Meet the 2023 Orton-Gillingham course instructors:
Katie Takayanagi M.S., F/AOGPE, Orton-Gillingham Tutor/Teacher Trainer
Katie Takayanagi, M.S., F/AOGPE, is an Orton-Gillingham teacher-trainer and tutor based in Brooklyn, NY, and a native New Englander. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in French Studies and an M.S. from Antioch University New England in Environmental Studies, as well as a middle school science teaching certification. She tutors students of all ages in both school and home settings and trains educators who teach in a variety of settings as well. In addition to her work as a tutor and teacher-trainer, Katie leads a team of educators at Alphabet City Tutors, an Orton-Gillingham tutoring company serving students throughout New York City.
Deb Morris, Founder of Orton-Gillingham Nation
Deb Morris is the founder of Orton-Gillingham Nation, which offers online tutoring, as well as training at the Classroom Educator, Associate, Certified, and Fellow levels. She is an accredited training Fellow of The Orton-Gillingham Academy and serves on its Standards Committee. Additionally, she is a Structured Language Dyslexia Specialist (SLDS) through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI).
Deb holds a Master’s degree in Literacy Education and is a licensed reading specialist and secondary English teacher. Her formative years in education were shaped by her passion for equity, which led her to an innovative high school in Providence, Rhode Island, that uses the real world as a learning lab. In her role as a literacy coach, she provided 1:1 and small-group Orton-Gillingham support to students. Additionally, she facilitated Orton-Gillingham training for staff members, as well as for community members who completed their practicum experiences with her students. In 2016, she left the classroom to be the Orton-Gillingham Specialist/Curriculum Developer for a non-profit organization in Massachusetts that specializes in providing Orton-Gillingham training. In this capacity, she assisted in training and supervising teachers at the Classroom Educator, Associate, and Certified levels in the New England area.
Deb is also certified under Rhode Island’s Right to Read Act through OG Nation. This recognizes an educator’s specialty area expertise as well as indicates an educator has met the proficiency requirements of the Right to Read Act legislation.
Jenny Singer Harris, Certified Member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy and Fellow-in-Training
Jenny Singer Harris has worked in the field of education for over 10 years. She is a Certified Member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy (C/OGA) and a Fellow-in-Training (F.I.T.). Jenny has teaching certifications in Elementary Education and Special Education (moderate and severe disabilities). She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from American University and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Until 2020, Jenny worked as a special educator serving students in the elementary grades in the Public Schools of Brookline in Brookline, MA. She spent the majority of her years in Brookline teaching in a district-wide program for students with dyslexia. In this program, she collaborated closely with general education classroom teachers and special education teachers to adapt their curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of their students. She also worked tirelessly to develop her own instruction for one-on-one and small group settings. Currently, Jenny is working as a private Orton-Gillingham tutor and teacher-trainer.
Deb is also certified under Rhode Island’s Right to Read Act through Nuts & Bolts Educational Tutoring. This recognizes an educator’s specialty area expertise as well as indicates an educator has met the proficiency requirements of the Right to Read Act legislation.