We know how important your child's success is to you. At Ascend, we treat each of our clients as if they were our own child. Their success is of paramount importance to each of us.
Every clinician on our team has specialized training to support the needs of children diagnosed with specific learning disabilities. We strive to meet each child as an individual with different needs and learning styles in order to help him or her meet his or her academic potential.
Corey, Executive Director
Becky, Curriculum Director
Kelly, Clinic Director
Mikayla, Clinical Coordinator & Learning Specialist
Abbie, Learning Specialist
Maria, Learning Specialist and Academic Coach
Sarah, Learning Specialist
About Corey, Executive Director
Corey Pollard, M.S. is a Learning Specialist with a background in educational assessments in order to identify specific learning disabilities including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. She also provides reading, writing, math, and executive functioning support to struggling students. Corey is a Colorado Native who graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences. She obtained a Master's of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.
During Corey's time in Maryland, she worked at Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Center for Autism and Related Disorders supporting research and assessment of children with Autism and Down Syndrome. After returning to Colorado, Corey began working at Children's Hospital Colorado in the Neuropsychology department as a Developmental Specialist. She then transitioned to the Speech and Learning department to support students with learning disabilities. She also spent two years working with Dr. Bruce Pennington at the University of Denver as a Research Coordinator on studies evaluating the genetic and phenotypic markers of dyslexia. In 2015, she presented independently conducted research on the outcomes of patients with dyslexia in an outpatient therapy program at the International Dyslexia Association national conference.
Corey has training in Wilson, Fundations, Orton-Gillingham, Handwriting without Tears, and many other programs to support struggling students. She has completed Wright's Law training to support parents in navigating the Individual Education Program process and has worked with many families designing programs to support students in the school.
In her free time, Corey enjoys designing a curriculum to support students with dyslexia, playing with her two boys (4 and 6), listening to podcasts, and running.
About Becky, Curriculum Director
Becky Newell, M.Ed. is a Learning Specialist and Boulder-area Marketing & Development manager. Becky has a masters degree in education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With over 10 years of education experience and extensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach from the Windward School in White Plains NY, The Hill Center in Durham NC, and locally under Karen Leopold, Becky is dedicated to helping children with dyslexia learn how to read, develop self-confidence and grow as learners. Becky most recently worked a learning therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado where she worked with a wide range of of different learning needs and managed the telepractice program for Learning Services.
Becky was diagnosed with dyslexia in 6th grade and struggled to learn how to read. She openly talks with her students about the difficulty of learning how to read and spell as well as the strengths that come with having dyslexia. First and foremost, Becky’s approach is a strengths based approach and building on the child’s strengths she works to systematically remediate the reading and spelling weaknesses.
Away from work Becky loves to play outside, drink good coffee, eat delicious food and travel with her wife and dog Indi!
About Kelly, Clinic Director
Kelly Hoover, M.A. has an educational experience that spans twenty years as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, Differentiation Coach, and MTSS Coordinator. As a young teacher, she fell in love with teaching reading, and her years of classroom experience have only strengthened that love. Differentiating reading instruction for the diverse needs of her learners takes center stage in her heart. She is a passionate advocate and shares a deep desire to grow and celebrate the uniqueness of every child.
Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on Reading, from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. A few years later she completed her Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading. She is a free-lance writer and just finished working with Andrew Clements (Frindle, No Talking) and Random House on his new book that will be published in August titled, The Losers Club. Kelly loves sharing authentic literature with her students and believes it is so important to cultivating a love for reading. In addition to her work with Ascend, Kelly teaches at Regis University as a graduate program level instructor in the Masters of Education Reading Program.
Kelly has training in a variety of different programs such as Wilson, Fundations, and is a certified by the Orton-Gillingham Academy as a classroom teacher instructor.
Kelly understands the unique challenges that come along with learning how to read. While there will certainly be bumps in the road, she works with her students to make these stepping-stones instead of stumbling blocks.
Kelly’s hobbies include building model rockets with her two boys (6 and 9), reading historical fiction, and camping with her family.
ABOUT ABBIE, Learning SPECIALIST
Abbie Maras, M.A. is a Learning Specialist. She provides remediation for students with dyslexia and other reading or math difficulties. Abbie has always had a passion for helping students read. In her undergrad she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in reading and continued on to earn her Masters in Arts in Reading Education. She has her Colorado teaching and reading specialist licenses.
Abbie has a diverse background working in different educational settings in public and private schools. She has experience as a classroom reading teacher, English language instructor, test administrator and interventionist. She was also the RTI coordinator at her previous school. She has attended several trainings including Multisensory Reading and Spelling, SpellRead, Inside, MyOn and Bridges. Her past roles and professional trainings along with her passion of quality literacy instruction has led her to where she is today.
She is currently a member of the International Dyslexia Association, Colorado Council International Reading Association and is in the process of becoming a Certified Academic Language Practitioner. In addition to teaching, Abbie also coaches the JV girls' volleyball team at Cherokee Trail high school.
About Sarah, Learning Specialist
Sarah Pollard, M.A. is a Learning Specialist. She provides remediation for students with specific reading difficulties utilizing the Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program. She comes to us with extensive experience from the Developmental Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Denver.
Sarah attended Colorado State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in English. She then began work at the University of Denver as Research Coordinator/Project Manager. This experience has provided Sarah with a strong background in testing and assessment through several research-based studies looking at the genetic and phenotypic profiles of students with dyslexia and ADHD. Sarah recently graduated with her Master’s degree from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.
Sarah has a true passion for learning and she continues to take graduate classes just for fun. In her free time she also likes to read and play soccer.
About Maria, Learning Specialist
Maria Crossland, B.S. is a Learning Specialist with a degree in Neuroscience from Regis University. Maria provides reading remediation and Executive Functioning coaching to students struggling with planning and organizing. She comes to us with extensive experience working at the University of Denver in the Developmental Neuropsychology lab and Children's Hospital Colorado working in the Rehabilitation Psychology department. She is currently working on applications to PhD programs in clinical psychology where she would like to focus on supporting bilingual students to achieve more successful academic outcomes. More information about Maria is coming soon!
About Mikayla, Clinical Coordinator & Learning Specialist
Mikayla Storey, B.A. is our Clinical Coordinator and Learning Specialist with a degree in Psychology and Special Education from James Madison University in Virginia. Mikayla takes care of all of the daily clinical operations in addition to supporting the curriculum design of the Smart ALEC Curriculum. Mikayla has an extensive history supporting students with special education needs during her time at JMU. She is passionate about giving students everything they need to be successful and absolutely loves spending time supporting students so that they can feel confident in their abilities. Students love spending time with Mikayla as she is engaging and can always find a way to make learning fun. More information about Mikayla is coming soon!
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