About our Team

About our Team

Janice Smith, Director

Email: Janice@fitlearningstl.com

As 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 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 day care 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 Dr. Tim Fuller, Director of Fit Learning Reno and clinical consultant to the St. Louis lab.

Janice and Elizabeth Haughton, recipient of the Ogden R. Lindsley Lifetime Achievement Award, at 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.

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

Meet our Staff

Katie Harris, Outcomes Coordinator

“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) about 2 years ago. 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 Outcomes Coordinator, 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. 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.

Coach Katie Harris 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.

Katie attended the ACT Bootcamp for Behavior Analysts in Reno, Nevada in 2019. Here she is pictured with Dr. Tim Fuller, Director at Fit Learning Reno and case advisor for the St. Louis lab.

Brooke Pickard, Certified Learning Coach

Brooke has worked with children before she was old enough to drive, including planning and leading summer day camps and then later working as a nanny.

"When I got the chance to work at Fit Learning and help children learn, I jumped at the opportunity. I absolutely love every moment! I love Fit because it is an energetic and interactive atmosphere where children can have fun and learn at the same time. I love coming to work and getting to laugh and just have a good time with both the kids and the Fit Learning team.”

Brooke plans to graduate next spring with a degree in Human Services and Counseling. A coffee connoisseur, Brooke spends most of her time at Picasso's Coffee House. She enjoys playing rugby, watching television and eating anything sweet!

 

Mira Fradkin, Intern

Mira joined the team in April 2020. She is a senior in Washington University's Psychological & Brain Sciences Program.

Mira is a member of Psi Chi.

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