Founder/Lead Coach

Lisa Podell has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, educational specialist, certified professional 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 homes, 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, ASD, 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 multiple times and facilitated professional developments for the Educational Resource Program at Charlotte Country Day School. She recently presented to parents and faculty at Trinity Episcopal School on the topic of modeling executive functioning skills and has had the pleasure of speaking at colleges, such as her alma mater, 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. She is also co-author of the workbook, Mentoring for School Success; Creating Positive Changes which offers students practical skills to improve their approach to learning.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Stacy Kasberg has almost 20 years of experience as an educator and 6 years as a Learn Better Coach with Better Sessions. Stacy is a certified professional life coach that specializes in teaching executive functioning skills, ADHD management, and mindfulness to teens, young adults, and professionals. Her areas of focus include time management, creating personalized organizational systems, short and long-term goal setting, self-advocacy, stress management, college and career readiness, life transitions, and exploring the positives of neurodivergent brains. She holds a Masters of Education in School Guidance Counseling from Ottawa University and a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. Her experience includes serving as Director of Middle School at The John Crosland School, Head of School at The Epiphany School of Charlotte, as well as a school counselor and teacher. She uses a creative process that inspires students and adults to maximize their productivity and potential by incorporating thought-provoking questioning, creating healthy habits and routines, exploring solutions and strategies, and encouraging self-discovery. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys yoga, reading, traveling, and spending time with her daughter and cat.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Jessica Swiger is an Executive Function Coach 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. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham literacy teaching method. 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 has almost 15 years of experience working with students, grades K-12 in various educational settings. She specializes in 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 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 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. Maryanne received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a K-12 Reading Endorsement from the University of Florida.

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 has nearly 15 years of experience working as an educator and has worked with Better Sessions for 3 years. She holds a master's degree in elementary education with a specialization in literacy from UNC Charlotte as well as a dual degree from Guilford College in Education and Psychology. Kate has worked in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Durham County public schools for over six years, primarily working with elementary students. Her skill set includes specialized approaches for students with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and other learning disabilities. Kate has also crafted behavioral charts and learning targets tailored to various learning differences. She has collaborated extensively with parents and support teams to develop and implement Individualized Education Plans. Since joining Better Sessions, Kate has expanded her reach by working with middle school students, focusing on executive functioning skills, routines, and homework procedures. She has also been instrumental in improving students' writing skills and reading comprehension. Throughout her career, Kate has served in leadership roles, mentoring beginning teachers in planning, time management, and organizational skills. Committed to fostering trusting relationships with students and their families, Kate employs a solution-based approach to identify the next steps.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte)

Lindsay Kennedy is a certified teacher with a Master's in Education in teaching, learning, and assessment. She has been a middle school teacher for over ten years specifically teaching 5th through 8th graders. She has taught math, history, and ELA. She has had years of experience working with parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff to implement 504 and Individualized Education Plans. She is a strong student advocate and cares about the well-being of the whole child. She specializes in reading comprehension, essay writing, organization, and executive functioning. She loves working with students to help them realize their full potential. She assists students in goal-setting, organization, and time management. She prides herself on being able to connect with her students and effectively communicate with parents to create an "all hands on deck" approach to support students at home and in school.

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 (Charlotte)

Sarah holds bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Educational Studies from Belmont Abbey College. Additionally, she holds a Graduate Certification in Teaching and a Master’s in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Sarah has almost 10 years of experience working with students who have learning differences. She is currently a Special Education teacher for the Charlotte Mecklenburg school system where she supports a wide variety of students, K-12. She has extensive experience working with students who have ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, and behavioral support needs. Sarah has a background in working with IEPS, 504 plans, eligibility determinations, reevaluations, and psychological evaluations. Sarah focuses on utilizing provided data to equip students with individualized support and content customization to meet each student’s individual and specific learning style. Sarah specializes in helping students succeed in executive functioning skills, study skills, test-taking strategies, time management, self-confidence, and goal setting. Sarah is trained in the Orton-Gillingham literacy teaching method. She also has 7+ years of experience tutoring students, grades K-12 in the following subjects: ELA and Social Studies up to 12th-grade content, Science up to 10th-grade content, and Math up to 9th-grade content. Sarah creates a safe and interactive learning environment that fosters open communication, growth, and a positive coaching relationship.

Learn Better Coach (Charlotte

Mary McAfee has spent her entire professional life working to better the lives of students and children both in and out of the classroom. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Sociology from St. Lawrence University along with a Masters in Teaching from SUNY Plattsburgh and currently holds her National Boards Certification. She has seven years of full time experience as an English teacher (grades 5-8) in public and private settings as well as experience 1:1 tutoring students in reading, writing, SAT, and executive functioning skills. Mary has worked with students with ADHD, ODD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, and a variety of learning/processing disorders in classroom, community, and home settings. She also has specific training on dyslexia through the Orton Gillingham model. Currently, Mary works full time as a 5th grade teacher for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and looks forward to supporting your child and family in their educational journey.

Learn Better Coach (Virtual)

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 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 and adult clients where they are, empowering them to access their strengths, develop their weaknesses, then take the next step towards a future of possibilities.

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.

Adaptable & Flexible

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

Collaborative Conversations

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

Healthy Patterns

We help you identify your strengths.


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