Our Tutors
Lorna and our other tutors keep current with the latest research in the fields of dyslexia, reading, writing, spelling, and executive function skills by taking courses, reading the available literature, and attending webinars and seminars. What they learn is translated into directly helping their students and supporting their parents.
Lorna Wooldridge (In person tutoring & online remediation coaching for parents)

Lorna has a Bachelor of Education degree from Bath College of Higher Education in England, and holds a Certificate of Professional Practice from Roehampton Institute in London: "Teaching Children with Reading and Writing Difficulties/Dyslexia."

Lorna is certified by the Dyslexia Training Institute, and is experienced in implementing the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. She has also completed the DTI Dyslexia Advocacy Certification Course and the Orton-Gillingham Online Academy Basic Language Course (Based on Orton-Gillingham Principles) as well as the OG Academy Math Orton-Gillingham Multi-sensory Math-Basic Concepts. She is a Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist with Handwriting Without Tears and is listed as a tutor through Handwriting Without Tears and the Learning Ally Tutor Network.

Lorna has a unique perspective on this condition as she is dyslexic herself.

Phil Wooldridge

Phil has a Masters Degree in Engineering and brings twenty five years of experience as a consultant, team leader and homeschool science teacher. In 2016, he completed the Professional Executive Functioning (Seeing My Time) Training with Marydee Sklar.

He has tutored alongside Lorna for six years and is now specializing in offering executive functioning training for middle school students and their parents as well as adults.

Jennifer Rowe (Online and in person tutoring)

Jennifer is a homeschool mom of two wonderful kids. She has a passion for helping children with learning differences, and is sensitive to the emotional needs of these often misunderstood kids.

She is willing to do online tutoring if that is the best path for a student to take. Jennifer is working on completing her Orton Gillingham Basic Language Level 1 Course, and has experience in using the Zones of Regulation.

Lisette Slean (In person tutoring)

My name is Lisette Slean and I am passionate about helping parents learn the tools they need to help their struggling readers learn to read. I have a Master's degree in Science from Seton Hall University where I studied Occupational Therapy.

In 2015, I had the opportunity to stay home with my children. I homeschooled my children for a year. This is where my research began to help my struggling reader, my daughter. I believe my OT experience helped me to support my daughter who is dyslexic, on her remediation journey.

Judy Peters (In person tutoring)

As a parent of three children with varied educational needs, I understand the importance of being flexible and possessing the ability to transform information I am providing into a format that can be received by the individual learner.

My "Bright and Quirky" youngest child has a number of learning differences, making him a "2E" (Twice Exceptional) Learner. This has helped me to see more clearly what challenges both the students and educators face today.

My goal is to help other children and their families in their journey toward achieving one of our greatest gifts....proficiency in literacy.

Julie Baker (In person tutoring)

Julie has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York, NY. She spent many years working with children in school, clinic, and hospital settings in NYC. She is constantly fascinated by continuing to learn about child development, and specifically has an interest in how children learn to read since her own two children are dyslexic.

Brenda Ghio (In person tutoring)

My name is Brenda and I am a mom of 3 boys, one of whom is dyslexic. I have a background in speech therapy with regular education students as well as children with learning disabilities.

Tracey Allen Orton-Gillingham Math Tutor (In person and online tutoring)

A love of learning and education got Tracey started in her career as a middle and high school science teacher in the UK. She's been in learning and development ever since, from tutoring to leading global training initiatives in industry to homeschool mom.

With 3 twice exceptional kids of her own, she is sensitive to the challenges faced and emotional support needed by differently wired learners.

Tracey has a post-graduate certification in education from Christ Church College in the UK and is currently studying Orton Gillingham Academic Math.

Deborah Andrus (Online and in person tutoring)

Equal parts entrepreneur, educator and clarinetist, Deborah Andrus believes that what is required to face a challenge is a solid plan and a supportive mentor.

A college professor and musician for 20 years, she has been lauded for her "inspirational teaching" and for her compassionate persistence toward helping her students achieve their personal goals. Deborah is a passionate advocate and supportive ally of differently wired children and their families.

When she isn't performing a concert or teaching her students of all ages, Deborah can be found cooking, doing yoga or relaxing at home with her family.

"Phil and Lorna Wooldridge, the co-owners of Wise Owl Services, are an amazing husband and wife duo with a true heart and passion for the population with Dyslexia. It has been my privilege to get to know Phil and Lorna over the last year. Their zest for digging deep to bring us the most current and up-to-date Dyslexia resources is appreciated by so many. Their beautiful spirits and tenacity to heed to their higher calling of meeting the needs of those with learning differences, primarily Dyslexia, make this couple unique and inspiring. I am blessed our paths have crossed."
- Marisa Bernard, founder of the Orton Gillingham Online Academy.
"Lorna and Phil of Wise Owl Services provide tutoring for struggling students. They are very knowledgeable about the most effective, research-proven educational methods and excel at creating programs that support the individual child's learning style. They are also caring people who are adept at managing resistance and at seeing and respecting the "whole child." My homeschooled daughter struggled with Dyslexia for many years. After beginning tutoring here, she was motivated to work hard and made substantial progress. When she entered school for the first time in 7th grade, she was reading at grade level and attained the Honor Roll. She credits her success to Lorna's effective work with her. I highly recommend Wise Owl Services."
- Julie B