Dite Bray, MSW — Director
Certified in Orton-Gillingham/Barton Reading and Spelling System
Areas Served: Online Tutoring and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bio: Dite has been tutoring students of all ages and using multisensory methods for over six years. As a child, she was diagnosed with dyscalculia (math disability) and she attended Linn/McLeod Academy, a school for children with learning differences. At her school, there were many dyslexic children, so they taught everyone to read and spell using the Orton-Gillingham approach. She was trained to teach Orton-Gillingham through the program at the Wisconsin Institute for Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia in Madison, Wisconsin in 2008. She graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, and has a B.A. from UW-Madison as well (2003). She is passionate about helping children and adults with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning challenges realize their potential, and about helping young children set a lifelong foundation for learning. Dite founded Ladder Learning Services upon moving to Atlanta in 2008 with her husband, David. In addition to tutoring, Dite also worked at Buckhead Preparatory Preschool in Atlanta as a reading specialist for 3 years. Dite and her family recently re-located to Santa Fe, New Mexico. She continues to tutor students from all over the country online and New Mexico students in-person.
Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading and Spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, the Phonological Awareness Skills Program (PASP), Handwriting Without Tears, Writing skills (up to college level), multisensory math (Elementary level), Early literacy and math skills for Pre-K and Kindergarten, Adult Education, assessment of learning skills.
Fun Facts about Dite: she has studied American Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Latin; plays guitar and flute; loves animals, especially rats and guinea pigs; has a dog and two cats who do tricks!
Stacey Carriger, MAT-ECE — Atlanta Branch Manager
Areas Served: Dunwoody, Roswell, Buckhead, Sandy Springs
Stacey graduated from Georgia Southern with a BA in Writing and Linguistics in 2004. She became a substitute teacher, working with all elementary school grades in Gwinnett County for 3 years. In early 2013, she completed her Master of Arts in Teaching at Mercer University, specializing in Early Childhood Education. In addition, she has worked at her college writing center for a few years, and has tutored children of all ages for many years. She joined Ladder Learning in early 2013 and last year became the regional manager for the Atlanta Area.
Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, the Phonological Awareness Skills Program (PASP), writing skills for all ages, Handwriting Without Tears, early literacy and math skills for PreK and Kindergarten, multisensory math (elementary level), private school preparation and readiness skills.
References: Available upon request.
Fun Facts about Stacey:Stacey is originally from Columbus, GA. While studying at GA Southern, she enjoyed helped students write/proofread their essays and reports. She also started the first Linguistics student organization. She played soccer for 12 years. She was just married in 2013 on St. Patrick’s day and wore green!
Ellen Dougherty — Literacy and Math Specialist
Areas Served: NE Atlanta, Tucker, Decatur, Avondale Estates, Stone Mountain, Lilburn
Bio:Ellen has a BA in Psychology and Education from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and taught 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades as a classroom teacher in the Georgia public school system. She also home-schooled her daughter for 7 years and has been tutoring students in their homes for the past 5 years. Ellen lives in Stone Mountain with her husband and many animals, including 3 aquariums. They live on a lake and enjoy doing outdoor activities.
Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, High Noon Reading Program, Handwriting Without Tears, early literacy and math skills for PreK and Kindergarten, multisensory math (elementary level).
References: Ellen’s Care.com profile
Fun Facts about Ellen: She is a native Georgian who loves the outdoors. As a Pisces, she loves the water and being on a lake, and has 3 aquariums and a pond. She loves riding motorcycles with her husband and watching him fly his RC airplanes. She also loves animals and has had German shepherds, guinea pigs, house-trained rabbits, and a chinchilla. Currently, she has a dachshund/chihuahua mix that was a rescue.
Tyrice Laurie — Literacy and Math Specialist
Areas Served: Decatur, Tucker, NE Atlanta, Avondale Estates
Tyrice Laurie has a BA from Brenau University and is currently enrolled in a MAT program at Walden University, specializing in Special Education. She has taken and passed the GACE (Georgia Assessment for Certified Educators). Tyrice taught in a private school (K-6) for seven years. She believes that children are most successful when learning is made fun, and her individualized instruction builds self confidence and gets results!
Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, High Noon Reading Program, Handwriting Without Tears, tutoring for ADHD and other special needs, multisensory math.
References:Tyrice L. on Care.com
Fun Facts about Tyrice: Tyrice has two teenage boys who are attending Galloway School in Buckhead. They have a very frisky Jack Russell Terrier named Zoe. Some of her hobbies are: reading, crocheting, and eBay!
Jennifer Portwood, M.Ed. — Early-Childhood Education Specialist
Areas Served: Buckhead and Midtown Atlanta
Bio: Jennifer Portwood has been a teacher in the public school systems for 8 years and a private tutor for 9. She holds a State of Georgia teaching certificate for K-5, 4-8, as well as Special Education PreK-grade 12. She has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading/spelling method, as well as Handwriting Without Tears, and the High Noon reading program. She uses many multi-sensory approaches to helping her students learn. She enjoys working with many different types of learners.
Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, High Noon Reading Program, Handwriting Without Tears, PreK and Kindergarten readiness.
References: Available upon request.
Fun Facts about Jennifer: When she is not busy working with students, you can find Jennifer playing with her puppy, Campbell, seeing a movie, or visiting new restaurants with her husband.
Kaye Saracino — Literacy and Math Specialist
Areas Served: Woodstock, Marietta, Dunwoody, and Online
Bio: Kaye Saracino recently relocated from Maryland where she taught in public and private schools for more than ten years. She earned a BS degree in Elementary Education from Towson University in 2003. Six years ago, Kaye discovered her passion for teaching children diagnosed with language-based learning differences such as Dyslexia. The past three years, she has been helping to found a school for these children in Maryland. Over the years, she has used many different Orton-Gillingham programs, including Lindamood-Bell, Wilson Language, and Megawords. She has also used Math-U-See to help kids who are struggling with math skills.
Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, Lindamood-Bell LiPS and Visualizing and Verbalizing, PASP, Handwriting Without Tears, multisensory math.
References: Available upon request.
Fun Facts about Kaye: Kaye lives with her husband John, a Goffin’s cockatoo named Gidget and a Golden Retriever puppy named Max. She enjoys reading, taking trips to the beach and walking her puppy!
Want to become a tutor for Ladder Learning Services LLC? Send your resume/cover letter to Dite Bray: ladderlearningjobs at gmail.com