Meet the Team

David Murphy, M.Ed., Ed.D.


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Dr. Murphy became attuned to the challenges many students face through his twenty years of work in the field of special education supporting the needs of students with a wide range of disabilities. Dr. Murphy taught for more than a decade before becoming a school administrator, ultimately running private specialized schools for children with Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Social Anxiety Disorders. 

​After completing his doctorate, Dr. Murphy combined his extensive experience within schools with his advanced degree training and began consulting directly to families, students and adults. He consults with families and addresses the needs of students in all grade levels who have been diagnosed with such challenges as Asperger’s Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD), Social/Emotional Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD) and students who simply struggle with time management and organization.

Dr. Murphy received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from the University of Connecticut. He earned a second master’s degree in special education administration from Southern Connecticut State University.  He completed his studies at Northeastern University where he earned a doctoral degree in education. He currently lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts with his wife and two young children. He is an avid runner and loves spending time with his family and friends. 

​Kerri Szafran, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach

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After completing her Masters Degree in Counseling from Boston College, Kerri Szafran began her career at Blue Hills Regional High School. She worked there for two years before joining Duxbury High School’s Guidance Department. There she worked with both middle and high school students. She specialized in homework support groups, lunch bunch groups, and managing the 504 Plans of all of her students. She was the student’s advocate, and managed a caseload of over 150 students. She helped bring the Link Crew Program to Duxbury High School, an orientation program for transitioning middle school students to high school. In addition to working as an Academic Coach for Effective Effort Consulting, she is currently a Behavioral Therapist, working with young children with Autism executing early intervention strategies such as ABA.  Her specialties for coaching include working with ADHD/ADD students, students on the Autism Spectrum, and helping students who struggle with organization and study habits. Lost Mountain Expedition!  Kerri lives in Duxbury with her husband and two young girls. She enjoys skiing in the winter with her family and having as much beach time as possible in the summer. She is also an avid golfer and runner.

​Judi Johnson, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach

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Judi Johnson M.Ed., Executive Function Coach, loves empowering kids, their parents, and adults through the teaching of executive function skills:  time management, organization, prioritizing, goal setting and managing big emotions.  She started out as a teacher but realized that her favorite lessons were the ones that helped kids with their life skills:  organizing materials, using time effectively and seeing the big picture in life. So she changed her focus from teaching individual subjects to teaching individuals to realize their true potential. In addition to private coaching sessions, she has enjoyed teaching executive function classes, workshops, and weekly groups.

Judi earned a B.A. in Psychology at The University of Rutgers; an M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, and completed Executive Function Skills in the School & Classroom for Regular and Special Educators at All Grade Levels at Endicott College.  She also has a certification in “Stress Reduction, relaxation and Mediation”. Judi has lived in Scituate for nine years with her husband, two kids, and dog, Magic. She finds that teaching aqua aerobics has been a fun way to keep in shape, and loves boating, skiing and cooking healthy delicious meals for her family. 

Melanie Shaw, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach
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Melanie began her career working in a non-profit agency as a Program Manager servicing educationally at-risk youth. Realizing that this was education was her passion, she completed her M.Ed. in Education with a concentration in School Guidance. She has worked in both the vocational and comprehensive high school settings as a Guidance Counselor. She has worked for the last 13 years as a School Administrator, overseeing the Special Education, Career Services and Guidance Department. She is responsible for the educational needs of all students in her district. Melanie diligently works to ensure all students are provided with the tools necessary to be successful in school and upon graduation. She enjoys working with parents and students, one on one or in a group setting to set and meet goals. She is well versed in Special Education goals and 504 Accommodation Plans. Melanie lives in West Bridgewater with her husband. She enjoys boating, hiking, and physical fitness with her husband and dog, Louie.

Meghan Leary, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach

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Meghan Leary, M.Ed.. Ed.S.,  is a school psychologist with a background working with children from pre-k through the highschool level. Meghan earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in Psychology. She received her Master’s degree and Educational Specialist designation in School Psychology from Worcester State University.  Meghan currently works in Middleborough, MA, where she supports and empowers middle school students facing a variety of challenges. Her focus has been on assisting students in developing the self-regulation skills necessary for navigating the demands of life both within and outside of the academic environment.  Meghan has extensive knowledge of the IEP and 504 process, and has been responsible for referral, assessment, development, implementation, and monitoring outcomes. Meghan lives in Pembroke, MA. She enjoys spending time at the beach, cooking, running, and trying to keep up with her dog, Tess. 

Jaime Joyce, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach

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Jaime Joyce, M. Ed., is a licensed Massachusetts History Teacher.  She has classroom teacher and instructional assistant experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels and has experience co-teaching in a high school inclusion classroom.  Jaime has provided learning, social and behavior support to students with autism spectrum disorder, executive function disorder, dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  Jaime earned her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in New Orleans and her Masters in Education at American International College. Jaime lives in Duxbury with her husband, twins boys and dog.  In her free time, Jaime loves traveling the world with her family and going to the beach.

Victoria Sulser, M.Ed.

​ADHD/EF Coach

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Victoria Sulser is a native of Massachusetts who grew up on the South Shore and now resides in Hopkinton, MA. She earned her undergraduate degree through Mount Holyoke and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she majored in History and Education. She completed a Masters in Education at Northeastern University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education at University of Massachusetts Boston. Victoria has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and currently teaches eighth grade special education in Natick, MA. She comes to EEC with a passion for student learning and expertise in writing. Over the past several years Victoria has coached students in study and organization skills, test prep, and implementing EF support plans and strategies. Victoria specializes in helping middle school students be confident and ready for high school. In her free time, she enjoys family time spent on Cape Cod, running, and reading mystery novels.