Allison Sova started at the Center in April of 2019 as the Administrator. Allison is also a wife and a mother of two young girls. She graduated in May of 2019 from SVSU with her Bachelors Degree in Business Management. She enjoys working for the Center and does her best to keep the communication open between everyone. If you ever have a question she is your first stop!
Kristine Redwanz has been with the center for over ten years. She is a tutor, supervisor, and trainer. What she loves the most about tutoring her students is seeing the smiles on their faces when they finally feel confident about reading - a feeling that they may have never felt before. Kristine also especially loves training other educators how to do what we do at the center - teach students how to read using multi-sensory, structured, sequential language instruction. Kristine graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been an elementary school teacher for fourteen years and loves making a difference in the lives of students and other educators!
I am a Christ-following, book-reading, garden-planting, wife to the man who holds my heart, and Momma to three amazing children, two fur babies, and a flock of chicken. During the school year you'll find me reveling in the chance to spend time with my students, as we tackle learning opportunities in high school Math and English courses.
After studying how our brain encodes information, I determined to learn more of the systematic Orton-Gillingham approach. What a joy it has been to watch students achieve not only new reading levels, but also a better understanding how their magnificent brains work!
I am Shannon Monville I have been at the center for one year. My favorite part of working at the center is the ability to individualize the curriculum and watching students internalize and be able to use it proficiently. It's wonderful to watch them discover intricate parts of our language!
Hi everyone! My name is Linda Wolok and I one of the tutors at the Children's Dyslexia center. I started tutoring many years ago and then took some time to take care of my four children. I am so fortunate to be able to come back this year. I love watching my students eyes light up when they start feeling empowered. When they realize they are smart and capable my heart expands. It's an honor and privilege to tutor!
Max and I love working with the kids at the center! ️I love seeing their smiles when all the pieces start coming together and their self confidence begins to grow. I see so much potential in each one to have a full and wonderful life ahead of them and for them to know they are just as smart and probably more creative than other kids in their class. Life is out there to lived as a leader and show off their special talents.
I began working at the center in 2014 after leaving Bay City public schools as a special education teacher. I found the perfect place for me!!
Shelby Bailey: I work as an Administrative Assistant at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland, MI. I just had my one year anniversary as a tutor and look forward to many more to come. I love all the amazing students we have at the center! Seeing all the progress they make and their self-confidence grow is my favorite part of being a tutor. Making even a small positive change in a child’s life is the greatest gift!
Jill Coquillard: I have been lucky enough to be involved with the center since 2014 when I took my first training. Since then I have gone through the advanced training program as well. While teaching 5th grade for the past 22 years, the center has definitely enhanced my lessons with my daily kiddos too. There is no greater thrill than witnessing the first hand progress that students make at the center. Watching their confidence grow is priceless! Not only is it rewarding for the kids, but the parents see the change in their children too and that is a gift, as I too was one of those parents. Jill Coquillard
Dolores Garrett is originally from Long Island, New York and went to college at Rochester Institute of Technology graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Packaging and Design. Upon graduation she moved to Midland, Michigan to work for The Dow Chemical Company where she used her packaging knowledge for the Dow Consumer Brands and Agricultural Products. Deciding to stay home to raise and home school her three sons, she found Charlotte Mason’s work and implemented into her home school and her family’s life. Michigan has been her home now for 36 years and all three of her grown sons have moved from Midland to the Detroit area. Dolores was thrilled to receive an opportunity to serve the Children’s Dyslexia Center! She is a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor and loves to teach reading! Dolores also enjoys people, ballroom dancing, skating, and healthy eating and exercising.
I have been at the Children's Dyslexia Center as a student tutor since June of 2017. My background is in secondary education as a science and communications teacher. I love working at the center! I have the pleasure of working with amazing students. The instruction they receive changes their life and I am so excited to be a part of that change!
It has been a privilege and a joy to see how students grow in confidence and skills that uplift them them and strengthens their self-confidence. I am dyslexic and as a child I developed a low self-esteem when I experienced the pain of feeling shame because I couldn’t read. Therefore, this opportunity has special meaning for me knowing some of the struggles these children face.
Why do I teach at the Center and in schools? It gives me joy seeing relief and peace on the face of a concerned parent, seeing the twinkle in the eye of a student who recognizes he isn’t stupid like he thought, who is now experiencing success. Enjoyment is also experienced when I witness the delight in the faces of teachers who learn successful methods of teaching reading to their students. This truly is the best thing I have done; it provides an opportunity to set individuals up for success.
My name is Rachelle Sowinski and I have been with The Children’s Dyslexia Center for 1 year. I decided to become a tutor as a way to help my son who also has dyslexia, and to also help other children. One of the reasons I enjoy being a tutor at The Center is that I find it very rewarding helping kids learn to succeed and grow, and to help them become more confident in themselves. The Children’s Dyslexia Center is a wonderful program and I’m glad that I have the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization and what they are able to provide for our community.
I am also an Occupational Therapist, and have been working in this field for 20 years. I currently am a Therapy Program Manager for a rehabilitation facility. Throughout my career as an Occupational Therapist I have had the opportunity to help clients overcome challenges they face to help them have a better quality of life.
I live in Bay City with my husband and our 3 children, and I enjoy spending time with my family. My children are involved in multiple sports and I love watching them play. In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, and taking my dog Maizie for walks. I love being outside and taking family vacations!
Nancy Williams has been involved in education and language instruction for over 25 years. With a BA in Special Education and a Masters in Reading Difficulties, her background has always been to help struggling readers. She has a passion to see all students and educators succeed in understanding the structure and content of language.