Orton Gillingham instruction is provided by highly experienced instructors and individualized to meet the needs of each learner, pre-K through adult.
As individuals, we're constantly honing our skills, improving our techniques and learning. As a team, we are sharing students, ideas, strategies and insights. As a center, we strive to implement best practices, stay up to date on new research findings and incorporate those findings as much as possible. In order to promote consistency and cohesiveness, it's important that we see ourselves as part of a larger entity rather than individual units. Involving more than one staff member with each student allows us to bring multiple perspectives and ranges of experience to each one, along with checks and balances for each other.
All of our staff reading specialists have been trained through Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota, an IMSLEC accredited program, and have ongoing professional development with Karen Sonday.
Karen Sonday, B.A. Child Psychology; M.A. Special Ed; F/AOGPE; CDT; President
Ms. Sonday has been an OG practitioner since 1983 and opened the center in 2003. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), a founding member of Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota (OGM), and a Certified Dyslexia Therapist with the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). She has trained teachers extensively in OG and the Sonday System in the US and internationally. Most importantly, she has taught countless struggling readers, which is the joy of her career.
Brenda Zehnder, B.A.; M.Ed.; CALP; OG-CT; CDT; Executive Administrative Assistant
Tracie Ditty, B.A. Elementary Ed; Master Specialist
Maggie Klimisch, B.A. Elementary Ed; M.A. Curriculum and Instruction; OG-CT
Katherine Englund, B.A. Elementary Ed
Annette Bruscino, B. S.; M.Ed. School Psychology; Ed.S. School Psychology
Angie Kaphers, B.A., M.Ed.; EBD Cert; SLD Cert; K-12 Reading Endorsement
Jenny Nelson, B.A.; M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
Diane Lavin, B.S. Elementary Ed; SLD Cert; CALT
Terri Nelson, B.A. Secondary Ed; M.A. Special Ed