Dr. Mele-McCarthy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Summit. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Arts degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her many years of service to children and families and has accrued many areas of expertise and experience that serve our students, our families, and our school well.
Her clinical competency and supervision experience includes serving as a university professor and clinical supervisor at several universities. She understands the educational needs of children and supervises and teaches staff to ensure they provide for those needs. She has extensive knowledge of theoretical concepts based upon research and has developed course content at the university level based upon the research.
In addition, Dr. Mele-McCarthy has owned and directed a thriving private practice for 16 years – Communication & Learning Therapies, Inc. Having served children and families in the private sector, she notes, “I understand the child-family-school connection and the accountability Summit has to all of its families.”
Just prior to taking this position, Dr. Mele-McCarthy served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., an appointed position in the Bush administration. She has a national perspective on general education and special education as a result of her policy work on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). And certainly, her philosophy of education holds as a priority, high expectations for all children.
Dr. Mele-McCarthy also serves as Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy on the Board of Directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is an ASHA Fellow. She is the 2012 recipient of the Washington Post Educational Leader in Private Schools Award, and is the 2006 recipient of the Rolland Van Hattum Award, an honor given yearly by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to a speech-language pathologist who has made significant contribution to schools.
Pamela Walker, the Coordinator of Curriculum Studies and Director of Camp, has been an educator for 16 years and has served in various capacities. Mrs. Walker earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Maryland. She earned her Master of Art’s in Teaching from Towson University, plus an additional 30 Master credits from Johns’ Hopkins University in School Administration and Supervision. She is certified in both general education and special education, and holds Administrative I and II endorsements.
Pamela taught in both self-contained and inclusion settings in Charles County Public Schools, Maryland. Pamela also served as the county’s Special Education Resource Specialist. She consulted with teachers to support students with a wide variety of special needs. Her expertise in a variety of methodologies, including Orton-Gillingham, allows her the broad knowledge needed to work with a variety of populations.
She has also held positions as an Elementary School Vice Principal, and Nonpublic School Specialist. She was selected by Maryland State Department of Education as a future leader in Special Education and participated in the Special Education Leadership Academy in 2003.
Danielle Randall, the program coordinator at The Summit School, has been an educator for more than 15 years and started teaching at The Summit School in 2004. As program coordinator, Ms. Randall’s duties are centered in the day-to-day rhythm of the school, where she works closely with teachers to ensure instruction is delivered effectively and according to student needs. She acts as a liaison between The Summit School and parents, keeping them actively involved in their children’s education through conferences and regular individual education plan (IEP) updates. Also, as part of her commitment to student success, Ms. Randall guides students through the high school admissions process.
Ms. Randall has been a member of the school’s leadership team for several years, and served on the school’s successful Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS) accreditation team. She has also served as The Summit School’s Camp Director for many years, working to ensure the school provides an enriching and academically rewarding experience for campers of all ages and abilities. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University.