Bridget Scott-Weich, EdD, NBC, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Director of Graduate Programs and Administration
DHH Graduate Program
Bridget was born in Jamaica, completing her bachelor’s degree in geography at the University of the West Indies. She earned her multiple subject credential at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, and taught bilingual classrooms in local school districts for 14 years. Bridget earned her MSEd in Communication Handicapped from the University of Southern California/John Tracy Center. She completed her doctorate in Language and Literacy at USC with a dissertation that explored scaffolded writing in deaf children. In addition to these degrees, Bridget is a National Board Certified teacher who holds credentials and certificates in administration and language development. She taught DHH students and their families in Los Angeles Unified School District for over 20 years, where she also directed a multi-year project to improve listening and spoken language services in the DHH program. She also served as educational liaison at the House Children’s Hearing Center at UCLA for 3 years. Bridget has presented and published on literacy, language, auditory-verbal strategies, and parent involvement. Bridget has mentored candidates toward certification as Listening and Spoken Language Specialists, and serves on the Review Committee for the A.G. Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.
Angie Stokes, MEd, LSLS Cert AVEd
Director of Graduate Instruction and Teacher Development
DHH Graduate Program
Angie graduated from Loma Linda University with a bachelor’s degree in child development and family sciences, and worked as a general education teacher for a year before completing the master’s program at the University of Southern California in education/deaf education. Angie completed a second master’s degree in special education at the University of San Diego, where she conducted research on parents’ satisfaction with telepractice. Angie has a clear DHH credential with authorizations in autism spectrum disorders and English learners. Angie has worked at John Tracy Center for 30 years, first as a teacher for 9 years, then as Director of Education Services for 21 years. As Director of Education Services, Angie provided the vision and supervision in John Tracy Center listening and spoken language programs, including early intervention, preschool, and itinerant services. Angie created John Tracy Center Bilingual Program in 2007 to serve the growing numbers of Spanish-speaking families. Her own bilingual skills are in demand as a speaker at local, national, and international conferences, as well as in the JTC Talks telepractice program that reaches families around the world. Presentation topics include parent empowerment, bilingual education, development of listening and spoken language skills, and mainstreaming.
Jerome Ammer, PhD.
Jerry is Professor Emeritus and former Director Language, Literacy and Special Education Programs at the University of San Diego, has been a special educator for over 40 years. He taught special education in the Chicago Public Schools before receiving his doctorate in special education and rehabilitation at Boston College. After working at Boston Children Hospital, Rhode Island College and Long Island University he settled in San Diego. In addition to serving as President of the Council for Learning Disabilities, California Council for Exceptional Children and governing board of the Council for Exceptional Children, he has published extensively in special education. He is co-author of several tests including the Birth to Three Test with Tina Bangs. Jerry teaches the research methods course for both the Onsite and Distance Learning Programs.
Shava Feinstein, MSEd, MA, CCC-A, Cert AVT®
Shava graduated from the University of Southern California and completed her masters at the John Tracy Center/USC Graduate Program. She worked at Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired for several years before continuing her education to earn a master’s degree in Audiology and become certified as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist. Ms. Feinstein now lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon and works for Beaverton School District, Oregon as a program specialist (AVT, teacher of the deaf, district consultant) providing services to children in early intervention through school age (0-18). Shava presents often at conferences and workshops for colleagues and parents while providing consultation to professionals throughout the state of Oregon. Shava teaches the online auditory-verbal courses in the Distance Learning Program.
Jane Freutel, EdD, CED, LSLS Cert AVT®
Jane has taught children with hearing loss for 39 years. She has worked with children who range in age from 2 months to 13 years, and adults, to develop their auditory skills with their new cochlear implants. She spent 30 years as a classroom teacher, itinerant teacher, supervisor, therapist in and coordinator of an after-school clinic, and as a member of an administrative team at Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired. She has 3 academic degrees (bachelor’s in English with a minor in speech from California State University Long Beach, a master’s in education/Special Education from California State University Los Angeles, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix). She holds a teaching credential in Special Education with lifetime certification and a Clear Administrative Services Credential from the state of California. She has 3 national certifications (Listening and Spoken Language Specialist: Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist; Council on Education of the Deaf: Parent-Infant and Elementary Education; NECCI Trainer). Presentations and publication topics include spoken bilingual education, auditory skill development, cochlear implants in children, social studies/cognitive skill development, and social skill development for children with hearing loss. Jane supervises student teaching for the Onsite Program.
Florence Himelfarb, AuD, CCC-A
Florence is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She received her bachelor’s in sociology from Yeshiva University, her master’s in audiology at City University of New York, and her doctorate in audiology from Salus University. As a pediatric audiologist at Children’s Hospital of New York, she specialized in comprehensive pediatric evaluations, including complete pediatric audiologic evaluations, selection, fitting and consultation of assistive listening devices, providing evaluations for cochlear implant candidates, NRT, mapping and follow up, and auditory processing evaluations. She also served as Director of Audiology at John Tracy Center until 2012, before moving to northern California to develop her private practice. Dr. Himelfarb teaches the two audiology courses in the Distance Learning Program.
Theana Kezios, MEd, MFT, Cert AVEd®
Theana has a California Single Subject Credential in English, California Specialist Instruction Credential in Communication Handicapped/DHH, a Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate to teach English Language Learners, and is a marriage and family therapist, as well as a Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator. After graduating from the John Tracy Center/USC Graduate Program, she worked for 16 years as a classroom teacher in grades 2-5 for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and, was an itinerant DHH teacher for the district with DHH students from pre-K through 12th grade for several years. She is now the DHH Specialist at LAUSD. She specializes in motivating children’s language and literacy development through authentic children’s literature. Theana teaches the Distance Learning candidates during their two courses on learners 5-22, including methods of instruction for learners 5-22, and the student teaching experience.
Laura W. Kretschmer, EdD, CCC-A
Laura is Professor Emerita of Audiology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Allied Health Sciences, at the University of Cincinnati where she was employed since 1967. She taught graduate courses in audiology and a course on management of hard of hearing children in schools for students in speech-language-pathology. Her particular interests are in vocal development in typical infants, and management of young children who with hearing loss. She has been a co-author with Richard Kretschmer on two books, and several chapters, as well as a dozen articles on the topic of communication development in children with hearing loss. She co-teaches the two language classes in the Distance Learning Program with Richard Kretschmer.
Richard R. Kretschmer, EdD
Richard is Professor Emeritus and former Director of Graduate Programs in the Division of Teacher Education at the University of Cincinnati where he was employed since 1970. He has taught a very popular graduate course in theories of language development with typical enrollments of 50-70 SLP, audiology and special education/early childhood students. He is well known and well regarded as a researcher, writer and educator on the topic of language development in children with hearing loss, as well as with children with other kinds of communication and language learning challenges. Most recently, he has been involved in research on children who are acquiring English as a second language or who are bilingual. He co-teaches the two language classes in the Distance Learning Program with Laura Kretschmer.
Mary D. McGinnis, Cand PhD, LSLS Cert AVT®
Mary has taught children with hearing loss for 50 years in a variety of settings using various approaches, including Auditory-Verbal, Auditory-Oral, Cued Speech, and Total Communication. Her academic preparation includes four degrees (BA in English and MA in Education, California State University, Los Angeles; MA in Linguistics and Cand PhD in Linguistics, University of Southern California), four California credentials (Elementary, Secondary: English, DHH, and Administrative Services), and four certifications (Listening and Spoken Language Specialist: Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, Council on Education of the Deaf: Elementary and Secondary Education, Supervision of Elementary and Secondary Education, and NECCI Trainer). She has published and presented on various topics, including auditory skill development (the Auditory Skills Curriculum), speech, sex education, sociolinguistics in child language, and cochlear implants in children (The NECCI Inservice Curriculum). Mary joined JTC in 1995, serving for 10 years as supervisor of speech and language services in the preschool, and mentoring in auditory-verbal therapy. She was Director of the JTC Graduate Program from 2003-2017. She currently teaches the auditory-verbal courses in the program.
Margaret Winter, MS, CCC-A
Margaret is an associate professor of clinical otolaryngology at the USC-CHLA Center for Childhood Communication. She is a frequent presenter on cochlear implants in children, speaking to parents and professionals at local and international seminars in several cities. She has also published and presented extensively on infant hearing assessment, hearing aid fitting and auditory neuropathy in children. She is currently part of the research team conducting FDA clinical trials with the auditory brainstem implant in young children through USC, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Huntington Research Institutes. Her university teaching experience includes principles and practices of audiology and aural rehabilitation with a focus on children. Margaret teaches the two audiology courses in the Onsite Program.