About Our Team

About Our Team

Photo of Janice Smith, the founder and lab director of Fit Learning. If you're looking for tutoring in St. Louis, Janice is the person to speak to about how to make sure your child has the most effective tutoring experience possible. She knows the Fit program and understands the science behind how children learn better than almost anyone else in the Midwest!Janice Smith, Lab Director

Email: Janice@fitlearningstl.com As lab director and owner of Fit Learning St. Louis, Janice brings more than fifteen years of experience in the field of behavior science and education. She previously worked as an administrator for the Special School District of St. Louis County, leading a team of behavior analysts and attending dozens of IEP meetings in her capacity as an area coordinator. During a ten-year residency in mid-Missouri, she diversified her experience by providing behavioral support services in a university-based clinic setting, family homes, private schools, residential treatment placements, and daycare centers (and nurtured her love for documentary film at the True/False film festival held annually in Columbia, MO). She graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (where she met her husband) before obtaining her master’s degree in behavioral science from the University of Nevada-Reno. A former foster parent, Janice served on the board of directors of Heart of Missouri CASA and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri. She has two daughters.

Janice and Elizabeth Haughton, recipient of the Ogden R. Lindsley Lifetime Achievement Award, at annual precision teaching conference. Janice had a dream years ago of bringing Fit Learning to the St. Louis area & has loved watching so many children from the St. Louis area succeed academically with the support of Fit Programs. She loves how Fit goes beyond traditional tutoring programs to help bring science & education together!Left: Janice and Elizabeth Haughton, recipient of the Ogden R. Lindsley Lifetime Achievement Award, at the annual precision teaching conference.

Why I Launched Fit Learning St. Louis 

I am passionate about Fit Learning because of our noble cause to change educational practices around the world and the mission to transform the learning abilities of every student who walks through our doors. Fit Learning’s core values—of science, fun, and transformation—culminates in our drive to be impeccable in every aspect of the business. It is easy for me to appreciate that Fit Learning offers the best opportunity to be impactful in the lives of children; no one is better at transforming education.

Photo of Janice, our St. Louis Fit Director, and Fit Learning Founding Directors, Drs. Donny and Kendra Newsome and Drs. Nick and Kimberly Berens

Above: Janice and Fit Learning Founding Directors, Drs. Donny and Kendra Newsome and Drs. Nick and Kimberly Berens.

Meet Our Staff

Photo of Katie Harris, director of clinical operations at Fit Learning St. Louis

Katie Harris, Director of Clinical Operations

“You always hear people say that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. I feel beyond lucky to have found my place at the Fit Learning St. Louis Lab! Seeing the true transformation and fun we bring to each learner’s success is the most rewarding experience.

I have long had a passion for teaching and could be found telling my parents, ‘Watch out, you’re stepping on my students!’ during imaginative play as a child. I enjoy getting to coach learners every day and laughing so hard that I cry with my amazing co-workers. I moved to St. Louis from Thibodaux, Louisiana. I love reading books, going for walks around the lake, eating mochi, drinking bubble tea, and watching murder mystery shows on Netflix.“

In addition to her role as Director of Clinical Operations, Katie Harris is a certified learning coach in math, reading, logic, and Lil Fits. She earned her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Lindenwood University. A career highlight for Katie was presenting an academic poster at Women in Behavior Analysis – WIBA 2019!

Katie is pictured here with Dr. Carl Binder at the 2018 Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis's annual conference.

Left: Katie with Dr. Carl Binder at the 2018 Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis’s annual conference. Carl Binder studied with B.F. Skinner at Harvard, serves on the board of the Standard Celeration Society, and co-founded The Performance Thinking Network. Dr. Binder was also instrumental in the evolution of Fit Learning! What an honor to meet such a global leader in the field of behavioral science.

 

 

 

Photo from when Coach Katie Harris attended the 2019 Women in Behavior Analysis Conference in Nashville. If you're looking for a tutor in St. Louis, MO you're not going to find more highly educated and skilled tutors than the learning coaches at Fit!

Left: Katie attended the 2019 Women in Behavior Analysis Conference in Nashville with two of Fit Learning’s Founding Directors, Dr. Kimberly Nix Berens and Dr. Nick Berens.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of when Katie attended the ACT Bootcamp for Behavior Analysts in Reno, Nevada in 2019. Katie is more than a St. Louis area tutor, she's a true source of information about learning and takes the role of Fit in helping students be successful very seriously!

Left: Katie attended the ACT Bootcamp for Behavior Analysts in Reno, Nevada in 2019. Here she is pictured with Dr. Tim Fuller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Imogen Davies, certified learning manager at Fit Learning St. Louis

Imogen Davies, Certified Case Manager

“I love to learn and grow through helping others and being at Fit is exactly that. When I heard about Fit Learning and about what an awesome place it is, I said, ‘Sign me up!’ Being able to see the learners transform and succeed brings a massive smile to my face and makes me love what I do even more. Fit Learning is everything I imagined it to be! It’s a place where we all get to learn but also have fun at the same time. What could be better than that!”

Imogen is originally from the UK, and moved to the US in 2010, originally settling in San Diego. She graduated from Lindenwood University in May of 2020. While a full-time student, Imogen received a scholarship in rugby, which she played for eight years. Before Fit Learning, Imogen worked with a variety of people, including individuals with developmental disabilities, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. When not at Fit, Imogen loves to FaceTime her family, drink some tea, and play with her cat Mungo.

Photo of Jay Finck, a student offering tutoring to students in the St. Louis area using Fit Learnings unique, effective approach to tutoring & teaching.

Jay Finck, Certified Learning Coach

Jay Finck is a psychology student at Washington University. He is deeply interested in the science of behavior and the mind, and is eager to apply it in a way that helps learners at Fit Learning. He has tutored through school programs for several years and has experience working with children of all ages. Jay plans to continue working with and helping children throughout his life as a clinical psychologist. When he’s not at Fit Learning, Jay is usually reading, writing fiction, or listening to a podcast, often with his dog close by.

Libby Travers, Certified Learning Coach

“I have always had a passion for helping individuals learn and experience the light bulb moment of a challenging concept coming together. I am so excited to be joining the FIT community that combines my educational interests — teaching and behavioral science!”

Libby currently attends Lindenwood University and is studying to receive her master’s in behavior analysis. She plans to sit for the BCBA exam next fall. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education through University of Missouri-Columbia and taught second grade for three years. Additionally, she has experience as a registered behavior technician (RBT) and working with individuals with various behavioral and developmental disabilities. When she’s not working or studying, Libby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading fiction with a cup of iced coffee, and listening to country music.