About Us

Our Vision

Each child is unique and needs to be understood, valued and empowered to…

  • Achieve agency
  • Self-advocate for their learning
  • Realize their hopes and dreams


Meet The Empower the Learner Team

A trifecta of expertise in learning, technology and mindfulness.

Kathleen McClaskey

  • ● Co-author of Best Sellers: Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning.
  • ● Developed the “Empower the Learner” Framework.
  • ● Designed the “Empower the Learner” 3-Step Process to empower all learners.
  • ● Termed “UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express” as a way for a learner to understand the what, why and how of their learning.
  • ● International presenter, keynote speaker and expert on personalized learning, Universal Design for Learning and creating learner-centered environments.
  • ● Passionate in empowering ALL learners with tools, skills and practices so they become self-directed learners, learners with agency, who are future ready for college, career and life.
  • ● M.Ed. In Technology in Education; 40 years in education as a teacher, K-12 administrator, graduate professor, school board member, UDL Consultant and professional developer.
  • ● Married to my best friend, Jim for 49 years, and Mom of two sons who inspire my work every day.


Julie Hartman

Julie is a Certified Life Coach, Strategist and Teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation. Through the span of 20 plus years, she has dedicated her work to studying, researching, learning, and practicing the elements and tools that support positive self-development, empowerment and personal transformation.

Julie, herself a curious student of life, has a passionate mission to serve as a dedicated coach, teacher and mentor for anyone ready to embrace their own path of worthiness, accountability and unlimited potential. She strives to be a guidepost in helping others to grow, thrive and flourish.

Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, PhD, ATP

Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Ph.D. ATP is an accessibility accomplice providing training, support, and consultation to organizations around Assistive Technology, Accessible Educational Materials, and Universal Design for Learning. She is passionate about ensuring that learning is inclusive and accessible for all learners in a way that makes sense for them. Hillary has written and spoken in various spaces around AT, AEM, and UDL. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the University of New England’s graduate certification programs in inclusion, as well as the University of Maine at Farmington’s graduate programs in Special Education. Home is where her heart is in Saco, Maine with her husband, son, and stepson (who have both left the nest) and cats.

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