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Dite Bray, MSW — CEO

Dite Bray, MSW, Co-Director
Dite Bray, MSW, Co-Director

Certified in Orton-Gillingham, Certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System to the Advanced Level

Bio: Dite has been tutoring students of all ages and using multisensory methods since 2008. As a child, Dite was diagnosed with dyscalculia (math disability) and dysgraphia. Dite was very lucky to be able to attend Linn Academy, a school for children with learning differences in Marion, Iowa for 6 years. At this school, there were many dyslexic children, so they taught everyone to read and spell using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Dite was trained to teach Orton-Gillingham through the program at the Wisconsin Institute for Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia in Madison, Wisconsin in 2008, and graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. Dite is passionate about helping children and adults with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning challenges realize their potential, and to that end founded Ladder Learning Services upon moving to Atlanta in 2008. In addition to tutoring, Dite also worked at Buckhead Preparatory Preschool in Atlanta as a reading specialist for 3 years. 2 years ago, Dite and family relocated to Olympia, Washington. Dite continues to own Ladder Learning in Atlanta as well as tutoring students online. Recently, Dite has completed a series of training videos for other tutors who are doing online tutoring using the Whizzimo platform and the Barton Reading and Spelling System, and served on the Board of the Washington Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (WABIDA) in 2018-2019.

Specialty Subjects: Online tutoring, Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading and Spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System (all Levels), Handwriting Without Tears®, Writing skills for all ages, Early literacy skills for Pre-K and Kindergarten, Teens/Adults with dyslexia, multisensory grammar with Winston Grammar, the Lindamood-Bell® Visualizing and Verbalizing® program, Fluency development with Read Naturally, and Structured Word Inquiry (SWI).

Fun Facts about Dite: Dite loves languages and (although not fluent in any but English) has studied American Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Latin. Dite and spouse David enjoy playing Rock Band and board games. Dite is an animal-lover and has a Corgi puppy and two Siberian cats.

Stacey Carriger, MAT-ECE — Co-Director

Atlanta Dyslexia tutor Stacey Carriger
Stacey Carriger, MAT, Co-Director

Certified Teacher, Barton Reading and Spelling System Certified, Certified in Dyslexia Advocacy (DTI)

Bio: Stacey graduated from Georgia Southern with a BA in Writing and Linguistics in 2004 and a minor in Journalism. 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 2012 as a tutor and is now the Co-Director as well as an online tutor for several students.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Foundations in Sounds, the Lindamood-Bell® LiPS® program, the Lindamood-Bell® Visualizing & Verbalizing® program, the Lindamood-Bell® On Cloud Nine® math program, writing skills for all ages, Handwriting Without Tears®, early literacy and math skills for PreK and Kindergarten, Mortensen math/OG Math (elementary level), Advocacy for Dyslexia

Fun Facts about Stacey: Stacey is passionate about making learning fun and interactive for her students! Originally from Columbus, GA, Stacey enjoyed helping students at GA southern write/proofread their essays and reports– and she started the first Linguistics student organization. She also played soccer for 12 years. Stacey’s husband works at the Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton, and they wore green when they married in 2013 on St. Patrick’s Day. They have an old but lovable dog named Capone, and they welcomed their first child, Maggie, in September of 2017. Stacey and her family currently reside in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Ellen Dougherty — Literacy & Math Specialist

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Ellen Dougherty, Literacy and Math Specialist

Certified in Orton-Gillingham/ Certified Teacher

Areas Served: online, NE Atlanta, Druid Hills, Decatur, Avondale Estates

Bio: Ellen is a Georgia native, and received her BA (psychology and education) from Agnes Scott College in Decatur. She was a certified teacher and later homeschooled their child for 7 years. She and Brian ran their highly successful photography business for 25 years. She has been tutoring for the past 12 years. She has been with LLS since 2012 doing OG.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, Barton Reading and Spelling System, Handwriting Without Tears®, early literacy and math skills for PreK and Kindergarten, Mortensen math/OG Math (elementary level), the Lindamood-Bell® Visualizing & Verbalizing® program, working with Montessori students.

Fun Facts about Ellen:  Ellen loves the beach, riding motorcycles and camping. She loves to read mysteries and watch crime shows on tv. Ellen also loves spending time with family, especially her grandson and his sense of humor. When tutoring online, she has an assistant during her lessons: Scout, a 20 lb. rescue dog.

Stephanie Starr, M.Ed. — Literacy Specialist

Jonesboro Dyslexia Tutor Stephanie Starr
Stephanie Starr, M. Ed., Literacy Specialist

Certified Teacher, Certified in Orton-Gillingham, Licensed Reading Specialist, Barton Reading and Spelling Certified

Areas Served: online

Bio: Stephanie graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2009 with a B.S in Early Childhood Education. She then spent five years as a classroom teacher. In May 2014, she completed her Master of Education in Reading Specialist from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Shortly after, she re-located to Jonesboro and began tutoring for Ladder Learning.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, The Barton Reading and Spelling System, Foundation in Sounds (phonemic awareness)Handwriting Without Tears®, the Lindamood-Bell® Visualizing & Verbalizing® program, Structured Word Inquiry (SWI).

Fun Facts about Stephanie: Stephanie is married and has two adorable sons under the age of 3. Stephanie is the most calm and patient tutor you will ever meet. She loves to help her students achieve independence and success.

Ebony Martin, M. Ed. — Literacy & Math Specialist

Ebony Martin, Literacy Specialist
Ebony Martin, Literacy Specialist

Certified Special Educator (K-12), Reading Endorsed, IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Trained

Areas Served: Atlanta, online

Bio: Ebony graduated with a BSW (Bachelor of Science in Social Work) from Clark Atlanta University. She began working with families and children in foster care to secure permanency for children in the Metro-Atlanta area. After spending nearly five years working with children and young adults for state agencies in Georgia and South Carolina, she began pursuing her M. Ed in Special Education at the University of West Georgia. While attending the University of West Georgia, Ebony joined the Teach for America movement to work towards closing the education achievement gap for students with learning disabilities. She continues to address the needs of students in public schools as a Reading Intervention Instructor.

Specialty Subjects:  Barton Reading and Spelling System, Handwriting without Tears®, Orton-Gillingham Reading, Mortensen math/OG Math (elementary level)

Fun Facts about Ebony: When Ebony is not teaching or tutoring, she enjoys traveling with friends and family to relax and seeking out the most beautiful beaches with her son. She also takes pleasure in reading and discussing novels with members of her book club, watching HGTV shows and browsing Pinterest for her next DIY project.

Gretchen Kisling — Literacy and Math Specialist

Gretchen Kisling, Literacy and Math Specialist
Gretchen Kisling, Literacy Specialist

Certified Master’s Level Barton Tutor

Areas Served: Online

Bio: Gretchen has been tutoring students of all ages in Language Arts, Math and Science since 2013. She homeschooled her own four children starting in 2005. Her two adult children have graduated homeschool high school and are now attending college. Gretchen and her family have lived in 3 countries and 11 U.S. States and have now settled in Manassas, Virginia. While travelling with the military she has mentored many homeschool families and taught in several co-ops. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan she served as President of a homeschool group that included 44 families. Her position came with the responsibilities of guiding other home school families, teaching in the co-op, educating parents on curriculum and resources available to homeschooling families and planning and organizing meetings, parties and field-trips for students of all ages. Gretchen has two children and a husband that have dyslexia. Her youngest child has autism as well as several learning disabilities. For this reason it became her passion to educate herself on how to teach him. She gained certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling System. She also received training on how to use base ten blocks via the Mortensen Math Program and Math-u-See. She is also trained in teaching Foundations in Sounds, a pre-reading program. In addition to all of this, she has been a pre-school teacher and a Specialized Program Instructor for Prince William County Parks and Recreation. In that role, she taught classes to students that qualified for specialized instruction in preparation for the Virginia Standards of Learning Examinations.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Foundations in Sounds, Math-U-See, Mortensen Math

Fun Facts about Gretchen: When she’s not tutoring, Gretchen loves to read, knit, and spend time with her family and pets.

Lauren Hammond, M. Ed. — Literacy & Math Specialist

Lauren Hammond, M.Ed., Literacy Specialist
Lauren Hammond, M.Ed., Literacy  & Math Specialist

Orton-Gillingham Certified; Certified Teacher

Areas Served: Online

Bio: Lauren graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor’s in Special Education with a concentration in Specific Learning Disabilities. She later attended Penn State University where she earned a Master’s in Special Education with a certification in cross-categorical disabilities. After teaching for a year in Pennsylvania, Lauren moved to the Republic of Panama to work as a special education teacher at an International Baccalaureate School. Here, she received extensive training and was given the title of “Specialist in Dyslexia and Language Based Disabilities.” Most recently, Lauren has taught in Charleston, South Carolina and has lead trainings in reading/language-based approaches, like those used in Orton-Gillingham. Lauren began working with Ladder Learning Services LLC in November of 2017. She now works at KIPP Metro Atlanta as a lead teacher for Special Education and ESOL.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, Barton Reading and Spelling System, Touch Math, Mortensen Math, Handwriting Without Tears

Fun Facts about Lauren: Lauren speaks American Sign Language and Spanish, and enjoys visiting new places. In her free time, Lauren spends her time reading, playing the fiddle and mandolin, and spending time with her family and pets. Lauren is passionate about working with students to help them reach their potential.

Eleana Childs — Literacy & Math Specialist

Eleana Childs
Eleana Childs, Literacy & Math Specialist

Certified Secondary English Teacher, Certified Barton Tutor

Areas Served: Online

Bio: Eleana Childs considers her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her secondary teaching credential in English from California Lutheran University at Thousand Oaks her prerequisite education. Her real education came in the years to follow. As a new teacher, she was fortunate enough to be mentored in several structured literacy approaches for teaching essay writing, syntax, grammar, and reading comprehension. She also relied on her English as a Second Language (ESL) training to help many students in her classroom who needed language accommodations and scaffolding. However, the day she stumbled upon the Level 4 demonstration of the Barton Reading and Spelling System, her life and career took a complete turn. In the years to follow, Eleana became a dyslexia screener and studied evidence based methods for teaching students with dyslexia and ADHD. Eleana developed an early intervention reading program for her local elementary school using the Barton Reading and Spelling System. She has tutored students through all ten levels of the Barton program, including her two dyslexic children. Eleana most recently taught high school English and developed a reading intervention class using Orton-Gillingham methodology and structured literacy approaches to teach reading comprehension, writing, and spelling.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham approach, Barton Reading and Spelling System, Lindamood-Bell® LiPS® program, Foundation in Sounds, Structured Word Inquiry (SWI), CLAD Certification (Cross Cultural Language Acquisition Development) for English Language Learners, Winston Grammar, Thinking Maps, Writing skills for all ages, PASP (Phonological Awareness Skills Program), Mortensen Math (elementary level), Dyslexia Screenings

Fun Facts about Eleana: Eleana lives in the high desert of California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Eleana enjoys hiking and practicing “green therapy” in the spectacular geography of her surrounding area. Eleana also loves to study–anything and everything–because understanding the inner workings of this amazing earth and the people who live on it brings her great pleasure.  One of Eleana’s greatest joys is raising her family of five children and sharing her life with her husband of twenty-five years.

Holly Justice — Literacy Specialist

Holly Justice
Holly Justice, Literacy Specialist

Orton-Gillingham Certified

Areas Served: Online

Bio: Holly is a native Georgian, and a resides in Metro Atlanta. She received her BA in English and BS in Political Science from Kennesaw State University in 2004. She had aspirations to continue her education and pursue a career practicing law, but her career path changed after her son was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia. She immersed herself into researching: what is dyslexia, how do you remediate dyslexia, and what federal laws exist for students with a diagnosis of dyslexia. She began attending trainings for dyslexia and the Orton-Gillingham approach, then decided that she would pursue full Orton-Gillingham certification. In addition to the 250 hours of Orton-Gillingham training that she has received thus far, she is also an educational parent advocate, and privately serves as a liaison to help ensure that public school students receive individualized and appropriate accommodations, modifications and services. She is also a homeschool educator to two children, each with blended needs for educational supports. Both of her children have been identified as having dyslexia. Due to that fact that Holly’s daily life is surrounded by dyslexia, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder(s), she has a unique understanding of her students. She can empathize and relate to the strengths and weaknesses of her students, and can adapt her services to meet the individuals students needs. She believes that no two students will learn the same way, and she strives to adapt her lessons to each of her students independent needs.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Orton-Gillingham, Handwriting Without Tears ®, writing skills for all ages

Fun Facts: Holly has a penchant for continued personal education, and she enjoys learning about interesting new ways to serve her students. She is also an animal lover. She is dogmom to four dogs– all rescues. She has an avid interest in serving as an ambassador for demystifying the fear of bully breeds. When she isn’t spending time with her family or teaching, Holly can be found binge-watching historical documentaries.  

Karyn Robson — Literacy & Math Specialist

Karyn Robson, Literacy and Math Specialist
Karyn Robson, Literacy and Math Specialist

Montessori Accredited

Areas Served: Online

Bio: Karyn Robson is a mother of four and an American Montessori Society accredited teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching children ranging in age from infancy to middle school.  Originally from Ohio, Karyn has lived and taught all over the United States and abroad in South Korea, Japan, and most recently Germany during her husband’s military and diplomatic postings.  She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Montessori teaching accreditation from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in North Carolina. She is currently working as a reading therapist at HillSprings Academy in Colorado Springs.

Specialty Subjects:Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, the Lindamood-Bell® Seeing Stars® program, the Sequential English Education (SEE) program, early literacy skills (primary and elementary level), Montessori math, and Mortensen Math (elementary level)

Fun facts: Karyn recently moved to Colorado Springs.   She was raised in the Midwest, but spent much of her life in the South.  Each of her four daughters was born in a different Southern state! Karyn loves to find and wear interesting earrings.  She now has about 400 pairs and can be counted on to coordinate her earrings to classroom lessons and special events!

Jane Miller — Literacy & Math Specialist

Certified Special Educator (K-12), Masters in Literacy (K-12)

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Jane Miller, Literacy & Math Specialist

Though learning came somewhat easy for Jane, she knew at an early age that others struggle on a daily basis. Because of that knowledge, Jane knew her purpose in life would be to help others succeed despite the challenges they face. She graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a degree in Psychology. Most of her electives were in alternative approaches to learning and diagnosis. Jane has worked as a math diagnostician and tutor for students ranging in age from 6 years old to adults needing to earn their GED. After spending 2 years in Germany with family, she returned to college and became certified in Elementary Education and Special Education grades K-12. As a Special Educator, Jane worked alongside her colleagues in all subjects K-5. After completing her Masters in Literacy (Pre K – 12), Jane accepted a job teaching Middle and High School Students with an emphasis on math, reading and writing. While she retired from the classroom in 2016, Jane has continued
teaching one on one while helping to homeschool her grandchildren.

Jane sees each student as an individual with their own strengths and needs. She is passionate about helping her students reach that lightbulb moment when things begin to make sense and they see themselves as capable lifelong learners. Getting to that point is different for
each student. Jane is described by students and their parents as patient, flexible, thorough, and thoughtful in her efforts to meet them where they are at. She aims to establish a joyful and productive learning relationship with her students by connecting the work to their interests.

Specialty Subjects: Writing through a variety of programs, reading comprehension, Special Education, Multisensory Math, Math-U-See, high school Algebra and Geometry.

Fun Facts: Jane loves to spend time with her family (she has five grandchildren), travel, read, do crafts, and continue to learn about the best practices in education. As she works with her students, she is learning a lot more about sports, history, science, and gaming! She is also trying to learn to enjoy exercise.

Laura Harris — Literacy Specialist

Certified Barton Tutor

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Laura Harris, Literacy Specialist

Bio: Laura’s diverse background, including opera and musical theatre performance, hosting professional classical music concerts for young children, and academic training in speech therapy and language pathology, serves her well in working with children of all ages. She has been a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor since 2013.

Laura began tutoring with her then seven-year-old son, who was professionally diagnosed with severe dyslexia and ADHD. She wanted him to have as much access to Barton as possible. She knew too well how she struggled in school and realized, with her child’s diagnosis, her struggles were due to dyslexia. She did not have special reading or spelling training when she was young, so it was most important to her that her son’s education be facilitated in this way. When she saw the transformation in her child, using Barton, she wanted to reach more children and adults and empower them as well. Laura encourages each person’s imagination and creativity. Most recently, Laura has taken several classes in Structured Word Inquiry to further her knowledge of the structure of the English language, which she is excited to share with her students.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Southern Maine. She has also held certification as a KinderMusik specialist.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Structured Word Inquiry

Fun Facts: Laura has two sons and three dogs (her babies). Two are Basset mixes and one is a 120 lb. Great Pyrenees. Laura loves singing Broadway music and acting.  She hosted and wrote scripts for Kinderkonzerts for the Portland Symphony Orchestra for ages 4-7. She grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Vermont. Nature is very special to her.

Rebecca St. Marie — Literacy Specialist

Certified Multiple Subject Teacher, Certified Barton Tutor, Certified Dyslexia Advocate

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Rebecca St. Marie, Literacy Specialist

Bio: Rebecca St. Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Physical Education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She then went on to get her multiple subject teaching credential, English supplemental and CLAD credentials from Chapman University. Later, she worked toward a journalism certificate from the University of California at Los Angeles extension and spent several years as a writer and copy editor for a newspaper and managing editor of a magazine. She has spent years in the classroom, working with grades K-12, as a paraprofessional as well as a Language Arts and English as a Second Language teacher. After discovering her daughter’s dyslexia in 2012, Rebecca became a dyslexia screener, tutor and advocate, adding reading intervention to her teaching resume and tutoring privately. She is certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System and trained in Structured Word Inquiry as well as several other programs. Rebecca is fascinated with the English language. Her goal is to share that passion with her students and get them the tools they need to succeed.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Structured Word Inquiry, Foundations in Sounds, PASP (Phonological Awareness Skills Program), the Lindamood-Bell® LiPS® program, Thinking Maps, Winston Grammar, writing skills, Real Script, and Dyslexia Screening.

Fun Facts: Rebecca grew up in the mountains but loves the beach. She enjoys traveling with her two teenage children and exploring new places. Rebecca also loves a good book and wants to help her students discover the love of reading and writing as well.

Kelli Beard — Literacy Specialist

Advanced Certified Barton Tutor

Kelli Beard, Literacy Specialist

Bio: Kelli graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2009 and then became a second grade teacher for 3 years. She noticed some of her students were struggling in reading and spelling and her passion grew to help those students. She started training and certification in the
Barton Reading and Spelling system in 2011. She is also a Dyslexia Consultant and Screener. Since 2011, Kelli has helped nearly 60 school aged students improve their literacy skills. Kelli is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Reading at the University of Central Arkansas.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Dyslexia Screening

Fun Facts: Kelli is married to her husband Calin for 14 years and they have two children– Kinsley age 7 and Case age 4. She enjoys teaching them as well as her 4 year old niece phonological awareness skills to help prevent any reading difficulties down the road. She enjoys traveling with her family and camping and boating all summer! A silly fact about Kelli is that she has two toenails on her second toe-they look like eyeballs! Her dad always called it his favorite toe. Aside from her passion of helping students succeed in reading, Kelli helps her husband flip houses and sell cars.

Jacob Larsen — Math Specialist

Certified Teacher

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Jacob Larsen, Math Specialist

Bio: Jacob has been working in the field of education since 2008. A California Native, Jacob returned after earning a BA in Anthropology at UMass Amherst and received his teaching credential at CSU Bakersfield in 2010. He moved to Oakland in 2013, teaching science to elementary and middle school age students in Hayward for four years before moving into teaching abacus classes and tutoring advanced math topics in Berkeley, Walnut Creek, and Alameda. He re-located to the midwest and transitioned to online teaching and tutoring in 2020.

Specialty Subjects: Multisensory Math Instruction, Math-U-See

Fun Facts: Jacob enjoys drawing as a form of visual storytelling and uses it both as a hobby and as a way of encouraging student interest in subjects. When he is not drawing, he is exploring new places and discovering local history tidbits.

Rebekah Nemec — Literacy Specialist

Rebekah Nemec, Literacy Specialist

Bio: Rebekah graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Organizational Communication in 2011. She has been a Barton tutor for several years and has worked with a variety of ages. She is an experienced homework coach where she helps students manage, understand and stay on top of their school work. She has volunteered at several local elementary schools in Atlanta where she gained first hand classroom experience. She has developed curriculums geared specifically towards the needs of the student to enhance overall progress. Her skills include creating training videos and developing educational resources to assist in the learning process. She likes to see her students meet their goals.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Handwriting Without Tears

Fun Facts: Rebekah has a passion for coordinating and executing! She enjoys seeing a vision come to life and is very creative. Her enthusiasm and positive upbeat attitude is carried with her in all endeavours. She is also an interior designer and flips houses in Atlanta. She loves to see a distressed property turn into a beautiful home!

Leah Tsinajinnie, JD — Literacy Specialist

Leah Tsinajinnie, JD, Literacy Specialist

Bio: Leah currently lives in Atlanta, GA. She has tutored students of all ages through applying multisensory learning methods since 2013. Her work experience includes three years at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, which focuses on literacy and language programs that use sensory-cognitive instruction. She has a J.D. from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgia Tech.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Handwriting Without Tears, the Lindamood-Bell® Visualizing and Verbalizing® program,the Lindamood-Bell® LiPS® program, the Lindamood-Bell® Seeing Stars® program, early literacy and math skills at the elementary level, literacy and math at the middle school level

Fun Facts: Leah loves working with children of all ages and all learning types! She is a nationals level club ultimate frisbee player on Atlanta Ozone, an elite women’s club team, and a professional athlete on Atlanta Soul. She has traveled to compete in many US cities and eight countries. She also coaches at the middle school and high school levels, another way she continues to work with youth.

Rachael Froehlich, M.Ed. — Literacy Specialist

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Rachael Froehlich, M.Ed, Literacy Specialist

Bio: In May 2013, Rachael completed her Master’s degree in Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities at Gordon College. She has since worked as an elementary teacher in general and special education settings. Currently she is an Academic Support teacher with a focus in literacy. She has led her school’s support for learning team the last two years and is a part of the council-wide support for learning working group, which aims to collaborate with and support teachers in delivering appropriate curriculum instruction for students with mild to moderate disabilities such as dyslexia.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Wilson Fundations, Read Naturally, Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc, Lexia, Highland Literacy

Fun Facts: Rachael currently lives and teaches in Scotland, UK. She loves to instill confidence within her students to help them reach their full potential. Rachael has a one-year old daughter who keeps her very busy.

Christine Baughman — Literacy Specialist

Certified Barton Tutor

Christine Baughman, Literacy Specialist

Bio: Christine graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a B.A. in Speech Pathology and Psychology. She went on to earn her M.A. in Student Affairs from the College of Education at Bowling Green State University. Christine worked for nine years with college-aged teens and
adults as a Training Director of an AmeriCorps program and as a Career Coach for a college access organization. Since then, she homeschooled two of her own children, both of whom have dyslexia and other learning challenges. This experience with her children’s education has given her more insight into the way learning differences can affect students and their families. She has also seen firsthand the positive difference professional tutoring can make, both in a student’s academic success and in self-confidence. Most recently, Christine has served for several years as a substitute teacher for her local district. She has worked with students with diverse skill sets and learning challenges from grades K-12. She is now transitioning to focus full-time on tutoring and continuing her professional development in literacy and other specialty subjects.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System

Fun Facts: Christine lives on the shores of Lake Erie, just west of Cleveland, Ohio. Her husband is a middle-school teacher and coaches in their community. She has three children; two are away at college and the youngest is a high school sophomore. Christine enjoys hanging out with her family, watching the sunset over the lake, walking in the local Metroparks, and playing with the family dog, Charlie. Christine loves to challenge herself to learn new things. For example, during the recent quarantine, she and her daughter learned to knit by watching online tutorials. She is excited to share this enthusiasm and love for learning with her students.

Katherine D. Beckmann. MAT — Literacy Specialist

Certified Dyslexia Practitioner

Katherine Beckmann, MAT
Literacy Specialist

Bio: Katie holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. She has worked as a classroom teacher and a  K-8th grade resource teacher. Katie is an Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist (Brainspring) and a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction.  She has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner. Her additional training includes Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training, Institute for Multisensory Education, AIM Pathways to Proficient Reading, Handwriting Without Tears and Shelton School Study Skills. Katie also completed training through the Dyslexia Training Institute as a Dyslexia Advocate.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Foundations in Sounds, Orton-Gillingham

Fun Facts: When she’s not teaching, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and rescue pups, Emma and Milkshake.  While Katie enjoys being at home, she loves to visit new places.  She’s always dreaming of her next vacation.   

Kirstin Kuchler, M.A., CCC-SLP — Literacy Specialist

Kirstin Kuchler, M.A., CCC-SLP
Literacy Specialist

Bio: Kirstin is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is studying diversity education and assessments of bilingual kids in the school setting. She was a speech-language pathologist in schools for five years before returning to obtain her Ph.D. She specializes in diagnosing language disorders and is passionate about phonology – the building blocks of literacy. In addition to working with students K-12, Kirstin taught English to adults for three years. She is passionate about understanding what each individual learner needs to succeed in their goals. 

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Foundations in Sounds, phonology, language acquisition, speech-language disorders

Fun Facts: Kirstin has a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts. She has performed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York – in Central Park. Kirstin enjoys traveling; she has been to 29 states and 7 countries. In 2020, when travel became difficult, she successfully grew a pepper plant for the first time ever. 

Andrea Holmer — Literacy & Math Specialist

Certified Barton Tutor

Andrea Holmer,
Literacy & Math Specialist

Bio: Andrea graduated from Saint Louis University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She has taught a variety of ages in multiple settings over the years, but it wasn’t until her own daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia that her interest in reading intervention, specifically, was piqued. She has been tutoring with Barton Reading and Spelling since 2015 and Math-U-See since 2016. Her hope for the learners she works with is to restore or inspire a love of learning, renew confidence, discover strengths, recognize (and overcome) hardships, and embrace each one’s own personal gifts.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, the Lindamood-Bell® LiPS® program, Math-U-See, Handwriting Without Tears

Fun Facts: Andrea has four daughters, each with her own unique learning differences.  She has learned and grown so much as an educator through her direct, personal experiences with her children, all of whom are currently homeschooled. 

Jackie Robson — Literacy Specialist

Jackie Robson,
Literacy Specialist

Bio: Jackie graduated Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English. She has over 5 years of experience teaching young children from preschool to kindergarten and has been teaching elementary-aged children for over a year. She has assisted and led classrooms, run a writing workshop, and led a reading and discussion circle. She moved to Colorado in 2019 and has since transitioned to online literacy tutoring.

Specialty Subjects: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Foundations in Sounds

Fun Facts: Jackie loves to travel! She has visited 17 states and lived in 3 different countries. When not seeing new places she likes to spend her time reading, playing board games with family and friends, or spending time with her pets.

Brianna Preston, C-SLDS — Literacy & Math Specialist

Brianna Preston, C-SLDS, Literacy & Math Specialist

Bio:  Brianna graduated from Toccoa Falls College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education. She went on to earn her dyslexia specialist certificate. She is the mother of five children, three of whom have either dyslexia, ADHD, or both. She began homeschooling in 2009 and has also served as a grammar and writing co-op teacher for elementary and middle school students. She trained in Orton-Gillingham so that she could best support her children and uses Barton Reading and Spelling as her tool of choice to help all her students succeed. She continues to study the science of reading and dyslexia. Brianna has several years of experience using Math-U-See and has also had training in Multisensory Math with Marilyn Zecher. She understands that reluctant writers need concrete skills, tools, and structures to help them put their thoughts onto paper, and she loves using a specific structured writing program to help them hone their writing. Most of all, Brianna knows that compassion and patience are the most important qualities any teacher can bring into the life of a student. She believes that each student already possesses the “secret sauce” of success and simply needs help to uncover their own abilities.

Specialty Subjects: Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading and spelling, Barton Reading and Spelling System, Foundation in Sounds, Math-U-See, multi-sensory math, writing

Fun Facts: Brianna was born in Canada and has now lived each half of her life in either Canada or Georgia. This makes her a strange combination of polite Canuck and Steel Magnolia. Her family loves music, books, movies, hot tea, and spirited debates at the dinner table. A few years ago, she rescued a little girl dog named Scout so that she could be a companion and comfort to her children. It turns out that Scout is rather a cranky, mean little dog to nearly everyone but Brianna. It also turns out that maybe Brianna was the one who really needed Scout.

Antoniette Barbosa — Literacy & Math Specialist

Certified Special Education Teacher (K-12), Certified Elementary Education Teacher (Pre-k – 6th), Certified Literacy Education Teacher (Birth-12th), Orton Gillingham Associate Level Training through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Antoniette Barbosa, Literacy and Math Specialist

Bio:  Antoniette graduated from Dominican College with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She worked in Tampa, FL as a 4th/ 5th grade special education teacher.  In 2006, she completed her Master of Arts in Reading Education at the University of South Florida. She also gave birth to her first child in the middle of her last semester at the USF.  Since completing her degree at USF, Antoniette moved back to her native New York working as a high school special education teacher teaching English Global Studies, and AIS reading.  In 2013, after 6 years at the high school level, she decided to move back down to the elementary level as a special education reading specialist, writing and math AIS teacher.  Antoniette has provided professional developments for her colleges in multisensory reading, writing, and math techniques.  She also screens children in her district for signs of dyslexia for upcoming special education committee meetings.  Antoniette has been tutoring children of all ages since 2017 online and in person.  She strides in making learning engaging.  Antoniette is able to find connections with all of the students she teaches. 

Specialty Subjects: Orton Gillingham (Associate Level)through AOGPE, the Lindamood-Bell® Visualizing & Verbalizing® program (multisensory comprehension), the Lindamood-Bell® On Cloud Nine® (multisensory math program), Handwriting Without Tears® (print and cursive), Stern Math Multisensory Math (elementary level), Marilyn Zecher Multisensory Math (elementary level)

Fun Facts: Antoniette has three children, a dog, and a cat with her high school sweetheart.  She loves traveling, relaxing on the beach, and going camping with her family.  Her first language is Italian although she can no longer speak it fluently. 

Maria Diana, Ph.D., LDT-C, OG-T — Literacy & Math Specialist

Certified in Orton-Gillingham through Farleigh Dickinson University, Certified Teacher of Students with Disability, Certified Reading Specialist, Certified Dyslexia Therapist

Maria Diana, Ph.D., LDT-C, OG-T, Literacy and Math Specialist

Bio:  Maria has spent the past 16 years serving K-12 special education school students in north New Jersey public and private schools. She earned her Doctor of Education in Teaching, Learning, Leadership, & Curriculum in 2020 from Montclair State University. Maria has created a special degree program that unites coursework and research in Special Education, Educational Psychology, and Reading Literacy. Her doctorate from Montclair State University focused on life-long issues in learning, the impact of learning difficulties in relationship with cognitive function, and comprehensive diagnostic assessments. Maria also holds a dual master’s in Special Education and Reading Literacy which focused on learning and cognition from Montclair State University and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Rider University. Her dedication to providing the gold standard of instruction to individuals with dyslexia led her to obtain her endorsement of Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Therapist from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Previously, she was a learning specialist and instructional coach at a private school in Englewood, NJ. 

Her experiences include assisting children, their teachers, and parents in persevering through various learning disabilities (LDs), many of which coexist with diagnoses of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Anxiety. She decided to infuse her professional experiences in educational testing, special education instruction, private Orton-Gillingham tutoring, Executive Function coaching, parent coaching, and professional workshops. She aspires to empower learners of all abilities and kindle in them a love for learning. Much of her time remains devoted to working with students individually, where her unique, multisensory approach focuses on compensatory learning strategies, cognitive remediation, study/memory strategies, and remedial reading, math, and writing methods.

Specialty Subjects: Orton Gillingham, the Barton Reading and Spelling System, the Wilson Reading System, Marilyn Zecher Multisensory Math (Elementary and Advanced levels), Writing Revolution, academic evaluations

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