Meet Our Dedicated Professionals!
The team at Inside Out Learners share a passion for providing instruction through engaging activities that are tailored for the unique learner. Our state-certified teachers have special training and experience of the area in which they provide instruction, whether it be for academic tutoring and/or social skills programming. Inside Out Learners teachers and specialists regularly attend professional development events delivered by some of the most highly respected leaders in the science of reading and social learning including: Louisa Moats, David Kilpatrick, Maryann Wolf, Michelle Garcia Winner, Elizabeth Laugeson, Sarah Ward, and Anna Vagin. This dynamic learning center also has a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner to help your learner with dyslexia.
Terrie Livingston has been a Hampton Roads native for the latter part of her life. Her passion for working with the neurodiverse population has led Terrie through a variety of settings over the past 30+ years including: residential, vocational, community, social, and public education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education with special education endorsements from Old Dominion University (ODU). Terrie is a Certified Autism Specialist and has earned a certificate of completion for coursework in applied behavior analysis. As a Virginia state licensed teacher, she has a variety of professional experiences including the position as a principal for a regional cooperative educational program serving autistic students. Terrie's overwhelming desire to educate the neurodiverse population in ways that are not readily available in traditional settings is what inspired her to open this most unique learning center. She strongly believes that practicing nonjudgmental acceptance and making meaningful connections with learners is key to being an effective educator. Terrie’s most recent area of study is in the Science of Reading and she is a Certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. As a voracious learner, Terrie continuously attends professional development events to ensure that Inside Out Learners is providing the most up-to-date, research-based instruction for those who struggle with social competencies and reading challenges. She has three children of her own and in her spare time, enjoys studying about various topics in education, playing tabletop games, reading, and spending time with her family. She has been an active PTA board member for the schools that her children attend and is a proud member of the Tidewater Autism Society of America (TASA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
Malerie Killen, M.Ed.
Reading Specialist/Special Education Teacher/Virtual Tutor
Malerie Killen graduated from high school in Marlton, New Jersey in 2003. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Towson University in Towson, Maryland and received her initial Virginia Teacher License in 2008. She then received her Master’s Degree in Reading Education at Towson University in 2015. Malerie currently holds a Virginia Teacher License with endorsements in the areas of Special Education General Curriculum K-12, Elementary Education PreK-6, and Reading Specialist. Malerie has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum for over 10 years. She served as a Special Education Teacher for Chesapeake Public Schools for several years. During her teaching experience at public school in Maryland, Malerie developed her passion for working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). For the past 15 years, Malerie has implemented the Wilson Language Program to children in grades 2-5, to help strengthen reading and passage comprehension skills. As a Virginia Certified Reading Specialist, Malerie's passion is in working with learners to enhance literacy skills in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other related disabilities.
Kathryn Harris was born and raised in San Diego, CA but has called Virginia home since 1999. She’s been married to her former military husband for 22 years, and together they have three exceptional children. Kathryn started her educational journey at Tidewater Community College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, with an Associates in Social Science. She transferred to Virginia Wesleyan College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Kathryn then earned her Master of Education degree graduating Magna Cum Laude from Averett University and completed her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies with Regent University with the goal being to complete her Ed.D. She began her teaching career in 2006, with Norfolk Public Schools and then transferred to Chesapeake Public Schools where she has been a General Education 5th grade teacher now for 15 years. Kathryn has a personal and professional passion for special needs students, as her own children each have their own unique needs varying from speech delays, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, autism, and bi-polar disorder. She also grew up with a special needs brother who she helped homeschool in 8th grade, and then ensured he successfully completed his GED. Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking, going to the beach, and participating in activities with our local autism community. She also loves and lives off of coffee and music to keep her going. Kathryn is thrilled to join the Inside Out Learners team and looks forward to building positive relationships with students and parents.
Cassandra Griffin grew up in Virginia Beach and completed her college education at Regent University. She has been teaching for more than 13 years. Cassandra has served in the education community for a variety of positions including: Special Education Committee Chairperson, Grade Level Chair, PBIS Committee Member, Interview Panel, and Student-Teacher Mentor. Cassandra is passionate about teaching people of all abilities and helping others achieve their goals. She has two daughters and enjoys spending time with her family.
Bianca Nonnenmacher graduated from Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Virginia in 2013. There, she was a member of the Art Club, DECA Club, and German Club. Bianca earned her bachelor of arts degree at Virginia Weslyan University in Art with a minor in Business. As an active student, she was the vice president of the Art Club and is continuing her education to become an Art Therapist. Bianca loves working with children as an art teacher for Norfolk Public Schools. One unique quality that she would like to share is that she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of 2. Bianca remembers the challenges encountered as a hard-working student with special needs. She feels that working at Inside Out Learners is an opportunity for her to pay-it-forward from those who have helped her develop into the successful young lady she is today.
Jena (pronounced "Jee-Nuh") was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and raised in Puerto Rico. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Management at Universidad del Turabo in Grurabo, Puerto Rico in 2005. As a military spouse with residence in Virginia since, Jena attributes her personal and professional passion to work with kids to being a mom to a wonderful 11-year old boy with his own unique needs varying from autism spectrum disorder, speech delays and anxiety. In 2015, Jena earned her Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) certification with the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board in Littleton, CO. After this, she started volunteering at the Mea ‘Alofa Autism Support Center and for the Autism Society of Tidewater. Jena volunteered many more hours in the past several years, including: two years in a Pre-K and Kindergarten classroom at Greenbrier Primary School and Sundays with the Pre-K group at Community Church. As her love for teaching/helping children grew, Jena started working at BrickHeadz in Chesapeake, VA as a camp counselor, followed by working as a Pre-K/Elementary Teacher Assistant at Atlantic Shores Christian Schools in Virginia Beach. At Inside Out Learners, Jena is eager to continue to work with children of all ages and unique needs by developing social clubs. Her debut club of creation is our popular Hangout Clubs. Jena is also developing this year's Summer Camp program with some exciting new themes! When Jena is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, going to the beach, and practicing Zumba. She is a licensed Zumba instructor and holds a diploma in physical fitness (2021). Jena is thrilled to join the IOL team and looks forward to working with children of all ages to help develop their social skills.
Marta Pilat is a special education teacher in Chesapeake. She mostly teaches students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has taught students with a wide range of skills and abilities. Marta was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education in 2014 and graduated from Niagara University in 2019 with her Masters Degree in Special Education for grades 1-6. Outside of teaching, Marta enjoys running, cooking, and going to the beach.
Rachel Rogers is a special education teacher with Chesapeake Public Schools, in a LEAD classroom. She works mainly with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Health Impairment. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Special Education from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina in 2018. Rachel is currently working on her Masters Degree in Education Administration. Before earning her teacher certification, Rachel worked with children with many disabilities throughout high school and college. She worked with therapeutic horse back riding, tutoring for children with special needs, and as a peer buddy. She especially enjoys working with students to help develop their social skills and emotional regulation abilities.
Gabriel Robinson loves to write, play, and facilitate role playing games that bring people together through collaborative and meaningful storytelling. He brings his experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant to the table and is continuing his education with plans to develop and run more therapeutic role playing games for a variety of populations. He is committed to creating a safe and playful space for everyone to express themselves and connect with others in ways that only brave adventurers can!
Skye Zentz is an Emmy Award winning songwriter and community cultivator. With a versatile background in Arts, Education and Administration, Skye teaches at The Muse Writers Center, co-directs the Norfolk Uke Troupe and has written songs for WHRO/PBS (GreenBeats), Old Dominion University Theatre and The Elizabeth River Project. Whether she is performing on a festival stage, scheduling posts for IOL's social media platforms, or leading a singalong at a nursing home, Skye is always committed to keeping her community vibrant and engaged.