Party Chaperone Bios
B. Keith Lester
B. Keith Lester has been in the special education field for nearly 2 decades, supporting students in various levels as a 1:1, assistant teacher, behavior specialist, and vocational coordinator. He is currently an associate teacher in the Model Asperger Program at the Ivymount School where he teaches social skills. In his spare time, Lester (he likes to simply be called by his last name) enjoys eating pizza, watching sports on television, complaining about his favorite team (Dallas Cowboys), and privately teaching social skills as well as being an Employment Training Specialist for Young & Well.
Marquis Clements is a former special education teacher and currently works with George Washington University. Born and raised in the Washington D.C metro area, Marquis enjoys spending time playing video games and visiting the various sights in the area. Even though he works at George Washington University, Marquis still mentors a group of students with special needs and takes them various events around the metropolitan area.
Laura Hopkins has been in the special education field since graduating Towson University (BA in Psychology) in 2011. Since then, Laura has enjoyed working and supporting individuals in the school, extra-curricular, camp and home settings including the Ivymount School, Take2, and Ivymount Outreach programs. She is currently an in-home educator, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In her spare time, Laura loves being active (swimming, trail running, yoga- you name it!), spending time outdoors, traveling and bargain hunting*. However, when not on the move, she still enjoys down time by reading a good book, listening to the latest binge-worthy podcast, watching “Friends,” and cuddling with her dog.
With over 15 years in the special education field, Jamil Hounshell or Mr. H., has made it his mission to help children progress in all areas of development – academic, social, language, and motor. His 13 years at the Ivymount School jump started him into the next phase of his career – adult service provider. As a direct support professional for SEEC (Seeking Employment, Equality, and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities), Mr. H. heads a team of colleagues who are responsible for the crucial task of giving their clients the opportunity to maximize their potential.
Courtney Williams has been volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician for over 4 years. She has worked with with children on the spectrum for 10 years and also has a son with Autism. She has Healthcare provider CPR certification and currently volunteers at a Fire Department Station in Anne Arundel County.