• John Carroll University, M.A., Education and Learning Disabilities
    • Certified in Learning Behavior Disabilities
  • Notre Dame College of Ohio, B.A., English and Education
    • Certified in English and Hebrew

Presentations & Publications

  • HQT Literacy for Learning for Special Needs Students, Notre Dame College, July 2018
  • Enhancing Your Intervention Skills through Differentiated Instruction, Catapult Learning Centers, September 2017
  • Administrators Reference Guide: A Tool for Understanding the Wilson Reading System, Constellation Charter Schools, June 2016
  • Methods and Materials for the Special Ed Student Yavne Teachers College 2016
  • Co-teaching in an Inclusive Classroom, Tree of Knowledge, December 2016
  • Differentiating Instruction in a Mixed Ability Classroom, Notre Dame College, July 2016
  • Phonics Made Easier, Virtual Schoolhouse, June 2015
  • Nature and Needs of the Special Ed Student, Yavne Teachers College, 2015
  • Visual Literacy, Tree of Knowledge,  June 2015
  • Standards Based IEP’s, Notre Dame College, August 2013, August 2014
  • FIP Facilitator Training, Virtual Schoolhouse, February 2013
  • Modifications and Accommodations Why Should We? Tree of Knowledge, June 2012
  • Bridging Language and Reading in the Content Areas, Speech Solutions, December 2012
  • Vocabulary Development, Virtual Schoolhouse, February 2011
  • Phonics for Literacy, Ashland University, December 2008 – February 2009
  • Response to Intervention and SLD Identification, Virtual Schoolhouse, September 2008
  • Authentic Assessment, Notre Dame College, July 2007
  • Developing Social Cognition for the Learning/Language Disabled Child, Catapult Learning Centers, June 2005
  • Behavior Management, John Carroll University, 1997
  • Mainstreaming/Inclusion of Special Needs Students, John Carroll University, July 1996
  • Behavior Management, John Carroll University, July 1995

Vivian Garfunkel

Independent Special Education Consultant 216.696.8700


Vivian brings extensive experience to the Student & Athlete Defense team, having worked in education for more than 35 years. She is regularly called upon by teachers, special education leaders, therapists, behavioral consultants and school administrators to assist in professional development and establishing effective intervention programs according to state and federal grant regulations. Vivian also has experience facilitating federal grants, and advocates for parents in both public school and non-public school settings.

Vivian began her career as a special education intervention specialist at Wickliffe Middle School while also working as a professional development seminar instructor within local school systems and learning centers – something she continues to this day. Additionally, Vivian teaches special needs and classroom discipline courses as a member of the adjunct faculty at both Cleveland’s Yavne Teacher’s College and Notre Dame College.

Vivian holds a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Notre Dame College of Ohio, and a master’s in education and learning disabilities from John Carroll University. She is certified in English, Hebrew and learning behavior disabilities.