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 & Executive Director

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, Coming SY 19!

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


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  

 
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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.

 

Rebecca Redinger —

Librarian and instructional assistant

Rebecca is a trained children’s librarian with an MLIS from UW-Milwaukee. She also holds a BA in history and a MA in public history. All of these combined make for one nerdy book-lover! When she’s not listening to kidlit on audiobook or adding new historical fiction titles to her Goodreads, she likes to snap photos and dabble in graphic design. With over 15 years experience working with children in both educational and informal settings, Rebecca excels at engaging in meaningful connections as well as creating calm and welcoming environments for students to thrive. 

 
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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.

 

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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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