Orton Gillingham instruction provided by highly experienced instructors. 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.
Karen Sonday, M.A. 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), a Certified Teacher Trainer with the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) 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.
Pam Mehlin Managing Director
Ms. Mehlin has been with Orton Gillingham Reading Specialists since 2007. She's logged more than 10,000 hours as an OG and Sonday System practitioner since 2001, working with students of all ages and skill levels. Her specialty is high level language structure and is a frequent co-presenter at our Professional Development Seminars. Additionally, she writes new curriculum and heads up our Publications department: Laughing Ogre Press.
Tracie Ditty Master Specialist
Mrs. Ditty has been an OG practitioner since 2006 and joined us in 2010. A former 2nd grade teacher, she is highly experienced with beginning as well as advanced level students. We benefit from her exceptional organizational skills through her work as coordinator of our seminars and office interns.
Maggie Klimisch, M.A.
Ms. Klimisch joined OGRS in 2013. She spent nearly 2 decades as a full time 3rd grade teacher and we're fortunate to have her on our team.
Mrs. Englund has been using OG since 2011. She spent many years as a 3rd grade teacher before joining our team in 2014.