Meet Our Instructors

Tara

Tara Simmons, M.A. COTA/L, Owner/Head Instructor

Tara currently practices as an Occupational Therapy Assistant specializing in the pediatric population. She has experience working in long-term care and in rehabilitation. Tara has worked with special needs children, teens, and young adults for 12 years. Tara currently sits on the Autism Society of Berks County’s board as their family events coordinator. She also volunteers with special Olympics and has been their track & field coach for the past 4 years. Tara holds an Associates degree in both Psychology and Occupational Therapy and a Bachelors degree in Healthcare science. She also holds a Masters degree in Leadership for sustainable communities. Tara is certified in personal training for special populations and is CPR and First Aid certified in both adults and infants. She is a strong advocate for the special needs community and takes pride in being the voice for those who need assistance. In her free time, Tara enjoys spending time with her 9 year old son and husband. She enjoys running, exercising, and is a triathlete!

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Jamie Chmielewski, COTA/L/Lead Instructor

Jamie currently practices as an Occupational Therapy Assistant specializing in the pediatric population. Jamie has worked with special needs children for the past 11 years. Jamie sits on the Autism Society of Berks County’s board as their secretary. She is certified in CPR and First Aid for both adults and infants. Jamie held the position of Camp Counselor and then Camp Director with a special needs camp for 10 years. Jamie is an expert at making adaptations for the special needs children she currently works with, both in the school system and in an outpatient setting. In her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her 2 teenage children and enjoys the outdoors biking and hiking the trails throughout the county!