Board of Directors
Sue Davis, President
Sue Davis has been in education for over forty years. She has served as a general education teacher, special education teacher, response to intervention coordinator, educational diagnostician and a director of special education. She was one of the very first participants in the Dynamic Indicators for Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS) training with Dr. Roland Good in Eugene, Oregon during 2004. She has always had a high interest in reading and has studied the art of reading for many years. She has participated in 80+ hours of Orton-Gillingham (OG) training to develop a better understanding of a multisensory approach to learning.
Deb Heindricks, Vice President
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.
Tracy Powell, 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.
Lynn Leonard, Secretary
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.
Shirley Alexander has dyslexia and is also a parent of a child with dyslexia. After barely graduating from Danville High School, Shirley relocated to Hawaii. She was fortunate enough to find the International Dyslexia Association in the 1980’s; it was life changing for both Shirley and her daughter. Shirley was a Board Member of the Hawaii Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (HIDA) from 2007 to 2010. She was employed by Ticketmaster from 1983 through 2010 as Office Manager, General Manager, Marketing Manager and Regional Director in Indiana, California and Hawaii. She currently works at the Hendricks County Recorder’s office as Chief Deputy Recorder.
Jenny French started her journey in education earning a BS in Elementary Education, a minor in Reading, and an endorsement in middle school Language Arts. After a few years of teaching middle school ELA she earned a MAE in Educational Leadership at Ball State and became a licensed administrator, then received her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her teaching experiences range from lecturing at a Navajo Bible College near the Grand Canyon to task force control as a mom of four. She recently published Help! My Students Write Like They Text: Teaching Code-Switching to Improve Writing. Growing up in and traveling to places such as Perth, Western Australia and Aranyaprathet, Thailand, she became intrigued by the diversity of educational systems. Her areas of specialty include: curriculum development, teacher coaching, young adult literacy, digital literacy, (and writing about herself in the third person). Her passions include, but are not limited to, International Girls’ Education, and hot air ballooning.
Barbara Hoover has worked in public education across the state since 1992. Upon graduating from Purdue University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Reading, she taught for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and School City of Mishawaka. In 1995, she began working for New Albany Floyd County Schools where she has had a variety of titles and roles including classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, Title I Coordinator, and District Literacy Coach. With a highly qualified team of coaches and administrators, Barbara has helped lead the district through several transitions. These include implementing a consistent framework for ELA instruction within a 90 minute literacy block, developing pacing guides, transitioning from the Indiana Standards to CCSS to what is now the Indiana College and Career Ready standards, functioning as a Professional Learning Community, and developing a systematic plan for intervention. Barbara and the literacy coach team completed the Multisensory Techniques for Classroom Teachers course in 2017.
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.
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.
Sara Silvey 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.
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