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Dr. Sheila Clonan, Ph.D.

NY State Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Sheila Clonan is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and also a NYS certified School Psychologist.  She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University and was a school psychologist in the Syracuse City school district for nearly a decade before leaving to direct the  Syracuse University Reading Research project. There she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Benita Blachman, renowned expert in early reading acquisition and dyslexia as well as Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz from the Yale Child Study Center, investigating the influence of intensive remediation in reading on the functional organization of the brain for second and third grade students with reading disabilities.After the completion of the research project, Sheila joined the faculty at SU where she chaired the Master's program in Learning Disabilities, directed the Adult Psychoeducational Clinic and taught courses in learning disabilities and reading.  She left SU for a position in the Educational Studies department at Colgate University, where she taught courses in inclusive and special education, neurodiversity, literacy instruction and intervention and educational psychology for ten years before establishing her private practice. She is also a trained Cogmed coach.Sheila's professional interests are in inclusive education, dyslexia and other disabilities, literacy instruction and intervention and cognitive development. In 2010, Sheila developed the Oz Project.  The Oz Project is an inclusive workshop that promotes social development and belonging through drama and music for children of all abilities. A long-time advocate of children with special needs and their families, Sheila founded the  CAPAS advocacy and support group to assist and educate parents in advocating for their children with special needs.  Under her leadership the group worked with the local school district and school board to effect positive change toward more inclusive schooling.Sheila and her husband live outside Syracuse, NY with their four children, who attend public school from grades 1 through 10.  Their youngest child has Down syndrome and thrives in an inclusive setting.  All of her children exhibit unique profiles of learning gifts and challenges that keep her professional skills sharp. 

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Angela Herrera, M.Ed

Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement

Angela Herrera received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/ Writing Arts from SUNY Oswego in 1990, and her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement from Northern Arizona University in 2004.

Most of her years in the classroom were spent teaching English, Language Arts and Literacy Skills in various capacities in grades six through twelve in both suburban and urban school districts. Additional teaching time outside her classroom was spent tutoring students in reading from kindergarten to college. Her focus in teaching has always been teaching reading and writing concepts to students with all kinds of learning abilities, from remedial education to gifted learners and from fluent speakers to English language learners.  


Further,she has had the privilege of working at SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University, where she is responsible for helping students from countries all over the world get their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to university standard. 

 

Truly, she has spent her entire career teaching reading – to all ages and levels – because she knows  there is nothing more important.  Angela is trained in the scientific of reading which incorporates methods or approaches that have been found, through research, to give kids a leaning advantage in reading.  

 

She has had the privilege to hold some extraordinary teaching positions and now has the pleasure of applying her extensive knowledge, skills and experience as a coach with The Reading League. This new career path with The Reading League is another exciting opportunity to not only be able to use the skills she has collected over more than two decades to help teachers and students be successful, but also to be able to continue learning, so she is able to bring new content and strategies to the communities she serves.

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Abby LeCates

Community Health Fellow at Project Horseshoe Farm

Abby grew up in Cooperstown, NY and graduated from Cooperstown Central in 2016. She attended  Amherst College where she was an Anthropology major while also on the pre-medical track. Since graduating from Amherst College, Abby has been working for Project Horseshoe Farm, a community health organization based out of rural Alabama. This upcoming fall, she will be attending medical school. 

 

Abby has a wide range of academic interests and previous tutoring experience. She love everything reading and writing related. She has been a willing proof-reader for many family and friends over the years. More formally, she was a teaching assistant at Amherst for a writing-intensive introductory Anthropology course, helping students generate clear arguments in their papers. Additionally, Abby worked as a Calculus tutor in college. Currently, through her work in Alabama, she provides individualized reading and math support to second and third grade students in the public schools. She love meeting students where they are at and working together to help them achieve their goals. Abby is very excited to join the resource.ME team and can’t wait to get started!

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Caitlyn Pereira

SUNY Oneonta Student, Early Education

Hi, I'm Caitlyn!! I am a senior from SUNY Oneonta. I will be graduating this upcoming December with my bachelor's degree in early childhood/ childhood education. I have tutored throughout my years in high school. I have also tutored math in college for two years to college students. I have a lot of experience working with students in a range of ages. Throughout my time at SUNY Oneonta, I have been given so many different opportunities to work with students in schools. I was involved in the Teacher Buddy Program at Valley View Elementary School, where I was helping out a teacher within a classroom during the school day. I also volunteered many times at the after-school program at Valley View. When school changed to online, I tutored many different elementary school students over Zoom to help those students with the transition to online learning and to be a support to the students. I would love to gain more opportunities through tutoring!

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Daphne Monie

PhD, Education and Lean Six Sigma

Daphne Monie earned a PhD in Immunology from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a Masters in Education from Utica College.  She is a NYS certified teacher who taught Regents Biology and AP Biology at Cooperstown High School for 4 years.  Daphne has over 20 years of teaching experience at high school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels. She has 30 years experience conducting and mentoring research projects with 24 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Daphne also has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, teaching and applying improvement science, process engineering, and project management.

Tutoring Regents Biology & AP Biology

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Olivia Leinhart

St. Lawrence University, Early Education

Olivia Leinhart received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication/Francophone Studies from St. Lawrence University in 2020. She anticipates starting her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education in the Fall of 2020. Olivia tutored throughout high school and during her senior year, gained experience in Special Education working in the CARES classroom at Cooperstown Central School. While in college, she participated in a Reading and Math Tutor program where she worked at local elementary schools, both as a reading tutor and as a teaching assistant in the classroom. Throughout her college career, she worked at Nightengale Elementary School, FS Banford Elementary and Madill Elementary, all in the North Country area. Olivia has a lot of experience working with various age groups, but is most experienced with Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Olivia is hardworking and dedicated, and is someone who is deeply passionate about working with children.

 

Olivia also has extensive babysitting experience and was a long-term nanny for a child with Special Needs. She has experience with various age ranges and has worked with many different families.

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Greg Makarius

SUNY Oneonta, Secondary Education: Earth Science

Greg Makarius received his Bachelor of Science degree in Adolescence Education and Earth Science from SUNY Oneonta in 2020.  He anticipates starting his Masters Degree in Educational Technology in the Fall of 2021.  Throughout Greg’s undergraduate experience, he pursued many opportunities beyond the classroom to become an effective educator.  He actively engaged in scientific research that applied to Earth Science and has presented his research at the Geologic Society of America Conference in 2019.   He served as an intern at the Earth Science Model Research and Design Summer Institute at SUNY Oneonta in 2019.  During this internship, Greg developed models based on scientific concepts that were hard for middle school and high school students to understand.  He presented these models at the Science Teachers Association of New York State Conference in 2019.  Greg also had numerous opportunities to work with and be mentored by New York State Master Teachers during his time as a NOYCE Scholar student at SUNY Oneonta. 

 

During his time student-teaching at the Oneonta Middle and High Schools in the Fall of 2020, Greg continued to pursue opportunities to effectively engage his students.  Given the many challenges that the schools faced due to the pandemic, he learned and adapted to new ways of teaching students virtually.  Greg is able to effectively use educational technology programs to better engage and communicate with his students.  Greg found that working with his students on a one-to-one basis during his office hours was very rewarding when his students genuinely grasped the scientific concepts.  Greg always puts his students first and is incredibly passionate about teaching students’ science.          

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Tucker Broadbooks

Cooperstown Graduate Program, Museum Studies

Tucker Broadbooks understands how hard it is to stay engaged with uninteresting and difficult classwork. During his time in High School, he struggled with engagement and knows firsthand the value that tutoring can provide to a bright student who isn’t quite making the grades they want. Tucker believes that the best way to connect with students and help them achieve their goals is to make learning fun and relevant, not dull and disconnected. His experience in social studies and history, combined with a background in english and writing as well as in public speaking and facilitating online learning, helps him connect with those from a variety of backgrounds. Anyone who knows Tucker will tell you that he loves meeting new people and that his favorite thing is a good conversation. Outside of school, Tucker enjoys working on his car, hiking, reading, and watching Jeopardy on a regular basis to feed his love of random trivia. In addition to his schooling in Cooperstown, Tucker has also worked for the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Kansas City, Missouri and has experience working in college admissions at his alma mater, Truman State University. He most enjoys working with students who are in middle and high school but is open to working with those of all ages. Tucker is a first-year master’s student at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, where he is pursuing a degree in History Museum Studies and graduated from Truman State University in May 2020 with degrees in History and Communication.

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Christy Roman Stepien

Educator

Christy Roman Stepien earned her BA in Spanish as well a degree in elementary education from the State  University of New York at Potsdam in 1996. She earned her Masters of Special Education from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2001.

 

Christy has worked in the New York State public school system for 25 years working with grade levels from kindergarten to 6 th grade. She started her career teaching Kindergarten and she continued to work with primary students for 14 years. She then turned her focus to working as an Academic Intervention Specialist for elementary math.

 

She has been trained in the Everyday Math program as well as possessing a deep knowledge of the Common Core Standards. During her career, she has tutored all ages in reading and math as well as intermediate students in Spanish.

 

She is a mother of four children and understands diverse learning styles and how to
break down curriculum so is becomes accessible to all learners. During the current global pandemic, she has successfully taught students virtually and feels confident delivering diverse instruction with this method.