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RAYNA G. WEINER, M.ED.
Licensed Intervention Specialist
Certified Orton Gillingham Practitioner
Rayna holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy and a Master's Degree in Special Education. She is a licensed Intervention Specialist K-12 and has 20 years of experience working with students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities. Rayna also has extensive training in teaching reading, including the Orton Gillingham Method through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and Wilson Language System Level I.
Rayna has experience as a classroom resource teacher, inclusion special education teacher, school-wide literacy coach, and private intervention specialist.
Since her second son was born, Rayna has taken on private tutoring as full time work. She resides in Bexley, OH with her husband who is a professor at The Ohio State University and her two sons, ages 10 and 7. When she isn't teaching or reading Rayna enjoys decorating cakes and spending time with her family.
JOANN DEVANY, PT, DPT
JoAnn Devany is a physical therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She works in both the outpatient and homecare settings. There she assists children and their families to improve each child’s strength, balance, mobility, and independence within their home and community with an individualized approach. JoAnn received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology degree at Saint Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT).
In her free time, JoAnn enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring trails and parks with her dog, Shadow, traveling to new places, baking, and volunteering at various organizations around Columbus!
Kelly is a licensed Intervention Specialist in the Grove City area. This is Kelly's fifth year teaching, she has taught a variety of students from 5th graders to 12th graders. Kelly graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Special Education Mild to Moderate. She has since completed training in teaching reading through the Orton-Gillingham method. Kelly loves being in the classroom and teaching students they can overcome any obstacle and persevere.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, friends and most importantly her two loving dogs, Phoebe and Zeke. Since getting married last April, Kelly and her husband have spent time remodeling their home together. Kelly likes to relax with a good book or a difficult workout at the gym.
Kait Pizzimenti is licensed in Adolescent Young Adult English/Language Arts General Education grades 7-12 and in Special Education Mild/Moderate grades K-12. She is a 6th grade Intervention Specialist in Upper Arlington City Schools, where she supports students with specific learning disabilities, executive functioning skills, behavioral and emotional regulation skills, and anxiety. She has 5 years of experience working with high schoolers: she taught 10th grade general education ELA for 2 years in rural Indiana and 9th-12th grade ELA, Science, and History courses for 3 years in a mental health facility for students with severe emotional disturbances. Kait enjoys working with junior high and high school students in order to foster their sense of success and life-long learning.
Kait graduated from Miami University and has taken graduate-level coursework at Ashland University. She enjoys spending time with her cat, Ted, and her chocolate lab, Marty. Kait also finds joy in reading, cooking delicious vegan food, and exercising.
SHARONA HOSPODAR, MA, BCBA, COBA
Sharona Hospodar is passionate about helping students with learning difficulties. She believes all children can learn and succeed. She attended The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in special education. She also received her Master of Art in special education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at OSU.
Sharona holds two licensures in special education: mild to moderate & moderate to severe. She is also a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and a certified Ohio behavior analyst (COBA).
Sharona has worked as a classroom teacher and supporting students in a 1:1 ratio.
DONNA DYKES, M.ED.
Donna is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, specializing in dyslexia and/or reading issues. With a background in elementary education, and as the mother of a dyslexic child, she has a special interest in helping parents and students better understand reading/learning challenges and the gift of dyslexia. For the past six years, Donna has provided specialized therapy to dyslexic students and others with reading challenges.
Donna holds a Masters of Education in Dyslexia Therapy from Mississippi College, Clinton MS, and has over 1500 hours working with students who struggle with dyslexia and/or reading issues. She holds additional degrees in Education and Psychology from Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. Her CALT certification was earned through The Academic Language Therapy Association, the national body charged with certifying individuals working in various multisensory instruction methods. She is also a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
Kristen Scharf is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and ALTA member (Academic Language Therapy Association) trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She received her training from the Children's Dyslexia Center of Columbus in Dublin. This program included over 100 hours of supervised practicum and 75 classroom hours of graduate level coursework and is accredited by the IDA and IMSLEC.
She is also a licensed school counselor with a Master of Science in Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish, both from the University of Dayton. She has four years of professional school counseling experience.
Kristen is currently tutoring students privately in the Columbus area using the Orton-Gillingham approach. She lives in Columbus with her husband and her toddler. Her favorite activities include story time and chasing the toddler around the house.