About

Louis Olander

Louis is a doctoral candidate in the Urban Education program at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, and teaches graduate and undergraduate students about inclusive education in the Special Education department at Hunter College. His research interests are universal design, appreciative inquiry, and participatory action research. Louis previously taught special education in New York City. He lives in Yonkers with his wife and two kids.


Kristen Hodnett
Kristen L. Hodnett is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Special Education at Hunter College in New York City and a part time consultant for Understood.org.  Mrs. Hodnett has been a teacher in both the special education and general education setting in addition to being a literacy coach. She has worked in both elementary and secondary education in New York City and suburban districts in New Jersey. In the Learning Disabilities program at Hunter College, Mrs. Hodnett teaches courses in the following areas: The Study of Learning Disabilities, Inclusive Education, Methods of Reading, Classroom Management and Supervised Clinical Teaching.

Kathy Furlong-Silverio

Kathryn Furlong Silverio, MSW, MSEd is currently a Clinical Professor of Special Education at Hunter College in New York, NY. Professor Furlong Silverio obtained her Bachelors in Classical Languages from St. Bonaventure University in Western NY State, as well as a Masters in Social Work from Boston College prior to obtaining her Masters in Education from the Hunter College, Special Education Department, Learning Disabilities program.She has experience as an elementary special education teacher for students with disabilities in collaboratively taught classrooms, as well as a Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) provider. Professor Furlong Silverio also served as the Special Education Liaison, co-chair of Pupil Personnel Team and new teacher Mentor during her time in the New York City Public Schools. She previously worked as a Clinical Social Worker at Boston Children’s Hospital working with families with and expecting children with a wide range of medical diagnoses and disabilities. 


team member
Jason Fleitz