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Dyslexia Resource Staff

Brooke Kamke: Operations Manager

Brooke Kamke

Brooke Kamke, a proud Schenck School parent, is the Dyslexia Resource Operations Manager. She leads The Dyslexia Resource's day-to-day operations of teacher training, research, and partnerships with area schools and other organizations and directs dyslexia support services and awareness programming.

Most recently, Brooke was the Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Emory University Hospital.  She has a masters of public health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health where she continues to serve as a Practicum Advisor to Health Policy and Management students.  She also has a B.A. in biology - thematic sequence in logic from Miami University.

Josie Calamari: Director of Teacher Training

Josie Calamari

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 Dyslexia Resource 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 and provide support for teachers working with dyslexic students in both private and public schools. She is a Fellow with The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. As the Director of Teacher Training, Josie trains teachers, in both private and public schools, and independent tutors as well as mentors practitioners working towards certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

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.

Ellen Hill: Director of Community Engagement

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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 Day: Director of Research and Development

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Kim has been an educator for over 35 years and is currently the Director of Research and Development for The Schenck School and The Dyslexia Resource. 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.