Staff Biographies

Patricia J. Lear, M. Ed.

Patti Lear is the founder and owner of the Lear Educational Center, which provides remediation and compensatory skill instruction to children, adolescents and adults.

She has specialized for many years in working with children having mild to severe disabilities in the areas of auditory/language processing learning disorders and ADD/ADHD. Coaching behavior modification and parenting skills plays a major part of her continued interest in education. She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University where she received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Special Education.

Ms. Lear has instructed as an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College for special education and allied health departments since leaving the public school sector. In addition to teaching, she continues to design and implement new courses to further the education of students who strive to improve their knowledge in supporting our children. She has had various affiliations with numerous organizations and has presented lectures at the state level for the Council for Exceptional children and the Learning Disabilities Associations of the Lehigh Valley. Ms Lear has served as past president for the local chapter of the Council of Exceptional Children and has served on the board of the Learning disabilities association of the Lehigh Valley. Ms. Lear has testified at the Local, State and Federal level as an expert witness in the area of Special Education.

Eric Lear, M.S.

Mr. Lear believes reading and language are fundamental keys to success in today’s world, and is excited to join our staff here at Lear Educational Center.

Eric Lear earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Rider University, and Master in International Management Degree from the American Graduate School of International Management. Prior to coming to Lear Educational Center, Mr. Lear worked in public education for 9 years in the Easton Area School District, where he served as both a long-term and day-to-day substitute. His long-term assignments included Reading and English as a Second Language, Biology, Spanish, and Music/Band.  Mr. Lear was found to be innovative, structured, and successful instructor in all his positions held.

During his career in public education Mr. Lear participated in all in-service programming, continuing his professional development. Mr. Lear has continued to tutor Accounting, Economics, and Spanish at local colleges and universities, as well as well as guitar and piano. Eric is currently working to become a certified Wilson Reading and Language instructor to continue his career at the Lear Educational Center.

Mr. Lear has two sons, one who is currently teaching at a charter school in New York City, who has taught frequently at our Center,  and another son who is studying Economics and Actuarial Science at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Elizabeth Dowty

Elizabeth Dowty is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Dual Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education K-8. She taught for twenty-six years in the public school systems of Maine teaching children in early childhood classrooms, special education programs and specialized reading instruction. She has a wide range of experiences with children including assessment, individualized planning and delivery of instruction to children in resource rooms and Title 1 Reading as well as regular classrooms.

During her career in public schools, she was a supervising/mentor teacher for the University of Maine at Farmington practicum and student teachers. She participated in an internship program with Nancy Atwell's Center for Teaching and Learning and was instrumental in developing and implementing a grade 1-4 multiage curriculum. Most recently she completed coursework on literacy assessment and strategies for reading instruction.

She has worked extensively with parents to develop and deliver the programs that meet the needs of each student. Her understanding of the learning process enables her to identify the approach to learning best suited for the individual child. Throughout her career she has valued the important relationship that exists between parents and a child's teacher. She has successfully reached children who otherwise would have struggled with learning. Her educational philosophy is that "every child has the ability to learn." By fostering a desire to learn, parents and teachers as a team, can truly change the lives of children.

Jessica Erschen Devlin, M. Ed.

Jessica Erschen Devlin, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation from Penn State, Ms. Devlin went on to complete a non-degree Speech-Language-Pathology program at La Salle University. This program developed her knowledge and refined her skills necessary for working with students in the public and private school system that enter the classroom with deficiencies in speech and language. After completing the Speech-Language-Pathology program, Ms. Devlin continued her education to earn her Master's Degree in Education and her Elementary Certification from Cedar Crest College.

Prior to joining the staff at Lear Educational Center, Ms. Devlin spent nine years working as a nanny to families in the Lehigh Valley. Ms. Devlin's experience raising children from birth through 13 years of age has had a large influence on her desire to educate and enhance the lives of children. According to Ms. Devlin, "one of the most important things that I have taken away from my time spent as a nanny is how different each and every child truly is. As an educator it is important to remember that these differences affect the way in which children learn and in order to reach their full potential we must employ strategies that are tailored to each child, hence the work we do here at Lear Educational."

When she isn't teaching at Lear Educational, Ms. Devlin works as a Reading Intervention Teacher in a parochial school in Bethlehem, PA where she provides remediation to students in grades pre-kindergarten through first grade.

Ms. Devlin has a clear enthusiasm for working with children as is evidenced by her commitment to the work she performs at Lear Educational and to her role as a Reading Intervention Teacher. Her academic pedigree is a testament to her passion for continued self-development. She intends to enhance her potential in the classroom by pursuing her Reading Specialist Certification.

Annette Filler, M. Ed.

Annette Filler earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University, and her administrative certification, and Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to coming to Lear Educational Center, Mrs. Filler worked in private education for twenty-three years. During that time she served as both a teacher and administrator. Her commitment to children is uncompromising, and her previous experiences demonstrate her passion for helping all students to experience success and in building meaningful partnerships with parents and guardians.

During her career in private education Mrs. Filler participated in numerous professional development opportunities such as Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned System, Common Core State Standards in Reading, English, and Mathematics, Early Prevention of School Failure and Reading Interventions for Upper Grade Students. These are just a few of Mrs. Filler's most recent courses of study. She also enjoys volunteering at Mercy Special Learning Center, a non-residential school for children and young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, Dream Come True, an organization established to promote and enrich the lives of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill and the Cops 'n' Kids Literacy Program, which has a mission of “connecting kids and community through literacy”.

Mrs. Filler is the mother of three sons who have all graduated from the Southern Lehigh School District. Upon graduation, each one has taken a different route to success in the work force. The experience of raising three sons, coupled with her passion that all children succeed in life, drove her desire to join our highly successful team here at Lear Educational Center.

Pauline Albrecht, Ed.S.

Pauline Albrecht, Ed.S. is a New Jersey certified School Psychologist, who has served as a consultant to school districts throughout Warren and Hunterdon counties in NJ in addition to working as a school psychologist in several districts. With over 34 years in education as both a special educator and a school psychologist, Pauline holds a B.A. from Wittenberg University and a M.Ed. and an Ed.S. from Lehigh University. She holds certificates as school psychologist, reading specialist, elementary education and teacher of the handicapped. Her roles in schools included Section 504 coordinator, Intervention & Referral Services coordinator, Anti-Bullying Specialist, counselor, character education coordinator, homeless liaison, special education case manager, parenting educator, School Safety Team coordinator, School Crisis Team member to name a few. Formerly, Pauline served as an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Education at Centenary College, teaching three different courses. After years of working with parents and professionals, Pauline retired from her work in school districts to devote herself to working with parents, families and students to address their needs and support personal and academic achievement in a one-to-one and small group environment. Her focus is providing families, students and professionals with easily accessed, educationally relevant, and common sense consultation, skill building, training, professional development, and support services with integrity, expertise, and compassion.

Recognized as Warren County’s Educator of the Year in 2005, Pauline has also received numerous other awards including the New Jersey Education Department’s Best Practice Award. Pauline is a member of Warren County NJ’s Traumatic Loss Coalition and its Lead Response Team, is a certified New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor and is a National Volunteer with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. A certified trainer in the PREPaRE school crisis preparedness model, Pauline has made numerous presentations to parents and professionals on a variety of topics including parenting, school crisis planning, the effects of media upon children, grief and loss, school climate, and behavioral management of children to name a few.

Pauline resides in Warren County, NJ with her husband and spends much of her free time volunteering in her community and church and traveling in her RV. She has three wonderful grown daughters and one beloved granddaughter.

Our Expertise

Areas of expertise at Lear are as follows, but not limited to: Certified Wilson Reading and Language Systems, Orton Gillingham, Phonics Spelling, Grammar, Linda Mood-Bell Auditory Processing Programs, PSSA, PSAT, SAT, ACT Coaching Programs, PA Keystone Exams, Saxon Math, Standardized Academic Testing, Organizational Skills Coaching, Study skills, Pre-Reading Programs, Speech and Language, Pre-Kindergarten Skills, Writing and Vocabulary Programs, All Subjects Tutoring, Parenting Skills Training and Behavioral Programs, Functional Behavioral Analysis, Observational Visits.

Patricia J. Lear, M.Ed. has been documented as a Special Education Expert in the Pennsylvania Federal Court.  Set up a Consultation with her today.  610-252-0965

Our School Students

Participating school students from: Allentown, Bangor, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton, East Penn, Emmaus, Hillside, Nazareth, Northampton, Northern and Southern Lehigh, Parkland, Pen Argyl, Saucon Valley, East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Wilson, Whitehall-Coplay of Lehigh County, PA, Northwestern Lehigh in Berks County, Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, PA, Northampton Community College, Lehigh-Carbon County Community College, Clinton schools of New Jersey, Warren Technical College, NJ, Warren County Community College of New Jersey, Muhlenberg College of Bethlehem, PA, and other near by colleges and universities. We also welcome St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Holy Family, and Saint Ann Schools.

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Service Area

Proudly serving students, parents and teachers in these communities and beyond:

Lehigh Valley, PA • Allentown, PA • Bethlehem, PA • Easton, PA • Stroudsburg, PA • East Stroudsburg, PA Quakertown • Phillipsburg,NJ • Warren & Hunterdon County, NJ


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