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Chelsea Wessel-Sloan

OWNER/BOARD CERTIFIED EDUCATIONAL THERAPIST

  • Post Graduate Program in Educational Therapy: UC Berkeley

  • MA in Child Development: Mills College, Oakland, CA

  • BA in English Literature: Montana State University

Chelsea founded Thinking Cap Educational Services in 2011 when she moved back to Bozeman after a 20-ish year hiatus in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Having worked in Bay Area private schools as a learning specialist and general education teacher as well as in private practice as an Educational Therapist, Chelsea brings a wealth of unique knowledge and experience to her work in Montana.  Chelsea specializes in psycho-educational assessment, case management and remediation planning; especially for the most complicated learning challenges.  When not working, Chelsea loves a good workout, spends time with her family and is always planning the next great vacation. She recently decided to take up biathlon!

 
 
 
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Amy Yovich

THINKING CAP LEARNING SPECIALIST

  • MA in Special Education: University of Northern Colorado

  • BA in Elementary Education, Special Education: University of Northern Colorado

Amy has taught in a variety of settings, with an emphasis in individualized instruction.  She began her teaching career in Arizona, then Colorado before settling in Bozeman, Montana.   She has worked with a wide range of ages and abilities, (Pre-K through adult) and has home-schooled the youngest of her two daughters.   Amy is an active volunteer in the Bozeman schools and Hand Me Down Some Silver, Inc., a Bozeman non-profit organization providing support to young musicians.   In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and daughters, baking, reading, origami and drawing.

 
 
 
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Sarah Proffitt

THINKING CAP LEARNING SPECIALIST

  • Special Education Teaching Endorsement : College of Great Falls

  • BS in Social Work: University of Wyoming

  • BA in Art Education: Montana State University

Sarah came to Bozeman in 1983 from Colorado by way of Wyoming and Utah. She worked in both education and the ski industry until she began teaching in Special Education for the Bozeman School District in 1993.  Sarah worked with students with a wide range of learning challenges and special needs including ADHD, hearing impaired, Autism Spectrum disorder and mild to severe cognitive delays.  Sarah retired from the Bozeman School District in 2013 and started with Thinking Cap in the summer of 2015.  Sarah is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening, hiking and camping with her family and dogs.

 
 
 
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Diana Cloninger

THINKING CAP LEARNING SPECIALIST

  • MA Interdisciplinary Studies: Area of Severe Disabilities – Montana State University – Billings

  • BS Education Special/Elementary, Montana State University – Billings

Diana is a Montana girl! She was born and raised in Butte, lived in Billings for 14 years before moving to Bozeman in 1990 with her husband and daughter. She recently retired from Bozeman Public Schools after 35 years of teaching. Diana brings a variety of educational experiences to Thinking Cap including working with children with ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, cognitive disabilities along with providing intervention remediation to struggling learners. Diana’s interests range from spending time at her family cabin on Ennis Lake, visiting grandchildren, gardening, walking, and making jewelry. In addition, Diana is on the Board of Directors for Reach Inc., a non-profit organization that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities.

 
 
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Cooper Moy

THINKING CAP LEARNING SPECIALIST

  • MSE Early and Childhood General Education, Bank Street College, NY

  • Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Training, The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

  • BA Global Studies, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Cooper has taught students of all ages in a variety of educational settings all over the world. She grew up in California’s Napa Valley, and received her undergraduate degree in Global Studies after completing coursework in Latin America, Australia, India and South Africa. After finishing her undergrad work, she became a Native English Teacher in Hong Kong and the Philippines. In 2014, Cooper moved to New York City to further pursue her career in education. While attending Bank Street College with a focus in Early and Childhood General Education, she taught in some of New York City’s top private schools. She recently moved to Bozeman to be closer to family, and is excited to start a new chapter in her life.

 
 

Karen Waller

THINKING CAP LEARNING SPECIALIST

  • BA in English, Concordia College, Moorhead MN

  • Teaching Certificate, English 5-12 and Reading K-12, Montana State University

  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction with Literacy Endorsement, University of Montana

Karen began her career working with At-Risk students in the Bozeman Junior and Senior High Schools, teaching job preparedness skills.  After the birth of her daughter, she took a position as an English teacher at Headwaters Academy, and then was lucky to stay home for a few years after the birth of her son.  Intrigued by the development of her children’s language and reading skills, Karen found her interest evolving from teaching secondary English to teaching reading to early readers and struggling students.  Karen has also taught in the Education department at MSU since 2012, observing and instructing pre-service teachers as they begin their own careers in education.