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Blogger bios

  • Brynn Fallah

    Brynn Fallah works as a coach with CDS’s Delaware Positive Behavior Support (DE-PBS) Project, assisting school districts with their implementation of a multi-tiered behavioral and mental health support system for students. She also works on other grant-based projects at CDS including Project DelAWARE and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

    Brynn’s background in is school counseling and has worked with students from kindergarten through 12th grade in both Delaware and New York City. Brynn has a passion for social-emotional learning and mental health. She is an advocate of mental wellness and self-care and uses social media to do her own personal end-the-stigma campaign.

    Brynn lives in Hockessin, Del., with her husband and son, and their Maltese. When work isn’t the focus, Brynn can be found practicing yoga, going on hikes and enjoying time with her family and friends.

  • Brian Freedman

    Brian Freedman previously served as associate director of the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware, and director of its Transition, Education & Employment Model (TEEM) Unit. He oversaw multiple programs for adolescents and adults with disabilities, including UD’s college program for students with intellectual disabilities.

    Prior to joining CDS, Brian was the clinical director for the Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Baltimore, Md.

    Brian’s blog posts represent his experiences as a psychologist, professor, researcher and dad. He has written for a variety of disability-focused publications, including Autism Advocate and Exceptional Parent. He also has published research on topics such as college students with intellectual disabilities and divorce rates among parents of children with autism, and his work has been featured on NPR, in The Baltimore Sun and in The (Delaware) News Journal.

    Brian is a huge baseball fan, an avid runner and spends his free time with his wife and their three children.

  • Heather Godwin

    Heather Godwin is the former program manager for Project DelAWARE, an initiative supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focused on expanding and coordinating mental health services in schools. Heather facilitated the grant management in coordination with CDS, the Delaware Department of Education and three partnering school districts: Colonial School District, Capital School District and Indian River School District.

    A Delaware native, Heather holds bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and special education and a master’s degree in school leadership from Wilmington University. Heather spent six years teaching a combination of English Language Learners and Special Education (K-5) for Christina School District. Before joining CDS, Heather worked as an administrator at a non-profit organization providing therapeutic classrooms in two New Castle County school districts.

    When she isn’t spending quality time with her family or taking her two daughters to dance class, Heather is meeting with her running club for group runs and signing up for her next race near her home in Newark, Del., or eating tacos – lots of tacos.

  • Debbie Harrington

    Debbie Harrington is a retired U.S. Army colonel, having logged 25 years in transportation and logistics, and a former administrator for one of the largest African American churches in Delaware.

    Debbie is active in community development initiatives and has served on the State Use Law Council, Vocational Rehabilitation Council for Blind & Visually Impaired, Exceptional Child Committee, DOE/DVI MOU Committee, MOT NAACP and Appoquinimink School District “Success for All” Committee.

    Debbie lives in Middletown, Del., with her husband, Robert Harrington, an entrepreneur. She’s the parent of three children: Christy and Jeffery, both graduate students, and Elizabeth, a high school student at Maryland School for the Blind.

    Debbie loves quiz and word games, listening to “old school music” and hand dancing. Her mantra is “grace and mercy, peace and strength, knowledge and power.”