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Mary Beth D’Antoni, Owner
Mary Beth D’Antoni, is a reading expert who has been active in the field of education for over thirty years. She holds a NJ K-12 Teaching Certificate. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. She worked as a Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher, Reading Teacher, Adjunct Professor of Reading and is author of “Pathways to the Mind,” a reading program for students who have difficulty learning from traditional methods.

She is owner and founder of Jersey Shore Learning Center. Her educational experience has included concentrated work in remedial, developmental and enrichment areas for kindergarten through college level students. Ms. D’Antoni has done extended independent research related to students with learning differences. Her program, “Pathways to the Mind,” is based on her experience, findings and research on the development of reading skills and has been recognized throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Ms. D’Antoni’s teaching methods have been proven to be highly successful in the development of essential reading skills. Read more about Mary Beth’s story here.

Kelly Fay

Kelly is a Reading Specialist who has been in education for 15 years teaching kindergarten through 2nd grade with the Tinton Falls School District. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Kean University and later went on to receive her Elementary Education and Special Education Teacher Certifications at Georgian Court University. Kelly continued her education at Georgian Court where she received a Master of Arts in Education with a Reading Specialist / Literacy Coach certification.

Kelly currently is a Specialized Reading teacher in which she implements instruction to small groups of students using a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading. She collaborates with teachers to ensure school success and students reading achievement. Kelly is certified in the Wilson Language Program.

When Kelly is not helping students, she spends her time with family and friends. As a married mother of three children, Kelly’s time is spent on soccer fields, lacrosse fields, and at ice hockey rinks. Kelly and her husband, James, are avid sports enthusiasts, and they take great pride in watching their children succeed both on and off the athletic field.

Tara Keegan
Tara Keegan has been a Reading Specialist for over 20 years teaching kindergarten through 8th grade.

Tara has taught the LD and self-contained population. In, addition, she had taught in the Resource Center and as an In-Class Support Teacher

As a Reading Specialist,Tara works on fluency, comprehension and writing skills. She also coaches teachers and helps to improve the Reading Program throughout the school.

Tara is certified in the Wilson Reading and Orton-Gillingham Programs. She utilizes a multi-sensory approach to help her students become successful readers.

Maryellen McLaughlin
Maryellen McLaughlin has been a Title One ELA Interventionist who is Orton-Gillingham certified for 22 years. She has also taught academically gifted students in grade 3 & 4. Maryellen supervises 30 teachers and 140 students in grades 3-5 providing resources and training, and collaborates with the administration to analyze data to drive program goals in ELA. She is a highly dedicated teacher whose passion lies in teaching children to be successful and life-long readers.

Kathy Mueller
Kathy Mueller is a Reading Specialist who has been an educator for over 30 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education at Douglas College, Rutger’s University, and went on to study at the Rutger’s Graduate School of Education to receive her Elementary teaching certificate. Kathy completed the Lee Canter Master’s Program in Education and she has attended courses at the Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

She worked as a kindergarten, first and second grade teacher, before becoming a Reading Specialist in the East Brunswick Public School System. Kathy was with the East Brunswick Public Schools for 30 years and she was honored twice as the recipient of the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. She has been trained in the Orton and Wilson Reading Programs, as well as the Visualizing and Verbalizing Program. She was instrumental in implementing the Fundation’s Phonics Program in her district, as well as the Teacher’s College Reading and writing workshop models. She has presented several workshops for parents and teachers on how to help their children become better readers. Kathy was also a presenter at the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence 2012 Conference in Orlando, Florida. Kathy is dedicated to improving children’s reading skills through multi-sensory activities. She wants to develop a love for reading in each of her students.

Alison Munoz-Cassidy
I am a dedicated teacher with 14 years of elementary school experience. I believe that all children are capable of being accomplished readers. I’m a mom of a child who struggled with reading in her early elementary years and with the proper help and instruction was able to become a successful reader. Seeing my daughter succeed is what prompted me to obtain my Masters Degree in Literacy and become a certified Reading Specialist. My passion is to be able to diagnose and provide remediation for children who struggle with reading.

I have given numerous Language Arts professional development sessions to my colleagues. I have received Employee of the Month recognition three times throughout my years teaching in Long Branch. I am familiar with many reading programs and assessments which allows me to provide a balanced approach to reading instruction.