When faced with life’s challenges, children, and their families, need compassionate care that supports healthy development and empowers them to address concerns. We are experienced professionals who are well informed, positive, and optimistic, and we provide services within a safe, secure environment, reflecting the highest ethical and professional standards.
Leslie Wilson Munson, Ph.D.
Dr. Leslie Wilson Munson is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Georgia, earning a Ph.D. in educational (school) psychology in 1992. Dr. Munson has provided psychological services to children and families throughout Georgia for nearly 30 years. She began her career as a school psychologist at Chattahoochee-Flint Regional Education Services Agency (Americus). Her tenure has also included serving as a school psychologist in the City Schools of Decatur and the Clarke County School District. She has held numerous leadership positions including serving as Director of the School Psychology Clinic at the University of Georgia. Most recently, Dr. Munson was the Chief Academic Officer at the Atlanta Speech School, which is one of the Southeast’s oldest therapeutic educational centers for children and adults with speech, hearing, language, or learning disabilities. Dr. Munson is an active member of professional associations, and she also serves on the Executive Board of the Georgia Association of School Psychologists. She was recently re-appointed to the National Association of School Psychologists’ Program Accreditation Board, which approves/accredits school psychology graduate programs. Dr. Munson is also involved in community and civic organizations. She is a board member of both the Frazer Center, an organization that serves children and adults with disabilities, and previously served on the executive committee of Our House, which supports homeless families, and was chairperson of the Decatur Education Foundation.
Gale Shafer, M.S.
Ms. Gale Shafer earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Hunter College and her graduate degree (M.S. Education) from the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in reading. Ms. Shafer has more than 40 years of experience in public and private education. She taught in the Chicago Public Schools prior to joining the elite staff of the Wardlaw School at the Atlanta Speech School. Throughout her 41-year tenure at the Speech School, she served in many roles, including Reading Specialist and Educational Diagnostician. Most in the Atlanta independent school community, however, know Ms. Shafer’s work as the Wardlaw School’s Admission Director. In this capacity she has assisted countless families in finding the most appropriate school placement for their children. Her ability to identify children’s strengths and weaknesses along with her knowledge of various school profiles place her among Atlanta’s top educational consultants.