Learning Specialists

  • Jane Kanter, M.Ed.

    Director
    Phone: 871-5360

    Mrs. Kanter, a former classroom teacher, began her career as an Educational Specialist for Students with Learning Disabilities (PSLD) in 1987. She also was an Instructor for Gannon University's School of Education. Jane has a B.A. in Sociology, a Pennsylvania Certification in Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a charter member of Phi Zeta, Gannon University's professional Educational Society, a chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for ChADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) of Erie County.

    Cheryl Guy, M.S.

    Assistant Director
    Phone: 871-5567

    Mrs. Guy has a B.A. degree in Education and English from Houghton College, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Gannon University and an M.Div., equ. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. She provided counseling services for the Commonwealth Academic Achievement Program (CAAP) for seven years before accepting the position of Learning Specialist with the Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (PSLD) in 1991. Since she joined the Gannon community, she has taught several courses in writing, mental health and speech. In addition to her role as Assistant Director for the PSLD, she also serves as Director for the Speech Communication Center and teaches Fundamentals of Speech classes.

    Harvey Kanter, Ph.D.

    504 - ADA Compliance Officer / Learning Specialist
    Phone: 871-5522

    Dr. Kanter, a former professor of special education and psychology at the University of Houston and Lamar University, has over 25 years of college-level teaching. He earned his B.A. degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Special Education, with a Minor in Psychology, from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the founder of the educational consulting firm, located in Houston, Educational Management Associates, before he relocated to Pennsylvania in 1998. He has extensive background in psychology as applied to education. Currently he is a member of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

    Jim Blanchard, M.S. (Equiv.)

    Math Specialist
    Phone: 871-5458

    Jim Blanchard, PSLD Math Specialist, has a B.S. degree from Edinboro University where he also did graduate work in Mathematics. Jim is a former teacher for the City of Erie School District, with 36 years of teaching Mathematics. Jim also taught in the Erie School District's Adult Evening Program and the Summer School Program. He also taught Trigonometry and Physics for the General Electric Machinist Apprentice Program.

    Elizabeth Kons, M.A.

    Writing Specialist
    Phone: 871-5330

    Mrs. Kons, PSLD Writing Specialist, has a B.A. degree in English from Mercyhurst College, and an M.A. in English from Gannon. Both degrees feature a concentration in writing. In addition to her work with the PSLD, Elizabeth is an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at Gannon and also teaches composition. She is a member of Kappa Gamma Pi, was a 2006 nominee for the Peter C. Braeger Research Writing Award and Totem judge.

    Barbara Priestap, M.Ed.

    Writing Specialist
    Phone: 871-5458

    Barb Priestap earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and has a Secondary Education Certificate in English and Communications. Her BA, from Gannon University, is in Communication Arts. In addition to her role as Writing Specialist for PSLD, where she assists students in the process of writing for composition classes, Barb is also an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department of the University, teaching Speech courses.

    As Adjunct Faculty - Department of Theatre, Barb also:

    • Served as co-director for Stephen Vincent Benet's, I Have Fallen in Love with American Names.
    • Co-directed summer theatre production, The Odd Couple.
    • Choreographed the original debut, Sunshine and Afterwards and Tartuffe.