Liisa Freure M.Ed., OCT, Fellow/AOGPE
Laurie Leason M.Ed., OCT, Fellow/AOGPE
Both Liisa and Laurie bring a unique perspective that comes from being mothers, certified elementary classroom teachers with expertise in learning needs, private tutors, teacher trainers, and educational consultants. We both hold Master of Education degrees and are Fellows of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). Dyslexia runs in both our families so we have personal as well as professional experience—we understand.
Liisa Freure, M.Ed., OCT, Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) has over 25 years of experience in the field of education. She is a former elementary school teacher in Toronto who received her M.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Liisa’s initial interest in research-based interventions for at-risk students began when traditional methods of instruction did not seem to work for some students. Then, after two of her own three children exhibited early signs of dyslexia, Liisa began to learn all that she could about strategies for intervention and remediation. This led her to go beyond her Special Education Training, to become certified as an education advocate and a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). In addition to this, Liisa is trained in Structured Word Inquiry and continues to expand and enrich her understanding of language. Liisa now runs a private educational consulting and tutoring practice for students of all ages and trains parents, teachers and other professionals in Structured Literacy. She has been actively involved with the Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association since 2007 and has served in various roles including President.
Laurie Leason was a District School Board of Niagara elementary teacher who received her M.Ed. from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York. Laurie continued on to obtain her Reading Specialist when two of her children experienced difficulty reading and writing. Once both of her boys were diagnosed with dyslexia, Laurie sought out the various methods for remediation. This led her to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Laurie obtained her Associate and Certified Levels from the Academy and her desire to reach other students has led her to obtain her Fellow Level and train other teachers. She taught for six years at The Gow School Summer Program in South Wales, a private school for dyslexic students. Laurie has been a Board Member of the Western New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association since 2006. She currently runs a private tutoring practice using the Orton-Gillingham approach.