Our Staff

director Heather Layman

Center Director Heather Hinkel

Favorite authors/books: Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings

I received my B.A. in English, professional writing, at Wilson College in 2006, and came to the Dyslexia Center in 2007. I was certified in 2008, and have tutored elementary, middle, and high school aged students. In 2013, I became the director of the Center.

I moved to Mount Joy in 2014 with my 2 cats, and have since rescued 2 dogs who try hard to be well behaved. My house can be very chaotic at times! I love to read fantasy series such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Lord of the Rings, and Discworld. I enjoy running, biking, kayaking, hiking, and playing board games. My favorite animals are owls, and my favorite color is brown.

supervisor Annemarie Hull

Supervisor Annemarie Hull

Favorite authors/books: any books that her children enjoy

I graduated from Millersville University with a B.S. in Elementary/Early Childhood Education and received my Master’s Equivalency degree in PA for Special Education. I taught in Octorara Area School District until 2006. My interest in teaching children brought me to the Children’s Dyslexia Center in 2003, and I have been tutoring here ever since.

I currently teach 1st grade at Resurrection Catholic School in Lancaster. I live in Manor Township with my husband and 5 children. My favorite books are ones that my own children enjoy.

tutor Joanne Yeager

Supervisor Joanne Yeager

Favorite authors/books: Janet Evanovich, historical fiction & nonfiction

I am a graduate of Penn State and received my Master’s Degree from Millersville. I was certified to tutor Orton-Gillingham in 2007. I taught in the School District of Lancaster for 34 years, and am now retired. I live outside of Lancaster with my magnificent mutt, Daisy.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, reading, and more reading! I enjoy printed material, especially historical fiction and nonfiction, and Janet Evanovich books. When I’m not reading, you will find me traveling, glamour camping, kayaking, walking or knitting—did I mention reading? My favorite place to be is outside in nature, probably reading a book!

Supervisor Judy McCormick

Supervisor Judy McCormick

Favorite authors/books: The Secret Garden, The Bible

I have my B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education, and my Master’s in Special Education. I am a teacher at King Elementary in Lancaster. I love having the opportunity to help my students develop their reading skills and love of reading. I have been at the Children’s Dyslexia Center for 3 years now, and worked with many ages and levels of readers.

I live in Lancaster with my husband, our 2 dogs Reggie and Meadow, and our turtle, Princess. I enjoy reading, cooking and baking, and spending time with my family. I am ambidextrous and can read and write upside down!

tutor Sue Ek

Tutor Sue Ek

I received my B.S. from Millersville and my Masters of Education from Eastern Mennonite University. I am a learning support teacher for The School District of Lancaster. I received my certification to tutor in 2012. I love helping students use skills and strategies to make sense of reading.

I live in Lancaster with my husband, son, and a very active border collie. I love all kinds of different books, and my favorite is probably the book I’m currently absorbed in. When I’m not reading, I can be found gardening or doing something outdoors. I love plants and flowers, and have an Associate’s Degree from Temple University in horticulture—I’ve worked as a horticultural therapist.

tutor Melissa Angstadt

Tutor Melissa Angstadt

Favorite authors/books: mystery, fantasy, The Hunger Games series

I received my B.S in Elementary Education and Certification in Early Childhood Education. I started tutoring at the Center in 2011. I love to tutor because I love to see children struggle less as they learn to read and spell. I also love to see a child who once hated to read learn to enjoy it!

I enjoy reading, particularly mysteries, fantasy, and the Hunger Games series. I also enjoy dancing and spending time with my friends. I live in Myerstown with my mom and dad, a dog, a cat, and a turtle. An interesting fact about me is that I traveled to Europe after I graduated from college.

tutor Linda Dickerson

Tutor Linda C. S. Dickerson

Favorite authors/books: The Bible, James and the Giant Peach, The Relatives Came

I received my B.S. in Education from Millersville University. I taught for 30 years at in the School District of Lancaster. In 2009 I came to the Dyslexia Center; I love to teach and tutoring allows me the best of both worlds. I feel privileged to continue to act as a change agent in the lives of the students at the Center as I enjoy retirement life.

I am also presently attending Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and am working toward a Master of Divinity Degree. I enjoy reading both nonfiction and fiction-- The Bible, James and the Giant Peach, and The Relatives Came are among my favorites. I am an animal lover, and my husband and I share our home with several English Mastiffs and feline friends. I enjoy nature, peaceful walks, and growing flowers.

Tutor Linda Bear

Tutor Linda J. Bear

Favorite authors/books: historic fiction, self-help, nonfiction, mystery, adventure, thriller

My educational background includes a bachelor's degree from Millersville University, special education teaching certification, Wilson Reading Level 1 Certification, Orton-Gillingham Certification, and Master's Equivalency after teaching for 28 years. I love to tutor because reading is one of the best gifts to share!

I live with my husband in Lancaster. We have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy reading, knitting, gardening, and making books on the computer. My favorite books are historic fiction, self-help books, non-fiction books about a variety of topics, and mysteries/adventure/thriller novels. An interesting fact about me is that I went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and learned how to use a table saw, a jigsaw, make window sills, install dry wall and caulk.

Tutor Elizabeth LoVerso

Tutor Elizabeth LoVerso

Favorite authors/books: Howard Zinn, To Kill a Mockingbird

I received my B.A. and M.A. in Educational Psychology. I am certified in PA to teach reading in grades K-12, special education K-12, and elementary education K-6. I enjoy hiking, biking, walking my dogs, playing with my children, quilting, photography, and stained glass (that's assuming I can find time to myself!).

I enjoy reading fiction such as Harry Potter, historical books (my favorite author is Howard Zinn), and I love audio books; I'll listen to almost anything! An interesting fact about myself is that I've lived in 5 different states: Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, Rhode Island, and Hawaii!

Tutor Laura S. Kanagy

Tutor Laura S. Kanagy

Favorite authors/books: Sherman Alexie, Nick Hornby, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ursula LeGuin, Kelly Gallagher, Mary Oliver; The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery) and Peace Like a River (Leif Enger)

I have my B.A. in English Education and Masters in Language and Literacy. I taught for 13 years in The School District of Lancaster as a middle school teacher, but am taking a break currently to be at home with my kids. I've also tutored high school students, but this is my first year at the Dyslexia Center. I love seeing my students grow and succeed!

I live in Lancaster with my husband, daughter, and son. In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading, cooking and eating, traveling, and gardening. I like to read fiction, especially magical realism. An interesting fact about myself is that I lived and worked for a year in India.

Tutor Jessica Mummau

Tutor Jessica Mummau

Favorite authors/books: Nicholas Sparks, Judy Blume, Mitch Albom

I have my B.S. in Early Childhood Pre-K – 4 and Special Education Pre-K – 8. I've tutored friends, family, and students in the past, and I love seeing the growth from the 1-on-1 interaction. I grew up in Mount Joy and currently live in Red Lion with my better half and our two fur babies (dogs), Luna and Harley. We have a 5 acre farm complete with a cow, a goat, and a bunch of chickens.

I enjoy scrap booking, painting, playing with my puppies, cooking, and reading. I enjoy the mystery/horror genre, and occasionally a good romance novel. My all-time favorite books are: Holes, The Notebook, and Junie B. Jones. An interesting fact about myself is that I can speak some German and I can walk my goat like a dog!

Tutor Jennifer Beane

Tutor Jennifer Beane

Favorite authors/books: The Book Thief, Fall of Giants, Little House on the Prairie, Superfudge

I received my B.S. in Special and Elementary Education through Mansfield University and my Master's Degree in Special Education from Holy Family University. I also studied Applied Behavior Analysis at Penn State University and have spent the last 5 years at Wilson High School in autistic support.

I live in Mountville with my dog, Bailey, and my cat, Lincoln. I enjoy reading, camping, yoga, Jeopardy, traveling, and supporting the Phillies and the Eagles! I like reading historical fiction and mysteries best. My favorite books are The Little House on the Prairie series and The Great Gatsby.

Something interesting about me is that I can't whistle, but I can read and write upside down!

scholar Maryanne Hershey

Scholar Maryanne Hershey

Favorite authors/books: The Bible, Stellaluna, If Only I Had a Green Nose, Just the Way You Are

My first Orton-Gillingham class was at the Jemicy School for Dyslexia, and I have been tutoring using O-G since 1989. Prior to that, I attended Millersville University for my reading specialist certification. I've been a member of the International Dyslexia Association for 25 years. I enjoy tutoring children because I love to see “the light turn on” in a child's eyes because they realize they can break words into syllables and sound them out. It's a personal joy for me when a child realizes they really are going to be successful in the reading world; their self-esteem soars! This is when my heart swells with thankfulness at their accomplishment.

In addition to tutoring, I enjoy playing piano and flute, sewing, baking, and the theater. I enjoy writing poems and creating personalized greeting cards. I also enjoy spending time with my family and attending my grandsons' baseball games. I reside in Lancaster with my husband and our Bichon, Tigger.

scholar Laura Maillie

Tutor Laura Maillie

Favorite authors/books: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series, Boxcar Children series, The Day the Crayons Quit, My Side of the Mountain, The Diary of Anne Frank, The World According to Garp, The Lovely Bones, Midwives

I received my B.A. in business management from Seton Hill College and my MBA from St. Joseph's University. I found my way to the education world through the IU13 substitute teacher training program. I love to work with students and am currently working at Lititz Elementary School as a reading intervention assistant—I've been doing this for 5 years! There is nothing more satisfying than watching a student, who has worked hard and been supported with positivity, achieve academic growth.

I live with my husband in Manheim Township. We have 2 college-aged children, a son who attends the University of Notre Dame and a daughter who attends University of Rochester. I enjoy going to the beach, visiting my children in college, watching my daughter play field hockey, and shopping for good sales! An interesting fact about me is that I love wooden roller coasters, especially The Phoenix at Knoebels.

scholar Theresa Nimo

Tutor Theresa Nimo

Favorite authors/books: Left Behind series

I have my Master's Degree in reading and am currently an elementary academic support teacher in Penn Manor School District. I like to read just about anything and hope to encourage others to do the same.

I love spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, scrapbooking, or meeting new people. I live in Mount Joy with my husband and children. We have a goldendoodle named Lexi. Something interesting about me is that my husband is from Ghana and we were fortunate to travel there in 2013. I also have visited many beaches on the mid-Atlantic Coast, and it's my goal to visit all of the major beaches on the East Coast.

scholar Doris M. Leeper

Tutor Doris M. Leeper

Favorite authors/books: biographies and memoirs such as, “A Girl Named Zippy,” by Haven Kimmel

I have my M.S. in Communicative Disorders and have been a pediatric speech therapist for 7 years. I love seeing my students learn new skills and experience success in the classroom.

Outside of working, I enjoy gardening, reading, walking, and cooking. I live in Lancaster and have a beautiful garden full of veggies and flowers. An interesting fact about me is that I have lived in 7 different states.

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