BTA Education

College Consulting, Advocacy & Education Technology

The BTA Education Team

Janet Thibeau: President and Founder

Janet manages our advocacy and coaching services and is extremely active in special education. In 2014 she was 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 member of the board of directors of MABIDA: the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is a past member of the boards of the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network and the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN). She has presented at national and regional conferences, and she regularly presents to parent groups.


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 2012 she expanded her services to include family coaching, and in 2014, when her husband Jim joined the company, they 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.


Jim Thibeau: Managing Partner

Jim is responsible for our education technology consulting and executive coaching. Jim has thirty years' experience in education and education technology, including being a key member in two ed tech success stories. As Senior Vice President of Global Services at Wimba, he was responsible for all customer-side operations, including training, support, and cloud services, which he grew by 600% over 3 years. At WebCT, Jim served as Vice President of Professional Services, where he grew revenue 50% per year for 4 straight years. Both of these companies experienced tremendous growth and successful exits. Jim has also serviced as Vice President of North American Services at Blackboard. Prior to these positions, he spent 15 years delivering education services and technology into the corporate market.


Jim graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of New Hampshire. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and spent four years working toward a PhD in European history at Boston University. He has lectured on early modern and French history, and as adjunct faculty, he has taught undergraduate courses on European history and historical analysis.


Our Network

Throughout their careers, Janet and Jim have benefitted from working with a host of talented, successful people in various fields.  Many of these people own their own companies and are available to support BTA Education's clients.  Based on your needs, we will pull together a team of proven specialists to support you in achieving your goals.


  • For college consulting, we have access to financial aid experts and consultants who specialize in various regions of the country.
  • For advocacy, we work with attorneys, psychologists, and other professionals who are among the top in their fields.
  • For corporate consulting, we partner with experts in analytics, product management, instructional design, customer support, HR, recruiting,
   and more.