RAYNA G. WEINER, M.ED.
Licensed Intervention Specialist
Certified Orton Gillingham Practitioner- AOGPE/C
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 Certified Level Orton Gillingham Method of Instruction 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!
For the past twenty years as an Intervention Specialist, Janine has worked with students in grades K-9, building skills in reading writing and math. However, her favorite area to teach is reading, especially early literacy skills. Through the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, Janine completed training through the Associate level. She uses The Orton Gillingham approach to some degree with all of her students.
When she has free time Janine enjoys gardening, playing the piano, and vacationing with her family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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.
Jared is a licensed intervention specialist in Whitehall where he runs the Autism Support Program for students at the elementary level. The students receive instruction and support for all academic areas, as well as social skills and behavior skills. He enjoys working with all students, regardless of need, to see them make improvement and believes that all children can make progress if given the right tools.
Jared graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys watching sports, riding his bike, and spending time with his family. Jared is married and has 2 children.