Amy Miller, MA, MFA, CALP
Amy Miller is co-founder of May Center for Learning, a school and outreach center for students with language-based learning differences in Santa Fe, NM. She earned her BA from American University, her MA from St. John’s College, and her MFA in Writing from Arizona State University. Amy is a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and a trainer for the SEE Multi-Sensory Language Teaching Program. She is a frequent presenter at regional education conferences and at varied schools and organizations, including being a featured speaker at the sold-out Dyslexia 2018 conference in Albuquerque, NM this February. Amy is also Chair of Outreach on the board of the Southwest chapter of the International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA), and she co-chairs The Reading Group, a literacy initiative focused on improving reading outcomes for students in Santa Fe in collaboration with the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community Foundation. Last year, she founded the Dyslexia Justice League, an empowerment group for children with dyslexia that uses superhero stories as a vehicle for learning about self-advocacy, growth mindset, and the strengths of the dyslexic mind. Where I Come From, a book that Amy co-authored with May Center students, won the 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Young Adult Book of the Year.
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Stephanie Binkley, MA, CALP
St. John’s Early Childhood and Elementary Director
Stephanie has had a passion for working with children with learning differences since high school when she had the opportunity to be a teacher’s aide in a classroom for peers with special needs. She received a Bachelor’s in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and a Masters in Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling in 2004. As a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner, Stephanie has extensive training in working with children with language delays. She has most recently been trained in the DuBard Association Method and Lindamood Bell.
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Bret Luboyeski, MA, CALP: Intermediate Director
Bret is a Chicago-area native and graduate of Northwestern University. In the Chicago area, he worked as a special education teacher at the high school level. Bret has also worked as an individual academic tutor. Most recently, he served as director of Sylvan Learning here in Santa Fe. Bret came to New Mexico to study at St. John’s College, where he earned his M.A. in Eastern Classics. Bret is currently working toward certification in multi-sensory language teaching, and he has completed a course in mindfulness in schools through mindfulschools.org. While he misses authentic, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Bret is quite happy to have been introduced to Hatch green chiles and New Mexican cuisine. When he is not eating, he enjoys hiking, playing chess and watching ice hockey.
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Heidi Schmidt, MA, LED, CALP
Director of Tutoring & Assessment, Certified Educational Diagnostician
Heidi has worked for 15 years as a general education teacher, as well as a special education and gifted student teacher in both private school settings and with the Santa Fe Public Schools. The mother of two teenage boys, Heidi is not only an advocate for students in her professional life, she has firsthand knowledge of the challenges and frustrations a learning disability can cause for her child and her family. Heidi is a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner and has completed multi-sensory language teacher training in both the Sounds in Syllables Multisensory Language Program and the Shelton Sequential English Education Program. Additionally, Heidi recently completed her Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities. Always a lifelong learner, she also holds a post graduate certificate in educational diagnosis. Her passion continues to be to teach, support and advocate for bright children who don’t fit into the traditional education mold.
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