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.

Our Method

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.

Our Tutors

Pauline Piner

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

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

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

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

Christine E.

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 Dyslexia Connect in 2012.

Trina Harsh

Trina Harsh received a Bachelor’s of Education from Texas Christian University and a Master’s of Education in Literacy Studies from the University of Texas in Arlington. She is a certified Texas educator in general education, English as a Second Language, Educational Administration and a Reading Specialist grades PK-12. She is trained in the Multi-sensory Teaching Approach, MTA, which is a dyslexia therapy program based on the Orton-Gillingham Method. She has taught in the Texas Public Schools for 15 years and is currently a middle school Dyslexia Therapist.

Trina is a married mother of 3 boys, ages 3-13, who keep her very busy! She joined Dyslexia Connect in 2016.

Nicole Stockdale

Nicole Stockdale graduated from Simpson College in 2014 with a degree in history and education. After graduation, she was trained in Orton-Gillingham by the founder of Rocky Mountain Camp for Dyslexia and worked as a tutor the camp for the summer. She then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she worked as an Early Childhood Special Education Paraeducator.

After returning to Colorado for her second year of camp during the summer of 2015, she was hired as a teacher by Vertical Skills Academy, a private school for students with dyslexia. She spent two years at VSA teaching and tutoring students in grades 1-8. While working at VSA, Nicole was trained in advanced morphology by the Institute for Multi-sensory Education.

Nicole recently moved with her husband to Lincoln, Nebraska where she works as a private tutor, a substitute teacher, and a part of the Dyslexia Connect team.

Dianne Moore

Dianne Moore graduated from the Prescott College Adult Degree Program in 1995 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Education. She has since been an educator in various settings, including Arizona State Parks as a program writer and facilitator, Maricopa County Literacy Volunteers as a staff teacher, Edu-Prize Charter School as a hands-on science and Spanish teacher, and Gulfstream Goodwill as a staff teacher. She became certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System (an Orton-Gillingham based program) in 2012 after taking the required two students through all ten Levels of the program, and has continued to tutor children with dyslexia using the Barton System since then. She is a firm believer in the Barton System based on the resulting improvements her students have achieved.

Crystal Glenn

Crystal received her Reading Specialist Certification from Wilson Language. She holds a Dyslexia Practitioner Credential, a Psychology Degree and certifications in early education.

Currently, she works in a K-8 private school in Vero Beach, Florida. As the Reading Specialist she teaches K-3 reading instruction and works one-on-one with children who have learning difficulties.

Crystal has two children who struggle with Dyslexia and is passionate about giving students the tools and confidence to succeed.

Eventually, she hopes to acquire funding to provide affordable reading remediation to low income students who struggle with Dyslexia in her area.

Crystal joined the Dyslexia Connect team in 2017.

Geri Breen

Geri graduated from Western Governors university with a degree in Education, and she is a certified teacher for pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. She completed her Orton-Gillingham training at the Mayerson Academy, and she has used the O.G. method in the classroom and in private tutoring.

Geri also has a personal connection to dyslexia. In 3rd grade, her son was diagnosed with dyslexia, and Geri feels that this allows her to easily empathize with other parents of children who have dyslexia. Her son is now in college and successfully pursuing his goals.

Geri joined Dyslexia Connect in 2017

Stephanie Webber

Stephanie Webber graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College with a degree in Elementary
Education and a Middle School Endorsement. She taught in general elementary classrooms, as well as Title One and Elementary Resource classrooms in Minnesota.

During her Junior and Senior years of college, she developed an interest in helping students with learning differences through her work at Learning RX.

In 2013, Stephanie Webber started her training for Orton-Gillingham through the organization Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota. She took on many private students and continued to use this approach during the day with many of her school students with dyslexia.

After developing a passion to help these bright, but struggling learners, she decided to look for a way to continue tutoring after making the move to Ohio to marry her husband, Fred.  She enjoys being able to help students all over the country by tutoring with Dyslexia Connect.

Stephanie joined the Dyslexia Connect team in 2017.

Holly Potter

Holly Potter received her Masters Degree in Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disorders from SUNY Fredonia in 2003. This program was fully Orton Gillingham based. She moved to North Carolina in 2004 to become a public school teacher for Alamance Burlington Schools. After 9 years in the regular classroom, she moved to an intervention position where she worked with students with undiagnosed reading and math disabilities, assisting in gathering the data needed to help families either receive a diagnosis or help students by providing intensive interventions.

She has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham and Wilson Language programs, and is currently pursuing certification by the Hill Center in Durham, NC. She has moved from a public school setting to pursue an Exceptional Children’s position in a charter school, allowing her to continue her passion for teaching students with learning difficulties.

She joined Dyslexia Connect in 2018.

Sara Curtis

Sarah Curtis graduated from Brigham Young University with dual degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She then taught for 12 years in Utah, Arizona, and Kentucky. She completed a Master’s of Education from Southern Utah University in 2009 with an emphasis in English Language Learning.
Her passion for teaching in the classroom transformed into a passion for teaching students with Dyslexia. She loves to meet the needs of each individual student and teach them the skills that are necessary to be successful! She is currently completing a Dyslexia Certificate and Master’s in Reading Science from Mount Saint Joseph University.

Sarah was trained in Orton-Gillingham by O-G International. She is a member of AOGPE and The International Dyslexia Association. Sarah joined the Dyslexia Connect team in 2017.

Rebecca Neyhard

Rebecca Neyhard graduated from Bloomsburg University with a BS in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University. In 2002, she began her Orton-Gillingham Training at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Susquehanna Valley. Through the center, she became certified with the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Upon certification, she continued tutoring at the center and is still there today. Rebecca completes 30 hours of training every 3 years, to keep her IMSLEC certification valid. In 2014, Rebecca received her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University.

Currently, Rebecca is a graduate student at Bloomsburg University pursuing her Reading Specialist Certification, which she hopes to have by the end of 2018.

In addition, to her work at the learning center, Rebecca has taught in a Head Start classroom and is now a Head Start Educational Coach.

Rebecca started with Dyslexia Connect in 2018.

Ana Robins

Ana Robins is currently a public school teacher. She began her teaching career in NJ in 2000 and moved to Florida in the summer of 2007. She has taught almost every grade level between preschool and 8th grade, including Spanish and bi-lingual kindergarten. In an effort to better help her students who had difficulty with reading and writing, she went back to school full time and received a Master’s Degree in Reading Education through the University of South Florida in 2014. She has been specializing in teaching English Language Arts since then. In July 2017 Ana obtained additional training in the Orton Gillingham method through the Institute for Multisensory Education. Ana is a member of the International Literacy Association and keeps up to date with the latest in reading education.

In her spare time, Ana enjoys reading and being outside enjoying the Florida sunshine. 

She joined Dyslexia Connect in 2017.

Lola Arnold

Lola Faye Arnold graduated from the University of Charleston with a Master’s of Education degree and a minor in Special Education. She is a certified teacher in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. She is also certified to teach English as a Second Language. Lola has 30 plus years of experience working with children who have dyslexia in the public education system and privately. She served as the Reading Interventionist for the last three years of her public school teaching career in South Carolina. In 2015, Lola completed the writing of her first novel, “Out With the Tide”.

Lola has been trained in, and has utilized, a number of Orton-Gillingham based programs (Barton Reading, Project Read/ Language Circle, and The Institute of Multi-Sensory Educaton/IMSE). She owned and operated a private reading clinic in Florida.

She joined Dyslexia Connect in 2018

Nancy Smith

Nancy was certified with the Michigan Dyslexia Institute in 1997, where she studied the Orton-Gillingham Method. She tutored students through the 3 R’s program (Reading to Reduce Recidivism),
which entailed working with individuals who couldn’t read or write. It was sponsored by the Oakland County Court System in Pontiac, Michigan. She homeschooled her two sons. She has a personal connection to dyslexia, as her youngest son has dyslexia.  

She was the Assistant Director at The Boys & Girls Club in Bonita Springs, FL
where she tutored children and taught Healthy Habits and a Street Smart Program.

Nancy and her husband live in St. Petersburg, FL which is close to her two sons and grandkids. 

Nancy joined our team in 2016.

Dana Whited

Dana Whited taught in special education classrooms for twenty-three years, before becoming a dyslexia therapist for the Arkansas public school system. She was trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method and Take Flight through the Scottish Right Hospital. Dana is currently working on her Certified Academic Language Therapist certification. Dana loves being able to work with students in various states through Dyslexia Connect.

She joined the Dyslexia Connect team in 2017.

Heidi Serrano

Heidi received her Bachelor’s of Education from Louisiana State University and Master’s of Education from the University of New Orleans. She has been teaching for 14 years, and has been a dyslexia specialist since 2013. She is trained in MTA, which is an Orton-Gillingham based program and has been a Certified Academic Language Therapist since 2015. Currently, Heidi works in Texas as a dyslexia therapist. In her free time, Heidi has three young children and a husband who keep her very busy!