Karen Borland, M. Ed.
Karen’s tenure at Laughlin Children’s Center spans over 30 years. Prior to coming to the Center, she was a kindergarten teacher in West Virginia and North Carolina. Currently as the Director of the Academic department, she oversees The Village Preschool and the Center’s tutoring program, administers educational evaluations, and provides individualized tutoring for children from preschool to elementary grades. In addition to having a Master of Education degree, she holds a teaching certificate from Pennsylvania Department of Education and is also a certified Orton-Gillingham practitioner.
Susan Wright, MA
Susan joined Laughlin Children’s Center in January 2009 as a lead teacher in the Village Preschool. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology, certification as an Orton-Gillingham (O-G) practitioner and has many years of experience in the social service and non-profit educational sectors. Susan provides academic evaluations, OG tutoring for children diagnosed with dyslexia and promotes the specialized program to the community.
Jeanne Bower, M.Ed.
Jeanne has been employed at Laughlin Children’s Center since 1998. Most of her time is spent as a reading tutor for elementary through middle school students; she also works with high school students on organizational/study skills. In addition, Jeanne administers academic evaluations. She obtained a Master of Education degree in special education and holds a Pennsylvania teaching certificate.
Michele Percey, BA
Michele has worked at Laughlin Children’s Center since 2007. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and her PA teaching certificate after serving in the military. Her interest in math has led her to focus most of her tutoring skills on math instruction for elementary grade students. Michele has completed two specialized courses in multi-sensory math instruction which have benefited many of her students – Chris Woodin’s course, Teaching Math with Alternative Strategies and Marilyn Zecher’s Multi-Sensory Math 1 course.
Kelly Kimmy, BA
Kelly started her work at Laughlin Children’s Center in 2009 as a preschool teacher in The Village Preschool. In addition to her Bachelor degree in elementary and early childhood education and PA teaching certificate, she became certified as an Orton-Gillingham instructor and tutors children diagnosed with dyslexia. She previously worked at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and was the director at a childcare center.
Kellie Walker, AS
Since 2003, Kellie has worked at Laughlin Children’s Center as an assistant teacher in The Village Preschool. Prior experience includes 20 years at Sewickley YMCA teaching preschool gymnastics and swimming and as a camp counselor. Kellie has an Associate degree in Early Education and Child Development. In addition to her preschool duties, Kellie is the evening receptionist at the Center.