For more than 40 years, the Language Enrichment and Development (LEAD) program has set Trident Academy apart from other schools, and next year, it will be under new leadership. Janet Jones, an educator with more than 38 years of experience in multi-sensory language instruction, will be the Director of the LEAD program.
Ms. Jones says, “I hope to build on the excellent Orton-Gillingham instruction and teacher training developed under the leadership of Shelia Costello. Having been part of the LEAD Department in the past, I am very excited to be working again with the wonderful students and outstanding teachers at Trident Academy.”
Ms. Jones has spent her career working with students with language-based learning differences, including 22 years at The Jemicy School in Maryland, one of the nation’s first schools for students with dyslexia. At Jemicy, Ms. Jones was an Orton-Gillingham tutor, tutorial department head, and Orton-Gillingham trainer. During the past five years she has been in private practice as an educational consultant and teacher trainer. As a fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, she has traveled throughout the East training teachers in this approach.
This summer Trident Academy will once again offer Associate Level Orton-GIllingham training. For the first time, we will also offer a one-week course for classroom teachers and parents.
Read more about Orton-Gillingham teacher training opportunities at Trident Academy.
Ms. Jones has a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Learning Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the creator of Moose Materials, a collection of activities and games, which support structured multi-sensory language instruction.
“Trident Academy is honored to have Ms. Jones,” says Kathy Cook, Head of School. “As a former Trident Academy teacher and a leader in her field, Ms. Jones brings with her experience and a love of students and the learning process. As Sheila Costello retires, Ms. Jones will take our Orton-Gillingham program into the future, maintaining our excellent standards while providing knowledgeable leadership for our students.”
Students in The School for Language-Based Learning Differences at Trident Academy participate in the LEAD program. Placement in the daily class is determined by the individual needs of each student and instruction is offered either one-on-one or in very small groups.
The focus of LEAD classes may change as a student progresses through Trident Academy. All students are evaluated at the beginning of each academic year and assigned to a LEAD class that will address their individual needs.
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