Founder/Lead Coach
(Charlotte)

Lisa Podell has over 15 years of experience as a teacher, educational specialist, certified life coach, and public speaker; specializing in helping individuals attain their personal and professional goals. She achieves this by working with students and parents in their home, facilitating teacher and professional trainings, and presenting at schools, conferences, and workplaces.

She has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents who have various learning challenges such as ADHD, Autism, Visual & Auditory Processing Disorders, and Dyslexia. Her area of focus is teaching executive functioning and organizational skills. With her ability to communicate and relate to her clients, she enables the most resistant of people to open up, create new goals, and attempt new strategies so they may experience success and increased confidence.

Lisa is frequently featured on WCNC's Charlotte Today show as their parenting expert. She has been invited to speak at The Rankin Institute for the past three years, facilitated workshops for the tutors who offer support at Charlotte Country Day School and at colleges, such as New York University. She has contributed to various publications such as Charlotte Parent Magazine, Scoop Charlotte, and Good Magazine, and was featured on Lifetime TV’s Little Women: NY as the resident life coach.

Lisa is co-author of the book Mentoring for School Success: Creating Positive Changes. This workbook teaches both students and parents the skills and habits necessary to achieve success both at home and at school. She earned a dual master’s in Educational Theatre and English Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School and a B.F.A in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Lisa received her coaching certification through The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Stacy Kasberg joins Better Sessions after serving two years at The John Crosland School as Director of Middle School and three years at The Epiphany School of Charlotte where she held the position of Head of School. She has 15 years of experience working with students (K-12), parents, and teachers in public and private schools as a teacher, school counselor, and administrator as well as in homes as an ABA therapist (Applied Behavior Analyst) and academic coach. Stacy is also a certified professional life coach and has had tremendous success coaching both teens and adults. Her area of focus includes time management, exam prep, study skills, goal setting, self-advocacy, stress management, and college readiness. She holds a Masters of Education in School Guidance Counseling from Ottawa University and a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. She uses a creative process that inspires students and adults to maximize their true potential by incorporating thought provoking questioning, creating healthy habits and routines, exploring solutions and strategies, and encouraging self- discovery.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Chad Beveridge is a current doctoral student earning his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. He has over five years of experience teaching high school English and running an arts-based youth development program here in Charlotte. Chad has extensive experience with literacy strategies, cross-curricular approaches, and teaching executive functioning skills. He has worked as both a college admissions representative and an academic advisor. Chad has spent time teaching English abroad in South Korea as well as serving his country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. He is passionate about meeting students where they are, empowering them to access their strengths, develop their weaknesses, then take the next step towards a future of possibilities.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Jessica Swiger is a certified Registered Behavior Technician with experience in providing academic support and behavioral intervention to children and adults with ADHD, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a variety of mental health disorders. Jessica has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Appalachian State University and received her Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has extensive experience teaching executive functioning skills to both children and adults who have ADHD, delivering Applied Behavior Analysis, providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a therapeutic role, educational assistance as an academic tutor and long-lasting strategies to enhance workplace performance as a coach to professionals. She specializes in study skills, self-regulation and motivation, goal setting, planning, and time management. Jessica has a strong determination to assist the clients she works with in reaching their full potential by providing a safe and open learning environment, focusing on their strengths and interests, and collaborating with them to create long-term and meaningful goals.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Maryanne Hogan received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a K-12 Reading Endorsement from the University of Florida. She has over 10 years of experience working with students grades K-12 in various settings. Her experience includes working with middle and high school students who have ADHD in one-on-one coaching sessions, teaching executive functioning skills, and collaborating with parents and school personnel to implement accommodations and practical strategies to best meet the needs of students with academic and executive functioning struggles. Her education roles have consisted of classroom teacher, Title 1 intervention lead teacher, data facilitator, academic tutor, mentor, and executive functioning coach. Her areas of focus include organization, time management, goal-setting, college planning, essay writing, test-taking strategies, SAT Reading and Writing & Language prep, and literacy skills. Maryanne is passionate about meeting students where they are at and encouraging them to reach their full potential by helping them discover their strengths and grow in their areas of weakness. She strives to build positive relationships with students and their families, seeking to work together as a team to support growth, confidence, independence and achievement.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Sydney Embler received a Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Parent and Child/Adolescent Development from Liberty University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Sydney is a Registered Behavior Technician and has over five years of extensive experience coaching children and teens diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, anxiety, and learning disabilities in a variety of settings including in-home, school, clinic, and community. Sydney worked as the Director of Services at Behavioral Health and Wellness Center where she performed ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis) with children diagnosed with Autism, ranging from ages 3-15, working on academics, communication, daily living, and executive functioning skills. Sydney is also a parent-coach providing behavioral strategies that improve family dynamics and create a healthier home environment. As an academic coach who specializes in working with students diagnosed with ADHD, ages 6-18, her areas of focus include executive functioning skills, reading and writing interventions, organization, emotional regulation, goal-setting, and behavioral support.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Kate Iyer joins Better Sessions after working in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Durham county public schools for more than six years with students grades, K-3. Her experience includes working with students who have ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and other learning disabilities. Kate created behavioral charts and learning targets for students with a variety of learning differences. She has almost 15 years of experience collaborating with parents and school support team members to create and implement Individualized Education Plans. Kate has had tremendous success in teaching Study Skills and Executive Functioning Skills, both at home and in classroom settings with students grades, K-5. Additionally, Kate served as both a team leader and a mentor for beginning teachers focusing on planning, time management, and organizational skills. She graduated from Guilford College with a dual degree in Education and Psychology. Her passion for building trusting relationships with students, collaborating with their families, and embracing a solution-based approach to identify the next steps make her an exceptional coach.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Michala Barnes is a 3-year certified middle school English language arts teacher. She began her career in education working with Duke TIP as a teaching assistant and later an instructor before joining Teach For America in Charlotte. She received her Master's in applied psychology with a focus in organizational psychology from the University of Southern California and has her Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology from North Carolina Central University. Michala has experience in teaching reading, writing, and organizational skills to gifted students as well as experience with ESL, IEPs, and small group attention. Michala also has worked as a facilitator with adults and heavily values utilizing a relational and context driven approach to work with students in a way that benefits them most.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Stephen Grier is a current CMS high school teacher with three years of experience teaching various social studies courses at the general, honors, and AP levels. Stephen has a wide range of experience working with children and teenagers who have ADD/ADHD, are on the autism spectrum, and have other learning differences. Stephen overcame executive functioning issues associated with childhood ADHD and dyslexia diagnoses. Stephen is passionate about ensuring the well-being of children so they can live successful lives. While earning an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Psychology and Public Policy, Stephen served as the director of Camp Kesem, successfully providing more than 100 children with a free week of summer camp. Stephen went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Teaching Secondary-Social Studies from the same university. Stephen has worked closely with high school students struggling to graduate, serving as a mentor and advisor focusing on goal setting, motivation, and time-management skills. As an AP teacher, Stephen routinely works with students to help them develop resilient study habits and organizational skills. Stephen has a strong desire to see all students find success and believes in meeting people where they are to accomplish this success. Stephen strives to create an open and safe learning environment where students can utilize strengths and identify opportunities for improvement. Stephen excels at collaborating with parents and the support team to develop sustainable solutions that help students achieve their academic goals.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Holly White is an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at McAlpine Elementary, where she has spent the last twenty-four years working with over five hundred students and their respective families. She completed her undergraduate studies at West Virginia University and earned master’s degrees in Special Education and Curriculum Instruction from Grand Canyon University. Through her education and teaching experiences, White has learned how to effectively work and empower students with learning disabilities, including ADD/ADHD; Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; Auditory and Language Processing disorders; nonverbal learning disabilities, and Visual Motor Deficits. Her overarching pedagogical aim is to positively affect academic and social outcomes for all students through sessions focusing on executive functioning skills and study skills. She looks forward to collaborating with you and your child.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Jasmine is a four-year certified History Teacher. Her love for history expanded when she studied abroad in Italy during college. She is entering her second-year teaching 7th grade at Charlotte Lab. Jasmine also facilitates their Quest program where she guides students to become leaders who uplift and impact the community. Jasmine excels at presenting content in creative and engaging ways to a diverse range of learners. She has experience working with students who have ADHD, social and emotional trauma, along with students who are on the autism spectrum. She is passionate about teaching organizational skills and implementing practical routines that increase efficiency. Prior to moving to Charlotte, Jasmine taught 7th grade U.S History in New York for two years at Legacy College Prep. Jasmine has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from La Salle University and received her Master’s Degree in Adolescent Education with a specialization in History from SUNY Old Westbury.

Learn Better Coach
(Raleigh-Durham)

Christine Crowley holds a Masters in Education and Special Education from Touro College of Manhattan and a degree in Education from Purdue University. She has over 14 years of experience working with students with ADD/ ADHD, NVLD, SLD, cognitive deficits, traumatic brain injury, and students on the autism spectrum. She specializes in executive functioning skills, emotional awareness, social skills, communication, and emergent/early literacy. Christine starts the 2018-19 school year with George Watts Elementary as a part-time EC resource teacher. Christine served as the 504 Coordinator at Charlotte Secondary school. She also wrote and implemented an executive functioning skills curriculum while working at Epiphany School of Charlotte. Working collaboratively with educators, parents, and students to develop appropriate accommodations and modifications is one of the many educational aspects she finds so rewarding. Her ability to build trusting relationships with students and parents allows for growth and accomplishment.

Learn Better Coach (NYC)

Emily Bell is a 5-year certified high school special education teacher. She works full time at the Academy for Software Engineering teaching 10th grade World Literature and Global History and has also taught Environmental Science. She received her Master's in Education with a focus in Adolescence Special Education from Hunter College and has her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Fordham University. Emily specializes in teaching reading, writing, and executive functioning skills to students with Learning Disabilities, Speech/Language Impairment, Dyslexia, and ADD/ADHD. She has also completed the Mindful Schools Curriculum for Teachers to implement Mindfulness in K-12 grades. Emily has been involved in an Equity in Education initiative, District Charter Collaborative, through leading a group of teachers in critical conversations around race, education access, and best practices for students with disabilities. Emily values providing student-centered education, building strong relationships and coaching youth to find the systems that work best for them.

The Better Approach

Every Better Session is personalized to meet your needs.
We assess how you process information so that you can capitalize on your strengths, and integrate them into your life.

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Adaptable & Flexible

We travel to your home, workplace, or even your favorite park.

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Collaborative Conversations

We won't tell you what to do. We will meet you where you are.

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Healthy Patterns

We help you identify your strengths.

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New
Routines

We help you take new insights and skills into your day-to-day.