Peter Groth – CEO
DyslexiaConnect.com was created by Peter Groth, an experienced reading tutor from Wisconsin. Peter created the program to make reading, spelling and comprehension tutoring more convenient and accessible for the children, teenagers and adults who need it.
Peter Groth graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edgewood College, in Madison, WI, in 2002. In 2002, Peter began working as a private tutor for several different subjects. Peter really enjoyed private tutoring, and he decided to pursue tutoring full time.
In 2004, Peter was trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method, the oldest, and most respected method for teaching remedial reading.
In early 2010, Peter became interested in online education. In particular, he was interested in the increased convenience this sort of approach offered to parents, and also the opportunity to reach students who did not live close to reading tutoring providers. After a year of perfecting a method for online reading tutoring, Peter welcomed the first students to our online reading tutoring program.
Since 2010, Peter has overseen the growth of Dyslexia Connect to include students and tutors from six different countries.
Peter manages our team, provides trial sessions and evaluations, and manages the daily operations of Dyslexia Connect Online Tutoring.
The approach that we use is a phonics-based method that we have refined and perfected through many years of working with individuals with reading difficulties. Our priorities are to make learning effective, engaging and fun! We have seen our method work with our students time and time again, and as a result, we teach every new student in our tutoring program with the confidence that we will be able to help them succeed.
Pauline Piner moved to North Carolina in 1988 as an Exceptional Children’s teacher at Camp LeJeune Dependents’ Schools. She became trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method and became a member of the North Carolina Board of the International Dyslexia Association for three years.
Pauline is currently teaching at CFCI as an Exceptional Children’s teacher for grades K-8 specializing in reading. In 2008, she received licensure in Birth through Preschool and earned national board certification in 2010. In 2011, she earned licensure in Middle School English Language Arts.
Pauline tutors dyslexic students of all different ages.
In her spare time, Pauline loves to travel with her husband, Stuart. She also loves spending time with family especially her grandchildren, Hunter and Halle.
Pauline joined The Reading Tutors in 2011.
Linda Burlile is a graduate of Ohio State University. She has always had a passion for teaching, and she homeschooled her three children. This led her to seek out effective ways to teach reading and spelling. Eventually, her children started attending public school, and Linda decided to pursue her love of teaching further.
Linda began to tutor in math, reading and cognitive skills. She realized that one of the reading students she was working with was dyslexic, and this led her to pursue training in an Orton-Gillingham based method.
Linda was certified in the Barton method, and completed a graduate-level class in dyslexia screening. She also received training in a multisensory math program. Linda looks forward to every day of tutoring, and helping her students reach their goals.
Linda joined the our team in 2011.
Sharon Hundley graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor is Special Education. After graduation, she taught special education in a few different elementary schools, including a special school for children with learning difficulties in California.
In 1991, Sharon was trained in Slingerland, a program developed by Beth Slingerland and Anna Gillingham, one of the creators of the Orton-Gillingham Method. For a time, she taught in school and tutored in the evenings, at a Dyslexia Institute of America center.
Eventually, she returned to Indiana and helped found a Dyslexia Institute of America center there, where she was the assistant director in charge of client testing and training other tutors. She was also in charge of maintain the curriculum at the home office, as well as three satellite locations.
Sharon joined our team in 2010.
Donna Guinn began working with children in 1999 as a Special Needs Assistant in an elementary school. In 2005, she recieved her bachelor’s degree and Elementary Educator license In 2006, she earned her Special Education endorsement, and started her career as a Special Education teacher. Donna is trained in the Wilson Reading System, which is a program based on the Orton-Gillingham Method.
Donna joined The Reading Tutors in 2013.
Golda Rigaud graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a BA in Psychology and Anthropology. A brief position as a substitute teacher led her to pursue teaching early childhood development, rather than continue with a masters degree in anthropology.
Golda trained under the Abbott Program in New Jersey, which allowed her to work with a team of language-speech pathologists, pediatric physical therapists and social psychologists, in a high special needs preschool district for several years. Currently, Golda hold a certificate in Orton-Gillingham, Talented and Gifted, and is a certified educator in both New Jersey and Georgia for Pre-kindergarten through Fifth grade.
Golda has taught Pre-k for 13 years and tutored students of a variety of ages (elementary through college) with grand results. She says that the key to her success is her passion for learning and love of children.
Golda joined our team in 2014.
Christine began tutoring dyslexic students in 2002, using an Orton-Gillingham based program that she was trained in. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and is active in the local branch of that organization. Through the IDA, she attends online webinars to stay current on the latest developments and techniques in dyslexia tutoring. She feels that her work is very rewarding.
Christine joined The Reading Tutors in 2012.