Established in 2003, Brennan Innovators, LLC
designs, manufactures, and retails practical reading and learning tools
that can benefit individuals of all ages and many ability levels, particularly those challenged with learning disabilities and differences
In addition, the company provides professional development workshops for teachers and administrators
in the St. Louis Metro Area. These workshops are creatively designed and enthusiastically presented by professional educators.
The CEO, Joan M. Brennan
, is a parent of four sons. She is a middle school educator with more than 18+ years experience teaching students of different ability levels within the same classroom.
Mrs. Brennan most recently taught the gifted/talented middle school students at St. Simon the Apostle School in St. Louis, Missouri
, where she initiated the gifted enrichment program and designed its curriculum. Since 2006, she has taught in the local College for Kids Program
at the St. Louis Community College-Meramec Campus
Mrs. Brennan is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a B.A. in Foreign Languages having a major in French (K-12) and a minor in Spanish (K-9). She also maintains Secondary Education Certification for the State of Missouri. In addition to these credentials, she has completed numerous post-graduate courses in the areas of learning disabilities/differences
and educational methods, strategies, and techniques
. She is also a current member of S.A.G.E. (St. Louis Association of Gifted Education) and G.A.M (Gifted Association of Missouri).
Besides being an experienced educator, Mrs. Brennan is also an inventor who designs reading and learning tools for persons of different ability levels, particularly in the areas of ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, some autism-spectrum disorders, and other conditions where focus is an issue.
She is the inventor of the Reading Focus Cards
, a tool that can benefit individuals challenged with tracking and focusing when attempting to read or study. The Reading Focus Cards supports differentiated instruction
, and its use can be demonstrated as part of a professional development workshop.
In her spare time, Joan Brennan is an active member of the Illinois Innovators and Inventors, a support and networking group for inventors in Southern Illinois. Joan served as its President from 2006-2008.