Let data lead the way.


Welcome to Heron Education

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"Creativity is the Blue Heron within us waiting to fly; through her imagination, all things become possible.”

Nadia Janice Brown

Located in Richmond, VA, Heron Education is a boutique multidisciplinary educational consulting firm with over two decades of industry experience. Through our unique structure and individualized approach, we offer a wide range of services to students, families, and schools. We are firm believers in data, and its power to guide decisions, spearhead innovation and create lasting change. We are dedicated to advising parents and independent schools, helping them make sound decisions that positively impact not just their students, but also the wider community.

Education Specialist

Johnathan Harris

Harris brings over two decades of industry experience. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and Sociology, Master of Education, (M.Ed.) an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) with a focus in Special Education, Assessments and Measurements, and is in the last semester of a Doctor of Education Degree Program (Ed.D) at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Harris is a firm believer in letting data lead the way in making decisions about education.

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Education Evaluation

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We have over two decades of experience conducting cognitive and educational achievement assessments to help families and schools make education decisions for their students.

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Receiving a draft IEP from your child’s school can be intimidating. We provide a comprehensive review of the services they recommend and help you plan for the meeting. Our specialists will show you how to monitor the IEP and your student's progress so you’ll be better prepared to ask for specialized services.

Virginia public and private schools require students to undergo assessments in order to enroll and qualify for gifted programs. Our specialists have the experience to help families navigate this sometimes complex and confusing process. We provide gifted assessments for students as young as 3rd grade to high school.

Our Specialists will use a specialized battery of tests to evaluate your child. The assessments aims to identify areas of strengths, weaknesses, and to determine if discrepancies exists between cognitive ability and academic performance.

Areas of skill assessment include:

  • Attention – assess many skills that apply to “paying attention”
  • Executive functioning – ability to organize information
  • Fluency – the speed of performing automatic tasks accurately
  • Phonetic awareness and decoding – ability to associate a letter with its sounds
  • Reading comprehension – ability to comprehend, process, and recall information that the child has read
  • Working memory – ability to retain information long enough to utilize it

IEP Review & Monitoring

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Gifted Screening

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College Counseling

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Navigating college applications for a high school senior can be daunting. Our specialists have direct experience with this process as parents and professionals in the field. We develop a plan of action for students to help them identify colleges, complete applications, and provide NCAA recruitment services. Resume and essay writing are part of our services.

"Third Advisor"

Financial Advisor

Attending college can be an overwhelming experience for a freshman; whether it’s understanding the credit process, adding/dropping classes, understanding how to communicate with professors, or understanding the overall college experience. Our specialists can serve as a “Third Advisor'' for a semester or two. We provide regular check-ins with your student via text or virtual meetings, review syllabi, monitor assignment completion, and assist with course selections.

Parent Coaching

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Being a parent is no easy task, but it is undoubtedly rewarding. We help parents and caregivers clarify their relationship with their child, understand their value systems, while providing tools to create more meaningful and deeper connections.

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1700 Huguenot Road

Suite 2C

Midlothian, VA 23113

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