About Us

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to learning for all as we recognize that all great minds don't think alike.

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Meet Our Team

Meet our professional staff of diagnosticians and instructors versed in a wide range of disciplines.

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Success Stories

Read stories and testimonials about learners of all ages who found academic and social success at the Stern Center.

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Courses Calendar

Join our knowledgeable and experienced staff in learning research-proven strategies in the areas of literacy, social cognition, math, and more.

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Courses & Workshops

Browse our entire collection of Professional Learning offerings. Find a course for yourself or design a customized remedial program for your school/district.

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BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®

Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.

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Blanche Podhajski, Ph.D.

President

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 Sound’s Abound and BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®

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Jane Nathan, Ph.D.

Research Director

Jane Nathan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist Doctorate and a Licensed School Psychologist. In addition to directing research at the Stern Center for more than ten years, she has a private practice that specializes in a wide array of psychological services for children and families. Dr. Nathan also holds a clinical Assistant Professor appointment through Family Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine where she teaches and serves as mentor and career advisor to first year medical students. She has also taught courses at University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and Trinity College.

Janna Osman, M.Ed.

Vice President for Advanced Learning

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.

Michael Shapiro, M.B.A.

Chief Operating Officer

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. 

Moneer Greenbaum, B.A.

Director of Development

Moneer Greenbaum has extensive experience in the development field, including nine years at Champlain College, first as Major Gift Officer and then as Leadership Giving Director. Previous to her career in fundraising, Greenbaum had a successful 20-year career at the Fortune 500 company, US Airways. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from University of California San Diego in 1978.

Having the opportunity for a coach to watch your lesson and give you feedback based on a student's needs is crucial for professional growth. The O-G course and practicum are invaluable and the effects will last a lifetime for all of us.

- Special Education Teacher in an Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator training course