Our academic coaching team is comprised of social workers, former school counselors, school administrators and early childhood, elementary, middle and high school teachers.  These diverse backgrounds provide a dynamic support model for our clients.  Using best practice methods and a strong team approach, our coaches and therapists work together to develop and implement plans to support you and your family.

Our Services

Professional tutors at Teton Behavioral Therapy help students develop techniques that will help them stay on top of their game and keep anxiety and frustration to a minimum. Teaching students organizational skills, good questioning skills and analytic skills will make them better able to take control of their learning. TBT tutors empower students to risk mistakes, approach academic challenges with a flexible mind, and practice executive functioning strategies that will help them harness life-long motivation for their academic and personal careers.

Crunch-Time Tutors

Crunch-Time Tutors is specially designed for students who are gearing up for large exams or big projects. TBT offers tutored group or individual study sessions year round. These sessions are be dedicated to helping your child succeed by pinpointing challenging course material, learning new study habits, and learning how to build review packets. TBT’s Academic Coaches specialize in mathematics, sciences, and literature, additional subject may be provided upon request.

Victor, Idaho: 10 S. Main St, Academic Office Suite 201

Jackson, Wyoming: Gregory Ln 1490, Academic Office Suite 1B

Email ellie@tetonbehaviortherapy.com or call 307-413-4921 to sign-up your student today.

Executive Functioning Student Workshops

Executive Functions make up the control center of our brain, helping us navigate through life with goal directed actions. Strengthening your child’s Executive Functions during their youth can help with long-term academic, career, and personal success.  Our “EF” skills are developed and strengthened as we learn how to organize, plan, limit distractions, and initiate tasks day-to-day. TBT’s Executive Functioning Skill Building Workshops are designed to help your student achieve and maintain success in their academic and personal lives.  

Executive Functioning Workshops are offered in 8-week series as private or group sessions. Students will receive a comprehensive Executive Functioning assessment, tailored weekly EF development, and practice pairing newly formed skills with current course work. Strategies to support goal setting, organization, task initiation, inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility, emotional regulation, self-monitoring, and memory recall are strengthened upon during each appointment. Student tutoring and pre and post consultations for parents to explore goals and evaluate progress are also offered.  

  • Session
  • Group 8-Week Workshop*
  • Individual 8-Week Workshop
  • Custom Scheduling
  • Length of Session
  • 1.5 hrs
  • 1 hr
  • Custom
  • Cost Per Session
  • $50
  • $65
  • $85

 *Groups must consist of 3 or more students  

Call or email for course start dates and additional information at: 



Refocusing Executive Functioning for Parents and Child

Refocusing Executive Functioning supports children in becoming more independent and responsible, while helping parents feel less stressed and more balanced. Our TBT team works directly with the parent-child dyad to create unique strategies to promote self-directedness and success.  

Through implementing an award winning treatment program, our team specializes in children and adolescents with attention, executive functioning and motivation difficulties. Supporting Teens’ Autonomy Daily (STAND; Sibley, 2016) considers the realities of a daily life and provides skills that have helped past families feel more in balance.   

Our REF Coaches meet with you and your child on a weekly basis to support lasting change. Sessions include training in organization, time management, and planning for you and your child. Parents will gain an equilibrium between providing support and promoting their child’s independence. Together, the team strategizes and plans changes for the home environment and family routine in support of child success.  

Refocusing Executive Functioning uses Motivational Interviewing techniques and a collaborative approach to support parent-child teams reconnecting with their personal goals and values to find realistic strategies that in practice will improve the quality of life at home and at school. 

  • Session
  • With Academic Coach
  • With Licensed Counselor
  • Cost Per Session
  • $85
  • Variable*

*May be billable to insurance 

Call or email for more information: 



Academic Assessments

Teton Behavior Therapy’s Academic Team now offers a host of diagnostic Reading Assessments. These services provide as stepping stones toward intervention after general reading assessments your child may have received in a school setting. While these tests are not an educational psychological evaluation, they do provide a more in-depth look into determining the next steps in your child’s educational journey. We provide four assessments that evaluate phonological awareness, phonological memory, rapid naming, reading efficiency, word identification, and spelling.  

  • Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing 2nd addition (CTOPP-2)   
  • Test of Word Reading Efficiency 2nd addition (TOWRE-2)  
  • Word Identification and Spelling Test (WIST)  
  • Gray Oral Reading Test 5th addition (GORT-5)  

The CTOPP-2 is helpful for early identification in kindergarten or first grade children whose deficiencies in phonological processing leave them at risk for reading failure. Early identification coupled with early intervention designed to promote phonological awareness appears to be a promising approach to reducing the incidence of reading failure.

Favicon   Travis Gay, Ellie Finnegan, Boots Knighton and Smith Maddrey are

leading our Academic Coaching/Counseling team

with the following services:

TravisTravis has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading intervention, Lively Letters, Sight Words You Can See, and Lindamood-Bell: Seeing Stars.  She teaches executive functioning classes for children and adolescents in the classroom, small groups and 1:1 settings.

Travis is originally from South Carolina and moved to Teton Valley in 1998. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Walla Walla University and has been serving children, adolescents, and families in Jackson and Teton Valley for almost 20 years.

Travis has dedicated her work to providing academic and social- emotional support to students and their families within educational settings and at home.  Travis specializes in working with children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, executive functioning challenges, highly gifted students and other learning disabilities as well as providing support to empower parents at home.  Travis is a mother of three and enjoys hiking, skiing, cooking, music, and reading books at home with her children and husband.

IMG_5510_Ellie_websizeEllie applies skills learned as a life-long student into academic coaching and Executive Functioning workshops for adolescence.

She grew up on the west side of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming and attended middle and high school in Jackson.  She earned her B.A. in Biology from Whitman College with a double minor in Chemistry and Fine Arts.  Since returning to the Valley, Ellie has spent her time supporting children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including academic support and healthy living. 

In the summer months, Ellie enjoys educating visitors to the Tetons on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Ellie’s many passions have guided her interest in teaching.  From fieldwork on Idaho stream ecology to working with children in Teton Valley.  


Boots is has completed training with Lindamood-Bell and Reading with TLC, both programs are focused interventions for various learning challenges.  She has taught every level of school from Pre-K to the university level.  Boots has experience in both private and public schools.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about these services or our other counseling services.

Smith has taught English for the past ten years at the Jackson Hole Community School.  Before that, he taught at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, worked as a freelance writer, and spent many years in the field as an outdoor educator.Smith_5560_web

His multiple years of instructing for Outward Bound and NOLS enable him to bring experiential-based approaches to his teaching style.  Smith values his connections with students and implements creative approaches to make the learning process more authentic and engaging.

Smith moved to Teton Valley, ID. in 2008.  He spends his free time exploring the Teton backcountry and adventuring with his family.

More about Reading with TLC: Reading with TLC is comprised of 2 creative programs, Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See. Lively Letters improves phonemic awareness, speech production, and phonics, while Sight Words You Can See facilitates the training of abstract sight words that don’t follow the rules of phonics.

These programs were designed specifically to target students who have or seem to be developing reading disorders, including dyslexia. These unique programs benefit students with various learning disabilities, speech/language disorders, or developmental delays, as well as those who are learning English as a second language (ESL, ELL students).

Because Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See are multisensory approaches that incorporate imagery, hand and body cues, music, humorous stories, and mnemonics (memory tricks), students with different learning styles are able to use their strongest modes of learning to access and hold on to the information they need to acquire. The programs are structured with sequence of skill development that is flexible enough to accommodate students’ varied learning speeds. The flexibility of the programs also lends them to be easily combined with, or followed by, most other reading programs.