Diagnostic Team

Joan N. Ickes (Maier), EdD
Chief Executive Officer

Co-founder

Diagnostician
 

Joan N. Ickes, (Maier) EdD is CEO, co-founder, and diagnostician of Dynamic Learners, Inc. (DLI) in the metropolitan area of Houston, Texas.  Dr. Ickes earned her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction at Illinois State University and a Master of Science degree in reading at the University of Missouri.  Joan was an associate professor of education and chair of internship program initiatives and school district-university partnerships at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Sam Houston State University.

 

Joan has over 40 years of experience working with learners of all ages.  She began her career as a public-school secondary teacher and as a literacy diagnostician for K-12 students and adults.   Professionally, she works with a variety of individuals with learning disabilities, including those with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, auditory processing disorder, and academic curriculum-gaps.  Joan’s research includes academic learning disabilities, personal learning passions and strategies, and innovative curriculum design and teaching strategies.  Joan presents at research conferences nationally and internationally and provides professional development for school districts.  She has authored numerous curriculum programs, articles and book chapters and has been recognized professionally with awards for her research and teaching.

 

As CEO of DLI, she conducts training seminars for learning specialists and hands-on workshops for parents.  She engages in community outreach with individuals, organizations, and businesses that will provide financial support for our clients who represent underserved individuals with learning disabilities.  As a DLI diagnostician, she conducts diagnostic analysis and prescribes personalized learning solutions and develops personal learning passion (PLP) curriculum with learning specialist for our clients.  She is a passionate advocate and mentor for clients and their families living with learning disabilities.   

PROVEN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS
30+ years as PreK-18 educators with numerous teaching and education research awards!
Cofounders and Team members meet all Federal and State professional regulations.
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Diagnosticians

Lillian Benavente McEnery, EdD

Lilian McEnery, EdD. - Board Director of Dynamic Learners, Inc.

Wren Bump, PhD

Wren Bump, PhD - Diagnostician and Learning Specialist

Board director

Co-founder

Diagnostician


EdD Curriculum & Instruction
MS Reading Education
BS Elementary Education

Diagnostician
Learning Specialist

PhD Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
MS Elementary and Special Education 
BS Elementary Education

Learning Specialists

Laura Kovalcik - Learning Specialist in Literacy

LAURA KOVALCIK

Learning SpecialistLiteracy

MS Elementary & Reading Education
BS  Elementary Education

Rita Gatson - Learning Specialist in Literacy

RITA GATSON

Learning Specialist—Literacy

MS   Reading Education

BS    Elementary Education

Michelle Hix - Learning Specialist in Literacy

MICHELLE HIX

Learning SpecialistLiteracy

BS    Curriculum & Instruction, Secondary
         Education - English

         English as Second Language Certification

Sherry Otahal - Learning Specialist in Secondary Literacy

SHERRY OTAHAL

Learning SpecialistSecondary Literacy

BS  English Education
       English as Second Language Certification


 

Ana Samano - Learning Specialist in Bilingual Education

ANA SAMANO

Learning SpecialistBilingual

BS  Interdisciplinary Studies—Bilingual Education

 

Rhonda Ponder - Learning Specialist in Elementary Math

RHONDA PONDER

Learning Specialist—Elementary Math

MS   Elementary Education

BS    Elementary Education

Karen Gordy - Learning Specialist in Elementary Math

KAREN GORDY

Learning Specialist—Elementary Math

MM   Music-Flute Performance

BM    Music Education-Conductor

BS     Elementary & Secondary Education

Christie Hahn - Learning Specialist in Secondary Math

CHRISTIE HAHN

Learning Specialist—Secondary Math

MEd      Education Administration

BA         Accounting

Kimberly Bryant - Learning Specialist in Secondary Math

KIMBERLY BRYANT

Learning Specialist—Secondary Math

BS    Elementary Education, Mathematics

         Mathematics 4-8, 8-12 Certification 

         English as Second Language Certification

Claudia Ovalle - Learning Specialist in Bilingual Education

CLAUDIA OVALLE

Learning Specialist—Bilingual

EdD   Organizational Leadership &
          Special Education (In Progress)

MS    Multicultural Education—Bilingual

BS     Secondary Education

Claudia Pitman - Learning Specialist in Bilingual Education

CLAUDIA PITMAN

Learning Specialist—Bilingual

MA  Bilingual Education & Principal Certificate

BS   Interdisciplinary Studies—Bilingual Education
        Early Childhood Education Certificate

 

Network of Professional Consultants

 

We utilize a network of professional consultants in such areas as autism, attention disorders, speech, auditory or visual processing disorders, and challenges with math.  We work with physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, audiologists, and ophthalmologists.

Board of Directors

Susan Brown - Board of Directors

SUSAN BROWN

MS  Elementary Education--Math Specialization

BS   Elementary Education

Sue Chapman, EdD - Board of Directors

SUE CHAPMAN, EdD

EdD   Education Leadership

MS     Elementary Education--Math Specialization

BS     Early Childhood Education

Joan Ickes, EdD - Board of Directors

JOAN ICKES, EdD

EdD   Curriculum and Instruction
MS    Reading Education
BS    Secondary Education

Susan McCormack, EdD. - Board of Directors

SUSAN McCORMACK, EdD

EdD    Curriculum and Instruction

MS      Curriculum and Instruction

BA       Interdisciplinary Education--History 

Rosie Sanchez - Board of Directors

ROSIE SANCHEZ

MS     Reading Education 

BA      Interdisciplinary Studies 
 

Maria Cerino - Board of Directors

MARIA CERINO

Parent of former clients
BA  Tourism and Administration

Karen Coffey - Board of Directors

KAREN COFFEY

MA  Special Education
MA  Counseling

BS   Elementary Education

Lawrence Kohn, EdD. - Board of Directors

LAWRENCE KOHN, EdD

EdD   Curriculum and Instruction

MA     Historical Social and Cultural Foundations

BA      English

Lillian Beneavente McEnery, EdD. - Board of Directors

LILLIAN BENEAVENTE MCENERY, EdD

EdD  Curriculum and Instruction
MS   Reading Education
BS    Elementary Education

Patricia Williams, EdD. - Board of Directors

PATRICIA WILLIAMS, EdD

EdD    Curriculum and Instruction

MA      English

BAT     English and Political Science

DYNAMIC LEARNERS, INCORPORATED 

FOUNDING BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

 

First  row

Dr. Lillian McEnery, Dr. Joan Ickes, Dr. Patricia Williams

 

Second row

Karen Coffey,  Maria Cerino, Dr. Lawrence Kohn, Dr. Susan McCormack 

Board of Directors - Karen Coffey, Maria Cerino, Dr. Lawrence Kohn, Dr. Susan McCormack

PROVEN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS

With Dynamic Learners, Inc., you get more than a tutor.   Our team of professional educators have exceptional experience with children and adults.  The team averages 25+ years of experience.  Several team members have received awards for teaching and research.  Our team members meet all federal and state professional regulations.  

TCEA - Certification for Remote Learning Educator