Jennifer Dannenfelser, M.Ed.
Jennifer was a Montessori elementary teacher for over a decade. She knew that each and every one of her students was learning in their own way, yet many could not show their knowledge or gain knowledge through the written word despite adequate instruction. Like most classroom teachers, she didn’t have the tools that one in five children need to master our language: systematic, multi-sensory direct instruction. In 2013, Jennifer took Orton-Gillingham training in with the intention to better serve these children in the classroom. She also studied different techniques to support children with specific learning disabilities in math to better inform math instruction. Her passion for helping these different learners turned into Mindguide Learning, and she has never looked back.
Mindguide now serves elementary and middle school students who attend all kinds of schools in person and online throughout the Portland metro area and beyond.
Bryan Black, B.A. English
In 2019, Bryan left a twenty-year career in project management and began studying the Orton-Gillingham Approach to teaching reading. This change appealed to his educational background (BA English) and also his wish make a direct and positive impact on the lives of young people.
In May, Bryan completed the Orton-Gillingham Associate program at The Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources in Portland. The training involved 70 lecture hours of coursework, close observation of lessons with a Fellow of the academy, and hundreds of practicum hours. Bryan will be applying for certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators in October of 2020.
Bryan now works with students online and with mentors at the Blosser Center in addition to tutoring with Mindguide Learning.
Brittany Zurschmit, M.A.T.
After completing a BA in Psychology, Brittany worked with puppies at a guide dog center. A fascination with behavior and development drove her to return to school and in 2015 she graduated with an M.A.T in Elementary Education. Since then, Brittany has gained experience working with children ages three through fourteen in a variety of environments including public schools, private schools, and outdoor education programs.
Stacia Rosenau, M.A.T., M.S.W.
Stacia Rosenau is the newest member of our team. She is a certified classroom teacher and has been teaching Pre-K and elementary students for the last 10 years. However, she discovered that she didn’t know everything she should about how to effectively teach her dyslexic students in her classroom. Thus, her passion to learn about all things dyslexia was born. The last three years she went on a mission to learn all she could about teaching struggling readers and writers. This journey led her to training with Orton-Gillingham experts from the Academy and earning her Classroom Educator Certification (pending paperwork in process, expected in October 2020). She is now certified to work with small groups of students using the Orton-Gillingham approach, along with tutoring individuals using structured literacy methods. When Stacia is not reading about the latest science of reading articles, she loves to garden, learn yoga, and play hobby board games with her three teenagers and husband.
Denise Peppers, Ph.D.