At Learning & Behavior Specialists, LLC, we are a unique group of educators that has been trained by the most world-renowned experts in the industry. We stay dedicated to incredibly-high standards in every aspect of teaching and learning, and strive to select the best possible staff for the benefit of our students.
Each one of our staff members has a master's degree/extensive master's level coursework and displays exemplary professional competencies. Our tutors have expertise in teaching general subject areas, while our specialists are special educators, reading specialists, and other related service professionals; vested in understanding and aiding our students on a number of specific and varied learning levels.
Wendy Wall, Director, M.A., CSLDS, CALP
Wendy Wall is the Owner and Director of Learning & Behavior Specialists, LLC. She received her undergraduate degree in Learning Disabilities from James Madison University in 1991. She graduated with honors and attended the University of Arizona where she received her master's degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation in 1994. She participated in a unique program of study designed by Dr. Samuel Kirk, who is recognized as "The Father of Learning Disabilities," for coining the term learning disability and pioneering the field.
While at Arizona, Wendy assisted Dr. Nancy Mather and Dr. Rhia Roberts in the process of writing Informal Assessment and Instruction in Written Language: A Practitioner's Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities.
Her university training was under the tutelage of many of the world's most renowned experts, researchers, and authors in the field of special education. Under the direction of these experts, Wendy extensively studied advanced assessment, reading and written language instruction, dyslexia diagnosis and intervention, oral language disabilities, multicultural-bilingual disabilities, special education, consultation, and assessment. She also completed field work as a diagnostician, oral language therapist, and prescriptive educator.
Currently, Wendy is on the board of the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Wendy is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner through the Academic Language Therapy Association and a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist through the International Dyslexia Association's Center for Effective Reading Instruction. She recently earned her Certificate of Trainer of Teachers through the Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts, which is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. She is the only professional in Western VA with those designations. In addition to her remarkable professional training, has completed "Highly Qualified Special Educator" training and certification in Processing and Cognitive Enhancement and Master the Code. She provides several structured literacy/Orton-Gillingham based programs including the highly regarded Slingerland program. She has earned membership in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
Her many years of experience include assessing and educating students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, and attention deficit disorders (grades K-12) in the public schools and in the private sector. She has mentored student teachers and has guest lectured for teachers in training for University of Arizona, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Hollins University, and Virginia Western Community College. She is married and has two sons and a daughter.
Our Outstanding Learning Specialists & Tutors
Cadell Bell Tutor & PACE/Master the Code Certified Trainer: Elementary to Middle School Language Arts, Math,Study Skills, & Spanish. She teaches PACE and Master the Code. Cadell has completed all courses for Reading Specialists.
Elisabeth Davidson Reading Specialist: K-12 Reading, Writing, & Spelling Instruction, Study Skills, College Student Support, SAT Prep, Executive Functions Training
Marisa Christian Learning Specialist: K-12 Learning Disabilities, AD/HD, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Math, Study Skills Instruction and Behavior Management
Matthew Dunham Tutor: Advanced Mathematics, SAT Prep
Charles "Butch" Kitts Tutor: Advanced Mathematics & Physics
Kate Elmore Dyslexia Interventionist: Math, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Study Skills, Executive Functions
Annaka Welty Counseling for children, teens, and adults. Specializes in trauma, attachment, anxiety, depression, and abuse. Helps build healthy relationships, emotional regulation, coping strategies, and communication skills
Amy Higgs, OTR Occupational Therapist
Sherry Kitts Learning Specialist: K-12 Autism, Learning Disabilities, AD/HD, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Math, Study Skills Instruction and Behavior Management
Linda LeFever Tutor: A former Teacher of the Year and reading textbook consultant for two major publishing companies. Elementary Reading, Math, Writing, Spelling & Homework Support
Teri May Tutor & PACE/Master the Code Certified Trainer: Preschool/Early Elementary Intervention, PACE, Master the Code, Play Attention Trainer
Mallory Smitherman Learning Specialist: K-12 Special Education, Middle and High School Subjects, Executive Functions Training, Study/Organizational Skills Training
Beth Gunter, Ed.S. Psychologist: Adjunct professor at Hollins University, Nationally Certified, Board Eligible School Psychologist: psychoeducational evaluations, counseling, behavioral interventions, parent support, consulting, and advocacy.
Melissa Oretade Tutor and Reading Specialist: K-12 reading, writing, spelling, study skills, college student support, SAT Prep and K-6 subjects, and executive functions training.