Ann Edwards, Supervising Trainer and Founder
Ann Edwards is an Accredited Training Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She’s also an IDA Dyslexia Therapist, a Certified Master Trainer with OG International, and a Licensed Reading Specialist. Ms. Edwards founded Edwards Orton-Gillingham in 2010 (formerly Literacy for Life) with the goal of providing quality training to teachers and dyslexia educators in New York City. The business is entirely women-owned and operated.
Helping people learn to read has always been important to Ms. Edwards. As a mother of six, she understands firsthand what it takes to help young individuals to reach their full potential in life.
Sharon Sudman-O’Neill, Principal Trainer
Sharon O’Neill is a Fellow-in-Training (FIT/AOGPE), a Certified Dyslexia Therapist, and an Applied Behavior Analyst.Throughout her extensive career within the New York City Public School system, she’s taught in both ESL and Inclusion classrooms. She also served as Educational Director of Reach for the Stars Learning Center and Ezra Ha Tzvi Center, both of which serve individuals on the autism spectrum and those with developmental learning disabilities. Currently, Sharon is the Head Trainer at Edwards Orton-Gillingham where she provides training and support within the NYCDOE.
For the past 10 years, Sharon has been working with individuals from kindergarten to adulthood diagnosed with dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. She also provides support to both educators and students in the public schools associated with this approach.
Jillian Edwards, Program Director
Jillian Edwards is a Certified Dyslexia Interventionist, Certified Structured Literacy™ Teacher, and member of The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and International Dyslexia Association.
Jillian takes an active role in almost all areas of Edwards Orton-Gillingham. She secures school contracts, supports teachers and administrators, creates teacher resources, and organizes the Edwards Orton-Gillingham online and in-person certification and practicum programs.
Jillian has her Master’s Degree in Education as well as an advanced degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). She plans to use her understanding of multilingual communities along with her long-standing knowledge of Orton-Gillingham to develop more equitable instructional practices.
She’s also an active member of The TESOL International Association, The National Association for Special Education, The LGBTQ Center, The Human Rights Campaign, and No Kid Hungry.
Sharon Pacuk , Teacher Support Specialist
Sharon Pacuk is a licensed speech-language pathologist and Orton-Gillingham specialist with over 10 years of experience. Her methodology combines a deep knowledge of the structures of language with a gold-standard literacy approach to build skillful and passionate readers, writers, communicators, and thinkers.
Sharon is certified at the Associate Level by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practictioners and Educators as well as a Dyslexia Interventionist from The International Dyslexia Association. She has completed over 160 hours of training in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Sharon also has advanced training in the Hochman Method of teaching writing and the Social Thinking curriculum for teaching social problem solving and strengthening executive functioning.
Sharon has extensive experience treating school-aged children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, individuals with receptive (i.e., comprehension), expressive (i.e., verbal output), and pragmatic (i.e., social) language impairments, and children and young adults who stutter.