About the NHIDA
Our Mission & Goals
The IDA New Hampshire Branch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit scientific and educational organization, promoting awareness about dyslexia and serving Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.
The IDA New Hampshire is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of dyslexia (language-based learning disability). We educate the community about the causes, symptoms, assessment and remediation of dyslexia; disseminate information about available resources; teach multisensory structured language instructional approaches to educators and other professionals; and collaborate with organizations working on behalf of people with dyslexia.
This branch’s goals are to increase public awareness of dyslexia, and through our seminars, conferences, and workshops, service individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The IDA New Hampshire Branch sponsors workshops, conferences, trainings and scheduled community based trainings each year designed to provide information about different aspects of dyslexia. To find out more about what is happening, go to our Events page or click the button below.
2021 NHIDA Board of Directors
Brenda Peters, MA, MEd, SAIF, ICALP, Branch President
Brenda Peters is president of the New Hampshire International Dyslexia Association serving Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. She is also the director of the Children’s Dyslexia Centers – Seacoast Learning Center located in Rochester, NH where she is responsible for training and certifying structured literacy practitioners for both the center and area schools. Brenda worked for ten years as a case manager in public schools and has over 5,000 hours of structured literacy teaching experience. In addition to her work as an evaluator of dyslexia She is a Learning Disabilities Specialist, Reading and Writing Specialist, and Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (SAIF). Prior to her start in education, Brenda was employed with Coopers and Lybrand as a management development and resource productivity consultant. She has two adult sons with dyslexia who inspired her on this journey to promote literacy for all.
Susan Hourihan, Branch Vice-President
Susan Hourihan, the Center’s Associate Director, began her Initial Level Orton-Gillingham training in 2006, graduation in 2007. Over the next two years, she continued with the Advanced Level Orton-Gillingham training while tutoring students at the Children’s Dyslexia Centers – Seacoast Learning Center in Rochester. She became a supervisor and trainer of the Initial Level. Over the past five years, she has been the lead trainer in the Center’s school-based Orton-Gillingham collaboration that trains and certifies area teachers. Susan also has a thriving tutoring practice. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreating. Susan lives in Maine with her husband and three adult children. Her interests include traveling, family, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and solving murder mysteries on television.
Elizabeth Paul, M.Ed., Branch Secretary
Elizabeth Paul is a Reading and Writing Specialist for Kearsarge Regional School District. She has been in public education for over twenty years. Beginning as an English teacher, she quickly realized she wanted and needed to be better able to address the needs of her struggling readers, especially those with language-based learning disabilities and dyslexia. Elizabeth is a Wilson Reading System Dyslexia Practitioner, is trained in Visualizing and Verbalizing, LiPS, and Project Read’s Framing Your Thoughts, and completed her initial certification in Orton-Gillingham through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Nashua. She feels very strongly about advocating for learners with language-based learning disabilities and dyslexia and wants to help effect positive educational change to ensure students get the services they need.
Karyn Hubbard, Branch Treasurer
Karyn Hubbard earned her BA in Business Administration at Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. She has been an Orton-Gillingham tutor with the Seacoast Learning Center since 2012 and holds the positions of Supervisor and Initial Level Trainer. Karyn’s enthusiasm and passion for Orton Gillingham was ignited by the struggles her children experienced in learning to read. Karyn has served as a Supervisor for the Rochester School District O-G Cohort for the past 5 years. This program is a collaborative effort by the Rochester, NH school district and the Seacoast Learning Center in which district teachers learn about dyslexia and receive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach, including a year-long practicum.
Aileen Cormier, Immediate Past President
Aileen Cormier has worked at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Nashua since 1998; she has been the Director there since 2002. During this time period, She also accrued 5500 tutoring hours in private and public schools. Aileen is a certified trainer of teachers at both the initial and advanced levels of Orton Gillingham; she was the Advanced Trainer for the Northern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania region from 2004-2009. She also has initial and advanced Wilson certifications as well as LiPS training
Jayne Beaton, Member at Large
Jayne Beaton, M.Ed. earned her NH Certification as a Reading and Writing Specialist from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, Massachusetts. She is NH Certified in General Special Education and received her B.S. from Merrimack College. Jayne holds the Initial Level Orton-Gillingam teacher Certificate (IMSLEC) and teaches Multi-Sensory Reading for the Manchester School District.
Brittany Lovejoy, Member at Large
Brittany Lovejoy, M.Ed., served as a special educator in a Vermont public school and as an Adjudications Officer with the Department of Homeland Security. Her interests include studying the science of reading and reading disabilities, promoting equity for diverse learners, appreciating Vermont’s natural beauty, and exploring her faith. Currently, Ms. Lovejoy is a private literacy tutor, writer, and a voice for the students and parents of Vermont.
Nancy Kring-Burns, Member at Large
Nancy Kring-Burns is a Special Education Reading Teacher/Learning Disabilities Specialist at the Hollis Primary School. Nancy became interested in learning disabilities and dyslexia when her own children struggled with learning to read. She earned MSEd and EdS degrees at Simmons College in Special Education and Assistive Technology. Nancy is a Dyslexia Practitioner, having completed Wilson Reading training IMSLEC accredited training through Children’s Dyslexia Center in Nashua. Nancy is also trained in Lindamood Bell Programs and Language Circle Programs. Nancy uses what she learned from the NH Parent Information Center Volunteer Advocate training to help families as they navigate their way through the special education world..
Heidi Zollman, Member at Large
Heidi Zollman is a Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coach in the Rochester, NH School District. Her strong background in literacy was developed through her work as an elementary teacher, reading and writing specialist, and Reading First Coach. Heidi is a certified trainer in DIBELS Next and LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).
Jennifer Cyr, Member at Large
Jennifer Cyr works as the English Language Arts lead teacher for the Rochester School District. She is a school reading specialist at the School Street School and has worked in the reading field for 20 years. She is a teacher trainer for Dibels Next, LIPS, LETRS, and other scientifically- based programs. Jen attended school at the University of Maine, then Lesley University, and is currently updating her skills set at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She has completed level 1 Orton-Gillingham training through the Dyslexia Center in Rochester. Jen has special interests in promoting scientifically- based training in teacher preparation programs, as well as in providing equity in public education for disadvantaged students.
Kristine Reilly, Ed.D., Member at Large
Kristine Reilly is a reading educator specializing in language-based learning disabilities educator in the Hollis School district. Kris became interested in language-based learning disabilities and dyslexia as she observed students struggling to read and write over the course of her educational career. Kris earned a M.Ed. in education from Rivier University and an Ed.D. in leadership, focusing on phonological processing and educator training, from the University of New England. Kristine is certified as a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and Certified Academic Language Practitioner. She is also trained in various reading and writing approaches and programs inclusive of LETRS, Orton-Gillingham, RAVE-O and Language Circle Programs.
Elaine Miskinis, Member at Large
Elaine Miskinis is an English teacher, a writer and a mother of two dyslexic children. She has a dual master’s degree (MA/MAT English) from Salem State University and has taught high school English for over 15 years. Elaine is a published author who has written articles for Educational Leadership, The Inspired Classroom and other publications. She is also the author of Leena and the Gerbils, an early chapter book that is the first in a series and published in Dyslexie Font, a font style designed to assist dyslexic readers. Elaine’s TEDx Talk, “Three Lies We Tell Children” was selected as a TED Talk of the week by TED.com. She is the proud mother of two dyslexic daughters who attended the Seacoast Learning Center in Rochester, NH. Her oldest daughter recently won a New York Times editorial contest with a piece about the need for schools to provide training for teachers regarding dyslexia. Being dyslexic herself, Elaine is committed to being a voice for parents and students who struggle to navigate the complex world of finding resources to help dyslexic learners.
Andrea Pollock, Member at Large
Andrea Pollock is a certified educator currently working as a special education reading teacher in the NH public schools. She is a member of the professional staff at the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Nashua where she earned her initial, advanced, and supervisor IMSLEC accredited training credentials and is completing her coursework in working to become a certified trainer of teachers at the initial level. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and General Special Education from Rivier University in 2010 and her Master of Education with a focus on Reading Specialist from the University of New England in Maine in 2018. She is certified in the state of New Hampshire for Elementary Education, General Special Education and as a Reading and Writing Specialist.
Dorinne Dorfman, Ed.D. Member at Large
Dianne Dorfman, Ed.D. has served as a teacher and principal for over twenty years in Vermont’s public schools. As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught at the Technical University of Berlin and conducted research on democratic secondary education in Germany. Her interests include the science of reading, secondary education, educational policy, school desegregation, arts integration, restorative practices, and full-service community schools. Currently Dr. Dorfman is serving as the Director of Targeted Supports at Randolph Union High School, and is pursuing an Education Specialist Degree in Reading and Literacy Instruction at Bay Path University.
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