Jennifer Lynn Hoffman

Jennifer Lynn Hoffman

Founder and Director - Certified Barton Tutor

I’m certain that the first thing you will want to know is how I can help your child.  Every child is unique.  No two children have the same likes, dislikes, needs, or wants.

My primary goal is close your child’s reading gap, improve their spelling, boost their confidence, and help them recognize their strengths.

My credentials

  • Certified in the Barton Reading & Spelling System
  • Over 15 years experience teaching Handwriting Without Tears
  • Trained Online Barton tutor
  • Trained in Lindamood-Bell LiPS program
  • Member of the International Dyslexia Association
  • NYS certified teacher
  • Master’s of Education in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education
  • Over 25 years of teaching experience

My experience working with my own dyslexic children

My son and one of my three daughters live with dyslexia. My son was a phenomenal Lego builder. In addition, he is the best artist of all his siblings. Yet, he struggled with reading and writing. His spelling was terrible. Figuring out left and right completely confused him. Remembering a sequence of events or tasks left him very bewildered. I constantly had to repeat myself and my directions to him.

My daughter was active and athletic at a very young age, but she couldn’t read until almost the beginning of second grade. And even then, she read mostly from words she memorized. Phonics was an impossible struggle for her. She also had atrocious spelling. She dealt with the same left and right confusion and remembering a sequence as her brother.

I began using All About Spelling in our homeschool which is an Orton-Gillingham based spelling program created by Marie Rippel. This gave my children the multisensory and sequential method that they needed to learn to spell. If I had known more at the time, I would have probably invested in the Barton Reading and Spelling System for them.

The good news is that my daughter is now taking advanced English 4 as an 11th grader. She still struggles on occasion, but she never became discouraged with learning. My son has achieved success in a very academically rigorous position in the US Navy.

Children with dyslexia can and do go on to very successful careers.

I want all children to reach their fullest potential as my children have. It is my passion to help as many people as possible overcome their reading, writing, and spelling struggles. Contact me, and let me know how I can help you and your child.

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Deb Cullen

Deb Cullen

Reading Therapist - Certified Barton Tutor

Debora is a NYS certified teacher, with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Brockport and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College. She has over 12 years experience teaching young children.
After struggling for many years with many aspects of school, Debora’s daughter was identified as dyslexic at the age of 12. They are now working to get support systems in place at school and, with the Susan Barton system, working to close the learning gap.
Debora is excited to be a part of the WNY Dyslexia Specialists team and is looking forward to helping your child become a better reader, writer and speller!
Andrea Haley

Andrea Haley

Reading Therapist - Certified Barton Tutor

Andrea Haley grew up in the Town of Tonawanda and graduated with honors from Kenmore East High School. She hold a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Masters Degree in Elementary Education both from The State University College of Oneonta. Andrea later went on to earn her National Board Certification in Literacy. Currently, she is in Graduate School pursuing an additional Teaching Certification in the area of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Andrea started her teaching career in Norwich, New York, where she taught English Language Arts to 6th graders. Andrea went on to teach at St. Bonaveture University where she trained interns and student teachers. While at St. Bonaventure University, Andrea also taught a variety of Methods Courses to pre-service teachers. Some of the college courses Andrea taught were Methods of Teaching Reading, Diagnostic and Prescriptive Reading, and Methods of Teaching English Language Arts.

After moving to the Carolinas with her husband, son, and daughter, Andrea taught 6th Grade Language Arts in Fort Mill, S.C. During that time, Andrea taught ELA to a diverse group of students. She taught students in an inclusion setting where students had a variety of reading and writing challenges. Andrea also taught 3rd and 4th grade in Charlotte, N.C. While there, Andrea taught students whose first language was not English.

Andrea possesses a passion for teaching reading. She provides students with a nurturing environment where they are encouraged to learn and succeed.

Michelle McDowell

Michelle McDowell

Reading Therapist

Michelle completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College. She has home schooled her children for over 15 years.

She has also taught pre-school through high school aged students in various settings.

She appreciates many aspects of working at Western New York Dyslexia Specialists. It’s a great center to work at because the center uses the Barton Reading and Spelling System and Foundation in Sounds. Both programs are thorough and engaging. She loves using all the games to review concepts and solidify lessons. The staff is knowledgeable and supportive.

Training videos and Facebook live feeds from Susan Barton provide new strategies for tutors to use with their students. Michelle is most excited about helping students close their reading gap and become more proficient writers and spellers, too.

Rebekah (Beck) MacLeod

Rebekah (Beck) MacLeod

Reading Therapist

I came to live in US 14 years ago from Great Britain after exchanging my career in Podiatry/Kinesthetics (from the University of Brighton) for the wonderful adventure of raising two children and exploring America!

Homeschooling a child with learning differences has helped me understand the value of giving people the information and tools they need to succeed and reach their potential. I look forward to helping students grow in reading and spelling agility in the fun and stress free environment of WNY Dyslexia Specialists!

Rebecca Bonda

Rebecca Bonda

Reading Therapist

Rebecca Bonda received her Bachelors of Arts from Nazareth College of Rochester, and a Masters of Special Education from North Eastern Illinois University. She has been a special Education Teacher for the KenTon School District since 2005
Ken Hoffman

Ken Hoffman

Project Manager

Ken is the Project Manager for WNY Dyslexia Specialists.  As the husband to Founder and Director, Jennifer Lynn Hoffman, Ken has been involved with WNY Dyslexia Specialists from the beginning, wearing many hats.  Ken supports the team with computer issues, is the webmaster, and now Project Manager helping lead the charge into the next phase of the history of WNY Dyslexia Specialists. 

Ken is the bassist for Buffalo Classic Rock Band Shadows Dawn, who was nominated for Best New Band in the 2017 Buffalo Nightlife Music Awards.  Ken also enjoys traveling with Jennifer, and meeting new and old friends for get-togethers. 

Ken is very excited to further enhance WNY Dyslexia Specialists, and supports Jennifer and the team as they become leaders in the dyslexia community!

Sue Carpenter

Sue Carpenter

Office Assistant

Sue Carpenter has an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting from Fisher College in Boston, MA. She began her career working as an Administrative Assistant for a high tech company in Massachusetts, where she continued as a team member for 10 years. Sue and her family then moved to Maine, where they raised their daughter and son. She worked 20 years as a Medical Assistant in administrative and clinical roles, both within hospital settings and private practices. In 2017, Sue and her husband, David, relocated to Western New York. She is excited to be the Office Assistant for the WNY Dyslexia Specialists team. Outside of work, Sue is a Certified Reiki Master and enjoys spending time with her dogs, miniature horses, and donkeys.

 

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