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Jane Kelley, Special Education Teacher
If I could work alongside one person for the rest of my teaching career it would be Liz McDonough. She is able to truly see our neurodivergent students and understand them on a deeper level. Around her, typically guarded students transform. Liz is a master at engaging students. She creates lessons that incorporate humor, games, student interests, student strengths, imagination, playfulness, costumes and of course all the puppets. Within this environment, students feel safe, valued, understood and part of a team. They are able to open up and “do the work” without seeing it as work. I have often found myself saying, “I wish I could borrow Liz’s brain for a while.”
Jane Kelley, Special Education Teacher
Liz can recognize talent in every child. She is then able to shine a light on that talent allowing the rest of the school (students and teachers alike) to see all the gifts and strengths that student possesses. Through this, I have seen her build confidence and a sense of leadership in our students. Liz once created a school play – from scratch– that tied in EVERY single one of our students’ diverse special interest areas. This play was truly a masterpiece because the students loved it. They bought in and were willing to step outside their comfort zones, work together and stand in front of a crowd, displaying their strengths with a sense of pride. As you can imagine there was not a dry eye in the school.
Mom of a 14-year-old student
Liz is magic! Her ability to meet our daughter where she is and help build her confidence through drama, art, and music is something I haven't seen before, but boy did we need it in our lives. And if something isn't working for our daughter, Liz pivots and re-strategizes, and works tirelessly (although it seems almost effortless) to shine a spotlight on our daughter and her unique talents and strengths! Our daughter lights up every time she sees Liz!
Dr. Pamela Wolfberg, Professor of Special Education SFSU
Liz’s session on drama with neurodivergent students was without a doubt the highlight of our semester – but more than that, I think it will ultimately prove to be the most memorable and influential class session of our students’ entire program! I have never seen the students so engaged. I felt blinded with so many “light bulbs” blinking around the room as they made connections to their own teaching and therapeutic practice. Liz is incredibly gifted and there are masses of educators, therapists, families and other care providers who will benefit by learning her craft.
Kelly Checo, M.Ed., Education Specialist
Liz is one of the most authentic and creative professionals I have worked with in all my years in the field. She is an admired colleague, whose sensitive and intuitive qualities are unmatched in her work with neurodivergent students. Staff, educators, and administrators benefit from the extensive experience and expertise shared by Liz through her professional development training. Via story-telling, thought-provoking insights and playful humor, one walks away with tangible examples and skills, a solid knowledge base to grow from, and a renewed excitement and appreciation for the field. Lucky are those who get to witness, and learn from her wisdom.
Father of an 18-year-old student
Liz has worked with our son, for many years both academically and through her wonderful extracurricular programs. Our son has Speech Apraxia which affects his ability to verbally speak despite his understanding of the spoken and written word. The personal care, attention, sense of collaboration, teamwork and, yes, fun that Liz puts into her teachings and programs really encouraged our son to exercise and improve upon his speech. They have instilled more confidence, positivity and inspiration in his self-expression and personal interests going forward. Thank you, Liz!
Renee Trimarco, Speech Pathologist
Learning from Liz in a workshop is reflective of her work with students - playful, experiential and immediately applicable. She has cultivated her approach from a depth of knowledge, experience, and passion that are palpable in her teaching. As a speech pathologist, I love using her techniques with my clients because they create positive, engaging group experiences that are both fun and supportive of social growth!
Mother of a 15-year-old student