Meet The Team
We build confidence and competence
Suzanne Ringger- M.Ed., PCET, FIE Mediator, CDT
I have been the director and a therapist at the Pearl Center since 2002. I find joy in using educational therapy techniques to develop...
...good thinking for all of life, and, I love math! Reading, gardening and spending time with my 10 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.
Emily Mangum- B.A., M.A.CDT Certified, FIE Mediator, PCET,
I have been at the Pearl Center for over 10 years. I love getting to know students in a small class setting,...
...as well educational therapy, and mentoring in thinking skills. My hobbies are swimming, knitting, and spending time with my family.
Martha Covington - B.A. in Social Work, FIE Mediator, and P.C.E.T.
I came to the Pearl Center in 2009 after being an educational therapist in a Christian School in N.C....
... Watching my students gain confidence as they progress in their cognitive and academic skills is very rewarding to me. I thoroughly enjoy the one-on-one setting that gives children the freedom to ask questions in a stress-free environment. My husband, two daughters and I stay busy with our mini- farm that includes goats, chickens, dogs, cats, and occasional wildlife that attempt to take up residence in our barn :).
Tiffany Hangen - M.Ed. Special Ed., 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 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.
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.
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.
Sherry Marks- B.S., PCET
I have been a therapist at the Pearl Center since 2015 and a home school educator since 2003. I am passionate about helping students ...
...unlock their learning potential to confidently use their God-given talents. I enjoy trying new recipes, completing puzzles, and spending time at the lake with my husband and five children.
Charity Swanson- 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!
Rosemary Houston- B.A., 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. A few of my favorite things are exercising, observing nature and animals, sports, the beach, time studying the Word, and time with my family.
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.
Tracy Peterson - B.S. Youth, Adult & Family Services
As a teacher’s aide at the Pearl Center, my goal is to help our therapists and students excel...
...My four children have benefited from services at the Pearl Center for over ten years. I’m passionate about helping children and have spent the last three years as a foster mom. When I’m not busy shuttling kids around, I love to enjoy a warm cup of coffee with good friends.
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!
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