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                                 Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley                            
                                 Dyslexia Expert 
                                 Certified Special Education Advocate
                                 Co-owner

                           

Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. is an author and co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She received her doctorate in literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. She is also finishing up her TESOL certification. Dr. Kelli is a certified special education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process. She has training in mediation and also serves as an expert witness in the area of dyslexia. Dr. Kelli is trained in Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell, RAVE-O and Read Naturally. Dr. Kelli is the Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is a dyslexia consultant working with schools to improve services offered to students with dyslexia and training teachers. She co-created and produced “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” and she is a frequent speaker at conferences She is the author of the well-received book, Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System.                                                                                                                           

                                                  












                           Tracy Block-Zaretsky 
                           Certified Special Education Advocate
                           Co-owner

                      Tracy Block-Zaretsky is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She has provided remediation for children                               and adult with dyslexia for the past 20 years and has developed and taught workplace and family literacy program. She is a certified Special Education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504Plan process. She is a past President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.Tracy has training in Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, and Lindamood-Bell programs, Read Naturally and a variety of reading and writing assessments. She co-created and produced, "Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia," and has provided professional development for educators and training for parents at numerous conferences, private on-site trainings and online courses and webinars. Tracy is also a parent of a child with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and Executive Function Disorder.



The San Diego Learning Center of the
Dyslexia Training Institute

                              Brittany Negri
                              Reading Therapist
                              Program Manager
                              Advocate
                              Practicum Mentor
                            Brittany has worked with children for several years. She worked at the San Diego State Children’s Center for four years while getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. Brittany continued her education and earned  a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential to teach Elementary School. Ms. Negri has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach by the Dyslexia Training Institute and has experience working with children of all ages. She has participated in many research projects to help advance and help educational programs teach science to English Language Learners. Although education is tough to get into at this time, she absolutely loves working with children and is pursing more avenues so she can diversify her skills to meet the needs of different learners. 

Not Pictured:
Jennifer Lopez - Reading Therapist, Practicum Mentor
Angela Pier - Reading Therapist, Practicum Mentor
Brandi Jordan - Social Media Managaer
Justyn Beck - Reading Therapist, Practicum Mentor