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, M.A. Special Ed; B.A. Child Psychology; F/AOGPE; 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). 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, M.Ed; B.S. Elementary Ed; CALP; Center Coordinator, Master Specialist
Tracie Ditty, B.A. Elementary Ed; Master Specialist
Maggie Klimisch, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction; B.A. Elementary Ed; OG-CT, Master Specialist
Katherine Englund, B.A. Elementary Ed, Master Specialist
Annette Bruscino, M.Ed. School Psychology; B. S.; Ed.S. School Psychology, Staff Teacher
Jenny Nelson, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction; B.A., Staff Teacher
Terri Nelson, M.A. Special Ed; B.A. Secondary Ed, Staff Teacher
Catherine Duback, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Staff Teacher
Rhonda Rademacher, M.S. Behavior-Autism Focus, M.S. Business, B.S. Business, Staff Teacher
Juan (Paco) Bushway, Reception
Nate Zehnder, Reception