Oakland Neuropsychology welcomes our newest staff member, Kari Jo Wagner, an Educational Therapist with over 15 years of experience working with students.
She began her teaching career in Japan teaching ESL, and then taught in the Chicago schools for over 12 years as a classroom and Special Education teacher. Together, these experiences developed her understanding of the multi-level demands placed on students in the classroom. Since 2010, Kari Jo has also worked with students individually as an Educational Therapist.
Kari Jo’s personal education has followed the needs of her students. She first earned a Master’s in Elementary Education from DePaul University, followed by an endorsement to teach English as a Second Language. She then completed a master’s course to become a Learning Behavior Specialist and earned a second master’s degree in Special Education. She is trained in the Wilson Reading System, a multi-sensory reading program for struggling readers. Kari Jo is also a Professional level Educational Therapist (ET/P) approved and endorsed by the Association of Educational Therapists.
In Kari Jo’s Educational Therapy practice, she utilizes reviews of neuropsychological assessments and her own formal and informal assessments to develop specific goals and learning plans for each student. She then applies appropriate alternative teaching strategies and methods to meet these goals while consistently monitoring student progress. Kari Jo is highly qualified to support students’ skill remediation in:
- Executive Functioning skills including:
- Goal setting
- Short & Long-term planning
- Task initiation
- Organization of materials
- Concepts, fact practice, and recall
- Fluency, comprehension, and critical thinking
- Phonics and spelling
- Written communication
Learn more about the benefits of Educational Therapy here:
What are the differences between an Educational Therapist and a Tutor?