Terrie Briggs, Ed.D.
Dr. Briggs was an elementary school teacher at Baker Demonstration School, former laboratory school of National-Louis University, for twenty-five years. She received her Ed.D. in Reading and Language and was a tenured faculty member at National-Louis University. Dr. Briggs has started and supervised various literacy intervention programs in elementary schools, has worked in various clinics in city and rural areas, and has supervised university students who have become reading specialists and classroom teachers. Since 2005, Dr. Briggs has been an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University in the School of Education and Social Policy Graduate School. Dr. Briggs’s literacy expertise extends to adolescent and adult readers as well. In addition, she is a member of The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners.
Tim Bridgman, M.A. Learning Disabilities
Mr. Bridgman is a learning specialist who provides services and interventions to students with dyslexia as well as related reading and writing disabilities. He has helped students in critical literacy areas including decoding, comprehension, writing, and spelling. He received a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University, emphasizing clinical work in diagnostics and remediation. Mr. Bridgman has over nine years of experience working with students in a variety of settings, is an accredited Learning and Behavioral Specialist (LBS1) and holds a Professional Educator License (PEL).
Shahani Samarasekera, M.A.Ed.
Ms. Samarasekera Graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a degree in History and Philosophy as well as a distinction in Honors in Philosophy. She received her Master of Arts in Education from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Shahani is certified to teach K-8 and has taught math and science at the fifth and sixth grade levels.