SmartEdTech develops mobile-device applications that support skill development for clients with special needs. In our effort to produce the best product and service, we consult with experts who provide input into our development process. We look for people who have a broad cross -section of skills and experience, are from different regions of the world, and are as passionate as we are about helping special needs people grow their skills.
If you are interested in joining our board, please complete the short application below. You don’t need to be familiar with our products at this time to apply - you only need a strong desire to help special needs students.
Lucas Steuber is an Applied Linguist and Speech-Language Pathologist and a founder of LanguageCraft, a pediatric therapy clinic and consulting group in Portland, Oregon. Among his degrees, Steuber has a Certificate in Speech and Language Pathology from Pacific University and a Masters in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University.
In his capacity as researcher and clinician, Steuber has published on topics as diverse as language disorders in schizophrenia to the importance of child-centered curriculum. He specializes in language and social thinking in pervasive developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). In addition, he serves as a board ambassador to the Oregon Autism Society, sits on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Autism Society of America, and holds board positions with several local nonprofits.
In case you think Steuber is “all work and no play,” he confesses that he owns way too many LEGOs(R)! The LanguageCraft office may host the largest private collection of LEGO that exists in the Northwest. They have sets ranging from the very first minifigure in 1978 to wooden bricks from the early 1900s to eight of the top ten largest sets ever commercially produced.
Steuber believes that “we’re on the cusp of a real potential Renaissance in terms of educational technology for kids with special needs. I want to help anyone who’s on the bleeding edge of developing such technology in an effective and evidenced-based way.”
Melissa Gastineau has worked in the field of speech pathology for over ten years, primarily with infants to children age 12. She worked for Early Childhood Intervention for over 5 years and has been working with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices for a year and a half. She has a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorder from Baylor University.
In her capacity as a developmental therapist, Gastineau has been instrumental in identifying students that are in need of a communication system. Using an AAC device, she has recently helped five students reach a functional communication level. “I am continuing to immerse myself in language acquisition strategies,” she commented. “I continue to further my education and trainings geared to this.”
As part of her familiarity with major AAC device companies and products, Gastineau has used SmartEdTech products. “SmartEdTech is simplifying the way therapists, parents and other clinicians work with special needs. It allows everyone to see the same programs and to track each goal as it is being worked on - from implantation to mastery.”
Gastineau enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and loves cheering for the Baylor Bears. She is an avid marathon runner and has run more than ten marathons. Both in her professional career and in her leisure time activities, Gastineau exemplifies her personal philosophy: To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift!
Ramona Trevino is an education specialist who works with students ages 14-22 at Christopher High school, Gilroy Unified School District in Santa Clara, California. Trevino has a Masters degree and Credential in Moderate to Severe, Special Education from the National University, San Jose, CA Campus, and a B.A. in Addictions Studies from Bethany College, Scotts Valley, CA. She enjoys writing grants for her classroom to help support student needs - most recently for purchasing additional technology, computer programs and a color printer, along with funding staff development and field trips.
Trevino co-created Baler Gifted Games, a competitive athletic event for students with disabilities that gives them an opportunity to learn about and compete in events that are typically not available to them. This event completed its tenth year in 2015, and is now serving over 300 students ages 2-22 within the Tri-County (San Benito, Aromas, Santa Clara - Gilroy) area. This event is an all school event and operates at no cost to teachers or families.
In addition, Trevino volunteers and collaborates with Rancho De Sus Ninos School in Tecate, Mexico. She works closely with the administrator at the school to provide school supplies, books and resources. She also assists students with special needs and language barriers, and collaborates on how to implement behavioral plans.
“I just signed my first book with Tate Publishing, and I am so excited about it!.” reports Trevino. “Free at Last; The Struggle to be Good Enough is a story of a young girl who takes us on her many struggles through life and her message of forgiveness, in order for her to understand she is exactly where she is supposed to be. It should be released before the end of the year.”
“I absolutely love waking up to go to work,” exclaims Trevino. “Knowing that I am doing what I love creates a positive environment. And I love learning!”
Robin Pegg, a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional working with the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency in Charlotte, Michigan, holds a Bachelor Degree in Administration from Baker College in Muskegon, MI and graduated summa cum laude from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a Masters in Special Education - Assistive Technology. In her current position, Pegg is responsible for writing evaluations and training students and teachers in the technology tools that she recommends. “I work with teams who work with students,” she explains.
With a career dedicated to promoting the full and equal access of individuals with disabilities, Pegg stays on the cutting edge of available tools, strategies and supporting research in the fields of assistive technology, differentiating instruction and Universal Design for Learning. In addition, she is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and worked as a COTA for 15 years, gradually specializing more and more in Assistive Technology.
Pegg’s dual background in occupational therapy and assistive technology affords her a unique perspective when in pursuit of solutions for access.
“I most love what I do when a student has the AHA moment of ‘I can do this myself!’ Or when a child is able to change the perception of others by knowing information and participating meaningfully in the classroom because they have gained access to the whole curriculum!”
Pegg has published numerous articles and publications on assistive technology implementation and her work was showcased in Chapter 10 of From Possibility to Success by Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.
Veronica Sepeda has been involved in education for over a decade, first as a teacher and then as a special education educator. She received a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities from Texas State University in December 2012.
Sepeda is a Response to Intervention and an Instruction District Specialist in Austin, Texas. She provides professional development to teachers and campuses re: intervention programs and curriculum. She also provides direct services in math and reading to students in grades 2-4.
“I am very passionate about my work in education,” explains Sepeda. “I will continue to work in the field and share my expertise.”
The Advisory Board members for SmartEdTech have diverse backgrounds and experience in education with a focus on special needs.The SmartEdTech Advisory Board's role is to offer practical and real world guidance in developing our current and future products. If you are interested in finding out more about our board, please submit the application below.