Blanche Podhajski, Ph.D.
Blanche Podhajski founded the Stern Center for Language and Learning in 1983 with a clear mission: she envisioned a learning center that combined direct services for individuals, training for educators, and research on learning differences. Thanks to her vision, the Stern Center has become a renowned learning resource for our region and nationally.
Dr. Podhajski has over forty years experience working with individuals with learning differences. She teaches and consults with educators throughout the country and is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences. She is the co-author of Sounds Abound and BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®.
Michael Shapiro, M.B.A.
Michael has been working in corporate finance for 18 years. Past professional experiences include Fidelity in Boston, Sotheby’s in NewYork, and Revision Military in Essex Junction, Vermont.
Janna Osman, M.Ed.
Janna Osman comes to the Stern Center having spent 8 years as the Learning Disabilities Consultant at the Vermont Department of Education. She spent 12 years as a special education practitioner and a practicum coordinator at St. Michael’s College. Her collaboration with the Stern Center, in her role with the DOE, led to the development of The VT Lab School, and a Tier 3 assessment and instruction design for students with learning disabilities. Her position at the Stern Center enables her to design and provide outreach professional learning opportunities for educators and families, to enhance the lives of all learners, on both a state and national level.
Edward R. Wilkens, Ed.D.
Ed Wilkens served as a Vermont public school principal for 19 years across all grade levels pre-K through grade 12. He lives in Charlotte, VT with his wife and enjoys reading with his grand kids.