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Our Tutors

Holly LaVine, M.Ed., ICALP-CALT

Founder and Director of Literacy Learning Solutions

Holly LaVine has over 22 years of experience in individualized remediation, multisensory teaching, and diagnostic evaluations both privately and in the public schools. She also has engaged in advocacy, teacher education, and designing remedial materials. Apart from earning a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from the Rivier University in 2001, she also completed several levels of the Scottish Rite Orton-Gillingham training program between 2003 and 2016. She is an avid and lifelong learner and teacher.

Holly taught at the elementary school level as a special educator for 5 years, specializing in Learning Disabilities, as a reading/writing specialist for 2 years, specializing in literacy coaching, and as a regular classroom teacher for 9 years at the third grade and Kindergarten levels. She is a certified educator in the State of New Hampshire in Elementary Education, General Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Reading/Writing Specialist and English Language Learners. She worked with high school students in an English Language Learner setting for 4 years.

Since 2003, she has worked as a tutor with dyslexic students of all ages for a non-profit corporation and in her own private practice. She completed accredited training programs under the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and training programs in Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®)  and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Holly is recognized by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) as a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and as an Instructor of Certified Academic Language Practitioners (ICALP). Additionally, she received an English Language Learners (ELL) certification from the University of New Hampshire in 2015. Holly is also a contracted dyslexia/educational diagnostician for NH Neuropsychology, LLC. She performs psycho-educational evaluations and provides feedback to families both through her own practice and through this neuropsychology practice.

In her spare time, she is an exercise enthusiast, and she teaches cycling and Pilates/Yoga classes at the Nashua YMCA. She also teaches an introductory special education course at Manchester Community College in the Teacher Education department which addresses Learner Exceptionality. She is the proud mother of three grown children and she is now a grandmother.

Angelica Rodriguez

Co-Director M.S. CCC-SLP, ICALP-CALP

Angelica is an ASHA-certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She graduated with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University in December of 2016.  Angelica also completed her certification program in the Orton-Gillingham methodology in 2018. She has received additional training in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS), Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Lively Letters programs. Angelica has a passion for testing and prescribing the proper language and literacy therapy based on evaluation results. She is a skilled and reflective clinician who greatly enjoys working with students of all ages.

B.S., SLP-ACCC-SLP

Julie is a licensed speech-language pathology assistant in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She obtained a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Worcester State Univeristy and is also currently completing a certification program in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She has experience working as a research assistant conducting phonics and reading comprehension intervention and assessments with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders. She has also worked as a volunteer with children and adults learning English as their second language to improve reading, writing, and spoken English skills.

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Robin Lyle

M.E.d

Robin has been teaching for over 27 years, both on the secondary and elementary level. She has worked as an English teacher, a history teacher, and a homeschooling mother for a bit while living on Nantucket Island. Later in her career, Robin earned her Master’s degree as a special educator of students with social/emotional challenges and learning disabilities from kindergarten through the twelth grade, as well as a certification in ELL. She also completed an Orton-Gillingham training program in 2020 and is currently pursuing certification. In all of those years, she has developed a passion for teaching students to read and write successfully at all grade levels, especially for those children that have found reading to be a challenging and frustrating ordeal.

Kathleen Peterson

M.E.d

Kathleen has been an educator in Southern New Hampshire for the past 22 years. She has taught grades 1, 2, and 3. While in the classroom, Kathleen worked with many children who had 504 plans and IEPs. She completed a Master’s Degree in learning disabilities in 2010 at Rivier University. Additionally, she achieved her certification as a reading and writing specialist in 2015 from Rivier University. Kathleen received both her initial and advanced level training in the Orton-Gillingham approach at the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Nashua NH. She became a certified dyslexia practitioner in the spring of 2019. Kathleen has left the classroom and is now a reading teacher. She recognizes and values the growth all children can make when exposed to multisensory instruction.

Sandra Brazier started teaching violin, viola and cello in 1982. In 2002, she started classroom teaching and currently teaches the second grade at Saint Christopher Academy. Sandra believes that it takes a partnership between the parent, student, and the teacher to help a child to succeed. She has taught second, third, fourth, and the fifth grades as well as several levels of French during her career. She has a BLA and is recognized by ALTA as a Certified Academic Language Practitioner. She loves children and has three grown sons. Sandra is also certified to teach meditation and yoga. She is a professional artist, and most of her work is in oil or acrylic on canvas. She loves books and reviews them for several online companies. She lives with her three dogs, Aimée, Chérie and Charlie.

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Jill Candlen

Jill has four years of teaching experience in Massachusetts Public Schools. She completed the Orton-Gillingham Level 1 Basic Skills Training in the summer of 2021 and is currently pursuing OG certification. Jill is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education for Moderate Disabilities at Fitchburg State University. In her free time, Jill enjoys hiking, rock climbing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Tricia Singer

Tricia is a certified New Hampshire and Massachusetts Elementary Education Teacher. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an undergraduate study in reading from Westfield State University. She also received her Master's degree in Elementary Curriculum from American International College. Tricia worked as a grade 3 teacher in Littleton, MA for five years. Before that she worked with special education students as well as in various social emotional learning environments. In her free time, Tricia enjoys spending time with her two puppies and family as well as reading books and doing puzzles.

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