Orton Gillingham reading instruction is provided by highly experienced instructors and individualized to meet the needs of each learner, pre-K through adult.

As teaching professionals, 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 and incorporate it into our teaching. 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 are required to take ongoing professional development.  In addition, all teaching staff is trained in the Orton Gillingham approach through our on-site training program and/or through Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota.

Karen Sonday, M.A. Special Ed; B.A. Child Psychology; F/AOGPE;
Owner/Executive Director

Brenda Zehnder, M.S. Ed; B.S. Elementary Ed; CALP 


Director of Finance and Operations
Master Specialist

Abbe Pedersen

Director of Communications and Human Resources

Tracie Ditty, B.A. Elementary Ed.; Team Lead and Master Specialist

Maggie Klimisch, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction; B.A. Elementary Ed.; OG-CT, Team Lead and Master Specialist

Katherine Englund, B.A. Elementary Ed., Master Specialist

Annette Bruscino, M.Ed. School Psychology; B.S. Social Science; Ed. S. School Psychology, Staff Specialist

Megan Carchedi, B.A. Early Childhood Ed.,  Staff Specialist

Nancy Nakaoka, Specialist-in-Training

Jenny Nelson, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction; B.A. Religion/South Asian Studies, Staff Specialist

Terri Nelson, M.A. Special Ed.; B.A. Secondary Ed., Staff Specialist

Rhonda Rademacher, M.S. Behavior-Autism Focus, M.S. Business, B.S. Business, Staff Specialist

Tegwin Rome, B.S. Industrial Engineering, Staff Specialist