Lenore Knudtson’s career has been shaped by diverse professional opportunities. After earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, Ms. Knudtson became a nationally certified school psychologist working with school teams, parents, and children. School psychology ignited a passion for special education and improving the lives of children and young adults with disabilities.
Ms. Knudtson later attended law school, where she earned a Juris Doctor degree with honors from William Mitchell College of Law. After law school, Ms. Knudtson began the next chapter in her career, combining school psychology and special education law, dispute resolution, the work of special education teams, and building professional capacity in a special education disciplines. Working with states, school districts, parents, attorneys, judges, and advocates across the nation has provided Ms. Knudtson with opportunities for career enjoyment far exceeding her expectations.
Currently, Ms. Knudtson’s career has culminated in a rich blend of issues focusing on education and dispute resolution. She is certified as a mediator, and also serves as a special education mediator, complaint investigator, and hearing officer in several states. Ms. Knudtson provides professional development in education and dispute resolution, and speaks to audiences across the nation. In 2012, Ms. Knudtson joined with Stephanie Weaver to create Pingora Consulting, LLC, offering an array of services focusing on education, dispute resolution, systems building, and legal compliance.