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.
I have taught for 11 years in a variety of grades/subjects from preschool to 8th grade. I have my bachelors and masters in early childhood from SVSU. I currently teach 5-8 grade math/science at State Street Academy in Bay City. I have my ZS (early childhood special ed), K-8 self contained and 6-8 science endorsement. I am also a certified trainer through the Dyslexia Center.
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!
My name is Sherry Kenworthy and I am excited to start my second year of tutoring at the Center. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I enjoy helping families outside the Center as a Parent Mentor working with families of children with disabilities to improve their educational outcomes. I got involved with the Center to help other children, like my Son, with dyslexia. I enjoy working with the Students and watching their ability and confidence flourish. In my spare time I enjoy sewing, reading, spending time with my Husband, and watching our four children participate intheir multiple activities and sports.
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!
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!
Robbin Wasik graduated from SVSU in May of 2002, that Fall she began teaching her first Elementary classroom. Robbin has taught 6th grade, 4th grade, 3rd grade, title one classes and now homeschools her own children. She has four children that fill her days with everything from doing math, cooking dinner, listening to a good book, running to soccer games, cleaning up science experiments, horse shows, piano, religion classes and more. As a child Robbin struggled with Dyslexia, as an educator she knew there must be a way to help students and her daughter feel confident while reading. The center has given her an opportunity to do just that, change how a student feels about their abilities, build strong learners and walk away with a smile on their face.
My name is Jael De Salas. I’m from the Dominican Republic, but I've been living in the States for 9 years. I started working in the Center last year (2019). I like working at the center because it brings me joy to help children achieve their goal of reading and comprehension, to bring clarity and understanding about letters and words. I also like the positive work environment that the co-worker projects of helping each other.