Victoria Norris, Director
In August 2013, Vicki Norris became director of the Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association.
Vicki Norris earned a Master of Arts degree in Reading and Literacy from Central Michigan University in 2011. She has classroom experience as a third and fourth grade teacher. She homeschooled her own four children for thirteen years. Currently she is working as an adjunct professor at CMU where she is teaching corrective reading (including the Orton-Gillingham approach) to prospective teachers.
Vicki Norris has a heart for people with dyslexia and their families. Her own daughter was a student in the GTDA program. Vicki knows all too well what it is like to be the parent of a struggling child. She brings all of this training, experience, and compassion to her role as director of GTDA.
Patricia Dolanski, Founding Director
After 28 years, Pat Dolanski is changing her job description. She is handing over the leadership role at GTDA to Vicki Norris. Pat will continue tutoring and will screen some of the incoming students. Being the founder of GTDA—Pat Dolanski will of course stay on the Board of Directors. Importantly, Pat will be the resident consultant to the organization. Amazing isn’t she!
Pat Dolanski has made the profession of teaching a lifelong career. Her original teaching credentials, from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, were in teaching the deaf and the hearing impaired. However, life and necessity led Pat into a different area of teaching. Because of her daughter’s learning disabilities, Pat found herself retraining to teach people with dyslexia. Soon thereafter Pat realized that there were many students in the Traverse City area needing this kind of specialized teaching. She set out to create the Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association.
She has taught children, adults, prospective tutors, and the general public. In 1998 Patricia was the recipient of the Grand Traverse Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator Award. She has nurtured the Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association from its inception in 1985 (when she was the only tutor and her living room was the office) until today. Now GTDA has 25 tutors–all trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. No longer is the living room the center of activity. Tutors have a place to meet with students, and there is a business office and administrative staff.
All involved at GTDA are thankful that Pat is here to help us move forward.
The 25 member tutoring staff at GTDA is composed of men and women.
- All GTDA tutors have a minimum of a four-year college degree.
- Each one is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach.
- Many have additional educational expertise.
- Each and everyone has on-going professional development.
Nancy Moncel is the go-to gal at GTDA. She will take your phone calls and messages.
Nancy is the hub connecting director, parents, and tutors. She coordinates billing, payroll, and office management at the Center at 735 S. Garfield, Suite 100.