Head of School
Head of School Jamie Caplan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Maryland where she focused her studies on juvenile issues and civil rights of children with disabilities. For the past twenty years, Jamie has worked as a special education advocate for children with a variety of disabilities, helping families navigate the IEP and special education process. In addition, Jamie taught and tutored dyslexic children in reading and writing in a variety of private school settings. Jamie has worked as a consultant for children with various learning differences, providing tutoring, academic coaching, and advocacy services. Additionally, Jamie has trained teachers in multi-sensory language instructional techniques through organizations such as The Jemicy School’s Outreach Department and the Dyslexia Tutoring Project. Jamie is trained in Orton-Gillingham, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Project Read, and The Wilson Language Program. Jamie founded The Legacy School in 2011 to better serve intelligent youngsters who need a systematic approach to learning language.
Head of Curriculum
Kaye Saracino is a reading tutor for dyslexic and language disabled students. Kaye earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Towson University. Mrs. Saracino taught third grade in Howard County Public Schools for four years and second grade in Carroll County Public Schools for one year. To prepare for teaching dyslexic students, she completed Orton-Gillingham training at Bowman Education Services. Mrs. Saracino was also trained in Visualizing and Verbalizing at Bowman Education Services. Most recently, she was trained in the Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) program by Lindamood-Bell Training Processes.
Kelly Vollmer graduated with a degree in Communications and English from Goucher College in Towson, MD. She continued her education with a Masters degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, focusing on secondary English education. During this time, she worked in Montgomery County’s public schools teaching a diverse population, including students with learning disabilities as well as English as a second language. In 2007, she earned a second masters degree in Education from John’s Hopkins University, focusing on teaching reading. Kelly continued to work in MCPS as a reading specialist and literacy coach until she took a leave to start a family. Kelly is excited to be at the Legacy School using multi-sensory methods to expose students to a variety of rich literature.
Head of Tutoring
Diane Simms holds the Maryland Advanced Professional Certification and is trained in Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, and Lindamood-Bell reading methods. She obtained a double Bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University in 1990 in the areas of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In 1994, she received a Master’s degree in Education from Old Dominion University. During her 20 years of teaching experience, Mrs. Simms has taught students with all learning styles in the Virginia Beach Public School System, Carroll County Public School System, and her private tutoring practice.
Nora Fitzgerald received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Stevenson University in 2013. Nora was trained in Orton- Gillingham by Bowman Educational Services and Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking by Lindamood- Bell Learning Processes. She has worked directly with children as an administrative and clinical assistant to an occupational therapist in Owings Mills, MD since 2011. During this time, Nora gained knowledge and skills in working with children that have been diagnosed with dysgraphia, ADHD, SPD, dyslexia and other expressive and receptive language disorders. She loves helping her students achieve their reading goals at the Legacy School.
Kelly Hatter has a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Notre Dame University. After receiving her Master’s Degree, Kelly began her teaching career at The Legacy School. Kelly joined Legacy after working as a child-coordinator at Trellis Services Inc. At Trellis, Kelly worked closely with autistic children and their families overseeing treatment plans. Kelly is trained in Orton-Gillingham and works at Legacy as both a tutor and a Literature teacher.
Lindsey Hendrix graduated from Stevenson University in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, Lindsey taught kindergarten and was a para-professional for Carroll County Public Schools. In the summer of 2015, Lindsey received Orton-Gillingham training from Bowman Educational Services and is certified as a special education teacher. Prior to her role as a reading tutor, Lindsey taught literature at Legacy. She enjoys using multi-sensory techniques and creating a positive, caring environment to help her students succeed.
Becki Lawson holds a MSDE Certification in Special Education. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from Stevenson University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from McDaniel College. She brings years of teaching experience from Howard and Carroll County. She received Orton-Gillingham training from Fran Bowman and joined Legacy in 2015.
Liz Moul graduated from Stevenson University in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. While at Stevenson, she worked in a variety of schools with children of varying ages and skill levels. In the summer of 2013, Liz received Orton-Gillingham training from Bowman Educational Services. She loves to help students thrive in their environment and is dedicated to helping all children succeed. Liz teaches math and is a reading tutor at the Legacy School.
Lisa Palik, graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education. She has ten years experience teaching in urban, suburban, private, and public school settings. Lisa also completed the Orton Gillingham training from Bowman Educational Services. She believes all children can learn and enjoys using a multi-sensory approach that works with each child’s strengths to help them succeed.
Trevor Williams graduated from Washington College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a minor in Music. After graduating, he worked for three years as a teacher assistant, substitute teacher, and music teacher at Radcliffe Creek School, a K-8 school for children with diagnosed learning differences in Chestertown, MD. He has also worked as a professional musician and guitar teacher since 2005. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Williams completed the Orton-Gillingham training course with Fran Bowman. He now teaches reading, literature, music, and art at the Legacy School.
Karen Zink earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Education from Wydner University. She was trained in Orton-Gillingham in 2006 and Visualizing & Verbalizing in 2007. She has been teaching in a variety of settings for the past 10 years, including 1-1 tutoring for dyslexic children, Title I programs in public schools and in Montessori Education. Karen is thrilled to be a part of the Legacy school community.
Head of Math
Brittany Jones graduated from McDaniel College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Brittany is a full-time math teacher at The Legacy School. While at McDaniel, she worked in a variety of schools with children of varying ages and skill levels. Prior to teaching at Legacy, Brittany student taught at Parr’s Ridge Elementary in first grade. During student teaching, she led a math club in the mornings to help those students struggling in mathematics; she utilized multi-sensory techniques to help students understand the material they struggled with. Brittany applies a variety of multi-sensory techniques in her classroom now and is determined to help all students at Legacy be successful with applying that knowledge outside the classroom.
Debra Brewer graduated from Barton College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education with a focus in Math. She continued her interest in mathematics with a Masters in Mathematics from Texas A&M University. She has taught special education students in both public and private schools. In 2007 she started her own tutoring company, focusing primarily on tutoring math with students who have dyslexia, math anxiety, learning issues, and gifted students. She embraces the multi-sensory approach as the best way to really understand and learn math.
Beth Hand received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Stevenson University and her Masters in Nutrition as well as her Doctorate of Chiropractic from NYCC. She is currently a full-time math teacher at Legacy. Prior to teaching at Legacy, she taught math for grades 1-5 at Howard County’s summer school to help children advance whole years curriculum. It is there she found the importance for multi-sensory learning. She also used her new love of the multi-sensory approach to help teach college level students math, biology, and chemistry. In the summer of 2015, Beth received training in the Orton-Gillingham method from Bowman Educational Services.
Head of Social Studies
Lisa Hamby has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and MSDE Early Childhood Certification. Lisa taught 1st-2nd grade in Howard County until she began homeschooling her four children. Lisa’s twelve years of homeschooling experience included teaching 3rd-8th-grade History and Geography at Spectrum Christian Homeschool, and 3rd-6th-grade Grammar and Writing at Christiana Homeschool Academy, Westminster. Other classes, she taught include: Literature, Art, Speech, Character Building, Geography, and Book Club. She was also a Home School Reviewer and Co-Administrator at Chapelgate Home Education Program. Lisa is trained in Orton-Gillingham. Currently, Lisa teaches Social studies and Literature at the Legacy School.
Head of Science
Beth Stiles graduated from the College of Notre Dame with a Masters certification in education. Prior to Notre Dame, Beth received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art from Towson University. Beth taught technology to dyslexic youngsters and volunteered for First Lego League – a math, science, and engineering program for young students. In addition, Beth taught art at Friend’s School summer camp. Beth has a passion for science and technology. Beth teaches Math, Science and Robotics club at the Legacy School.
Kristen Goodreau is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her undergraduate degree from McDaniel College and Masters of Education in School Counseling from Loyola University with an advanced certificate in Clinical Counseling. Kristen has eight years of experience in the counseling field as a school based therapist where she provided comprehensive mental health services to students at an elementary/middle school. She takes a cognitive behavioral and person-centered approach to counseling and has a passion for children’s mental health and well-being as it is a vital component for a child’s ability to learn and succeed. Kristen is excited to join the Legacy family and looks forward to addressing the social emotional needs of all students at Legacy.
Laurie Zukerberg, MS, CCC-SLP., is a speech-language pathologist with an extensive history in treating children with deficits in expressive language due to their dyslexia and receptive and expressive language weaknesses. Laurie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Maryland College Park and her Master of Science degree from Towson University. Laurie is Orton-Gillingham trained and has previously worked for Jemicy School’s summer programs as an Orton-Gillingham tutor for dyslexic middle school students. Laurie has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at The Gateway School, Friendship School and The Link Center at Trellis Services. She also maintains a private practice where she focuses primarily on treating children with deficits in receptive and expressive language, childhood apraxia of speech, and articulation challenges. Laurie treats Legacy students who require additional language therapy outside of the classroom setting. She is trained in PROMPT therapy in order to assist our students with motor control and language formulation. In addition, she conducts social skills groups for Legacy students that focus on the social/relational aspects of language pragmatics.
Kellie Riley is a writing teacher for dyslexic and language disabled students. Kellie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Washington College. Ms. Riley taught fourth and fifth grade in Howard County Public Schools for three years. To prepare for teaching dyslexic students, she completed Orton-Gillingham training at Bowman Education Services. Kellie is excited to be at the Legacy School using multi sensory methods to teach students writing.
Jennifer Cooper completed her certificate at Baltimore Hebrew University. Jennifer is the Art teacher at the Legacy School. Prior to working at Legacy, Jennifer taught at the Jewish Community Center for fifteen years. She also has taught for the past eight years at the McDonough School’s Summer program. Jennifer has a passion for teaching and a passion for all aspects of Art. She loves passing on her creative spirit to her students. Jennifer is excited to be a part of the Legacy community.
Administrative Director, CMT
Krissy Cook has an Associates Degree in Communication from High Point College. While raising her kids, she owned her own day care business for 10 years. She then moved to a school setting as a Teacher’s Assistant and then an Administrative Assistant at Mount Airy Christian Academy. Krissy lives with her husband and two children in Frederick County on a 40 acre farm. In addition to being passionate about youth and education, she loves animals and is very devoted to giving to the community. She co-founded Manna Farms, which raises cattle for the hungry.
Jake Sand received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from McDaniel College and his Masters in Nutrition as well as his Doctorate of Chiropractic from NYCC. Both during and after college, he has worked for several businesses as a bookkeeper and financial analyst. In the years following McDaniel, he started a company that traded on the stock markets and foreign exchange markets in which he was actively managing a trading portfolio. Jake has also worked for two different banks in retail banking.