Meet The Team
We build confidence and competence
Suzanne Ringger- M.Ed., FIE Mediator, SL/DS
I have been the director and a therapist at the Pearl Center since 2002. I find joy in using educational therapy techniques and...
...and Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment to develop good thinking for all of life. I am a FIE Mediator. Reading, gardening and spending time with my 12 grandchildren are my favorite things.
Lauren Kirk- B.S. Special Ed., FIE Mediator, PCET
As a former public school teacher and an educational therapist at the Pearl Center since 2014, ...
...I am passionate about building relationships with students and leading them to become more confident, independent learners. I also enjoy spending time with my family, playing the piano, singing in my church’s choir, and running road races with my husband.
Allison Koepper - B.S Psychology
I’ve been a part of the Pearl Center since 2002, working in various roles, first as an educational therapist and assessment...
...administrator and later as the office manager. I’m currently working on special projects and supporting the staff however I can. My favorite things include time with my family, coffee, reading, and sunsets at the beach!
Tiffany Hangen - M.Ed. Special Ed., FIE Mediator, CET
I have been a private, public, residential, and home school teacher over the last 20 years...
...After seeing how NILD/FIE therapy made a huge difference for my son, I knew I wanted to help other kids learn these tools for success. I am a FIE Mediator. I earned my Certificate in Educational Therapy and joined the Pearl Center staff in 2020. When I’m not at Pearl, I love spending time with my husband, 3 kids and 3 dogs.
B.A., Teachers Aide
I came to the Pearl Center in 2017 after 5 years of retirement from the Department of Social Services. My training there focused on identifying and providing services to children...
and families. I have a heart for all children who struggle with emotional and learning issues. I love having the opportunity to build relationships with young people and watch them become excited about learning. In my spare time I love volunteering at a drug rehab center for women, working in women’s ministry at my church, and camping.
Maggie was a loyal friend to the entire Pearl Center family, as a comfort and protector to so many, for over 10 years. She is dearly missed!
Lisa Clark- B.A.
I have worked in the field of education for over 25 years. I’ve been managing the Pearl Center's office and assisting the director since October 2016. The students in...
... classes think I’m the principal. Shhh, don’t tell them I’m not. When I’m not at Pearl, I enjoy spending time with my husband and adult children, going for rides in the country, and traveling to places I’ve never been.
Noelle Knutson- M.Ed., PCET, FIE Mediator
I joined the Pearl Center team in 2007. Working with learners who need a novel approach..
...to help them achieve their goals, makes this the most gratifying job. Helping to restore hope and a joy for learning is my primary goal for each student. When I’m not at the Pearl Center you’ll find me baking granola, seeing the world with family, or planning a party for my nieces and nephews.
Linda Driscoll- M.A., PCET, FIE Mediator, CDT
I have been an educational therapist since 2008, with previous experience in Christian education over 30...
...years. I love working one on one with students who have learning challenges and see them grow through their time at Pearl. I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and travel having lived in Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Indonesia as an adult.
Rosemary Houston- B.A., FIE Mediator, Early Childhood and Elementary Ed., CET
Prior to beginning at The Pearl Center in 2020, I enjoyed being home...
...with our four sons, homeschooling three of them over the past 15 years. Before the birth of our first son, I taught fourth grade. I delight in helping students capture that “Ah-Ha!” moment of understanding new concepts, and seeing the glory of God in His creation. I am a FIE Mediator. A few of my favorite things are exercising, observing nature and animals, sports, the beach, time studying the Word, and time with my family.
B.S. Special Ed., PCET, FIE Mediator, CDT
I’ve been an educator in various settings for 30 years and a therapist at Pearl since 2013. Having previous training and experience...
... in the Orton Gillingham approach, I am especially passionate about reading intervention for students with dyslexia. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, having coffee with friends, and eating Mexican food!
Mary Ellen DeGarmo- B.S. Ed., PCET, FIE Mediator, CDT
Before coming to the Pearl Center in 2008, I taught in private schools for 10 years and homeschooled ...
... my three children for 16 years. Helping my students grow cognitively and socially is one of the main reasons for loving what I do at the Center. I love the color blue, spending time with my family, reading, and drinking hot tea.
Karen O’Neal- B.S.Ed., PCET, FIE Mediator, CDT
I began my teaching career in 1976 as an elementary educator followed by 30 years of educating my own...
... 5 children at home before coming to the Pearl Center in 2010 as an educational therapist. I am grateful for and enjoy the opportunity to get to know each of my student’s unique qualities and watch them blossom into confident, competent thinkers. Some of my favorite things are drinking coffee and reading scripture on my screened in porch while watching the wild animals and birds, as well as playing with my grandkids.
Emily Ratliff- B.A., CET
I worked at the Pearl Center as a teacher and therapist from 2004 to 2008. Although I am currently homeschooling my three children, I continue to screen for the...
... SEARCH program. In addition to my children, my household includes two dogs, one cat and two guinea pigs. I enjoy reading when I have the time.
Sherry Marks- B.S., FIE Mediator, PCET
I have been a therapist at the Pearl Center since 2015 and was a home school educator for 19 years. I am passionate about ...
...helping students unlock their learning potential to confidently use their God-given talents. I am a FIE Mediator. I enjoy reading, trying new recipes, completing puzzles, and spending time at the lake or outdoors with my family.
B.A., Teachers Aide
Having retired after 34 years as an Early Childhood Educator it is a privilege to serve at the Pearl Center as an aide. I get to work with children and serve the teachers.
I am trained in Search & Teach, as well as the Orton-Gillingham approach. In my free time, I enjoy “practicing hospitality”, going to the gym so I can keep up with our 4 grand’s, participating in Bible Studies, and reading.
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