Meet the team behind ReadSource! Interested in reaching out? Send us an email at [email protected]; we would love to connect! If you would like to join our team, check out our careers page.
ReadSource serves educators and students through the guidance and expertise of our highly trained team. This group of professionals includes educators, researchers, and administrative staff who are passionate about supporting struggling readers and those educators who support them. With backgrounds serving dyslexic students in and out of the classroom, our team ensures ReadSource remains focused on supporting struggling readers in everything we do.
Interim Executive Director of ReadSource and Interim Head of School at The Schenck School
Bill Wharton, the recently retired and distinguished Head of School at Commonwealth School in Boston (a coeducational independent day school serving 147 students grades 9-12), led Commonwealth for 21 years before stepping down in June 2021. Bill has had experience teaching younger children at the Lincoln School earlier in his career.
A Classics major who earned his B.A. and M.A. from Brown University, Bill is a highly relational leader who has worked diligently to create trusting relationships and understands that a “leader’s voice sets the tone for the community.” Bill’s accomplishments are many: he led Commonwealth to the strongest enrollment in the school’s history; he was a smart and prudent fiscal manager; he significantly increased financial support of students receiving financial aid; he expanded student support services; and most of all, fostered a collaborative and trusting school culture. He eagerly looks forward to serving The Schenck School in the coming year as Interim Head of School.
Bill met his wife Danae, who grew up in Greece, during their college years at Brown. They have two adult children, Rhea and Michael, who are also Brown alumni. Bill and Danae have one 20-month-old granddaughter, Sonia, and a grandson due in April. Bill and Danae’s miniature labradoodle, Pella, will join them in Atlanta. Bill loves to read and swim, and he meditates daily.
Brooke Kamke, a proud Schenck School parent, is the ReadSource Operations Manager. She leads ReadSource’s day-to-day operations of teacher training, research, and partnerships with area schools and other organizations and directs dyslexia support services and awareness programming.
Most recently, Brooke was the Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Emory University Hospital. She has a masters of public health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health where she continues to serve as a Practicum Advisor to Health Policy and Management students. She also has a B.A. in biology – thematic sequence in logic from Miami University.
Director of Communications
Sandy McCauley is the proud parent of three Schenck School alums and is the Director of Communications for The Schenck School and ReadSource. In this role, Sandy oversees brand management, advertising, public relations, websites, social media, and all electronic and print communications for both organizations for internal and external audiences.
Prior to becoming Director of Communications, Sandy was the Alumni Coordinator for The Schenck School where she launched and managed the School’s alumni relations initiatives and events. Sandy is also a veteran of investor relations having worked for ten years as an Account Supervisor at a graphic communications firm that specialized in corporate identity and annual reports. Sandy is also a former television news reporter and anchor. Sandy has a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Accounting & Operations Manager
Originally from New York, Loretta has lived in the Metro Atlanta area for over 20 years. With a Bachelors’s in Computer Science and an MBA, Loretta began her career as a Software Engineer. A PMI Certified Project Management Professional with over 15 years of experience in the recruitment industry, Loretta is a multifaceted leader with experience in accounting, operations, project management, process improvement, quality assurance, talent development, organizational development, team building, software engineering, and product development.
As a Dekalb County resident, Loretta has served the community in various capacities whether through her place of worship, place of work or directly through a local volunteer organization. Truly invested in the success of her community, she currently serves on the Dekalb County Community Council Board for District 4, a volunteer citizen advisory group appointed by the Board of Commissioners to review rezoning, special land use permits (SLUPs), and land use amendment requests.
Loretta has one daughter currently attending the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an enthusiastic member of the community, Loretta enjoys being a part of a running city participating in local running and walking events. Her favorite place to visit is Stone Mountain Park. She also enjoys being with family and friends, reading, meditation, yoga, and gardening.
Director of Research and Development
Ph.D. in Special Education
Kim has been an educator for over 35 years and is currently the Director of Research & Development at The Schenck School. In her role she supports the professional learning and development of the staff and faculty at the School and also helps foster school partnerships in the Atlanta community through ReadSource. Kim came to this position from Purpose Built Schools (PBS) where she served as the Director of Literacy & Early Learning. While at PBS, Kim provided consultative support to schools in the PBS network in establishing research-based literacy and early learning programs.
Kim has a Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in language-based learning disabilities, assessment and educational leadership from the University of Georgia. Her professional interests include teacher training in literacy and language development for young children as well as teacher development through mentoring and coaching practices.
Fellow of Record
Fellow of The Orton-Gillingham Academy
Josie is born and raised in Atlanta. She earned a B.A. in History from The University of Georgia and, later, a M.Ed. in Reading Education with a focus on new and digital literacies through distance learning in conjunction with The University of Georgia.
Before joining ReadSource staff, Josie spent her first two years at The Schenck School teaching sixth grade and taking OG training classes with Rosalie Davis. She was hooked and knew one day she wanted to work and train teachers. After 6 more years in the classroom, Josie jumped at the opportunity to work for ReadSource and provide support for teachers working with dyslexic students in both private and public schools. She is a Fellow with The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. As the Director of Teacher Training, Josie trains teachers, in both private and public schools, and independent tutors as well as mentors practitioners working towards certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
Josie has served on the IDA-GA Board of Directors and has helped plan their annual conference and a Southeastern conference. Since then, she has worked with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators on their annual conference as well.
Director of Community Engagement
Fellow of The Orton-Gillingham Academy
Ellen Hill is an advocate for students with dyslexia. Since 1987, she has worked at The Schenck School developing and implementing strategies that help struggling students succeed. While at The Schenck School, Ellen has served as a tutor, teacher, Lower School Principal, Admissions Director, Outplacement Director, and currently as Director of Community Engagement. Ellen has an B.A. in learning disabilities from Mercer University and a master’s degree in learning disabilities from Georgia State University. Ellen has presented numerous educational sessions locally and nationally for educators, parents, and other professionals at conferences presented by the International Dyslexia Association, the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, the SSATB, and Georgia Independent School Assocation. Additionally, she has given presentations at community events, independent and public schools, and several universities in Georgia. Ellen likes to say that she has continued her education by living with her dyslexic husband and children. She is very proud to be the lucky parent of two dyslexic sons.
Ericka Smith is an early childhood education advocate and California native who has lived in Georgia for more than 20 years. With decades of administrative, event management, finance, and advocacy experience, Ericka is proud to share her skills as a part of the administration team at ReadSource. In addition to her work experience, Ericka holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Clark Atlanta University and is an advocate at the National Council for Learning Disorders. She is also a member of the International Dyslexia Association and is actively involved with Decoding Dyslexia Georgia and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI). Ericka is the mother of two boys and is proud to work with other parents to emphasize the importance of early intervention in childhood education and empower the next generation of students.
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Project Coordinator and Instructor / Fellow in Training
Jen began her career as a molecular biologist at Emory University. It wasn’t until 2011, when her then second grade daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, that she began her training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to better understand her child’s needs. Since then, Jen has become an Associate Member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and is working to become a Certified Practitioner of OG. Jen is a remediation specialist for ReadSource at The Schenck School, specifically working to remediate students in an underserved public school in Atlanta.
Erika holds a B.A. in Psychology from Washington College in Chestertown, MD, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from New York University. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Educational Therapy from the University of California at San Diego. She has been a classroom teacher and a Learning Specialist for schools specializing in learning disabilities as well as behavioral challenges. Most recently she was a Literacy Specialist at The Howard School in Atlanta, GA. She has been trained in various Orton-Gillingham programs and is a past board member of the Georgia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
As a parent of a dyslexic son and former Schenck student, Nancy has first-hand knowledge on the lifetime benefits and impact Orton-Gillingham can have on young lives. Based on that experience, Nancy is trained on the Associate Level and is now a remediation specialist at Slater Elementary School where, as part of ReadSource partnership with Purpose Built Schools, she has the opportunity to work with underserved students to develop the fundamental reading skills needed for their future academic advancement. Nancy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mercer University. Prior to her current position, Nancy served as a long-term substitute teacher at Schenck, Atlanta Speech School, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and as a teacher’s assistant at St. Benedicts’ Episcopal School.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Minor in Social Work from Western Carolina University, Tiana Jones-Cannady has always had a passion for working with students. She followed in her father’s footsteps to become a teacher and began her career in special education in North Carolina, first as a paraprofessional and then as a teacher at the high school level. Tiana is thrilled to be working with students in the Atlanta area and can’t wait to see the impact that she will have on her students (and that her students will have on her).
Kristen Moore is the mother of a child with dyslexia and is dyslexic herself, so she has personal experience with what works when it comes to dyslexia teaching strategies. As a social worker by trade and with specialized Orton-Gillingham training, she is thrilled to interact with deserving students in new environments. Last year, Kristen was able to work with struggling readers at Springdale Elementary School, and she is so excited to continue to support ReadSource’s mission.
With 20 years of experience in preschool education, Betsy Nemec has a full understanding of childhood development and the implementation of educational best practices for child-centered learning. After studying English and education at the University of Texas, Betsy spent many years teaching and directing educational efforts at preschools in Georgia. In addition to her teaching experience, Betsy holds several Georgia teaching certificates and is also a certified Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator. Betsy can’t wait to start working with struggling elementary school students as a Remediation Specialist with ReadSource.
Christina Pack graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 and then began her teaching career in North Carolina. After moving to Atlanta, Christina started teaching for KIPP Metro Atlanta as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. Christina also taught 3rd grade, worked as a Learning Specialist, and served on the leadership team at the Atlanta Youth Academy. Additionally, Christina completed the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator course in 2018. When she’s not working, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, doing CrossFit, and reading.
As an alumnus of The Schenck School herself, Caroline Pasternak knows the benefits of the Orton-Gillingham Approach first-hand. Caroline completed her Orton-Gillingham Associate Level training through ReadSource in 2018 and has been privately tutoring students in kindergarten through 5th grade ever since. She is currently a Remediation Specialist with ReadSource and loves working with students in underserved Atlanta-area schools. Caroline graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Geology and spent over eight years working in environmental consulting before starting with ReadSource.
Anna Terry began her career teaching literature and writing to college and high school students at Emory University, St. Pius High School, and Wesleyan School. She then transitioned to ESOL instruction, teaching refugee women and children at Refugee Family Literacy in Clarkston. Additionally, she has tutored adults and kids of all ages in writing, literature, German, ESOL, and test preparation. Having a son diagnosed with dyslexia has fueled Anna’s interest in reading instruction, and she has received training in Orton-Gillingham and structured literacy. She is grateful to be a part of the DR staff and is excited to work with middle schoolers.
Karen Wade worked at The Schenck School for 11 years; first as a teacher, and then as a long-term substitute teacher. In 2017, she transitioned to ReadSource to work as a Reading Specialist at Thomasville Heights Elementary School. Karen received her associate level certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) through the Schenck School teacher-training program. She has a master’s degree in special education from Florida State University. According to Karen, her work as a reading specialist through ReadSource’s partnership with Purpose Built Schools has been the most rewarding of her career. It has given her the opportunity to partner with organizations focused on educating the underserved student population, a passion for her. Karen began this work in January 2017 as a remediation specialist at Thomasville Heights Elementary School. Through the partnership of ReadSource and the Hill Center in Durham, North Carolina, Karen is able to serve second and third grade students, providing Orton-Gillingham methodologies using an iPad app as an additional tool to engage the students on their road to reading success.
Instructor / Fellow in Training
Beth Mares is a Fellow-in-Training with the Orton Gillingham Academy. She has a BS in Wildlife Zoology from the University of Georgia and a M.Ed in Reading from Mercer University. Earlier in her career she worked as an elementary school teacher in first, third, and fifth grades. She has been an Orton-Gillingham tutor for 12 years and was one of the co-founders of TAP Learning Services in Atlanta which works with students with learning challenges from kindergarten through high school. Beth is currently living in South Carolina and is the owner/manager of Beth Mares Educational Services which provides OG tutoring and teacher training services. She has been working with the Dyslexia Resource Trust for the last three years.
Instructor / Fellow in Training
Kelly was born in Birmingham, Al, but calls Atlanta home. She earned a B.A. in English from The University of Georgia and plans to complete her M.A. in Human Services Counseling-Marriage and Family in March 2023 from Liberty University.
In addition to joining the ReadSource staff, Kelly owns and operates TAP Learning Services, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia addressing the needs of the dyslexic community. Prior to establishing TAP, Kelly worked as a stay-at-home mom, tutored dyslexic students and worked as a Kindergarten teacher. She has been training with Josie Calamari for several years and quickly became interested in training teachers and tutors. Kelly joined ReadSource in 2019 to pursue the level of Fellow with the Orton-Gillingham Academy. She is currently a Fellow-in-Training with The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and hopes to secure the title of Fellow by December 2023. As the owner of TAP Learning Services, and in conjunction with ReadSource, Kelly tutors students, shepherds parents, mentors tutors, and trains teachers, in both private and public schools.
Kelly has presented at the Orton-Gillingham Conference on the social and emotional component of learning disabilities, which is a topic near and dear to her heart. Additionally, she is an active member of the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and the Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators. Kelly notes that she has had the privilege of raising three sons with one wildly dyslexic husband.
Instructor / Fellow and Director of Outplacement
With two decades of experience in education, plus two Master’s degrees in Independent School Leadership and School Counseling, Janet Street has outstanding expertise and a desire to teach the next generation of educators. Janet taught reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, math, and social studies at The Schenck School from 2001 to 2017 and applied the Orton-Gillingham Approach every day in the classroom and in tutoring sessions. While teaching at The Schenck School, Janet simultaneously spoke, facilitated, and led Orton-Gillingham teacher training courses starting in 2015. Janet is currently a Fellow with the Orton-Gillingham Academy. In addition to her work as a teacher, Janet has also served as the Director of Student Services and the Director of Outplacement at The Schenck School.
After witnessing the impact of Orton-Gillingham strategies with her own children, Kara Campbell got involved in teacher training so she could help other students with dyslexia. Kara launched a private practice in her Decatur community and became a certified member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Over time, Kara became the founding president of the first special education PTA in Georgia, worked on remediation strategies with her dyslexic daughter, and acted as a supervisor with The University of Georgia’s Dyslexia Certificate Practicum. These experiences helped her realize her true passion of helping remediate students in low-performing schools, which she is thrilled to do with ReadSource.