Board of Directors

Faith Borkowsky

Board of Directors

Faith Borkowsky is the founder of High Five Literacy and Academic Coaching and the author of Failing Students or Failing Schools? A Parent’s Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention and “If only I would have known…” What I wish the Pediatrician, the Preschool Teacher, and the Librarian would have told me about Language, Literacy, and Dyslexia.  With thirty years’ experience as a classroom teacher, reading and learning specialist, regional literacy coach, administrator, and private tutor, she has seen first-hand what truly works.

Ms. Borkowsky is a Certified Wilson and IDA Dyslexia Practitioner, is Orton-Gillingham trained, and has extensive training and experience in a number of other research-based, peer-reviewed programs that have produced positive gains for students with Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and a host of other learning difficulties.  New York State-certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Reading, Ms. Borkowsky stays current, is always learning, and continually attends professional development in brain-based, holistic disciplines. Honing her skills over years and redefining strategies through trial and error, she has been a trainer in school districts across Long Island and has presented at literacy workshops and conferences for federal and state-funded initiatives. Her philosophy and practice include educating and empowering her students to be self-sufficient learners.  Ms. Borkowsky works with all ages, preschoolers through adulthood, utilizing meta-cognitive strategies and multisensory instruction in a collaborative, non-threatening style, where parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the learning process.

Angelina Hernandez

Parent Educator, Early Childhood and Economist

Angelina Hernandez owns a Master and Bachelors Degree in Economics from Mexico. She worked for two Universities in Mexico as a professor. She worked in market research for 2 years for one of the branches of the National Council of Science and Technology – CONACYTin Mexico transferring technology in the area  of biotechnology and food technology for 4 years. After arriving in the United State and becoming a mom she became part of the Parent Advisory Board for Danbury Promise for Children Partnership in the state of Connecticut, helping to promote Early Childhood programs such as  Help me to Grow, Parent University and United Way initiatives.. She also worked for Project Interact, one of the Birth of Three agencies, as an interpreter for children with special needs families. In the State of New York she worked in Nassau Boces for the Parent Child Home Program to provide early literacy materials and model family child care providers best practices of how to promote early literacy with children in the early years. She worked on developing a curriculum for around 20 books and toys that are part of the National Parent Child Home Program National.  She also worked for the Y Jewish Community Center as assistant teacher. In the State of Illinois she  has been working as a volunteer for Family Services, Sonrisitas – Children with Down Sindrom and was a preschool teacher for Wheeling Park District. She is taking advanced education on Early Childhood Education in Anahuac University from Mexico and Child Development Associate training.

Robert Meyer

Ventris Learning President and Publisher Robert Meyer has 25 years of experience working for leading publishers of literacy resources including the Scholastic Corporation, MetaMetrics, and Renaissance Learning. In 2013 Meyer co-founded Ventris to publish linguistically responsive teaching and assessment resources that help educators better meet the needs of all students including those who tend to become underserved in language & literacy. Meyer holds music education and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa.

Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP

Listen. Learn. Teach. Terrie uses this philosophy as an innovator and a motivator, and it’s evident as she leads, coaches and mentors thousands of K-12 educators about research-based reading practices each year.  She has a unique perspective on the need to unify all stakeholders around a vision for education to smash the reading divide for millions of struggling readers. Her daily mission is to add value to educators to help influence transformational changes in school districts across the country by addressing the needs of marginalized students.  Terrie seeks to share her expertise and passion for encouraging and illuminating a path towards success and measurable outcomes. 

If you looked at Terrie’s resume, you would be confused.  Her undergraduate and graduate degree work placed her in the field of criminal justice.  However, through continuous listening and learning, she took a journey in education, starting in Preschool teaching and administration, then becoming a Certified Academic Language Practitioner. 

Terrie has a Ph.D. in Literacy from St. John’s University and is a John Maxwell certified speaker, coach, trainer, and member of the President’s Advisory Council. 
As Vice-President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally, she works to ignite enthusiasm and excitement by building champion educators and administrators on creating cultures of Literacy and learning

Stacy Rose-McFarland

Stacy Rose-McFarland is an Educational Director at the Family Head Start site in Coney Island located in Brooklyn New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and a Master’s degree from the College of Staten Island in Education. She holds a New York State Professional teaching license. Throughout the year she attends training, staff development and Directors meetings. She has served as a board member on the Education committee on Community Board 13. She is CLASS reliable and trained in ECERS.

Dr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein

Dr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein’s passion for educating, advocating, and bringing awareness to dyslexia at the domestic and international levels began in the elementary classrooms of private schools serving students with language-based learning disabilities. She has been a certified Special Educator for a decade, and she earned her Doctor of Education in Teaching, Learning, Leadership, & Curriculum in 2019 from Northeastern University and holds a dual masters in Special Education and Elementary Education from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. Her dedication to providing the gold standard of instruction to individuals with dyslexia led her to obtain her endorsement at the Associate level through The Orton-Gillingham Academy in 2014. Eventually, she expanded her skill set in the public schools as a 7th and 8th grade math and English Language Arts (ELA) co-teacher before taking a position with a non-profit organization that advocates for inclusion in public schools for students with disabilities.

Currently, Dr. Lauren is a middle school learning specialist and instructional coach at a private Quaker school in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rachelle Spielvogel

Rachelle Spielvogel is a special education family advocate, human rights educator, and proud mother of two boys. She has worked as a human rights educator, curriculum developer and anti-bias training facilitator for civil and human rights organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, Amnesty International, and UNICEF-USA. In 2019 she completed training in special education parent advocacy through the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, after years of advocating for her son diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD. She is the creator of Urban Exceptional, an online resource for NYC families with children who experience early developmental, social and learning differences. She serves on the boards of Everyone Reading in NYC, the KING School in Stamford, CT, Teach My Kid to Read in Albany, NY, and completed service as trustee for the Loyola School in NYC, her high school alma mater. She is also a member of the collective giving organization IMPACT-Fairfield County, CT, the area where she resides with her family. She holds a BA in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters in Social Science from the University of Chicago.

Geoff Vaughan

Geoff Vaughan has been a teacher of English and school leader since qualifying from the University of Stirling (BA Hons, DipEd 2.i) in 1995. In 2006 he attained his NPQH qualification (National Professional Qualification for Head teachers). He is also certified through completing the Phonics Training Online course. He is now based at Eszterházy Károlyi University in Eger, Hungary where he is completing his MEd in English and Pedagogy which he is due to complete in June 2021.  (https://uni-eszterhazy.hu/)

As a university teacher he has  access to, and has already made a bid for, university funding routes (Erasmus+) to establish international projects to establish the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) for second language learners.

Geoff Vaughan is an active proponent of the science of reading and developing international momentum to challenge and change ineffective practise. He is an advisory member of IFERI and also advocate for change via his twitter page – @EdinspireGeoff where Geoff Vaughan’s passion is visible for all to see.

Advisors

Ernest “Tre” Hadrick III

Diversity/Inclusion Advisor

Tre Hadrick is an educator, certified counselor, author and community leader in Norristown, PA. For more than fifteen years he has worked to advance the lives of young children, teens and their families. He currently serves as a school counselor at Eisenhower Middle School and as an adjunct professor at Villanova University. Tre has spearheaded numerous initiatives to increase parent engagement, equity, career preparation and organizational development. He is founder of Norristown Men of Excellence Inc., a non-profit that implements programs and services to enhance overall well-being of families in the community, and he has shared his trademark S.E.E.D.S. of Leadership philosophy as a Tedx speaker and guest on the Leading Equity podcast by Dr. Sheldon Eakins. Tre is the author of Cheesesteaks and Clippers, a children’s book and the creator of “Mr. Lit,” an animation that promotes literacy.

Carolyn Strom, Early Childhood Literacy

Early Childhood Literacy Advisor

Dr. Carolyn Strom is an educator and classroom researcher whose work focuses on improving early literacy outcomes and reading experiences for young children. She collaborates widely with teachers, school districts, and curriculum developers; currently, she is leading an initiative for New York City preschool teachers called ‘Cortex in the Classroom,’ which centers on the practical application of reading science and learning technologies in early childhood. Dr. Strom has over a decade of experience as an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist. Dr. Strom is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Literacy & Innovation at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development.

Dr. Todd Porter

Pediatrician Advisor

Dr. Todd Porter is a community pediatrician in Denver, Colorado. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed both a pediatric residency and preventive medicine residency at the University of Colorado where he also received a masters of science of public health. Dr. Porter has practiced primary care pediatrics for the past 13 years with the last 5 years spent in a federally qualified health care center where he cares for primarily low income children of color. Over his career he has had the fortune of working with mentors who have educated him on the struggling reader and the effects of school failure on the child’s mental and physical health. Yet his greatest teacher has been his now 11 year old daughter with dyslexia who continues to inspire,  enlighten,  and transform his role as pediatrician and parent-advocate for all of our struggling readers. 

Organizational Co-Chairs

Teach My Kid to Read advocates for policy that provides all children with access to evidence-based reading instruction with demonstrated gains. The legislative co-chairs lead and coordinate efforts in the state of New York.

Dinorah Dellacamera

Co-Chair, Legislative Advocacy

Dinorah Dellacamera is a volunteer with The Dyslexia Initiative: New York, Decoding Dyslexia New York, and she serves as Teach My Kid to Read’s Legislative Co-Chair. Dr. Dellacamera is a veterinarian by day, but in her spare time she is a dedicated advocate, devoting countless hours to helping families in New York through her advocacy work to obtain the right reading instruction and interventions for their children. Dinorah is the mother of two elementary boys that have been diagnosed with both dyslexia and dysgraphia. It was through them that she discovered the dyslexia world and dove in to help fight for real change for our children.

Tracy Young

Co-Chair, Legislative Advocacy

Tracy is passionate about education.  When her daughters started school, Tracy began volunteering in their elementary classrooms and progressed into a leadership position as President of the PTSA for the Middle and High School.  From there, Tracy ran for the local school board where she is currently serving as the Vice President, Board of Education for the Greenville Central School District. Several years ago, her youngest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia.  This experience revealed how parents need to navigate the world of Special Education and the emotional ups and downs involved in the process. Tracy is committed to helping struggling readers through volunteering, child tutoring, parent advocacy and educational policy changes.  Tracy has a BA from Barnard College, and an MBA from Boston University.   

Team Members

Our work would not be possible without the efforts of our volunteers and volunteer leaders. The following team members go above and beyond to help Teach My Kid to Read grow and help more children learn to read.

Barbara Marra Dower

Nassau County Volunteer Coordinator & Library Specialist

Getting involved with Teach My Kid To Read was an easy decision, post-retirement, from decades as an insurance broker and attorney. As someone who loves to read, the library is a favorite destination. As the model of TMKTR is partnering with libraries, I was led to volunteer with TMKTR in an effort (as the grandparent of a struggling student)  to learn as much as possible about Dyslexia and to help promote Dyslexia Awareness Month in 2019.

Meg Mauer

Graphics, Promotions, Program Materials

After attending a Teach My Kid To Read presentation at a local library, Meg Maurer was eager to share what she had learned about community literacy solutions. Meg understands the struggles of raising a child with a learning difference in the public school system and the thrill when a child achieves success with the appropriate instruction and supports. When she isn’t volunteering for TMKTR, Meg’s working as an Aide to Students with Disabilities, borrowing a book from the public library, or tending to her vegetable garden.