Kathleen Serverian-Wilmeth currently teaches pre-school children with special needs in a bilingual (Spanish-English) class at an elementary school in Providence, Rhode Island. She had moved to Guatemala to teach in 1970 and remained in Central America for the next 25 years. Throughout this time, Kathleen taught culturally and linguistically diverse preschoolers with special needs in regular classrooms and, during her last 5 years in Guatemala, also coordinated a Masters Program for teachers from various locations in Central America. This latter responsibility involved conducting professional training in Honduras, Salvador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Kathleen, who has a Graduate Degree in International Education from Framingham College, returned to the United States in 1995. Based on her expertise, she developed the curriculum for the pilot program of her current work: A Special Needs, Pre-School Program for bilingual students in the Providence School District. The only one of its kind in the New England area, this program has continued to provide services to bilingual, special education students during the past five years.
In addition to classroom teaching, Kathleen continues in the professional development role she began in Central America by serving as a consultant with the Education Alliance at Brown University and teaching in-service courses and conducting training on Cultural Issues and Bilingual Special Education throughout New England.
Her own professional interests focus on the theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability (SCM) and its applied systems: the Learning Propensity Assessment Device (LAPD), Reuven Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment Program (FIE), and David Tzuriel's Dynamic Assessment and Mediated Learning Experience. She continues her own professional development by pursuing additional graduate work at Brown University and by traveling to Shoresh, Israel, to study with Drs. Feuerstein and Tzuriel, during the Summer of 2000.