Marti graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders. She worked in pediatric home health care before obtaining her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University. While in graduate school, she acquired her teaching certification in Early Childhood–Sixth Grade, with additional training in Gifted and Talented instruction. Marti has eight years of teaching experience in independent/private schools in Houston. She has also completed multiple trainings through the Neuhaus Program and is currently a mentor at Neuhaus in their OCPODS Program and their Language Enrichment Program. Marti enjoys the challenge of working with all different age groups and enjoys watching children grow and become more successful both in and out of the classroom. Marti works as an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas in the Pragmatic Studies department and is also the Intervention Specialist at Holy Ghost Catholic School. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends, family, and her dog.
Jennifer Herbst – Head of SOAR Program
Jennifer graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Chemistry. She then earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University, where she tutored underrepresented students in Chemistry and Algebra and taught Introductory and Organic Chemistry. Jennifer is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the American Chemical Society. Jennifer has conducted research at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Muelheim, Germany, University of Colorado, Boulder, and University of Michigan. She is proficient in German. Outside of her work with Advantage Testing, Jennifer is involved in various outreach programs aimed at introducing young children, women, and minorities to STEM. In her spare time she enjoys learning languages, reading, and DIY projects.
Lauren graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Since then, she has pursued a career in education and earned her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from University of Houston Clear Lake with a focus on children with learning challenges. She is a Certified Autism Specialist from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). As a specialist in both reading remediation and math and science, Lauren has worked with a wide range of students from preschool to high school and is passionate about helping her students grow and realize academic potential beyond their expectations. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cycling, traveling, and spending time with her daughter.