About Our Cognitive Learning Team

Welcome to Cognitive Learning, the Fast ForWord division of Scholars Education Centre since 2000!


Meet Our Team

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Brian Nashman, Director

Mr. Nashman is the owner of Scholars Education Centre and Cognitive Learning in Peterborough. He is a certified provider of the Fast Forward Program from Scientific Learning Corporation in Oakland, California. He has diversified experience in T.E.S.L., adult education, cognitive learning, community economic development, co-operatives, financial planning, and entrepreneurship. He chose Peterborough in 1988 as an excellent place to raise a family.

Katy vanVeen, Centre Director

Katy has a degree in Geography from Trent University and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. After graduating from teacher’s college, Katy taught ESL in Narita, Japan for two years. She has been working at Scholars since September 2005 .  From day one, Katy has been involved with the cognitive learning programming at the Centre and has extensive experience supporting students in the Fast ForWord program.  Katy enjoys working with students, parents, classroom teachers and the great staff at Scholars.

Nikkilee Donato, Centre Director

Nikki received her B.Ed. from Nipissing University’s Concurrent Education Program in 2009, with a B.A. in Contemporary Studies from Laurier University. She loves to travel, and has experience teaching in Africa, Calgary and across Ontario. Nikki has been a member of the Scholars team since 2011, and she also works as an Occasional Teacher with KPRDSB.  Nikki has worked with dozens of students enrolled in the Fast ForWord cognitive learning program.  Nikki has worked with students to progress through the program and also supported families prior to beginning the cognitive learning program to understand the details of the program and how it functions.