This gives us the unique knowledge of what the national best practices are. We have partnered with and created a national team of resources which DIRECTLY RESULTS IN SUCCESS for all students and is essential to eliminating equity gaps.
Meet our Advocates!
Eryn Schnel Yolac, BCEA
Owner & Professional Advocate
Advocate to Educate founder and owner Eryn Schnel Yolac, is a wife, parent of two kids, and was diagnosed with Dyslexia at age six. her personal experiences and struggles to find proper reading intervention and mental health services as a child with Dyslexia, have guided her to her life’s mission; to advocate for the children who are like her. Eryn’s professional training began in the classroom and progressed quickly when she decided to devote all her time and educational prowess to being a Board Certified Education Advocate. Eryn has extensive experience advocating for children with Dyslexia, Intellectual Disabilities, Anxiety, and Depression as well as other complex cases requiring intensive academic support, medical care, and residential mental health services.
Qualifications & Professional History
BA in Education, Antioch University LA
Credentialed Special Education Teacher with 15 years of classroom experience
Educational Therapist Certificate Program- Association Of Educational Therapists
Certified PEERS Provider: teaching social skills to teens and young adults.
BA in Photography, Brooks Institute of Photography
Dr.Karen Komosa Hawkins
Dr. Karen Komosa-Hawkins is an advocate working with Advocate To Educate. Karen has trained, mentored, and supervised hundreds of school-based professionals in school psychology over the last two decades across three local school districts, at LMU, and beyond. She focuses on facilitating educational equity and authentic inclusion, and research based practices. Karen has worked directly with and advocated on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs in a variety of capacities for nearly 30 years across 4 school systems. Her work has included conducting independent educational evaluations specializing in educationally related mental health disabilities as well as other disabilities.
Qualifications & Professional History
Associate Clinical Professor and Assistant Director for the School Psychology Program within the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University (LMU)
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A. in Community Counseling
Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.
Holds credentials in school psychology and administrative services and a license in educational psychology.
How Advocate To Educate Began
After 15 years of teaching special education, and now a Nationally Board Certified Education Advocate™, Eryn noticed that children with learning differences were spending six straight hours at school and not having their needs met. They continued to be behind in various academic areas and needed specific and unique intervention that should have been a part of their IEP services.
Eryn realized that if we focused on:
appropriate special education services
effective collaboration with the school team
educating parents of their rights and resources
children would have better long-term functional outcomes and be given the opportunity to achieve meaningful academic progress. If this sounds like your story Click here to learn about our Educational Consultations and how we can help.
We help families in
Torrance Unified School District (TUSD)
Redondo Unified School District (RUSD)
Hermosa Unified School District (HUSD)
Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD)
El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD)
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD)
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD)
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (NLMUSD)
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We cover all of California.
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