WHO WE ARE
Dyslexia St. Louis: Learning & Advocacy Center
Mary Kaeser-Miller has over 30 years of experience educating children. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and continued her education at Maryville University. She taught kindergarten and first grade for over 10 years, has been a Sunday school coordinator and is a Certified Barton Reading Coach. Mary prides herself on the relationships she builds with her students and the success of teaching her students to read.
Mary strives to help her students embrace their strengths, improve self-confidence and rediscover the joy of learning. She has great success in helping struggling readers unlock the reading code, increase reading fluency, and become better spellers.
Mary is passionate about connecting the dyslexic community and assisting families along their journey by providing evidence-based resources.
She is the founder of Dyslexia St. Louis Parent and Professional Support Facebook Group. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and served on the board of KS-MO International Dyslexia Association.
Her son, who has dyslexia, was her inspiration for opening Dyslexia St. Louis: Learning and Advocacy center.
Sarah Bartley is the co-founder of Dyslexia St. Louis Learning and Advocacy Center. She is an experienced educational advocate with extensive knowledge of the IEP and 504 Plan process. Sarah takes pride in the trusting relationships she builds with clients and uses her tenacious spirit to empower parents and advocate for children.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Phoenix. Her experience advocating for her son with dyslexia helps her relate to others and fuels her desire to help families with similar stories. She has completed advocacy trainings through COPAA (Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys) Dyslexia Training Institute, and Wrightslaw. Sarah also uses her experience and knowledge to provide professional development trainings on dyslexia to educators and school districts.
Sarah served as a board member on the Kansas Missouri Branch of the International Dyslexia Association from 2017 until 2019. As a member of International Dyslexia Association and Council of Parents Advocates and Attorneys, Sarah stays involved and current on issues that impact children with disabilities.
Sarah’s inspiration for opening Dyslexia St. Louis Learning and Advocacy Center is her son with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She understands the struggle and hardships that come with parenting a child who is struggling. Sarah believes every child deserves to have a champion that won’t give up until his/her needs are met.
When she isn’t working, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is equally passionate about beach vacations, adventure and the perfect afternoon nap.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Dyslexia St. Louis: Learning & Advocacy Center
Theresa has been teaching Kindergarten for the past 6 years. She has a Master’s Degree in reading and is currently working on her dyslexia certification. She absolutely loves her career in teaching and knows she is meant to help children be successful! Reading is her passion and...
Christine has 16 years of experience in teaching. She started working at Dyslexia St. Louis: Learning and Advocacy Center in 2018. Christine loves working with children and helping them develop the skills necessary to become life long learners. When Christine is not teaching, she enjoys...
Carolyn is a middle school teacher, certified in Elementary and Special Education. She has been working at Dyslexia St. Louis since September 2018 and is a Barton Certified Reading Coach. Her experience as a parent of an adult with disabilities, advocacy skills, and...
Christina has been teaching for 24 years in the public school system. In those years she has taught kindergarten, first, third and fourth grades. She has been at the same school for her whole career, this year she has the first child of a student she once taught in kindergarten! She enjoys...
Laurie has a Master’s Degree plus 32 additional hours in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She has been teaching for 31 years and as an educator, she hopes to instill in all her students a love for learning, especially reading. Building students’ confidence, learning new...
Carol has a B.S in Special Education from SIU-E and a Masters degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. She is certified in Special Education K-12 in the areas of Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities. She is also...
Diane is celebrating her 10th year in education. She started her career as a classroom teacher and is currently a reading interventionist in the Mehlville School District. She works with kindergarten and 2nd grade students and collaborates with the classroom teacher for small group reading instruction...
Leslie is a certified reading specialist with over fifteen years of teaching experience. For the past nine years, she has taught reading in grades K - 2 at a local school district. Leslie will be starting her third year as a Reading Coach at Dyslexia St. Louis in January 2021, and she...
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