Our Mission

At Redwood Literacy, we are committed to offering research-based reading, writing and math intervention for individuals with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia at an accessible price point for people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. With a unique small-group setting that capitalizes on the positive social dynamic of collaborative learning, Redwood Literacy is able to offer rates that are up to 50% less than competitors while still providing high-quality, individualized instruction.

 

Affiliations

We are currently members of the following associations:

Everyone Reading Illinois

The International Dyslexia Association

 

 

Leadership Team

 
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Kait Feriante | Co-Founder & Director of Admissions & Outreach

Dyslexia Practitioner

Kait is a certified Learning Behavior Specialist and Dyslexia Practitioner who is passionate about seeing ALL students, regardless of age, geographical location or socio-economic background learn how to read and write, equipping them to reach and show off their full potential. She has worked in a variety of public, charter, and private school settings for the past 10 years and has supported diverse learners ages 5-55 in their literacy and self-advocacy journeys. She is committed to using an individualized approach with every client, developing a solid understanding of target areas, setting measurable goals, and teaching self-monitoring strategies in order to close gaps, overcome obstacles, and master skills. She incorporates technology and best practice into every session, connecting students with a variety of support resources that enable them to reach their full potential.

Qualifications

  • Learning Behavior Specialist

  • Certified Wilson Teacher

  • Trained in Visualizing & Verbalizing

 

Rebecca Sinclair | Co-Founder & Head of School

school counselor

Becky is an educator with 15 years of service in the Chicago Public School system, having taught in diverse classrooms from Roseland to Rogers Park.  Becky came to Chicago as a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where she obtained her Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education. She also holds a Masters in School Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Throughout her career, Becky has concentrated on Special Education in various settings. She is passionate about engaging diverse learners in individualized environments, developing social-emotional competencies, and fostering a love of life-long learning. Always an advocate for her students and community, she has raised over $27k in Donor’s Choose donations, and was recognized for her work as a 2015 Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction.

Qualifications

  • Learning Behavior Specialist

  • Certified School Counselor

 
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Staff Members

 
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Andre Feriante | Co-Founder & Creative Director

Dyslexia PractiTIoner

Andre is a certified Social Studies teacher and Dyslexia Practitioner with teaching experience in both junior high and high school English and History. He has his Masters in Education, and although he has and continues to work with elementary students, he specializes in young adults and working professionals. Andre's laid back demeanor encourages reluctant readers and writers to feel confident and safe to reach their full potential.

Qualifications

  • Writing Coach

  • Certified Wilson Teacher  

 

Jordan Horst | Assistant Wilson Teacher @ Redwood Literacy

Jordan has received a Bachelors of Arts in Applied Linguistics. As an intern with the Summer Institute of Linguistics, she recently helped develop literacy materials for minority languages in Tanzania. She has over five years of experience teaching kids in formal and informal settings. She loves children and is passionate about seeing them excel emotionally, and academically.

 
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Lauren Brown | Assistant Wilson Teacher @ Redwood Literacy

Lauren has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught first grade in two urban settings for 6 years prior to becoming a mother. While teaching, she taught many struggling readers. Because of this, she became incredibly passionate about teaching reading. While she took a break from the classroom when her kids were small, she continued working with children as she ran the Children’s ministry program at her families church. As a mother, Lauren has a child who is dyslexic and found profound success using the Wilson method. Lauren is a believer in this method of teaching.

 

Kaye Buchman | Art Instructor

Kaye Buchman is a Chicago based artist and educator. She received her BFA from Illinois State University with an emphasis in printmaking, and her MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied drawing and painting. Her studio work includes large-scale pen and ink drawing, mixed-media painting, thematic bookmaking, printmaking, and digital animation. Her work addresses themes relating to the natural forces and regenerative energies found in our physical environment, the narrative tenaciousness of past experience, and art as a meditative practice. 

Kaye has exhibited her work in solo and group shows locally and nationally, received numerous awards, and attended residencies at Ragdale in Lake Forest, Illinois and Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan. She has lectured and taught at many institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Oxbow School of Art, Morton College, Chicago City Colleges, Hyde Park Art Center, Oak Park Art League, and Lakeside Center. She is currently the founder and director of KB Studio, an urban center for art education and imaginative projects, located in East Rogers Park on Chicago’s north side.

 
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Briana Shushtari | Lead instructor @ Redwood Day

Assistant Wilson Teacher @ Redwood Literacy

Briana is an educator with three years of professional experience teaching students of diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning needs, including dyslexia and dysgraphia. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and her master's degree in Special Education, both from the University of Florida. She has experience providing academic support in both private practice and school settings, with students from ages five to sixteen. Briana has a genuine passion for teaching reading, with over five years of experience implementing research-based reading interventions to students, both individually and in small-group. Her favorite part about being an educator is watching students make gains, not only academically, but also in their confidence. Briana will never cease being in awe of the amazing results that come from utilizing an Orton-Gillingham approach such as the Wilson Reading Program. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to implement a program that she feels so strongly about on a daily basis at Redwood, and she looks forward to supporting Redwood students’ literacy journeys this year

 

Erin Anderson | Occupational Therapist

Erin Anderson and Associates specialize in working with students with Sensory Processing Disorder, learning disabilities, developmental coordination disorder, social emotional regulation, Autism and developmental delay.

Since 2004, Erin Anderson & Associates has grown her therapy practice, through word of mouth and referral from a trusted network of clinical and medical professionals to be the team it is today. The team at Erin Anderson and Associates now consists of six board certified licensed therapists who have a combined 40+ years of experience.

It is important to Erin that parents are involved in the therapeutic process. She also likes this to extend to the practice of school for her clients. Afterall, their occupation is to be a child, peer, student and the success of the therapy involves the commitment of the child, the parent, the teacher and the therapist. In order to ensure Erin is able to do her part in this equation, her passion for her work extends to her membership in the clinical faculty at Saint Louis University, her alma mater. Through this partnership, she keeps her skills sharp and regularly mentors students who are earning their undergraduate and master’s in Occupational Therapy.

Erin has built deep expertise in a number of areas – primarily the treatment of sensory processing and developmental coordination disorder. She is certified in a variety of topics and ensures that she and her staff complete regular continuing education in the fields of OT and Speech. Erin continues to be sought for her experience and expertise in the field. She often is asked to coach peers. She often speaks to parent groups and teachers in the Chicagoland area. Her sponsored talks vary from the education of fine motor development and sensory processing. Erin regularly speaks at local and state conferences and has been a featured speaker at the Association of Educational Therapists and the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

 
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Ashley Meier | Speech Pathologist

Ashley Meier, M.A. CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist.   She earned her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois and obtained her Masters of Arts degree is Speech Language Pathology from Ball State University.

Through school settings and private practice, Ashley has worked with children    with varying needs including language disorders, autism, articulation/phonological disorders, and reading disorders. She has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading program, and enjoys incorporating literacy into speech and language sessions.  

Ashley is licensed in the state of Illinois.  She is a certified member, in good standing, of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

 

Nora Gallagher | Assistant Wilson Teacher @ Redwood Literacy

Nora has received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a focus on child development. Nora has an extensive background working with children in both formal and informal educational settings. With her experiences as a camp director, preschool teacher, and mental health professional, Nora is known for her excellent problem solving, creativity, patience and adaptability. Nora is passionate about fostering growth in children and providing them the tools to succeed in the future.

 
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Abby Snedeker | Certified Wilson Teacher @ Redwood Literacy

Abby is a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner and a Level 1 Wilson Reading Teacher. She has 9 years teaching experience within the Chicago Public School system. Abby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has a true passion for teaching literacy to children from a variety of backgrounds. She is rewarded for her efforts by observing the change in her students, and seeing how they can become motivated and confident with their reading skills. Abby believes in the multisensory approach of Wilson Reading System, and loves encouraging others to give Wilson a chance.

 

Kelsey Dadey | Lead Instructor @ Redwood Day

Kelsey is a Certified Reading Specialist and educator with 6 years of classroom teaching experience across Chicagoland. She received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. Kelsey has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms as an elementary school teacher. She also graduated from Concordia University Chicago with her Masters to work as a Reading Specialist. Kelsey has implemented research-based literacy instruction for learners of all kinds of backgrounds, and has extensive experience differentiating instruction based on need, interest, and learning style. Kelsey has dedicated herself to helping students find their voice as writers and explore the world as readers. Supporting students in their growth and confidence as readers brings Kelsey great joy.

 
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Advisory Board

Jamyle Cannon | President

Hillari Hoerschelman | Literacy Advisor

LatanIa Franklin | Social Worker

Shannon Kim | Community Rep

Sam Yeager | Occupational Therapist

Nate Miller | Financial Advisor

Megan and Aaron Galeener | Parent Advocates