Our Dyslexia Village

Lorna Wooldridge

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, having completed their their Dyslexia Certificate Program and practicum.

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She is also listed as a tutor through Handwriting Without Tears and on the Learning Ally Tutor NetworkLearning Ally’s Tutor of the Month in August 2016. 

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

 

Jennifer Rowe


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.

Jennifer has taken the Orton Gillingham Basic Language Level 1 Course and is working towards her Kendore Teacher Certification, which is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. She has also completed the Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar program.

She has personal experience with a variety of struggles that may be affecting your child and has experience using the Zones of Regulation and similar tools.

Jennifer offers a full reading assessment of a child as well as tutoring services. She has attended many workshops and trainings, most recently “Decoding and the Struggling Reader” and a Structured Word Inquiry training.

She is currently working to complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology so she can better assist the children she works with to address the emotional struggles that often come with learning challenges.

You can contact Jennifer by email (readingroots5@gmail.com) or  phone (973-479-9946).

Meg Sass

Meg has a Bachelor of Education degree from Centenary College. She is certified in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Teacher of the Handicapped. With thirty-three years of teaching experience, Meg has retired from the public school system.

Meg is a certified Orton Gillingham Teacher through Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to this, she has certification from Language Circle Enterprises in Project Read Written Expression, a multisensory writing program, as well as professional development hours in Linda Mood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing. Lastly, Meg attended The Institute of Special Education Advocacy at William & Mary Law School.

Her resume is available at this link: Meg Sass Resume

Although retired, Meg continues her passion offering academic support to promote learning to struggling students.

You can contact Meg by email at sassmeg4@gmail.com.

 

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 2015, he completed the Professional Executive Functioning (Seeing My Time) Training with Marydee Sklar.

He tutored alongside Lorna for six years, but is now working as a freelance full-stack web developer. On request, he still provides executive functioning training for middle school students and their parents as well as adults.

Pauline E. Albrecht, Ed.S.

As a school psychologist with certifications as a K-12 special educator, K-8 educator, and reading specialist, I have over 34 years of experience in education. My company, Hope Educational Associates LLC, focuses on providing professional and affordable advocacy services for families of students with special needs. I can assist you in understanding the special education process and advocating for your child. Whether you need an IEP reviewed, suggestions on accommodations and modifications in the classroom, or a knowledgeable professional to accompany you to meetings, I will work with you as a partner. I have spent my career problem solving with parents and educators to develop plans and programs that work for children. I look forward to working with you!

There is no charge for an initial phone conversation. Please contact me at 908-763-1954 (text or call) or via email at paulinealbrecht@yahoo.com or find me on Facebook at Hope Educational Associates LLC.

Julie Baker

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. She is happy to help parents navigate the assessment and remediation process and hopes to soon be working towards studying to help provide diagnostic assessments.

Maura Baker

Hi! I’m Maura Baker and I am proud dyslexic. When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with Dyslexia and I thought it was the end of the world, but now that I am in high school, I see it was quite the opposite! Through having dyslexia I have been able to find my strengths, for example, that I am a natural born leader and love taking part in many leadership positions in and outside of school. I am also great at public speaking and I love doing it. I consider myself a dyslexic activist and I have my own dyslexia blog. In the fall of 2019, I was presented with the Niewswand Outstanding Student Award from the New Jersey branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). In my spare time, I love writing, listening to music, baking, taking long walks and of course, educating others on the wonders of dyslexia.

I am also the New Jersey Association of Student Councils’ (NJASC) State Board of Education Student Representative for the 2021-2022 school year, meaning I will be considered an official non-voting member of the New Jersey BOE. I am so excited to have this opportunity because it will allow me to bring the concerns of dyslexic students all over New Jersey straight to the BOE.

Maura’s website is SmartKidMadMyths.com

Devorah Schatz

Devorah is an ASHA Certified Speech & Language Pathologist with over 30 years of experience working with children and young adults, ages preschool through college. She has a Master’s Degree from Kean University in Speech & Language Pathology. She is also a Fairleigh Dickinson University/IMSLEC Certified Reading and Spelling Teacher and an IDA Certified Dyslexia Practitioner, specializing in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Method.

Devorah has provided services in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, outpatient facilities, and schools, with both regular and special populations. She specializes in developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and learning disabilities, working on a wide range of communication disorders and reading difficulties and focusing on individual learning styles. Devorah’s underlying philosophy is that the development of a solid foundation of speech & language skills is essential for literacy achievement in reading & writing. A multisensory and comprehensive approach is utilized to integrate the development of speech, language, and literacy skills. She works closely with parents, teachers, and other service providers so that she can fully understand what is required to facilitate her students to succeed. In addition to having diagnostic and clinical expertise, Devorah is a warm, caring professional who is committed to helping children achieve their best.

Devorah offers both In-person and Virtual Speech & Language Therapy and Reading & Spelling Tutoring. She can be reached at the Speech, Language, & Literacy Center in Teaneck, N.J. Call: 201-657-2648. Email: schatzsllc@gmail.com. Facebook Speech, Language, and Literacy Center @schatzsllc.

Devorah’s Resume

Article on The Fundamental Link Between Speech, Language and Literacy.

Antoniette Barbosa

Antoniette Barbosa is passionate about helping children succeed in their learning being that she was a struggling reader as a child. She earned her master’s degree in Reading Education from the University of South Florida along with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Dominican College. She holds certifications in reading education, special education K through 12 th and elementary education Pre-K-
6 th. She has 18 years of teaching experience as a special education teacher in elementary and in high school. She is currently the Special Education Reading Specialist for the district she works in and tutors children in reading, writing and math using multisensory instruction. Antoniette is trained in the following:

  • Orton Gillingham at the associate level through the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
  • Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing Verbalizing and On Cloud Nine Programs
  • Stern Math Level 1
  • Marilyn Zecher’s Multisensory Math 1
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

You can contact Antoniette by email at  abarbosa@readingresultstutoring.com or by phone on 914-213-9530.

Checkout her website at www.readingresultstutoring.com,

Endorsement

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.

Testimonial

“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