NH Preschool Special Education Professional Development Initiative


Mary Beth LaSalle – mbl@tds.net

Mary Beth has called NH home now for 37 years and terms it “one of the best things that ever happened to me!”   Mary Beth worked for 30+ years as a special education teacher and administrator in southern NH and New York State. She holds a BS degree in Elementary Education, N-8 from the College of White Plains of Pace University and a M.Ed. in Special Education and Learning Disabilities from the College of New Rochelle in New York.

Mary Beth was an adjunct professor of special education at Rivier (College) University and currently she is the Preschool Outcomes Measurement (POMs) Technical Assistance Consultant at the Bureau of Special Education at the NHDOE.  She also provides consultation, training and support to numerous school districts and private schools through Creative Educational Consulting, LLC.  In her free time Mary Beth enjoys meeting people, cooking, traveling and hiking.


Michelle Lewis – mlewis@picnh.org

Michelle grew up in northern NH and after living in different areas of the country she returned to NH to raise a family.  She holds a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and has worked with families and systems for nearly 20 years.  Michelle is a skilled facilitator, having successfully led numerous statewide initiatives focused on educating and promoting collaboration for student success.  She is experienced in working at the national, state and local levels and understands the changing needs of systems.  She believes in what the research shows, when families, schools, and communities work together, children succeed.  In addition to her work on PTAN, Michelle is the Parent Information Center’s Executive Director and Project Director for NH’s Race2K project.


Consultation for Successful Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs 


Sheila Demers

For many years Sheila has provided childcare consultation to programs throughout the state. With NH Department of Education certification in Special Education, Elementary Education and School Counseling, and over twenty years as a Preschool Coordinator, she has worked extensively with teachers and families with young children with special needs. She enjoys working collaboratively with educational teams to provide comprehensive supports for preschoolers based on the individual strengths and challenges of each child.

Sandy Hogan

Sandy Hogan is a NH Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and is also credentialed as an Early Childhood Master Professional/Allied Professional with the Child Development Bureau. She has 25 plus years’ experience working with young children and families as well as the many professionals who interface with them. She has worked with PTAN for more than 10 years. For fun, Sandy likes to hike and to play with her grandchildren and dog.

Simonne Perry

Simonne Perry has a Master’s degree in Language and Learning Disabilities and is a Certified Teacher.   She has an extensive history working as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in public education in Southern New Hampshire.  She is an Educator and Evaluator for Early Supports and Services with children ranging from Birth to three.  As an Early Childhood Master Professional, she has taught at the college level and worked as a workshop trainer, consultant and mentor to many in the field of Early Education.  Her main objective is to work together with families and early childhood professionals to support each individual child.

Megg Thompson

Megg Thompson, a former Kindergarten teacher of ten years, is a Certified Behavior Consultant and Family/Life Coach in association with The Fitzgerald Institute with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is also a PTAN consultant.  To get to where she is today she has interned with Bev Bos at the Roseville Community Preschool in Roseville, CA and with Jeanine Fitzgerald at the Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning in Northborough, MA.  Through these experiences she has adopted a proactive and strength based approach to behavior.  She uses this model to help ALL children and adults find success and empowerment through their natural design.  She spends her days in both public and private schools, early learning centers and in homes helping children of all ages be the best they can be.  Check her out at meggthompson.com