Academic Team

Educators for Partners in Learning are experienced, highly effective teachers, and experts in their respective fields. Academic Directors take the time to thoughtfully place students with an educator who will best fit his or her needs. Additionally, our team strives to develop a strong relationship with students in order to build an environment that promotes self confidence and perseverance. 

Our team is trained in numerous researched-based intervention programs. Some of these programs include Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading System, Wilson Fundations, Just Words, Read Naturally, and the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention. Additionally, they have experience in Singapore math programs, Eureka Math/ Engage NY, Go Math, My Math, Touch Math, Investigations, and Everyday Math.

Our team consists of diverse educators to fit the needs of all our students. On staff, we have math specialists, reading specialists, early literacy teachers, middle school and high school math teachers, special education teachers, and more! 

Staff Profile

  • 90% Masters Degrees in Education

  • 90% 6+ Years Experience in a Classroom

  • 2 PHd Graduates in Literacy and Education

Our Academic Specialists are available to support students during the school day and for consultation.

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Anna Meyer, Ph.D.

Academic Specialist

Anna Meyer brings expertise in executive function and reading disabilities to the Partners in Learning team. Anna is completed 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.

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Rebecca Lazaris, M.Ed.

Academic Specialist

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, Orton-Gillingham certification, 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.

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Jennifer Albro, Ph.D.

Academic Specialist

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.

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Clare Harwood, M.Ed.

Academic Specialist

Clare Harwood is an accomplished literacy educator with experience supporting students with language-based learning differences and attention deficits. Recently, Clare was the head literacy teacher for students in 5th through 8th grade at The Gateway School in New York. Clare holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University Teachers College. She uses explicit, multisensory instruction to teach an integrated curriculum, focusing on literacy, writing, executive function and critical thinking. Clare is trained in an Orton-Gillingham based reading program and the Hochman Method writing program. Clare is a DC native, a graduate of The Holton-Arms School, and is excited to work with students at schools throughout the Washington metro area.