Eileen Antalek, Ed.D., CEP

Admissions Director


Eileen Antalek has served families as an Independent Educational Consultant for more than 20 years. A Massachusetts-licensed School Psychologist, member of the American Psychological Association, and a nationally Certified Educational Planner, Dr. Antalek has conducted countless psychoeducational evaluations over the course of her career and has provided expert testimony for Board of Special Education Appeals cases. As a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), she has toured and evaluated many therapeutic, Special Education, and other programs for her clients including hospitals, group homes, wilderness options, private day and boarding schools, and colleges.

Dr Antalek has worked in collaboration with lawyers, neurologists, teachers, counselors, S&L Pathologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, occupational therapists , and other specialists in pursuit of viable solutions for the educational and emotional need of children, adolescents, and young adults. As a way of giving back to her community, Dr. Antalek has volunteered in positions that serve the educational and therapeutic communities. In addition to providing organizational and other support at professional regional and national conferences, she spent several years on the Board of Directors of the MA Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and, since 2011, has been an active participant on the Government Relations Committee of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. She has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on issues related to school and placement options, assessments, learning development and learning disabilities, and the therapeutic needs and educational options of a variety of learners.

While she has enjoyed a long and successful career as an Educational Consultant, Dr. Antalek enjoys her position with Auldern Academy because it provides the perfect venue to apply her extensive knowledge and expertise. She and her husband of nearly 38 years have two adult children, one granddaughter, one dog, and a large and loving extended family system.


Beth Ragland

Director of Marketing and Outreach

Beth joins Auldern Academy as the Director of Marketing and Outreach. Beth began her college studies at Auburn University and completed her higher education at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been in the marketing, outreach, admissions and management of programs for struggling teens since 1994.  Beth brings experience in start-ups, working with short, intermediate and long term residential programs, therapeutic boarding schools and day treatment/schools. She  also brings the ability to manage and assist in the administration and implementation of these programs and schools. The years of working with referral sources, families, and the wonderful staff and clinicians that support them, has assisted in personal growth for Beth. “In the years that I have worked in the adolescent behavioral healthcare industry, it is the children and their families that make this profession so rewarding. From the first conversation with a parent or referring professional, I feel we have a tremendous responsibility to make sure that a young person and their family will benefit from their experience. Watching the students grow, seeing them become emotionally healthy, and build self-esteem is truly a gift. The entire team at Auldern is very committed to the children, their families and each other, which is why I am extremely proud to join this group of knowledgeable, experienced, and caring professionals. I look forward to strengthening and nurturing the relationships I’ve had the privilege of developing over the years.”
Beth has worked on various community projects including the Junior League, the Gothic Guild (supporting the arts), Angels for Children, and numerous others in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Partnership for a Drug Free Community, the advisory board and fundraising committee for Saving Teens, and serving on the membership committee for NATSAP. Beth’s hobbies include reading, travel, movies, Pilates, yoga and spending as much time as possible at the beach and with her daughter.


Auldern Academy
990 Glovers Grove Church Road
Siler City, NC 27344
Phone: (919) 837-2336