Board of Directors
Sara Silvey, President
Sara Silvey is serving as president of IDA-IN Branch during the 2018 year and has served as a member of the Board since 2012. She spent over 35 years in education as a classroom elementary teacher, elementary reading teacher and middle school reading teacher in several school districts in both Indiana and Ohio. The last fifteen years of her career were spent in the Indianapolis Public Schools as a reading teacher, school-based Title I coordinator and for many years an administrator at the school district level as Supervisor of Literacy. In this capacity she was able to bring Orton-Gillingham training to nearly one thousand teachers throughout the district. Her passion is reading instruction to under-served populations and equity in education for all.
Tracy Powell, Vice President, Treasurer
Tracy Powell is trained in the Orton Gillingham teaching approach, phonological awareness, and multisensory math. As a Multisensory Education Specialist, she works with students individually and in small groups. Since 2011, when her son was diagnosed with dyslexia, she prioritized her life to educate herself and others on dyslexia, special education law, and best practices for teaching reading. Tracy has experience negotiating with the public-school systems and is a strong advocate for both of her dyslexic children and other dyslexic students. She is passionate about dyslexia awareness and changing public policy to support dyslexic students in achieving their full potential. Originally from Michigan, she has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Oakland University.
Laura Williams, Secretary
Laura Williams taught as a classroom teacher for four years. In addition, she worked as a tutor with the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana for nine years. In her time with the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, she continued to take classes and grow as a tutor. Laura has completed training in basic, intermediate, and advanced Orton-Gillingham. She also received training in RAVEO, Visualizing/Verbalizing, Phonological Awareness, and Multisensory Math. She has supervised practicums and observed and coached other tutors. Laura had the privilege to work with the MA Rooney Foundation as a coach for their 2nd grade teachers during the 2013-2014 school year at Brookside Elementary School. In 2015, she started her own tutoring business, Multi-Sensory Education Solutions. As the Education Director, Laura tutors students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and related learning differences. She supervises a small staff of highly skilled tutors and partner with nonprofit organizations to serve students and families in the Indianapolis and Greenwood area.
Sarah Ferdinand earned her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the Center for Developmental Psychobiology at Binghamton. Her areas of research included early learning and memory and the effects of perinatal alcohol exposure. Sarah has served as college faculty at Ithaca College and as adjunct faculty at the University of Indianapolis, teaching psychology, developmental psychology, behavioral neuroscience, adult development and aging, and psychopharmacology. Sarah has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry in medical education, medical marketing, and as a clinical research scientist. Since her daughter was identified as dyslexic, Sarah has been intensively studying dyslexia, from general linguistics to remediation to the neurological underpinnings of this learning difference.
Kim Haughee began her career in education as an elementary teacher in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation after graduating from Ball State University in 1973. She continued to search for instructional interventions to help struggling readers throughout her career. She completed many graduate hours beyond her Master of Arts in Education with the hope of finding keys to unlock the reading code for struggling readers. She was fortunate to have many opportunities to further her understanding of the reading process. She is a certified Orton-Gillingham initial and advanced level tutor, as well as an Orton-Gillingham initial and advanced level trainer. In 2012, she became a Certified Academic Language Therapist and an Instructor of Academic Language Practitioners through ALTA. She has worked with tutors and children at the Children’s Dyslexia Center in South Bend since 2000 and has seen many children make tremendous reading gains in an instructional environment that matches their learning style and individual needs.
Deb Heindricks has worked with the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (Dii) since 2013 as a Multi-Sensory Education Instructor. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University in Secondary Education and has a Master’s Degree from Indiana University in Public Affairs with a focus on Management. She has successfully completed training in Orton-Gillingham Basic, Intermediate and Advanced, Phonological Awareness, Written Expression, Lindamood-Bell LIPS and Visualizing/Verbalizing. Prior to working at Dii, Deb worked in the Human Resources field for ten years before her children were born. As a stay-at-home mom, she served as the Director of Noah’s Ark Preschool in Fortville where she realized the importance of early identification and intervention for children with learning disabilities. She became involved with the Orton-Gillingham Approach when her son was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade and required intense tutoring. Over the years, Deb has become a strong advocate for evidence based multi-sensory instruction/intervention. She is an ardent supporter as both a parent and a tutor. As a parent, she has first hand experience with the struggles of a dyslexic child. As a tutor, she continues to work with students and provide them with necessary skills and support to reach their full potential.
Jamie Jackson has worked at the Orchard School for almost 30 years. She has worked as a first, second, and fourth-grade classroom teacher as well as a first through fourth-grade learning support teacher. Jamie was also the learning support department chair. She has been trained in LiPS and Orton-Gillingham and does private tutoring. Jamie has a Masters Degree in Reading Science from the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. She has taught at Marian University as an adjunct professor.
Lynn Leonard graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Children’s Theater. After graduation, she taught 6th grade in two different IPS schools before deciding to become a stay-at-home mother. While at home, Lynn started and led a homeschool support group that provided support for other homeschooling parents as well as enrichment activities/classes for the homeschooling children. In 2009, she took the Basic Orton Gillingham training at the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana and fell in love with the Orton-Gillingham Approach. She has been working for DII ever since. As the Director of Programs, Lynn trains and supports educators in basic, intermediate, and advanced Orton Gillingham; multisensory math; and written expression. Lynn also works one-on-one with students who struggle with reading and spelling.
Jamey Peavler has served as an educator of teachers and students in both public and private schools for more than twenty years. She was an elementary teacher and literacy coach for the Indianapolis Public School District and pre-school teacher for Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School. In 2003, Jamey had the opportunity to attend training on the Orton-Gillingham approach. This experience was formative in her belief that with appropriate instruction and support, it is possible to teach all students to read. Jamey currently trains teachers in this approach and supports classroom teachers and coaches with the implementation of whole-class and small-group Orton-Gillingham instruction. Jamey’s certifications and academic accomplishments include: Certified Fellow in Training – Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators; Certified Dyslexia Therapist – International Dyslexia Association; Master of Arts, Reading Science – Mount St. Joseph University; Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia – Mount St. Joseph University; and Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education – Indiana University.
Nanci Sears Perry
Nanci Sears Perry is the proud mom of four children, two of whom are dyslexic. Nanci holds a BS in secondary education with concentrations in speech communication, theatre, and journalism, and an MA in communication, both from Ball State University. Inspired by her two sons who are dyslexic, Nanci is trained in both the one-on-one therapeutic and the whole class Orton-Gillingham Approach. In addition to being involved with the Indiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Nanci is a founder of Decoding Dyslexia–Indiana, a grassroots movement of parents seeking to raise awareness about dyslexia. She and her husband, Kirk, live in Yorktown where they are very involved in the community.
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