Executive Board of Directors


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IDA TENNESSEE • BOARD OF DIRECTORS


EXECUTIVE OFFICERS


  PRESIDENT
JENNIFER FLEMING
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and is the owner and director of Inspiring Minds Learning Center located in Maury County. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and also IDA and CERI Certified as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist. She is a SMILA- Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts Instructor. Jennifer is also cofounder of the Literacy Academy, providing expert-level training to teachers in structured literacy.
  VICE-PRESIDENT
ASHLEY EDWARDS
Ashley works as the Assistant to the Executive Director for the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. Previously, she taught middle school reading in public and private schools in Middle Tennessee, focusing primarily on students with individualized learning needs. She earned her Master’s in Reading Education from Averett University. and her Bachelor’s from Tennessee Wesleyan University.
  RECORDING SECRETARY
MICHELE RICHTER
Michele has her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University, and her Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Lipscomb University.  Post graduate work includes receiving a special education license endorsement along with training in S.P.I.R.E., LiPS, Wilson, REWARDS, Slingerland, and Take Flight.  She is currently working on her Academic Language Therapist certification in addition to taking coursework at AIM Pathways in Pathways to Proficient Reading to receive CERI certification.  Michele currently teaches special education middle school English, language arts, science, and social studies classes in Williamson County.  Not only has she been an educator for 24 years, she is a mother of a child with dyslexia.
  TREASURER
MERRIE ROBIN McREYNOLDS
Merrie Robin lives in Sullivan County and has her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Tech. As a parent of a child with dyslexia, Merrie Robin has a passion to help her own child as well as other families who have children with dyslexia. She has spent the last several years learning best practices in dyslexia education and advocating for the learning needs and well-being of kids in northeast Tennessee. After seeing how much tutoring helped her child, she became a Wilson Certified Practitioner reading specialist and now works as a dyslexia tutor in her own private practice.
    MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
NINA MOORE

Nina Moore serves as the Membership Secretary of the Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She lives in Russellville, TN, and her education includes a B.S. in Elementary Education from Carson-Newman University, a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee, and an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. Nina has taught for twenty-six years in the public schools as a first, third, and fourth grade teacher. She has also served as an instructional coach and intervention teacher for grades K-5. Having a son with dyslexia, Nina has studied best practices in teaching reading in order to support him as well as the children she teaches. Nina looks forward to continuing to be an advocate for students with dyslexia as well as advocating for professional development of best practice for teachers of reading instruction.
  PAST PRESIDENT
CARMEN O’CONNOR

Carmen has been an member of TNIDA for over 7 years and served as president for 3 of those years. She has her degrees from Rollin’s College and is certified in Wilson Reading System, Orton Gillingham, and Lindamood-Bell. She has been a tutor and educational consultant for the last 30 years, currently serving all areas through virtual tutoring.

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