IDA TENNESSEE • BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of Tennessee (Knoxville), an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, and a PhD (December 2022) in Literacy Studies from Middle Tennessee State University. She has worked in public education for twelve years as a classroom special education teacher and, most recently, as a system-wide consulting teacher with the Putnam County Schools special education department. She has adjunct taught at Tennessee Technological University in the English department and in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is a published novelist and is passionate about both the science of reading and the love of language. She currently serves as the Statewide Dyslexia Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education.
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