Anna Meyer brings expertise in executive function and reading disabilities to the Partners in Learning team. Anna is completing her PhD in Special Education from the University of Maryland. Anna's dissertation examines the contribution of executive function to reading comprehension for students in upper elementary school. She holds a Master's Degree in Special Education with a focus on reading disabilities. Additionally, she has co-authored a book on vocabulary development in young children, contributed to articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and given presentations on reading development and interventions at national conferences. Anna has extensive experience working with students diagnosed with dyslexia and/or ADHD and is trained in Orton-Gillingham based programs.
Rebecca Lazaris is an expert at helping upper-elementary and middle-school students understand both the substantive content and practical skills necessary to achieve their academic goals. More specifically, Rebecca’s expertise lies in supporting her students across literacy and mathematics content areas, while helping students develop the executive-functioning strategies they need in order to turn content mastery into practical work product. Rebecca’s academic qualifications include earning a Master of Arts in Teaching through American University and studying critical and creative thinking through Harvard University. Rebecca’s professional experience springs from her years teaching and working with students attending Washington, D.C. independent schools, including National Presbyterian School and Landon School. In her classroom roles she implemented multiple research-based methods to support students across a spectrum of learning profiles.
Jennifer Albro is an expert in literacy education. She holds a doctorate from University of Maryland, College Park’s Department of Teaching and Learning and has completed two master’s degrees, one in reading education and one in holistic education/early childhood education. She teaches graduate courses in literacy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Jenny also coaches and mentors graduate students in the Urban Teachers program. She has previously taught techniques in reading instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a former elementary education teacher and reading interventionist. For Partners in Learning, Jennifer supports elementary students in reading, writing, and spelling.