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!

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

Anna Meyer, Ph.D.   Anna Meyer brings expertise in executive function and reading disabilities to the Partners in Learning team. Anna has 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.

Anna Meyer, Ph.D.

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

Clare Harwood, M.Ed.   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.

Clare Harwood, M.Ed.

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.

Joy Jiandani, M.Ed.   Joy Jiandani is an educator with expertise in literacy and applied behavior analysis. She holds a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Ithaca College. Additionally, Joy is a board certified behavioral analyst. She has experience analyzing students behavioral and academic data, and managing the implementation of Behavioral Intervention and Education Plans. Joy fosters a holistic care approach through timely and compassionate communication with families and schools to support academic and behavior needs. She is certified in Orton-Gillingham through the Institute of Multisensory of Education and has experience as a special education teacher and instructional coach in schools throughout the DC metro area.

Joy Jiandani, M.Ed.

Joy Jiandani is an educator with expertise in literacy and applied behavior analysis. She holds a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Ithaca College. Additionally, Joy is a board certified behavioral analyst. She has experience analyzing students behavioral and academic data, and managing the implementation of Behavioral Intervention and Education Plans. Joy fosters a holistic care approach through timely and compassionate communication with families and schools to support academic and behavior needs. She is certified in Orton-Gillingham through the Institute of Multisensory of Education and has experience as a special education teacher and instructional coach in schools throughout the DC metro area.

Chloe Ball, M.Ed.   Hailing from Bermuda, Chloe Ball has over a decade of teaching experience in New York City and Washington, D.C. public and independent schools. Chloe completed her Master’s Degree at Hunter College in Childhood Education and provides literacy support to early childhood and elementary school students for PIL. She has established expertise in literacy intervention, curriculum development, diagnostic testing and data analysis. Chloe is experienced in meeting the needs of students by crafting stimulating and thought-provoking learning environments that promote academic excellence, reflective thinking, exploration, and collaboration. Chloe is trained in the I.M.S.E. Orton-Gillingham reading intervention program and the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, and has a proven track record of success in designing multi-sensory, innovative curricula to advance student learning and development.

Chloe Ball, M.Ed.

Hailing from Bermuda, Chloe Ball has over a decade of teaching experience in New York City and Washington, D.C. public and independent schools. Chloe completed her Master’s Degree at Hunter College in Childhood Education and provides literacy support to early childhood and elementary school students for PIL. She has established expertise in literacy intervention, curriculum development, diagnostic testing and data analysis. Chloe is experienced in meeting the needs of students by crafting stimulating and thought-provoking learning environments that promote academic excellence, reflective thinking, exploration, and collaboration. Chloe is trained in the I.M.S.E. Orton-Gillingham reading intervention program and the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, and has a proven track record of success in designing multi-sensory, innovative curricula to advance student learning and development.

Bess Wilson, M.Ed.   Bess Wilson is an original member of the Partners in Learning team and supports elementary schools students in literacy and math. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a Masters Degree in Special Education and spent time teaching special education and English as a second language in New York before attending law school. After earning her JD from The George Washington University Law School, Bess decided to return to education, and has been an integral part of our team ever since. She utilizes the Wilson Reading System in her sessions with struggling readers and supports students as they develop executive functioning skills through teaching writing and organization strategies. Bess modifies math programs to support students at their level, to ensure they have a strong foundation to build skills on. Her engaging lessons keep students focused and motivated to achieve their goals.

Bess Wilson, M.Ed.

Bess Wilson is an original member of the Partners in Learning team and supports elementary schools students in literacy and math. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a Masters Degree in Special Education and spent time teaching special education and English as a second language in New York before attending law school. After earning her JD from The George Washington University Law School, Bess decided to return to education, and has been an integral part of our team ever since. She utilizes the Wilson Reading System in her sessions with struggling readers and supports students as they develop executive functioning skills through teaching writing and organization strategies. Bess modifies math programs to support students at their level, to ensure they have a strong foundation to build skills on. Her engaging lessons keep students focused and motivated to achieve their goals.

Rebecca Lazaris, M.Ed.   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.

Rebecca Lazaris, M.Ed.

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.

 
Jennifer Albro, Ph.D.   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. Jenny is a professor of graduate studies 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.

Jennifer Albro, Ph.D.

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. Jenny is a professor of graduate studies 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.