Jill Kolstad, M.Ed.
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.
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
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