Brenda Peters, MA, MEd, SAIF, ICALP, CALTDirector

Brenda Peters has been Director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center – Seacoast Learning Center located in Rochester, NH since 2014. Brenda started her Orton-Gillingham/Structured Literacy journey on April 1, 2004, as a Level 1 Dyslexia Practitioner trainee at the CDC of Nashua. Brenda currently serves as president of the New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Brenda has ten years of case management experience in public schools and over 5,000 hours of Structured Literacy teaching experience. In private practice, Brenda evaluates children with reading challenges/dyslexia and advocates for these families. Prior to her immersion in the world of structured literacy Brenda was an organizational behavior/development consultant with the international accounting and consulting group, Coopers & Lybrand, at their headquarters in New York City. Brenda received her bachelor’s in psychology from Clark University, her master’s in organizational behavior and development from Columbia University, and master’s in education from Rivier University with certifications in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Reading and Writing Specialist and Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning. Brenda is CDC/IMSLEC certified in the following: Level 1 Dyslexia Practitioner; Level 2 Dyslexia Practitioner; Supervisor; Level 1 Dyslexia Practitioner Trainer; Level 2 Dyslexia Practitioner Trainer; and Dyslexia Therapist. She is currently working on her certification as a Dyslexia Therapist Trainer. Brenda has a husband, 2 sons, a brother, and many others in her extended family with dyslexia who have inspired her on this journey. As a struggling reader herself, Brenda says “I believe all my training over the years has led me to this unique place in the world of structured literacy where we are currently at a precipice and structured literacy has a chance of winning over balanced literacy thus improving the life outcomes of all children and especially those with dyslexia.” One of her proudest accomplishments, thus far, has been building and cultivating the SLC into the thriving community that currently exists via a growth-mindset culture that promotes growth through learning. In just 7 years SLC has gone from being a center on the brink of closing to a thriving Center with a robust community of supporters that includes Masons, trainees, students, and families. In her free time Brenda enjoys hanging out with other word nerds, playing with her dog, watching birds, and of course, thinking about structured literacy and reading.

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