About Me

Jill Kolstad, M.Ed. 

Educational Diagnostician

Phone:  903-225-1582

jill.kolstad@gmail.com

  

I have been in the field of education for 45 years.  I have worked as an Educational Diagnostician for 19 years.  I have tested for cognitive and learning disabilities, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, math, attention, memory, school readiness and behavior issues.  I provide a comprehensive report, including Response to Intervention strategies along with recommended modifications and accommodations. I also provide in-depth information about each concern pinpointed. As a long time teacher, I have the experience to know how the system works.

 

I taught, wrote curriculum, and managed a private preschool for 10 years. I was a Special Education teacher, Pre-K to 6th, for 15 years in the public school system. My students were autistic, cognitive (IQ), learning, attention and behaviorally disabled. I assessed, wrote and presented Individual Education Plans (IEP's) to enable students to work within a regular classroom.

 

I worked at Tarrant County College as a Developmental Reading instructor for 5 years, and have had a private practice as an Educational Diagnostician for 6+ years.

 

Education:

2001- 2004  Stephen F. Austin State University      

           M.Ed.  Special Education, Educational Diagnostician Certificate

 

1974-1976 University of Texas, Dallas 

          Special Education Certificate, Generic

 

1969-1973 Southern Methodist University                       

          B.A. Elementary Education 

Work Experience:

2009 - Present  Educational Diagnostician, Private Practice

 

2008-2013 Adjunct Professor, Developmental Reading, Tarrant County College South

 

1989-2007  Palestine Independent School District           

          2001-2007  Educational Diagnostician,   Pre-K – 12           

          1994-2001  Special Education/Inclusion Teacher, K – 2           

          1991-1994  Special Education Resource Teacher, K – 2           

          1989-1991  General Education Compensatory Teacher, 2 grade

 

1979-1989  St. Philip’s Episcopal Discovery School, State Licensed                                   

           Director, Preschool Teacher 2, 3, 4 year olds     

   

1976-1978  Elkhart Independent School Teacher                                   

           Special Education Resource Teacher, Preschool – 6 grade

 

1973-1976  Various jobs including secretary/accountant, sales, seamstress

 

1971-1973  Southern Methodist University, student, secretary, Cox Business School

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