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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Sasha Yampolsky joins the Program for Advancement of Learning as Assistant Professor. She brings to this role two decades of professional practice in the field of literacy, language, and learning. Sasha is a certified speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist. Her expertise lies in the intimate connection between spoken and written language.
Sasha has worked in a variety of settings, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts University, and various school systems. For the past decade Sasha ran her own private practice, where she and her staff worked with students with learning disabilities and neurological disorders affecting language and cognition. Sasha has helped many families and schools to maximize their students’ abilities in achieving his or her potential as a learner. During this time, Sasha also consulted and provided professional development workshops to school districts and organizations such as the Special Needs Advocacy Network, Federation for Children with Special Needs, and the International Dyslexia Association. Sasha received her doctoral degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Her research focused on the relationship between memory and language. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Reading from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Sasha was a recipient of the American Psychological Association/Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Education Research Training Award. She completed her post-doctoral training in literacy at the Tufts University Center for Reading and Language Research. Sasha was also a Fulbright scholar, researching speech recognition technology. Sasha believes that self-esteem is intimately related to knowing that you have control over your studies. She is passionate about helping young adults achieve a sense of pride as successful learners.