Orton Gillingham 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; 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 U.S. and internationally. Most importantly, she has taught countless struggling readers, which is the joy of her career.

Brenda Zehnder, M.S.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 Specialist

Jenny Nelson, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction; B.A., 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. Industiral Engineering, Staff Specialist

Abbe Pedersen, Director of Marketing and Communications

Andrea Giulan, University of Minnesota, Advertising and Marketing Intern