My name is Dr. Kara Yeoman, and I am a lifelong educator. My first teaching job was in the U.S. Peace Corps, as an English instructor at a junior high in the Republic of Kiribati.
When I returned, I obtained my Masters Degree in Special Education, and worked with at-risk youth.
In 2010, I began teaching in the public school system, working in both mild to moderate and moderate to severe special day classes. I realized that I had a passion for educational technology, and completed my Doctorate in Distance Learning and Educational Technology.
It was at this time, that my daughter needed an IEP. Sitting on the parent side of the table was a truly life changing experience, and gave me a deep understanding of the emotional journey of parent with a student with an IEP.
Education leadership became an inspiration for me, and I spent four years serving as a Program Specialist and Summer School Principal. In these positions, I was able to examine the needs of students through a wider lens.
I realized that social skills curriculum, facilitation of play and peer relationships, and implementation of coping skills and emotional regulation strategies was a huge area of need for so many students. From this inspiration, Lighthouse Consulting was born.
I look forward to meeting you and your child to create a program to meet his or her needs.
Frances English has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. She has been a general and special education teacher, program specialist, and currently serves as the director of special education in Fremont Unified School District.
She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education, as well as an Administrative Credential. She has been a huge advocate in many students for students with IEPs to receive equitable treatment, and has built systems to allow students access to inclusion opportunities.
Frances has been on both sides of the table, as she has children with IEPs, and has an important understanding of the emotional journey.