Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

Published October 1, 2002

AEPP’s 2002 James P. Boyle Entrepreneurial Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Ellyn Lerner, president of KIDS 1, Inc., which operates specialized private schools and related services for students facing learning and social challenges. The company serves more than 800 special-needs students in 20 schools and learning centers in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and the District of Colombia.

Lerner, who has more than 25 years’ experience working directly with special-needs students, cofounded the company’s first school in 1986 to serve students with disabilities. She has written articles on special education and has created proprietary approaches to developing reading skills in severely dyslexic populations.