Bridget Tait is the owner of Language to Literacy. She has been providing in-person and virtual multi-sensory reading interventions and academic tutoring since 2017. Bridget Tait is a certified educator who helps K-12 students realize their goals of mastering the literacy skills needed to attain academic success, meaningful employment and a purposeful driven life.
Bridget is a graduate of the Community College of Philadelphia’s prestigious Power Up Your Business Program. She is one of one-hundred forty small business owners in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to have completed the program since its inception in 2017.
Bridget is a Certified Reading Specialist, Wilson Reading System and Orton-Gillingham Instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience. Additionally, she is a certified Master Trainer in Orton-Gillingham for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania through Orton-Gillingham International. Bridget offers customized programs to help build the skills needed to achieve reading competency.
Brian Tait has been involved in social services and education for the last twenty years as a public interest paralegal with the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent, a Recreation Leader for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and in his current position as a School District of Philadelphia Autistic Support Teacher. In his present role he has worked at all secondary grade levels utilizing the life skills curriculum to teach, Functional Academics, Domestic & Personal Maintenance, Math, Literacy, Vocational and Transition skills. He is the former head of the district’s Riverview Vocational Project where he oversaw an off-site vocational training program at the City of Philadelphia’s Assisted Living Facility.
Mr. Tait holds an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from The Community College of Philadelphia (With High Honor), a B.A. in Political Science from Arcadia University (Cum laude) and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Neumann University. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for two year colleges, the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society and the Arcadia University William Benner Farran Excellence in Pre-Law Studies Award Winner.
Heather Green has taught in a self contained Autistic Support classroom since February 2008. Heather graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Early Childhood Education and Holy Family University with a Master of Education/Elementary and Special Education Certification.
Heather joined the Language to Literacy team during the Spring semester of 2020. She enjoys working with special education students and seeing them work hard everyday to master their goals. Heather finds on-line learning very different than in-person. She understands the need for academic support and personalizing instruction for virtual learners. Heather lives in Philadelphia with her husband, four daughters and dog. Some of her favorites are the beach, pasta, tea and shopping!
Dionni Person obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Chestnut Hill College. Dionni also has an Associates Degree from the PJA Business School. Ms. Person had the pleasure of serving our country as a Navy Reserve member, now retired.
This is her second academic year with Language to Literacy, and Dionni is super excited about the direction in which the Education Industry is moving towards. She looks forward to working with new and returning students this year. She strongly believes in children and parents benefiting from online educational support. Dionni’s goal consists of assisting her students in reaching their fullest potential.
When Dionni is not tutoring, she enjoys substitute teaching by filling in for her peers during the academic year as her schedule allows. Dionni also enjoys traveling and spending time with her two daughters as well as her parents, married for over 60 years.
Michaela Gormish began tutoring for Language to Literacy in January of 2020, but she has been tutoring students of all ages for a total of seven
years in a variety of subject areas. Michaela spent three years attending an online high school where she was also a peer tutor in biology and Spanish.
She is currently entering her senior year at West Chester University as an honors college student studying Spanish, Anthropology, and Linguistics. Her favorite part of tutoring at Language to Literacy is working with
students and their families to find the key to their academic success
Terry Walsh has his B.S. in Early Childhood Education and M.Ed. in Special Education both from Temple University. Mr. Walsh has forty years of experience as an educator. Terry spent 10 years of his career in Early Intervention for special needs children from birth to 5 years old. Following his time in Early Intervention, Mr. Walsh continued teaching Special
Education in the Philadelphia School District for 30 years. He received Wilson Reading Systems level 1 certification in 2005 and Yoshimoto Orton – Gillingham certification in 2017. Terry is a certified Dyslexia Practitioner in Wilson and Orton-Gillingham. Additionally, he received certification from International Dyslexia Association. Terry joined Language to Literacy in September 2019. He enjoys tutoring for the same reason he began his career as an educator. Terry wants to help special needs children achieve success in a small group setting. When Terry is not tutoring, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog.
Christina Trama is currently an autistic support teacher, with 10 years in the special education field. Christina received her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education/Special Education at CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. Christina then pursued her Masters of Science in Special Education at St. Joseph’s University. Additionally, Christina holds a PA states Autism Endorsement Certificate.
This is Christina’s first year working with Language to Literacy. She is excited about working with new students and helping them to develop their skills. Christina believes in the success of online educational support and looks forward to sharing her skills. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys traveling and looks forward to new experiences.
For the last seven years, Amber Turner has been affiliated with the Scottish Rite Children’s Dyslexia Centers where she became certified as an Orton Gillingham Academic Language Practitioner. In Danville Area School District in central Pennsylvania, she has worked as a Reading Specialist and English as a Second Language instructor since 2013, and has played an integral role in bringing multi-sensory instruction into each classroom she visits. Previously, she worked as a K-5 Title I Reading Specialist and as one of the leads for Wyoming Seminary’s “Summer at Sem” second language camp for international students.
Amber holds degrees from Bloomsburg University in Elementary Education, Reading Instruction, and Educational Leadership, as well as supervisory certificates in Curriculum, Instruction, and K-12 Principalship.
Amber joined Language to Literacy in January of 2022, where she is looking forward to supporting students’ literacy in a virtual format. In her free time, Amber enjoys building her online vintage store, skiing, and traveling. She resides with her fiancé and son in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Lindsay Messina graduated in May of 2021 with a bachelor of arts in Public Relations from the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. In high school, she spent time tutoring and helping children in grades K through 12 in an after school program. Her life mission is to: “to serve and inspire others with compassion and to always strive to be my most authentic self despite what life may throw at me”.
Outside of work, she spends her time as the Social Media Chair for The Sean King Fund for Inclusive Practices. They are a nonprofit organization that seeks to help include children, whether they are disabled or not, and develop bonds with one another in a safe environment. She began working with the Sean King Fund during Spring of 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, she is living in South Philadelphia with her fur baby, Batman the cat. She enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures, but also being a tourist in her own city.
Karen Goldberg has been an educator for 35 years. In 2010, she became a professional tutor for students with mild to complex learning abilities and special needs. Certified in the Wilson Reading System, she uses research-based strategies and individualized lessons to foster reading success. She believes positive student-teacher interaction is key to student learning. She graduated from Brown University in 1986. In 2021, she joined Language to Literacy and especially loves teaching virtually. When not working, she loves playing music and spending time with family and friends.
Shantell Rowland is currently a senior at West Chester University with a major in Psychology. Shantell has attended cyber school where she received her high school diploma. Her work experience includes tutoring students in various subjects and working with individuals with learning difficulties and those on the Autism spectrum. Following her undergraduate degree, she wishes to further her education.
Shantell has a passion for helping others succeed. She enjoys supporting students academically. She believes that virtual learning is an excellent opportunity for students. Students will benefit from virtual learning academic support. During her free time, Shantell can be found reading or volunteering in the community.
Shamyl Khan is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Operations & Supply Chain Management from Drexel University. Shamyl spent most of his life outside of Philadelphia, having been born in Hong Kong and spending 7 years there before moving to India for a brief bit and then finally moving to his current home in North Carolina where he attended both middle school and high school.
Shamyl briefly worked as a summer camp counselor during high school, where he supervised students from the ages of 4 to 10 in the process of building and designing beginner level robotics using LEGO’s. He helped prepare course lesson materials and presentations to ensure all kids could grasp the building concepts and instructions as best as possible. He currently works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the IRC ( Implant Research Center ), a Medical Device & Clinical Research Lab associated with Drexel University.
This is Shamyl’s first year working for Language to Literacy, and he is looking forward to working with new students and supporting them as they learn in a virtual environment. In his free time, Shamyl enjoys many racket sports like Tennis, Squash & Ping Pong. He also loves spending time with his friends & gaining new experiences.