Dyslexia Resource Trust Staff
Chris has been devoted to advancing educational causes in metropolitan Atlanta throughout his career. Born in St. Augustine, Florida, he attended Oxford College of Emory University and earned a B.A. in English from Emory and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. His previous experiences in education include working in advancement at Emory University, Birmingham-Southern College, Agnes Scott College, Coxe Curry & Associates, and Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. He joined the Dyslexia Resource Trust as its founding Executive Director in 2015.
In addition to his work at The Dyslexia Resource Trust, Chris serves on the board of The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting employees of the restaurant industry during times of unanticipated crisis. Staplehouse is the for-profit subsidiary of TGK, and Chris suggests that you eat there as often as possible.
He has also been a member of the Oxford College Alumni Board, served as president for three years of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools admissions cohort and previously served on advisory boards of Horizons Atlanta’s HIES location and the International Community School.
Chris and his wife, Pam, enjoy cooking together and hosting Sunday supper for whichever of their three adult children happen to be in the neighborhood. An active student of leadership and life, Chris enjoys reading, philosophizing, sports, Atlanta United games, the outdoors, and coming up with creative menus for dinner.
Rosalie has been with The Schenck School since 1990 serving as a classroom teacher, Admissions Director, Associate Head, and is currently Director of Teacher Training. For the past 18 years, Rosalie has been training teachers in the Orton-Gillingham Approach. She earned her B. S. degree and her M.Ed. degrees in Special Education from the University of Georgia. She served as both Vice President and President of the Georgia branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She was also President of the board of trustees of The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Currently, Rosalie serves on the board of The Alliance (for accreditation and certification of dyslexia specialists.)
Josie is born and raised in Atlanta. She earned a B.A. in History from The University of Georgia and, later, a M.Ed. in Reading Education with a focus on new and digital literacies through distance learning in conjunction with The University of Georgia.
Before joining the DRT staff, Josie spent her first two years at The Schenck School teaching sixth grade and taking OG training classes with Rosalie Davis. She was hooked and knew one day she wanted to work and train teachers. After 6 more years in the classroom, Josie jumped at the opportunity to work for the Dyslexia Resource Trust and provide support for teachers working with dyslexic students in both private and public schools. She is currently a Fellow-in-Training with The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. In addition to working with teachers, she is also the Director of Outplacement for The Schenck School.
Josie has served on the IDA-GA Board of Directors and has helped plan their annual conference and a Southeastern conference. Since then, she has worked with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators on their annual conference as well.
As the daughter of a dyslexic doctor and the sister of a dyslexic lawyer, Janet knew quite well that dyslexia was not a curse. When both of her children were in diagnosed in Kindergarten, Janet thought to bring them to that “funny-sounding” school she’d heard about. After seeing the miracle that took place during their remediation, Janet became a believer and began working at The Schenck School. She has taught 3rd, 4th and 6th grades and is now the Director of Student Services.
Janet grew up in New Orleans, and has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Denver, a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Georgia State University and a M.Ed. in Leadership from Mercer University. She is a Fellow-in-Training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and is a past recipient of Schenck’s Master Teacher Award and Gale Award.
Janet is passionate about tennis and her book club. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of CURE Childhood Cancer which funds the work of some of the best and brightest scientists in the field of pediatric cancer and supports the families affected by it.
Ellen Hill is an advocate for students with dyslexia. She has spent many years at The Schenck School implementing and learning strategies that help struggling students succeed. While at Schenck, Ellen has served as a tutor, teacher, LS Principal, Admissions Director, Outplacement Director and currently as Director of Community Engagement. Ellen has an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and has presented educational sessions for teachers, parents and other professionals. The classes have areas relating to reading and dyslexia, including the "puzzle pieces" that often accompany dyslexia. The sessions have been presented at local and national IDA, AOGPE, SSATB and GISA conferences, as well as other community events. She has also taught workshops at independent and public schools and several universities in Georgia. In addition, Ellen has continued her education by living with her dyslexic husband and children. She is very proud to be the lucky parent of two dyslexic sons.
Kim has been an educator for over 35 years and is currently the Director of Research and Development for The Schenck School and the DRT. Kim came to this position from Purpose Built Schools (PBS) where she served as the Director of Literacy & Early Learning. While at PBS, Kim provided consultative support to schools in the PBS network in Kansas City, Omaha, Orlando and Charlotte in establishing research-based literacy and early learning programs modeled after the Drew Charter School in Atlanta.
Prior to joining PBS, Kim was the Co-Director of the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, a professional development organization. In her role at the Rollins Center, Kim worked in partnership with Drew Charter School and was instrumental in developing the early language and literacy programs that have supported Drew’s cradle to college pipeline. This work led to the development of Rollins’ early learning program, Read Right from the Start. Prior to her work in the Rollins Center, Kim served in various teaching and leadership positions across Atlanta.
She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis on language-based learning disabilities, assessment and educational leadership from the University of Georgia. Her professional interests include teacher training in literacy and language development for young children as well as teacher development through mentoring and coaching practices.