2021-2022 Faculty & Staff
Head of School
Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Health and Fitness from Frostburg State University and completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University. She is a registered and licensed occupational therapist (M.S. OTR/L). Kathy began working at The Diener School in 2007 and has served in a variety of roles at Diener including Occupational Therapist and Director of Admissions and Therapeutic Support. In pediatric clinical settings, Kathy has performed assessments and developed occupational therapy treatment plans for children with a variety of diagnoses including sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, and communication disorders. Kathy has attended various workshops on cutting-edge treatment strategies for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, visual processing disorders, and language-based challenges. A sample of training include: Sensory Integration, Anxiety Among Children, Learning without Tears, Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking, and Executive Functioning Strategies for Educators.
Teachers & Teacher Partners
Jo Pittman, MT-BC
Katelen earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Multicultural Special Education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Before starting at the Diener School, Katelen lived in New York City working as an ABA therapist at the Center of Autism and Related Disorders. She has over 4 years of student teaching experience in elementary schools throughout the Bronx, New York. Katelen also has 2 years of experience applying behavioral analysis principles with children/adults who have ASD. Katelen started at Diener in the fall of 2019 as a teaching partner and after a year, she was appointed to a lead teacher/Science teacher position for the middle school. Katelen has training and is certified in executive functioning strategies, Multi-sensory Math, Social Thinking, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED), first aid, and CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.