President/Founder

Barbara A. Joffe, MA

Barbara Joffe has been dedicated to educating children and teens for over 25 years. She has taught and administered educational programs throughout the U.S. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her Master of Arts in Education, Webster University, has a distinction in Reading and Language Development. Barbara is also a credentialed special education teacher.

Barbara began her career as a classroom teacher working with children in a small neighborhood elementary school. It was here that she began partnering with parents to help children reach their optimal learning levels. Barbara moved from this small school to the largest independent elementary school in St. Louis, the New City School. Her first position was as a reading specialist, supporting children with special needs and developing programs for gifted and talented students. She also held the positions of language arts coordinator and assistant director.

In the late 1980s Barbara founded Riverway School in downtown St. Louis, the first elementary school in the nation designed for the children of working parents. She built a school that incorporated family connection by locating the school near the parents’ workplace. Her years as executive director of the school prepared her to re-locate to Los Angeles and head the Wise School Early Childhood Center.

During her years at Wise School, Barbara drew on her background in special education to identify young children at risk and refer to Early Intervention professionals in Greater Los Angeles. Her commitment to intensive therapeutic support in the first five years of life resulted in many children getting the help they need as early as possible. In many cases her students’ delays were resolved before they started kindergarten.

Barbara’s passion is helping children and teens succeed. She enjoys innovation in education and continues to develop new learning programs for children, teens, and parents through SNRG, the agency she founded in 2003. Barbara is always excited to work on IEP teams to help her clients overcome learning challenges and receive solid instructional services based on their needs. She likes to collaborate with general and special education teachers in public and independent schools.

Pairing her expertise in education with SNRG’s BCBA, Dr. Nay Smith, helps SNRG’s clients grow rapidly in all aspects of their lives. Barbara believes in getting results for her clients, and has created a team that supports them across school, home, and community.

When Barbara is not working with SNRG clients and their families, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, read, garden, cook, and play with her rescue dog, Zoey.

The Special Needs Resource Group creatively and compassionately expands programming for children with learning, social, and emotional challenges. Our focus is always on the child! Please call us for a consultation.

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