Joan F. Harney
Joan Harney taught in the Brentwood School District for 32 years, first as an elementary classroom teacher, and then as a Math Specialist for 22 years. She has been a frequent staff developer for mathematics in Brentwood and has designed and taught courses and workshops throughout Long Island. Joan is a past recipient of the ASSET (Association of Suffolk County Supervisors for Educational Technologies) Award, for “Outstanding Use of Technology in the Classroom” and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Brentwood Board of Education for “Significant and Sustained Contribution towards the Educational Development of Brentwood Students.”
Liz Sheehan earned her Educational Leadership Certificate (EDL) from Stony Brook University. She holds an MS in Special Education and a BS in Hearing and Speech Sciences. Liz has been teaching in the Brentwood School District since 2003 in a resource room, self-contained classroom for students with learning disabilities, as well as her current position in a self-contained classroom for students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. Prior to her years in Brentwood, Liz worked in a Learning Early Advantage Program (LEAP) at the University of Maryland. In addition to her NYS Teaching Certificates in General Education K-6 and Special Education N-12, Liz is certified in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and has received CPI training for proper and safe restraint. Liz’s expertise regarding the RtI process, behavior management and her years of experience teaching children with a wide range of challenges, makes her a valuable asset to WISE.
Laura Symons is a NYS Certified Reading Teacher in Grades K-12. She has been teaching in the Brentwood School District since 1992, and is currently a Reading Specialist. Laura was an adjunct instructor of Literacy Education at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, where she taught both graduate and undergraduate courses. Laura continues to develop and implement numerous workshops at the building and district levels on topics including using data from miscue analyses to drive reading instruction and fostering content-area vocabulary acquisition for second language learners. For several years, Laura was a teacher in a side-by-side bilingual class and a Dual Language Immersion program. These experiences have given Laura a unique perspective on the language acquisition process for second language learners.