CAMDEN, N.J., June 02, 2020 — Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who face challenges that prevent them from being successful in a traditional classroom, today announced the appointment of Diane Myers, Ph.D. to senior vice president, special education–behavior. In this role, Myers is responsible for leading the company’s pedagogical approach to behavior practices.
“As the organization continues to expand, Diane is a fantastic addition to our team of special education experts,” said Andrea Vargas, president of SESI. “She will work to ensure our proven educational and behavioral models continue helping students develop the skills they need to be successful. In addition, she’ll further develop our instructional and proactive approach to behavior management so students have a greater likelihood of positive outcomes when they transition out of our programs.”
Her professional expertise is deeply focused on positive behavioral interventions and supports, students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and training teachers in evidence-based classroom management practices.
Myers arrives at Specialized Education Services, Inc. with experience implementing, teaching, and researching positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) at the individual, classroom, and school-wide levels. Most recently, she served as chair of the department of teacher education at Texas Woman’s University, where she was a professor and the program coordinator for special education. Her research includes teacher training and professional development, classroom management, and supporting students with challenging behavior. Myers regularly conducted professional development in classroom management and provided training and support to schools and districts implementing PBIS across Texas and nationwide.
Myers earned her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Connecticut, her M.S. in special education from Southern Connecticut State University, and her B.A. in English from Connecticut College. Prior to relocating to Texas, she was a special education faculty member for six years at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.
“I’m excited to take on this meaningful role at Specialized Education Services, Inc. especially during these unprecedented times,” said Myers. “The company has a long history of making a positive impact on students and their families across the country, and I look forward to contributing to that tradition. During these unprecedented times, a proactive and positive approach to supporting student behavior is critical and will continue to be as we navigate the new educational landscape.”
The author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is coauthor of Classwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: A Guide to Proactive Classroom Management and Implementing Classwide PBIS: A Guide to Supporting Teachers.
RoseComm for SESI