Ladder Learning Services specialists have a combined total of over 100 years of teaching & tutoring experience. Put our expertise to work for your child’s success! Call us today at 706-575-1743.


Stacey Carriger, MAT-ECE — Associate Director


Certified in Orton-Gillingham/ Certified Teacher

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 as a tutor, and is now the Associate Director.

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

Certified in Orton-Gillingham/ Certified Teacher

Areas Served: NE Atlanta, Tucker, Decatur, Avondale Estates

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 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.

Stephanie Starr, M.Ed. — Literacy Specialist

LLS Tutor Stephanie

Certified Teacher; Certified Orton-Gillingham; Licensed Reading Specialist

Areas Served: South-Side of Atlanta Suburbs Fayetteville, McDonough, Jonesboro

Bio:Stephanie graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2009 with a B.S in Early Childhood Education. She has spent the last five years as a classroom teacher. In May 2014, she completed her Master of Education in Reading Specialist from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, Handwriting Without Tears, elementary math

References: Available upon request.

Fun Facts about Stephanie:Stephanie’s favorite food is breakfast food. She loves to eat it for dinner.

Chandra Brock, M.A., CCC-SLP — Literacy Specialist


Speech-Language Pathologist

Areas Served: Alpharetta, Roswell, and Online

Bio: Chandra earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Grambling State University and a Master’s Degree from Louisiana Tech University. She has over 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. She has extensive knowledge and experience in diagnosing and treating articulation, phonology, language, and language-based learning disabilities. Her experiences include working in public schools systems and in private centers, as well as Early Intervention. Chandra has a passion for language and literacy and worked for many years with children identified with language based learning disabilities.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, Speech-Language Pathology

References: Available upon request.

Fun Facts about Chandra: Chandra is the mother of a recent college graduate of Vanderbilt University. She enjoys yoga, dancing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Felice Atkinson, Ed.S. — Literacy Specialist


Certified in Special Education and Orton-Gillingham

Areas Served: Duluth, John’s Creek, Chamblee

Bio: Felice has over 30 years of experience in education, with 16 years in Special Education. She has a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from Xavier University and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. She is GA certified in Special Education through 8th grade and is a member of PAGE and Council for Exceptional Children. Felice was awarded last year with the Outstanding American Teachers Award, and she sets herself apart with her enthusiasm, positive outlook, and mastery of her subject.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling (Barton and SPIRE), Handwriting Without Tears, multisensory math, other subjects presented in a hands-on way (loves hands-on science!)

References: Available upon request.

Fun Facts about Felice: Felice is a Trinity Broadcast Network Guest Speaker and she volunteers as a coach for the Special Olympics. She lives in Duluth with her husband, five children, and two dogs.

Sheila Haynes, MS — Math Specialist


Certified Teacher

Areas Served: Stone Mountain, Decatur, NE Atlanta

Bio: Sheila earned a B.A. in Economics from U.C.L.A. and a M.S. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. Sheila has been an elementary school teacher for the past 13 years, and currently teaches 3rd-6th grade math at St. Timothy School. In the past, Sheila has also taught at Georgia Perimeter College. Sheila loves developing fun ways to teach Math, and has enjoyed tutoring students in Math for over 10 years.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory math

References: Available upon request.

Fun Facts about Sheila: She loves walking around Stone Mountain, riding her bicycle, and camping, She lives in Stone Mountain with her husband, three children, and a dog.

Davynn Brown — Literacy Specialist


Areas Served: Decatur, NE Atlanta, Lilburn

Bio:Davynn graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in African-American Studies. She has taught 6th grade as a teaching fellow in Brooklyn, NY, and she has privately tutored for a year. Davynn has a love of literature and truly believes in the power of words and language. She is a fun, upbeat tutor who always has a smile on her face!

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham reading and spelling

References: Available upon request.

Fun Facts about Davynn: Davynn was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She is the only girl in her family with 4 brothers. She loves softball and nail salons. She directed the Gospel Choir during her undergraduate years and sang in an A Capella group. Best of all, however, she can draw a mean butterfly.

Dite Bray, MSW — Director

Picture of Dite Bray

Certified in Orton-Gillingham/Barton Reading and Spelling System

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 (see SantaFeReadingTutor.com).

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading and Spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, Handwriting Without Tears, Writing skills (up to college level), Early literacy 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 board games; loves animals and has a dog and two cats who do tricks!

Do you want to become a tutor for Ladder Learning Services LLC? Send your resume/cover letter to Dite Bray: ladderlearningjobs at gmail.com Please state your availability and what your specialty subjects are, and where you are willing to drive.

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