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Meet the Team


Debra A. Caperton, BS, M.Ed
Certified Special Education Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Reading Specialist, ESL

   Debbie earned her teaching degree from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Special and Elementary Education. Her Master of Arts in Education Degree with an emphasis in School Guidance Counseling from Ottawa University was earned along with her Reading and ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsements. Debbie has taught Special Education in the public school setting at all levels for 11 years with students of multiple disabilities. Ten of those years were spent teaching in Mesa, Arizona and one year in Elk Rapids as the Special Education Coordinator.
   In 2010, she created SOS Learning Lab, LLC as an Educational Specialist to provide parents and their children with behavioral strategies, academic support, and self-advocacy development services to help build a bridge between schools, therapists, parents, and students. Due to the growing need and request for resources in the community for specific life skill services, Debbie decided to expand her business. In January 2014, she received a sub-micro loan through the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and Fifth Third Bank; this allowed Debbie to open the lab and better meet the needs of individuals with special challenges. Her life-long passion has always been to teach and guide individuals toward their hopes, dreams, and personal goals to become the best that they can be. Through SOS she has achieved this and more.


Carolyn Wilson, BS, M.Ed.

Carolyn earned her Bachelor and Master of Education Degrees from the University of Maryland in 2012. She is a Traverse City native, having graduated from West Senior High and Northwestern Michigan College. Carolyn holds certifications in early childhood special education (birth-3rd grade) and severe disabilities (birth-21) in Maryland. Her additional Michigan certifications include Elementary K-5 all subjects, K-8 all subjects self-contained classroom, and learning disabilities K-12. She believes learners should not be compared to each other, and anyone can learn when they have the right tools, encouragement, and motivation. 


Aimee V.Heinzelman, BA


Aimee began her career in education as a fifth grade all-inclusive classroom teacher, but it took only a moment of watching a child unravel the mysteries of math for her to realize what it truly meant to imprint a love for learning. She spent the following 15 years teaching math and science in middle school grades 6-8 and looks forward to bringing her passion for learning to SOS Learning Lab.

 Aimee earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Audiology from Michigan State University, and her Education Degree from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, California. She is certified to teach both English Language Learners and Special Education K-6 in the state of California.

A Traverse City native who is returning home after 27 years of teaching and adventure on the west coast, Aimee is both grateful and excited to be working with children of all ages and wonder.


Margaret Fedder, MA, LLPC, NCC


Margaret has a BS in Secondary Education and an MA in English and Literature from Central Michigan University. She worked as an English and Writing educator for ten years, serving a broad range of students from 6th grade to graduate school. After recognizing her deep interest in the personal backgrounds all people bring to their educational pursuits and the barriers trauma and mental illness can impose upon academic success and personal decision making, Margaret returned to school to pursue a degree in mental health counseling. She received her MA from Western Michigan University in 2018 and is a nationally certified counselor. Margaret is passionate about meeting kids and parents where they are, and fostering resilience and strong relationships through her work at SOS.


Carlee Caperton

   Carlee was hired by Debbie to assist her with running the business and working with students. She loves helping young people and connecting with all of the clients at SOS. Her empathy and understanding makes it fun working with students and clients. She also has a passion for animals and the therapeutic benefits of bonding with all kinds of creatures. She has two dogs, one of which loves visiting his friends here at SOS. She also plans on training him to be an emotional support dog! Carlee also has experience training and working with therapy horses and is proud to love and care for one of her own. She hopes to continue investing her time and energy into the business so the team can help students in the community for years to come.