Lifelong learning has a different meaning when passion and compassion are combined.

The faculty of Gateway Academy is one of the most dynamic groups of educators and practitioners in the south. With a flair for creativity and a challenging spirit, they practice the fine art of “finding another, better way.”  Educational outreach is an extension of who we are.  It is our hope, our mission, and our goal to share the success of practical applications supported by the wisdom of solid research.

We are excited to experience and share our light bulb moments with diverse groups of people from all related fields.  Join us as we ask the hard questions about social construction in autism; transition points for learners with differences; what we can do to work with and through unbridled energy, resistant shame, learned helplessness and so many other challenges.

Please attend one of our functions or let us know how we can help serve you in your own workplace or professional community. Those who attend our events walk away with changes in perceptions and empowering new tools to create an immediate and lasting impact.

Knowledge Base

Helpful Articles:

Gateway Academy: Working out for student success

One Happy Camper: Summer Programs for Kids

The Cases for (Working, Maturing) Gap Years

A Meaningful Independent Life

Study: Exercise May Cut Behavior Issues In Half

When Math Just Doesn’t Add Up: Understanding Dyscalculia

College-Bound Students With Autism Learn To Navigate Campus Life

New thinking on kids with ADHD: ‘Healthy lifestyle’ could be an effective intervention

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is linked to delayed brain development

ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Your AAA Guidebook

What Happens When You Separate Students from Their Cell Phones


Helpful Organization Websites:

Transition In Texas – Gateway is committed to helping students and families make informed decisions about the transition to adulthood. This Texas resource has some interesting links.

Navigate Life Texas – Do you have questions about legal needs in transitioning to adulthood for kids with social and learning differences? This is an easy to read website that may help you.

The Student Lounge Overview – DO IT
Tips for College-Bound Students with Learning Differences

CHADD – College for those with ADHD

Impact ADHD: Helping Parents Help Kids

Child Mind Institute – dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.


Need a Speaker?

Michele Bauman Joseph, MEd.
Gateway Academy – Head of School

Michele holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and a Master’s degree in Education. She has served students with social and learning differences for over 30 years. Michele has been a resource teacher in public school, the principal of The Joy School and the Co-Founder and Head of School for Gateway Academy and the Advance Program. Michele’s unique background and her track record in addressing social, behavioral and learning challenges make her a relevant and engaging speaker. She has shared her knowledge at conferences such as CHADD, LDA, TAAPS, various school in-service workshops, and has created curriculum around important topics impacting teens with learning differences. She is pleased to share her knowledge and is prepared to address teacher, professional, parent and student audiences.

Michele’s Ready Topics:

  • Transition to Adulthood: Autism Spectrum Disorder (Level 1)
  • Self Determination Pathways for Young Adults
  • Sex Education for Middle and High School Students with Learning Differences
    • Michele is a co-developer of a specialized sex education curriculum for middle and high school students with social and learning differences.
    • Michele is available to teach educators how to address the topic of human sexuality and behavior in a developmentally appropriate manner.
    • Michele is skilled in helping parents prevent high-risk behaviors through a practical, developmentally based sex education program. Her approach is adapted for those who guide and mentor teens with social, learning or behavioral challenges.

Other topics:

  • ADHD: Maximizing Attention and Behavior in the Classroom
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder I
  • Dyslexia strategies for struggling learners
  • Programming for Adolescents with Learning and Social Challenges
  • Transition Programming for High School Students with Learning Differences
  • Executive Functioning – Tools for the Classroom
  • Creating a Culture of Self Determination: A Combined Counseling, ABA and Social Thinking Skills Approach with Adolescents

Scott Adams
ADVANCE – Executive Director

Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University where he double majored in English and Communication Studies. Scott taught at The Joy School and is a Co-Founder, former teacher and Principal of the Gateway Academy. He recently co-founded the Advance Program, a post-high school program for young adults with social and learning differences. He is currently the Executive Director of the Advance. Scott understands the unique challenges of students and families impacted by learning disabilities, as he is himself, a parent of a learning- disabled child. Scott is an award-winning speaker and regional qualifier in the Toastmaster’s International World Championship of Public Speaking. He finished second at this level in 2005 and 2006, effectively making him one of the top 18 speakers in an organization of over 180,000 members.  Scott’s passion for brain-based education and his engaging style make him an effective and captivating presenter.

Scott’s Ready Topics:

  • Developing Fitness Programming and Strategies to Enhance Academic Performance and Behavioral Outcomes
  • Preparing to Launch: Helping Young Adults with Social and Learning Differences Consider Life After High School
  • The Art of Seeking, Landing, and Keeping a Job: Vocational Education and Planning Pathways
  • Skill Versus Will: Equipping Teens and Young Adults to Overcome the top 3 Obstacles to Adult Independence
  • Owning It: How Students with Social and Learning Differences Can Become Self Directed Learners and Contributors
  • From Helped to Helper: Self Determination as a Pathway to Personal Significance
  • Regulating Emotion, Attention, and Productivity through Movement

Other Topics:

  • Helping students with autism become better writers?
  • The importance of brain-based education with special needs populations
  • Programming for young adults with social and learning differences
  • Integrating written and verbal communication skills to enhance the vocational outcomes of young adults
  • Executive function and transition to young adulthood
  • Fitness and the young adult brain

Brodie Simmons MS, LPC, LCDC, NCC
Gateway Academy – Dean of Student Services

Brodie is a Board Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Houston and his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Brodie was the Choices Counselor for The Gateway Academy and St. Thomas High School, where he provided ongoing prevention programming around 15 high-risk behaviors. This program was uniquely tailored to both schools and their student populations. In addition to developing programming, Brodie provided therapeutic interventions to students, faculty, and parents at these schools.  Brodie has a private therapy practice and recently joined the staff of Gateway as Dean of Student Advancement. Brodie has presented at The Southwest Adolescent Treatment Providers Conference, Katy Autism Alliance, and is in demand as a presenter where he addresses parents, teachers and government officials.  Brodie is a current member of the American Counseling Association and received his National Certified Counselor recognition from the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Brodie’s Ready Topics:

  • An Overview of Brain Development and Executive Function
  • Sex Education: A Programmatic Approach to Prevent High-Risk Behaviors in Students with Social and Learning Differences.
  • The Impact of Drugs and Alcohol on the Developing Brain: Prevention Strategies and Tools for Teachers and Parents
  • Developing Healthy Relationships: Relational Aggression and Teens
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying: Creating an “Upstander” Culture in Schools
  • Parenting in the Age of Technology: Helping Teens Develop Healthy Boundaries

Other Topics:

  • Depression in teens
  • Anxiety – Strategies to overcome challenges at home and school
  • Parenting teens with social and learning differences
  • Talking to teens about their diagnoses/learning differences
  • Preparing for success – building resilience in teens