Our Mission

At Redwood Literacy, we are committed to offering research-based reading, writing and math intervention 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 — Director & Co-Founder

Dyslexia Practitioner

Kait is a certified Learning Behavior Specialist and Dyslexia Practitioner. 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

 

Andre Feriante — Assistant Director & Co-Founder

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

 
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Staff Members


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Hillari Hoerschelman —

Dyslexia PractiTIoner IN TRAINING

Hillari is a certified Social Studies teacher and is currently completing her certification to become a Wilson Teacher. In addition to having her Masters of Arts in Teaching, she has seven years of combined experience teaching middle and high school reading and writing as well as three years of experience coaching new teachers in all grades and subject areas. Hillari has a deep knowledge of teaching writing to students at all ability levels, specializing in grammar, sentence formation, and idea development. She loves coaching students to discover their unique voices and is skilled in meeting students where they're at in order to unlock their writing potential. 

Qualifications

  • Writing Coach

  • Certified Wilson Teacher Intern

 

Jordan Horst —

Administration coordinator & Instructional assistant

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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Cheyenne Erickson —

DEBATE Instructor

As someone who struggles with dyslexia, Cheyenne was excited to hear about the work at Redwood Literacy and was thrilled when she was asked to be a part! This is Cheyenne’s tenth year involved in forensics. In middle and high school, she competed in Stoa, a home school speech and debate league, and in 2013 claimed the title of Lincoln Douglas National Champion Speaker. She went on to compete with Colorado Christian University (CCU) where she was a semi-finalist in Parliamentary Debate at the 2014 Christian College Nationals and the 2015 Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. She is currently virtually coaching Logos Speech and Debate in Colorado. When not researching for debate, Cheyenne is trying to keep up with her newborn and toddler, or exploring a new coffee shop with her husband.  

 

Jade Boardman —

Dance Instructor

Jade has her BA and Master's of Fine Arts degrees in Dance. She is a current member of Matter Dance Company in Chicago and has been dancing with them for the past 8 years. She has taught a variety of dance styles including; creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, gymnastics, barre fitness and yoga to students from ages 3 - adult. She challenges her students to find their inner choreographer.  She finds inspiration for class lesson plans all around her, from the holidays to musical genres to all branches of science. Jade believes dance is a great tool for teaching almost anything, but most importantly it’s a great way to exercise, express yourself and have fun.

 
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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.

Alice Barnett —

Dyslexia Practitioner

Alice Barnett is a Master Special Education teacher with over 14 years of experience. She has worked in various capacities as a Special Education Administrator and has developed resource and reading programs in schools across the city of Chicago. She is a certified Dyslexia Practitioner and Wilson Teacher.


 

Advisory Committee


 
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Jessica Hanzlik —

Math curriculum advisor

Jessica Hanzlik has been teaching middle school math and science for 8 years—she became a teacher through Teach For America, and taught for three years at a charter school in Chicago. She now teaches and serves as a faculty leader at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and her graduate degrees from the University of Oxford and Dominican University. She’s particularly passionate about gender equity in STEM and serves as head coach of the Science Olympiad team at her school. 

 
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Vicki Locketti —

Accountant advisor

Victoria was born in Argentina where she spent most of her life. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in Accounting and worked for 3 years in the Audit department at a large accounting firm.

Her curiosity for all cultures led her to the US where she pursued a degree in Intercultural Studies at Moody Theological Seminary, where she also met her husband. They now live in Rogers Park and enjoy cooking and hosting people at their place.

 
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Becky Sinclair —

Rogers park community representative

Rebecca Sinclair is a longtime educator in the Chicago Public School district, and has taught in diverse classrooms and neighborhoods from Langston Hughes in Roseland, to New Field Elementary in Rogers Park where she currently works and lives with her family.  Becky came to Chicago as a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and holds a Masters in School Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Throughout her career, Becky has concentrated on early childhood Special Education and has a passion for engaging diverse learners in individualized learning, which continues through her partnership with Redwood. 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.

 
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Whitney Adams —

Whitney Adams is a Chicago-based attorney originally from Louisville, Kentucky.  She received her B.A. in International Affairs and B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.  While in law school, Whitney worked with the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic's Criminal Juvenile Justice Project assisting to represent children in Chicago's juvenile justice system.  After law school, Whitney continued to work with the Project as a Public Interest Law Fellow before starting as a Litigation Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP.  Whitney is currently a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  She loves children and is passionate about seeing all children be given the opportunity and resources necessary to reach their full potential.  She and her husband Tim, who works in education, are expecting their first child soon.