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About Us

Janet Thibeau

President and Founder

Janet manages our advocacy and coaching services and is extremely active in special education. Janet is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Dyslexia Association, a leading research and advocacy group for students with dyslexia and related reading differences. Formerly, she has served on IDA's branch council, and was President of the Massachusetts Branch of IDA from 2015-2018. She has been featured on National Public Radio as part of their series Brain Matters, Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience and has appeared on Boston’s NPR affiliate station, speaking about dyslexia. She is a past member of the boards of the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network and the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN). She frequently presents at national and regional conferences, as well as local parent groups in New England.

Janet founded Barlow Thibeau & Associates in 1992 to deliver education services to her clients. In 2006, she added advocacy services to her offerings and has been successfully securing her clients the services they need ever since. Many of her earliest advocacy clients are still with her today. In 2014, she expanded her services to include college consulting and rebranded Barlow Thibeau & Associates as BTA Education.

Prior to founding Barlow Thibeau & Associates, Janet worked as a corporate trainer and consultant, delivering education services to Fortune 500 companies in North America and Europe. She has a Bachelor of Arts in both history and economics from Marietta College. She is certified as a parent advocate through the Federation of Children with Special Needs' Parent Advocate Program, and she is certified as a professional coach through the University of New Hampshire.

Janet was a huge part of our "team". We couldn't have gotten our son where he needed to be without her. We are grateful!

- Erin, Education Advocacy Client

Why Choose BTA Education?

With over 25 years of experience, Janet knows all the ins and outs of college consulting. Her primary focus is the success and happiness of your child, especially as he or she begins the stressful college application and admission process.  

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