Professional Advisory Board

Claudia Koochek

Claudia Koochek is the head of school at Westmark School in Encino, California, and a well-known educator in the LD community. She serves on the board of directors at Parent Education Network (PEN) and at Dyslexic Advantage, and on the advisory board of the Dyslexia Center at University of California, San Francisco.

Born and raised in El Salvador, Koochek taught vision-impaired students as well as students with multiple disabilities before relocating to the United States at the age of 21. She spent the next 20 years as a teacher and administrator at Charles Armstrong School, in Belmont, California, before being appointed head of school. Koochek holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master of arts degree, and a credential in special education

From the policy blog

Complicating My LD Narrative

Written by Julia Nessman, NCLD Young Adult Leadership Council Member | 22 hours ago

Then I was diagnosed with an LD (learning disability) at 10 years old. Through my mom’s persistence in getting me a neuropsychological evaluation, I found out that I was struggling in school because I had serious deficits in executive functioning, working memory, and auditory processing. On the other hand, I also discovered that I had a number of strengths, including advanced verbal skills and a near perfect visual memory.

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