In addition to running the inner workings and development of Imagine Possibility and the future IP Academy, Lisa personally oversees and is intricately involved in every client’s case throughout their relationship with the practice. Well-versed in utilizing neuropsychological, psychoeducational, speech language, physical therapy, and occupational therapy evaluations, Lisa determines the most direct path of intervention for every IP client, no matter how challenging it may seem.
Lisa has gained a wealth of experience parenting four children (each with individual challenges), so she can empathize with parents going through the overwhelming pursuit in supporting their children’s needs. Lisa acts in partnership with parents as a resource and advocate. For instance, Lisa has a long history of supporting families through the difficult IEP process by preparing parents for meetings, coordinating with other specialists on the child’s team, and speaking on behalf and in the best interest of the parents and child at the IEP meetings.
A master educator with nearly three decades of experience working in independent and private schools, Lisa continues to spend a third of her time working directly with students. She uses Orton Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, Wilson, SMARTs Executive Function curriculum, and many other resources to provide instruction in reading, writing, comprehension, and executive function.
Lisa received a B.A. in Psychology (with an emphasis in child psychology) from Washington College, and two Master’s degrees (in Curriculum and Instruction as well as Educational Leadership and Administration). Lisa gained a wealth of experience “in the trenches” as a 2nd grade classroom teacher and a pilot inclusion teacher in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, a Special Education Teacher at Radcliffe Creek School, and as a Learning Specialist at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.
Lisa has substantial leadership experience. As a parent, Lisa was the president of Chapel District Elementary School’s PTA for two years, and as a parent and teacher, was president of the PTC for Radcliffe Creek School for four consecutive years. She also served as the Community Outreach Director at Radcliffe Creek School, where she ran the speaker series, professional development, and summer programming. Lisa has helped with development initiative fundraisers, such as the at Radcliffe Creek School Distance Classic/Run for Radcliffe. She has also co-led the AIMS accreditation process to a successful end for two private schools.
The author of articles about sensory integration and the co-author (with her daughter Leanna) of a chapter in Carol Kranowitz’s book ,“The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up”, Lisa continues to stay on top of the latest research and developments. Lisa also conducts a workshop entitled “Organized Chaos”, which provides teachers and parents with practical tips, balanced with science and research, about parenting those with needs and how to organize homes with those needs.
Lisa continues her pursuit of education, experience, ongoing training and development, and relationships with like-minded individuals to ultimately fulfill her dream of being the head of a research-based school focused on the whole child….strong mind, strong body, strong student.
While her passion is seeing individuals of any age realize their potential, Lisa finds balance in parenting four incredible children, reading, publishing, enjoying simple things, and running and biking outdoors as much as possible.
Stephanie Gerstenblith, Ph.D.
Stephanie has held a wide variety of roles, including directing an undergraduate program at the University of Maryland, teaching, and conducting research, but she finds the most pleasure and fulfillment working individually with a variety of learners. Stephanie uses the Orton Gillingham approach to help students with reading disorders, provides instruction and coaching in executive functioning, and teaches typing. In her “previous life”, Stephanie received her M.A. and Ph.D in Criminology and Criminal Justice and recently obtained a professional certificate in Nonprofit Management. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, playing violin, practicing yoga, and reading.
Emily Goldhammer, MSSE
Prior to joining Imagine Possibility, Emily was a special educator at The Katherine Thomas School. Emily works with students on reading comprehension, written language, social studies and executive function. She also helps students read Hebrew and prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah. Emily received her undergraduate degree at Ithaca college and graduate degree at Johns Hopkins. She has a cat named Oliver and loves to travel.
Stacy Ganz Kahn, M.Ed.,M.A.
Stacy has held many roles in education for over two decades. She has been a regular class room teacher for grades K-5, a special education teacher and department head, and a staff development teacher and school administrator for Montgomery County Public Schools. Additionally, Stacy was an adjunct professor for a the graduate class Introduction to Special Ed at American University. Stacy specializes in learning disabilities, executive functioning, ADHD, and students with behavioral challenges. She is Wilson Reading trained and works with students on all levels of reading, reading comprehension, and writing, Advanced Placement courses, and math (kindergarten through algebra). Stacy holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Adelphi University and two Master’s degrees (M.A. in Special Education with a Concentration in Learning Disabilities from American University and a M.A. in School Administration and Supervision from George Mason University). Stacy is married to a wonderful man, Steven and has three children. When she’s not working with students, Stacy can be found in her car driving her kids to all of their activities. She spends as much time as possible in her second home in Bethany Beach, and loves to be with her family, travel, read and hang out with her friends! Stacy is happiest by any form of water!
Kelly Tyree, M.Ed.
As an ASDEC trained multi-sensory math specialist, Kelly primarily focuses on helping students overcome challenges in mathematics. After graduating from Salisbury University and receiving her MA in Curriculum Design and Instruction at McDaniel College, Kelly spent 8 years as a classroom teacher for grades 4-6 in both public and private schools. In addition to teaching, Kelly also has a passion for art and interior design. She owns the vintage industrial furniture shop, Madison & Mabel, in Frederick, MD. While not working, Kelly enjoys traveling and hanging out with her husband and 3 kids.
Sara Gallagher, M.Ed.
For the past 20 years, Sara has been teaching and working in the K-8 environment. She began as a classroom teacher, was a department head in Reading at a small school for children with specific learning differences, and most recently has been a K-4 Learning Specialist helping teachers understand the type of learners in their classrooms. Orton-Gillingham trained, Sara has an undergraduate degree in elementary and special education and a Masters in Special Education with a concentration in Autism. She specializes in working with K-4 students who have ADHD and dyslexia. When not hanging out with friends, her husband, step-son, and two cats, Sara enjoys being on the water. She loves swimming, boating, fishing, and just sitting on the dock on the bay.
Ruth Davidson-Schaller, M.A., M.A.
Ruth has substantial experience in the academic setting. Currently a high school Literature teacher, Ruth previously worked as a high school guidance counselor, in academic and college counseling, and taught high school study skills. One-on-one, Ruth primarily works with students on writing and executive function coaching for children and adults. Additionally, Ruth conducts annual homeschool evaluations and consults with schools, parents, educational therapists, and educational consultants on implementing executive function programs. Ruth received her BA in Psychology and MA in both English and Psychology from Washington College. Married with three daughters, Ruth loves to read, travel, sightsee, and enjoy the arts.
Cammie Moncak, M.Ed.
For 8 years, Cammie was a classroom teacher in Montgomery County and taught summer camps at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase and the Smith Center in Rockville. Currently, Cammie focuses on helping students with reading using the Orton Gillingham approach and Wilson program. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and her MA at McDaniel College. Cammie is married and has three children and a Golden Retriever named Lucky. She enjoys nature walks, watching her kids play sports, exercising, and being outside.
Deborah Feigenson, M.A.
Deborah specializes in writing, executive functioning, and adolescent reading comprehension. She is trained in the SMARTS curriculum, gifted education, differentiated instruction, and educational technology. Currently teaching 6th-grade social studies at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and writing at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Deborah has taught writing, English, and social studies for 15 years at all levels from upper elementary school to college. Her primary passion is theater and she directs a Shakespeare club at CESJDS. Deborah also enjoys playing the banjo and going to bluegrass concerts.
Justin Lohr, M.F.A.
Justin focuses on helping students with writing, reading, and executive functioning skills. A Senior Lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park and summer instructor with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Justin has taught writing, reading, and ESL at all levels, from upper elementary students to adult learners. He also served for two years as an Assistant Director of the University of Maryland’s first-year writing program and currently researches student revision practices and the ways in which they use collaboration and reflection to negotiate the different stages of the writing process. He received his undergraduate degree in English and Spanish from St. Joseph’s University and his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, College Park. On the rare occasions when he is not teaching, reading, or writing, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and watching soccer.
Leslie Holst, CALT, CDT
Leslie is an ASDEC trained Certified Academic Language Therapist and IDA Certified Dyslexia Therapist. As a former preschool teacher, Leslie specializes in using the Orton-Gillingham approach with dyslexic students from preschool to 8th grade. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Longwood University and her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. Leslie is married with three children (two are dyslexic), and a beautiful black lab named Kona. When not teaching, Leslie enjoys timing at swim meets, managing her son’s baseball team, reading mysteries, and walking her dog.
Catherine “Cat” Jacobs, M.Ed.
Cat has a passion for teaching. As the daughter of two teachers, the field of education has always been a meaningful and fulfilling profession to her. Previously, she taught middle school special education and is currently working full-time in an elementary setting for Montgomery County Public Schools. Her mission for children is aligned with Imagine Possibility and she offers one-to-one services using evidence-based instruction to help students with reading, writing and executive functioning skills. Cat holds a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Maryland and a certificate in Administration and Supervision from Hood College. Currently, she is working to fine-tune her yoga practice (and is open to any pointers)!
Emily Metzer, CCC-SLP, M.S.
Emily is a Speech Language Pathologist and specializes in speech, language, pragmatic language/social skills, feeding/swallowing, and executive functioning. Emily received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue University and currently works full time for Montgomery County Public Schools in the Preschool Education Program (PEP). Emily’s prior positions in private speech pathology clinics gave her extensive experience working with children who have articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, feeding/swallowing disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, pragmatic language challenges, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and executive functioning disorders. Emily spends her free time with her family (especially her two nieces!), friends, and her dog, Charlie. She enjoys exercising, reading, and hiking.
Janette Pepper, M.A.
Janette is the Business Manager for Imagine Possibility. She holds a Masters degree in Statistics from Columbia and formerly performed feasibility studies for residential and commercial real estate for Delta Associates. In her free time Janette enjoys playing tennis, working out and spending time with her family and friends.
Suzanne has worked at Radcliffe Creek School for 15 years (and at one point was Lisa’s and Sara’s colleague). At RCS she teaches Orton Reading, a wide variety of other classes that focus on mindfulness, social thinking, reading, and writing, and enrichment classes including Youth Yoga, games, and cooking. Prior to joining RCS, Suzanne worked with children ages 3-6 at a Montessori school and for 5 years was a Reading Specialist at Horizons Summer School Program. Suzanne graduated from University of Maryland with a B.A. in Speech Pathology & Audiology and later completed Youth Yoga training at Serenity Yoga Studio in Middletown, DE. As part of the IP team, she works on the invoices, organizes the student binders, does some tutoring, and teaches youth yoga. Suzanne loves the beach and traveling, especially if it’s to visit any of her 3 grown children! She’s an outdoor enthusiast (running, hiking, biking, stand up paddle boarding), yoga practitioner, magazine junkie, and coffee lover.
Gabe Bonilla, CITO & Executive Assistant