Hope Graham Program Faculty
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Kendra McCuine holds an M.Ed. in Moderate Special Needs K-8 through a collaborative program between the Carroll School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, and Lesley University. Kendra also earned a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she studied abroad at Oxford University. She is an Associate-level member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
Kendra has spent well over a decade teaching and tutoring students with language-based learning differences (LBLD). Prior to joining Bancroft, she spent four years as the Clinical LD Program Lead Teacher in the Hudson Public Schools, where she worked to implement targeted, engaging instruction for students with LBLD in Grades 1 through 5. During her time at Bancroft, Kendra has taught the Grades 7 and 8 HGP classes and has worked closely with Upper School faculty to transition HGP students into our 9th grade. Kendra’s professional training includes Project Read Framing Your Thoughts, Story Form, and Report Form; Architects for Learning Empower Writing; the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University; Socratic Seminar; Teaching Creative Writing to Students with Dyslexia; and Responsive Classroom.
Passionate about enabling all learners to overcome their challenges and cultivate their gifts and passions, Kendra is particularly interested in the link between music and language skills; the use of mindfulness practices to strengthen attention and executive functioning; the crossover between academic content and Orton-Gillingham tutoring; and the use of project-based learning to engage and empower all students.
Shannon Arsenault has an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Fitchburg State University; a B.A. In Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts; and a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Elementary Education from Framingham State University. She holds certifications in Massachusetts as an Elementary Education Teacher for Grades 1-6 and as a Reading Specialist for all levels. She is passionate about teaching students who struggle with literacy, and has spent over a decade working working students with LBLD. She derives deep satisfaction from helping diverse learners identify and use their strengths to build the foundation for greater reading fluency.
Shannon is trained as an Orton-Gillingham Reading Instructor through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. She is certified in Levels I and II through the Wilson Language Multisensory Language Reading System. Additionally Shannon is trained in the EmPOWER Writing Process through Architects for Learning; Read Naturally, an individualized reading intervention program, and Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing program for cognitive development comprehension and thinking.
A member of the Massachusetts Reading Association, International Reading Association, and International Dyslexia Association, Shannon considers herself a lifelong learner. Her professional education experiences include the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, Diagnosing and Remediation of Learning Problems in Mathematics with Dr. Mahesh Sharma; founder and president of the Center for Teaching/Learning of Mathematics, as well as many conferences sponsored by the Massachusetts Reading Association, and Massachusetts Dyslexia Association’s annual conferences.
Laura Hamel holds an M.Ed. in Moderate Special Needs K-8 with a concentration in Reading from Fitchburg State University, and a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Early Childhood Education from Boston College. She is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, having been certified in the Wilson Reading Program Level I in 1992 and Level IIA in 2002. Prior to joining Bancroft, Laura worked with students from preschool through high school in various positions including kindergarten teacher, reading tutor, music teacher, special education teacher, and reading specialist.
Her professional training includes:
- The Teachers College Writing Institute at Columbia University;
- Architects for Learning EmPOWER Program;
- Project Read: Framing Your Thoughts;
- Project Read: Story Form;
- Project Read: Report Form;
- Keys to Literacy Program: Key Comprehension and Key Writing Routines;
- Collins Writing Program;
- Teaching Math is Teaching Thinking, Carroll School;
- Foundations of Logic Teacher Training, Carroll School;
- Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Problems in Mathematics with Dr. Mahesh Sharma; and
- Number Sense 101 with Christina Tondevold.
Laura is particularly interested in ways to improve student motivation through relationship-building, while supporting students’ strengths. She often incorporates games into her lessons, providing the necessary practice to solidify basic skills in a way that gains student buy-in. She believes in the power of mindfulness and movement, as well as student choice to bolster attention and executive function.
Kim Landers earned an M.Ed. with Honors in Reading and Language Arts, and a B.S. in Secondary Education, English, and Sociology from The University of Vermont. Her experience and enthusiasm for MS students make her an excellent match for HGP. Kim has extensive training and experience in Orton-Gillingham tutoring. Before joining Bancroft, she spent 11 years at The Windward School in White Plains, NY, one of the leading schools in the Northeast for learners with dyslexia.
Lana LeBlanc holds an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Lesley University and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Worcester State University. Lana holds certifications in Massachusetts as an Elementary Teacher for Grades 1–6 and as an Orton-Gillingham Level 1 instructor through the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). She is also a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
Lana’s strong training and extensive experience include teaching Grades 1–5, tutoring students with language-based learning differences (LBLD), and coaching children in mathematical concepts. She has great enthusiasm for rich, meaningful learning and is committed to supporting students and their families. Her target is to make learning fresh and discovery powerful, while engaging students in active participation. Lana is passionate about the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) component for students with LBLD and dyslexia. She is eager to support children as they learn to understand and manage their emotions with daily tasks and challenges.
Lana is a past nominee for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and Disney Teacher of the Year. Her current professional training includes: Orton-Gillingham Advanced Level Training in Language Concepts; Structured Phonics: Three Levels for Decoding, Spelling, and Vocabulary; Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Problems in Math; From Words to Works: Developing Writing Skills in Students of All Ages; and Architects for Learning Empower Writing.
Kimberly Rogers has an M.Ed. in Moderate Special Needs Pre-K-8 through a collaborative program with The Carroll School and Lesley University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wheelock College. She is trained as an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner through the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), and is a Certified member of AOGPE. Her professional development includes the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, Empower Writing Process through Architects for Learning, and Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies through Heinemann, among others.
Judith Sbrogna holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. from Worcester State University. She has worked as a Reading Specialist at Bancroft for the past 19 years. She has completed graduate coursework in Literacy Education and Reading Recovery at Lesley University. She tutors in the HGP program and is a Lower School Academic Support Coordinator.
Judith is certified as an Orton-Gillingham instructor through the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). She is a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner (CDP) through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). She has previously taught in Worcester Public Schools and at the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Worcester. She uses a structured, multisensory approach to the teaching of reading. Judith’s professional training includes Project Read, EmPOWER Writing Process through Architects for Learning and RAVE-O (Reading through Automaticity, Vocabulary, Engagement and Orthography) at Tufts University.