Joyce Bilgrav- Fellow of the Orton Academy & Founder of: - Jemicy School & Camp Glencoe (Baltimore, MD) - Rawson-Saunders School (Austin, TX) - Rocky Mountain Camp (Evergreen, CO) - Liberty School & Durango Mountain Camp (Durango, CO) Wolf Creek Camp (Fredericksburg, TX)
The Bilgrav School is dedicated to pioneer of dyslexic education, Joyce Bilgrav.
In the 1950's, Joyce enjoyed life as a mother and housewife. However, three of her four children struggled to learn to read in school. Unwilling to accept that they were "slow," Joyce researched on her own (without the internet!) and discovered dyslexia. She became trained in the multi-sensory, phonics-based, explicit, diagnostic/prescriptive, individualized, cumulative approach called Orton-Gillingham, designed to teach a dyslexic child to read. She taught her children herself and after years of study became a "Fellow" of the Orton Academy. In the early 70's, she began starting Orton-Gillingham based schools and summer camps that have allowed thousands of dyslexic learners to achieve their potential.
"I am privileged to have spent over ten years being mentored by Joyce. She is an inspirational teacher and a pioneer in the US in dyslexic education. We are honored to name the school after her." ~ Katie Cashette, Head of School
Administration, Staff, Board & Advisory Team
Head of School : Katie Cashette
Katie was trained and taught at The Kildonan School in New York before earning a Masters in Cognitive Science in Education from Columbia University-Teachers College.She was founding faculty at Joyce Bilgrav’s third OG-based school, the Liberty School (CO), where she helped design the interdisciplinary curricular program for twice-exceptional students, the Film program, and the Outdoor Pursuits program.She is excited to coalesce, at The Bilgrav School, these schools’ most effective elements, such as a literacy program comprised of daily, 1:1 OG tutoring combined with an independent reinforcement period and writing class for dyslexic learners, a teaching staff deeply knowledgeable of the way dyslexic, gifted, and multi-sensory learners think, real-world application of learning through community partnerships, a curriculum that is naturally S.T.E.A.M. with a focus on Arts integration, and an exceptional school culture yielding kind, confident, capable students.
A dedicated, hard-working, and talented teacher, Latonia Beltran was trained in Orton-Gillingham by OG Fellow, Dawn Nieman. She has also been trained in Multi-Sensory Math by Marilyn Zecher. Latonia is our triple threat. She is an excellent tutor, teaches Bilgrav's Language Arts for the Dyslexic Learner, and works with dyscalculic students in math. Her teaching skills "grew up" at Bilgrav. She started as an intern, learning how dyslexia presents in students of all ages and how deeply experienced tutors take unique children through the OG program. ,Within a year, she proved herself ready to teach! Her 1:1 tutoring and excellent classroom teaching reflect this strong foundation and her devotion to her students.
Pam Weldon has earned two Masters degrees in Education and has a distinguished record of service to her schools and students in Westchester, NY, where she was trained in Orton-Gillingham at the Windward School. She is CERI certified as a Structured Literacy Specialist & Interventionist. She is also credentialed by the Dyslexia Training Institute in San Diego as a Dyslexia Advocate. Pam’s depth of knowledge and kindness are a boon to our students.
Joan Gangi has her Masters degree in Education. She was trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach at the Windward school in New York and continued her training with the Orton Academy for 15 years. Joan was the Director of the Learning Center, at a private school in Rye, NY where she developed and implemented a holistic program for students with learning disabilities. Joan found her passion for teaching through her personal experiences with her four children, two of whom are dyslexic.
Lisa holds a Certificate in Dyslexia from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. Before joining The Bilgrav School, she co-founded The Learning Alliance in Indian River County, Florida, a non-profit dedicated to bringing Orton-Gillingham teacher training to the Indian River School District. In addition to 1:1 Orton-Gillingham tutoring, both in-person and online, Lisa tutors and teaches writing at Joyce Bilgrave's Durango Mountain Camp in Durango, Colorado.
Before becoming trained in Orton-Gillingham by OG Fellow, Dawn Nieman, Ashley achieved a Masters of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from FAU. For years, she worked with students one-on-one in private schools. Her SLP background has given her OG teaching a depth of perspective, which we see in her tutoring both at Bilgrav’s summer camp and during the school year. Her students are lucky to have such a dedicated and high-quality tutor.
Eve Hall has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and was trained in Orton-Gillingham by OG Fellow, Laurie Leason. Her background working with children in schools and other programs has helped her connect with her students in the 1:1 setting. Eve inspires them to try, every day, to improve the skills that are hardest for them. She constantly pushes herself to learn more about dyslexia, best practices, and the Orton-Gillingham approach to become an even better tutor.
Michelle Perez has a Bachelors of International Relations from Florida International University. After college, she volunteered with AmeriCorps as a Reading Interventionist at a low income school. She found her passion in teaching reading and got further training with Lindamood-Bell. She was trained in pure Orton-Gillingham by Fellow, Laurie Leason, and has devoted herself to increasing her knowledge and training as she works with her students at Bilgrav.
The Bilgrav School, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at The Bilgrav School, Inc. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. The Bilgrav School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.