Our Team


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 ten 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). 

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Maria Beckert, M.A.Ed.

Maria Beckert has four years of experience teaching first grade and has a passion for working with students with special needs. Maria is currently the Assistant Principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Chicago. She earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Xavier University, holds a Reading Intervention Specialist Endorsement from Xavier University, and earned her Master's in Elementary Education from Loyola Chicago.


Jaclyn Damico, MSEd

Jaclyn Damico taught second grade in Hyde Park for seven years.  During this time, she received her Masters's in Elementary Education from Northwestern University.  After leaving the classroom in 2016, Jaclyn served as Assistant Principal and Director for Student and Instructional Support for two years. One of her primary responsibilities was overseeing the school's population of diverse learners. She worked closely with teachers, students, and families to create and implement intervention plans.  During this time, Jaclyn also earned a Leading Inclusive Catholic Schools certificate from Loyola Chicago.