The Dyslexia Center at A+ Solutions
Elizabeth Hipwell, M.Ed.
Director of the Dyslexia Center
Certified Barton Reading & Spelling Tutor
Elizabeth earned her M.Ed. in Special Education, with a focus on Specific Learning Disabilities, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a BA in Speech & Hearing Disorders from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving students with learning disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels, she has also worked in higher education as the Disability Services Coordinator at Penn State Behrend. For the past eight years, Elizabeth has specialized in the area of dyslexia. She encourages families and teachers to advocate for appropriate instruction and accommodations for their students and assists with identifying dyslexia. Elizabeth provides intensive intervention using the Barton Reading & Spelling System, which is a structured literacy approach based on the science of reading. In addition to working directly with students and families, Elizabeth also offers support to the dyslexia community on Instagram @thedyslexiadigest, where her mission is to educate, encourage and advocate!
Laura Hall, M.Ed.
Certified and Licensed Regular Education Teacher & Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate K-12
Laura Hall is a certified and licensed Regular Education Teacher K-8 and an Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate K-12. She received her Bachelors from Ursuline College and her Masters from Cambridge College. She is also a certified Wilson Reading Instructor at the elementary level for Just Words and Wilson Intensive. She went through a year of practicum as part of her certification. Prior to working for A+ Solutions, she taught in South Euclid- Lyndhurst an Intervention Specialist for 14 years.
Evelyn “Eppie” Miller, M.Ed.
Eppie earned her Masters of Education in Professional Teaching with Initial Early Childhood Teaching Licensure from John Carroll University, University Heights, OH. She also obtained her K – 12 Reading Endorsement from Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio. She earned bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Religion from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC. Eppie is trained in the Barton Reading & Spelling System as well as Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. Eppie has taught in public and private schools as well as tutors students ranging from Kindergarten through fifth grade in both reading and math intervention.
Kim Newmark, M.Ed.
Kim Newmark has been teaching and empowering students to help them reach their social, emotional, and academic potential for over 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and is teacher certified in Special Education (K-12). In addition, she holds a certificate as a Wilson Reading Specialist, Levels 1-6, with extensive knowledge in the Orton Gillingham practices for multi-sensory reading strategies. Her vast experience includes teaching in both public and private religious institutions, primarily in the subjects of reading, writing, math and religious studies. She is very familiar with the Read Naturally program and the Dibels Reading assessment program that tracks and builds reading fluency and reading comprehension skills. Furthermore, she specializes in instructing and guiding students through the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revising, grammatical editing and sentence structuring.
Through differentiated instruction, Kim emphasizes the importance of nourishing confidence in children by providing strategies that generate opportunities for success. Consequently, students become more aware of their own individual learning style that works best for them; this includes students who are auditory, tactile or visual learners.