Chrisna Perry, PhD - Owner and Director
Dr. Chrisna is a Learning Specialist and Educational Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children who require academic, social, and emotional support. In June 2011, Dr. Perry returned to her private practice, Comprehensive Learning Services, after serving as Director of Student Affairs at The Ancona School, a small independent school in Chicago.
In her private practice, Dr. Chrisna works to understand children’s various developmental needs and learning styles, as well as to support each child in building strengths, addressing difficulties and pursuing interests.
Dr. Chrisna’s services include providing individual remediation to students in the areas of decoding, reading comprehension, written expression, vocabulary development, behavior modification and executive functioning. She also uses language enrichment as a means of promoting social development, thinking, communication, literacy, numeracy, and imagination with children 1-3 years old in her Toddler enrichment classes. Dr. Chrisna is also passionate about supporting children with social skills deficits in her Social Skills Superstars program to foster social success.
Dr. Chrisna received her Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and her Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Karen Neary, MEd - Learning Specialist.
Karen grew up in New York and received her Bachelor Degree in Science in Biology from the University of Scranton in PA. She then completed her Master Degree in Education in College Administration from Loyola University of Chicago. She received a 2nd Master Degree in Education in Literacy and Language from University of Illinois in Chicago. She also became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2012. Currently Karen works in Chicago Public Schools as an instructional leader in a Montessori Magnet School. As a result of her interest in working with struggling readers, she became a Learning Specialist part time for Comprehensive Learning Services in 2007. Karen specializes in working with students with reading remediation (or enrichment) needs in grades K-8. She is also experienced working with math remediation, and is very familiar with the Everyday Math Curriculum. Karen also works with students in need of developing stronger executive functional/organizational skills. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, exploring Chicago, traveling and reading.
Jessica Uzoh, MA - Learning Specialist
Jessica received her BA in Special Education-Learning Disabilities from Michigan State University. She's served as a Learning and Behavior Specialist for 8 years in Chicago and has worked with students of all grade levels in classroom or one-on-one settings! Recently, she completed her MA in Teaching and Curriculum (also from Michigan State University- Go Green!) and pursued a Reading Specialist Certification. She has been trained in Orton-Gillingham methodology, strategic literacy teaching, and discrete trial teaching as part of Applied Behavior Analysis methodology.
She has presented workshops to teachers on topics such as: Engaging Students in Questioning and Discussion; Independent Reading for Diverse Learners; Collaboration and Co-Teaching; and Writing Development. Jessica has also worked as a Study Group Literacy Coach for WITS as part of the Rochelle Lee Teacher Award and loves working with both teachers and students.
She wears a passion for literacy on her sleeve and loves to engage with students' multiple learning modalities to make reading and writing fun for students. Ask her what book she's reading personally as she loves to spend her time reading at her home in Hyde Park.
Star Briet, MA - Learning Specialist
Before joining the team at CLS, Star happily worked for over thirty years in the California and Chicago School systems as a teacher and behavioral therapist of students with special needs, including autism, learning, behavioral and emotional needs. Most notably, Star was the first teacher/classroom in CPS to open a Multisensory Program that used Wilson Reading curriculum, as well as techniques/strategies from Lindamood-Bell, all based on the Orton-Gillingham method of multisensory instruction to help students with dyslexia and other reading challenges.
Star’s true passion is working directly with students. She firmly believes that establishing rapport and a sense of trust within a safe environment is paramount to learning. Confidence and increased self-esteem are as important as increasing academic skills. The key is to provide help and strategies as early as possible and to make sure each student believes in him/herself. She is very excited to be working for Comprehensive Learning Services and feels the team’s true commitment to students.
Star studied at University of California, Santa Barbara and received her Master’s degree in Education from California State University, Los Angeles.
Bridget Henry, EdD - Learning Specialist
Bridgett Henry has her MA in Special Education and her Doctor of Education in Education Psychology. She has over a decade of experience working in special education as an administrator, a learning behavioral specialist for students with diverse learning needs, and an instructional strategies coach and mentor for aspiring special educators
Ciara Miller, MA - Learning Specialist
Ciara Darnise Miller, supports students of CLS in the areas of math, writing and standardized test prep. Most of her time is spent in the office supporting students as they prepare for the ACT, SAT, HSPT, ISEE, and SEHS. Ciara combines instruction of test content and test taking strategies, as well as emotional support to help her students do exceptionally well, and gain acceptances into some the most prestigious high schools, colleges and universities. Her love of learning and commitment to excellence is contagious! Ciara, a native of Chicago, holds both an MFA and MA from Indiana University. She also received her BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
Bill Drudge, MA/CCC-SP - Speech-Language Pathologist
Bill has been a speech pathologist for more than 35 years. Most of that time was spent in public schools in Chicago and Waukegan, Illinois. He has extra training in the areas of autism, accent reduction, bilingual Spanish, as well as a specialization in stuttering issues. He has interests in writing, acting, social justice issues as well as yoga and meditation.
Kaya Holland, BA - Social Skills Instructor and Academic Tutor
Kaya loves working with children with diverse learning needs! In the spring of 2018 she received a B.A. with a major in Asian Studies and a minor in Sociology and Anthropology from Lake Forest College. During the course of her work there she was given the opportunity to study abroad in Shanghai, China - an experience that opened her eyes to the varying methods to learning as well as teaching. Her study abroad trip changed her life and helped her realize that there was a world of possibilities when it comes to learning. It wasn’t until the summer of 2018 that she felt like she found a way to impact the education system. She began working at City Elementary, a school geared towards children on the autism spectrum, as a paraprofessional. Kaya has also been working at Comprehensive Learning Services since the Fall of 2018 working closely with the boys and girls social skills group. She hopes to continue to make an impact on the families that she works with and the education for diverse learners.
Tyler Beck, BA - Social Skills Instructor and Academic Tutor
Tyler began his career immediately after college, working full time at Legacy Charter School located in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. It was during this time that he would formulate his passion for providing school children with the necessary tools needed for academic achievement. Coming to grips with the dire need for African-American male teachers and mentors within the realm of education, (especially special education) he decided to curb his enthusiasm for Media Broadcast, Journalism, and Philanthropy in order to focus on a career path that would be beneficial to students and their families across the City of Chicago (and eventually the world!). (B.A., Lake Forest College, 2016)
While holding a degree in Communication (major) as well as Social Anthropology (minor), much of Tyler’s work has had a deep focus on contemporary communication strategies and its effectiveness among school aged children specifically when it comes to the balance of social-emotional growth as well as academic progress. In addition to servicing the young men and women of the Comprehensive Learning Services family, he also dedicates his time at City Elementary, a school designed specifically for diverse learning practices located right here in the Hyde Park community!
In understanding the complications that most families face when it comes to educating a child in this society of rapid-changing modernity, Tyler has made a vow to be powerful conduit for all families and the success that they want for their children.
Julie Zonca, LCSW - Therapist
Bio coming soon!
Kay Warren, LCSW - Therapist
Bio coming soon!