the wcp team
It's About Positivity & Collaboration.
Our founders, Dr. Mark Beitel and Dr. Dawn Matera have been working together for a decade, creating academic spaces for students who learn differently, require alternative approaches, and who benefit from creative and inspiring bridges to educational success.
meet our team
Each Member Brings Something Unique to WCP...
Lauren McBeth, M.Ed.
Lauren holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and English from Keene State College and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from The University of Saint Joseph. Additionally, She holds a current dual Connecticut certification in Secondary English and Special Education. Lauren began her career teaching English in a behavioral alternative environment in Stamford while honing behavior management techniques with high school students. Before joining WCP in 2019 she taught at Winston Preparatory for 11 years and also served as the Dean of Student Life.
Lauren Lives in Norwalk with her husband, two children, her cat, Mr. Honey, and her dog, Sammy. In her free time, you can find her outside in her garden.
Fun Fact about Lauren: Most people don’t know this, but she can tap dance!
Dr. Dawn Matera, Ed.D.
She holds a BS in Psychology, a MS is Special Education and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Upon completing a teacher training program and obtaining her Connecticut State Teaching Certification, she taught complex learners, at specialty schools, including Eagle Hill and Winston Preparatory, for more than a decade. In 2008. Dr. Matera founded her first education company, A Way to Learn, which provides tutoring, executive function coaching, and test prep to students. Additionally, in 2013, she co-founded The Westport Day School, a Connecticut state-approved special education school for internalizing students in sixth through twelfth grades.
In her free time, Dr. Matera is an accomplished writer and enjoys reading, traveling, and collecting tiny dogs!
Fun Fact about Dr. Matera: Her hidden talent is interior design. One of her favorite designer brands is Serena & Lily.
Todd lives in Shelton with his wife and three dogs, Charlie, Cooper, and Maggie. In his free time he loves taking photos and is an accomplished landscape photographer.
Fun Fact about Todd: If he could choose one superpower it would be telekinesis/ telepathy, like Jean Gray from X-men. He’s a huge comic book nerd!
Mark Beitel, Ph.D.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Psychology Honors Program at the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree from the New School for Social Research, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. He trained at Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University Medical Center, and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Beitel received college-specific training in the counseling centers of Fordham University and Northern Arizona University. Post-doctoral work took place at Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Beitel serves as Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center and as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, conducts psychotherapy research, and provides supervision to trainees ranging from college interns to medical residents. Dr. Beitel has authored or coauthored more than 60 peer reviewed scientific articles on personality, psychotherapy, substance use, chronic pain, integrative medicine, and culture.
Whitney currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and her Yorkie, Marley. She is a lover of animals, food, a good DIY project, and firmly believes there isn’t much a good cup of coffee can’t fix.
Fun fact about Whitney: She once had her hair styled by Heidi Klum and claims she’s even more beautiful in person.
Fun fact about Elisabeth: Elisabeth has 3 dogs! She recently used all of her teaching skills to help her dog Ruby become a 'Good Canine Citizen'.
Fun fact about Natalie: She is a lover of everything outdoors, coffee in all its variations, music, and design and she knows all the lyrics to the entire Hamilton soundtrack.