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RAYNA G. WEINER, M.ED.

 

Owner/Executive Director
Licensed Intervention Specialist
Certified Orton Gillingham Practitioner- FIT/OGA

 

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 is currently a Fellow in Training with the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Rayna has extensive training in teaching reading, including Certified Level Orton Gillingham Method of Instruction through the Orton-Gillingham Academy and Level 1 Certification through the Wilson Language System.

 

Rayna has experience as a classroom resource teacher, inclusion special education teacher, school-wide literacy coach, and private intervention specialist. Currently, along with 1:1 and small group tutoring, Rayna is co-teaching Classroom Educator, Associate, and Certified Level Courses for teachers through the Orton-Gillingham Academy. She is mentoring teachers as they work their way through the OG certification process.

New Albany - Plain Local Schools recently hired Rayna as their Dyslexia Specialist Consultant in order to be compliant with the new Ohio Dyslexia Law.

 

Rayna resides in Bexley, OH with her husband who is a professor at The Ohio State University and her two sons, ages 13 and 9.  When she isn't teaching or reading she enjoys decorating cakes and spending time with her family.

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JANINE CONWAY

 

Intervention Specialist

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.

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DELAYNA GREEN

 

Intervention Specialist

DeLayna Green was born and raised in Ohio. She is a licensed Intervention Specialist (K-12th grade) and currently teaches for Columbus City Schools. DeLayna graduated from Kentucky State University with her B.A. in Elementary Education. She received her M.A. in Special Education: Mild/Moderate (K-12th) from The Ohio State University. DeLayna specializes in teaching reading, writing, and math. Her goal is to not only challenge the students she works with but to engage them by making learning fun and meaningful. "I believe students learn best when they can relate to what they are learning and know why it is important to learn."

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JESSICA BENNETT, PH.D

 

Intervention Specialist

Jessica Bennett is the Director of Mindful Literacy Columbus, 501C3 and the Principal of Mindful Literacy Practice, LLC.  She has a passion for literacy learning--especially writing and spelling--and holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from The Ohio State University, where her focus was on reading fluency. She holds Orton-Gillingham credentials with AOGPE and studies Linguistics with Gina Cooke of LEX and Michel of Real Spelling.  She hosts a podcast for parents and teachers called: The Mindful Literacy Podcast, which focuses on all things special education, literacy education, and mindfulness practices. "Dr. Bennett" is thrilled to be partnering with Columbus Tutoring Services.

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BRIAN HARDESTY


Intervention Specialist

Brian holds a B.S. from Miami University in Special Education and a M.A. in Gifted Education from Liberty University. He has taught a variety of age groups including elementary, middle, and high school students in his 8-year teaching career.  Currently, Brian teaches high school English at the sophomore level at Upper Arlington High School. He has also enjoyed coaching middle school football for the past 8 years.

 

When he is not working with students, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, being active, and reading.  

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CAMILLE P. LUKE, M.Cl.Sc., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Camille Luke received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She then went on to complete her Master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Western Ontario, in London, ONT, Canada in 2007.
 

She has had the opportunity to serve children in schools in the areas of diagnostics, consultation as well as direct treatment and has gained significant experience with children with developmental disabilities such as Down's Syndrome, Rhett's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Camille has also provided outpatient services at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, OH, where she was able to treat a variety of communication disorders ranging from language delays, speech sound delays, stuttering, and motor speech difficulties.
 

Camille is now the founder and CEO of UpWords Speech Therapy Services, a private clinic, in Whitehall, OH that provides speech and occupational therapy services to the pediatric population.

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CHRISTY LEINER

 

Dyslexia Therapist

Christy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management and is a certified IMSLEC Orton Gillingham Instructor/Tutor. She holds a substitute teaching license for the State of Ohio and teaches part time. She has 13 years experience working with children. Christy currently owns her Orton Gillingham Tutoring Business -www.cbusogtutor.com. She is currently completing her Advanced Certification in Orton Gillingham with the Columbus Dyslexia Center. 

             

 

Christy has experience as a classroom teacher, an Orton Gillingham Instructor/Tutor, and a Dyslexic Parent. 

 

Christy resides in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, Maddy (13) and Brandon (10).  When she is not helping other children, she enjoys spending time with all 5 of her animals and doing crafts with her children. 

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DALRENA ROBERTS


Math Specialist

Dalrena Roberts is a passionate educator and the owner of a private mathematics tutoring company, Rena’s Rithmetic, LLC.  Dalrena is originally from Toledo, Ohio and moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2001 after graduating from the University of Toledo.  Her career goal is to decrease the anxiety children have in mathematics and to see themselves as problem solvers. Dalrena is a certified elementary educator who has 20+ years of teaching mathematics in Columbus City Schools and has earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as an Administrator license during this time.  The passion Dalrena has for mathematics is to shift the focus from memorizing facts and procedures, but to promote conceptual understanding of number sense, to build confidence and critical thinkers in students and to provide engaging math instruction.

Dalrena is the mother of one son, a sister to four siblings, an aunt to two nieces, and a "big" cousin to many.  When she is not teaching, you can catch her listening to music and dancing the night away. 

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SHANNON WARREN
 

Instructional Coach, Private Tutor

Shannon Warren began teaching in 1998.  She has taught preschool through sixth graders during her career, and especially enjoys teaching reading comprehension and phonics skills to early elementary students.  She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Shannon has Orton Gillingham training and uses current science-of-reading methods during her tutoring sessions. Currently, she works at Columbus City Schools as a building Instructional Coach. 

 

As a recent empty nester, she enjoys growing vegetables in her Aerogardens, walking around downtown, volunteering as a docent at Kelton House, and visiting her daughter in Massachusetts when she can.  

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MARY OLIVER


Intervention Specialist

Mary holds a Bachelor's Degree from Wheelock College in Boston, MA in Early Childhood Education and Moderate Special Needs. She also holds her Master's Degree in Teaching Reading from The University of Dayton. She continues to stay abreast of the latest research in teaching reading by taking classes and webinars.  She has a permanent license as an Intervention Specialist K-12 in both Ohio and Massachusetts. She has 37 years of experience working with students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities. Mary has extensive training in teaching reading, writing and math including training with the Orton-Gillingham Method from Brainspring. She uses Orton-Gillingham methods in some capacity with each of her students. Mary has experience as a classroom resource teacher, inclusion special education teacher, and private intervention specialist.

After 37 years of teaching in private and public schools, Mary retired from public school education. Because teaching students with learning difficulties is her passion, she continues to share her skills with students and families throughout Ohio. She resides in Clayton, OH with her husband, her labradoodle, Sadie, and her cat, Cece. When she isn't teaching reading, writing or math, Mary enjoys camping in her motorhome with her family, hiking with her dog, and visiting with friends and family.

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JOANN DEVANY, PT, DPT

 

Physical Therapist

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!