Andra Munger, Ph.D., Director
Andra studied psychology and education at Clark University and holds a doctorate degree in Biomedical Science. Andra received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the development of the nervous and immune systems at NIH. From there, Andra’s continued interest in child development led to furthering her studies as a child educator. Andra received a Waldorf Teaching Certificate through Antioch University and taught students in Waldorf School classrooms from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. In 2001, Andra collaborated with David Stevens, Ed.D. at the Cognitive Development Center of Lexington. There she worked with staff members to improve learning for children with visual-spatial challenges. Since 2003, Andra has also worked with members of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) DIRFloortime® to implement whole-child based learning approaches for students with special needs. Andra is a certified Expert DIRFloortime® provider and training leader.
In addition to her work with children and families, Andra consults regularly with schools, has public speaking engagements, and continues to teach students and professionals at Fielding University and ICDL on topics associated with learning for students with visual-spatial and social/emotional challenges.
Jarra Meltzer, B.A., Senior Developmental Learning Specialist
Jarra Meltzer received her B.A. in psychology and child development from Vassar College. Jarra then joined the Interactive Learning Center and worked there from 2009-2012. During this period, Jarra realized her passion for working with individuals and their families to support each child’s development as a social and academic learner. From 2012-2017 Jarra worked at Jabber Gym in California as a child development specialist and as part of a trans-disciplinary team, working collaboratively with a team of speech, language, communication, and occupational therapists. Jarra provided in-home early intervention support for children aged 0-3 years and their families, implementing research-based practice involving fine motor, gross motor, social adaptation, communication, and cognition. She trained staff in developmental, individual differences, and relationship based floortime (DIRFloortime®) approaches as part of a whole child learning program. Jarra holds a DIRFloortime® certification as an Expert DIRFloortime® provider through ICDL. In June 2017 Jarra returned to the Interactive Learning Center where she continues her commitment to working with children and their families.
Alexia Spinney, B.S., R.Y.T., Developmental Learning Specialist and Yoga Instructor
Alexia received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont. Alexia worked in nature-based programs that supported the needs of children ages 0-5 with a wide range of self-regulatory capacities. She served as a teaching assistant and subject area tutor in several courses within the fields of mental health and human development. Alexia lead a semester long practice of yoga and mindfulness meditation within an interdisciplinary college course and wrote her honors thesis on mindfulness training as key to supporting self-regulation and learning for college students. Alexia is also a certified Yoga Teacher. Her experiences inform her continuing curiosity and exploration of development and learning for individuals with special needs. In addition to her role as a developmental learning specialist, Alexia leads yoga and mindfulness sessions for students and their families at the Interactive Learning Center.
Britt LeBaron-Brien, B.S., Developmental Learning Specialist
Britt received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Vermont (UVM). Her studies were focused on psychology, human biology, and education policy. While at UVM, Britt worked at an after-school program for children aged 5 to 12. Britt also has experience working at a dementia care program to support clients’ adaptive living skills. Britt’s undergraduate studies inspired her interest in relationships between the nervous system and learning. Britt’s natural ability to join others combined with her experiences working with individuals of diverse ages and developmental stages have inspired her interest in working at the Interactive Learning Center with students who have a wide range of developmental differences.