Suite 1, 17-19 Mooramba Rd
Dee Why NSW 2099
ABN 12 605 138 243
Ph: (02) 9982 1773
About The Dyslexia Support and Learning Centre
Dyslexia Support and Learning Centre was established in 2010 in a small office in Dee Why as a family business and still remains so. We are Accredited Tutors, registered tutors for SPELD NSW and registered members of the Australian Tutoring Association and the Australian Dyslexia Association.
Ron James - Founder
BA, Cert Ed, Cert and Diploma Specific Learning Difficulties (UK).
Working with children check WWC0284313E.
Ron has been a teacher in primary schools for 37 years. He has been class teacher through to Principal across his long career in education. He started his career teaching in the UK and then decided to travel and taught in a number of International Schools around the world including Germany (6 yrs), Hong Kong (22 yrs) and Cyprus (2 yrs).
Ron attempted to retire 2003, but soon got bored and the pull to help children improve their literacy skills was too great. He started The Dyslexia Support and Learning Centre (originally Dee Why IDL) in 2010 and has been helping kids improve their reading, confidence and well being for the last 8 years.
Cert Ed (UK) Working with children check WWC0519005E
Felicity is a qualified UK Secondary School teacher and has been teaching for 30 years. She has been a Class Teacher, Head of Department and Head of Years 7 & 8 in an International school in Hong Kong.
Felicity has been supporting Ron and assisting with teaching in the centre since it opened in 2010.
NSW Specific Learning
Emma Piesse - Director
BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science, MSL therapist (AMADA)
Working with children check WWC1019853E.
Emma grew up in Hong Kong and then completed her psychology degree at Nottingham University in Behavioural Science in the UK. Emma went on to a have a corporate career for the next 15 years. When the opportunity arose to work with her father, Ron, in 2014 and make a significant impact on the community, she jumped at the chance! Emma now the Director of the Dyslexia Support and Learning Centre Pty Ltd. She is an MSL (Multisensory Structured Language) therapist trained through and is an Associate Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association. Emma consults widely with local schools, advocates for our students and offers advice to parents based on the latest research. She also trains parents and students in the use of Assitive Techonology to maximise children's academic potential.
Master of Teaching, University of Sydney, BA (Hons) Modern Languages
Working with children check WWC0719802E
Fiona moved to Australia from England in 2004, following a career in events management and investment banking. She decided to follow her passion for working with children and trained as a primary school teacher at the University of Sydney. After working in various primary schools in the Inner West, she discovered her preference for teaching children with learning challenges. Fiona joined the DSLC team in March 2017. She completed the MSL (Multisensory Structured Language) course through the Australian Dyslexia Association in July 2018.
Master of Teaching (Primary), Swinburne University of Technology, BA International Communications, Macquarie University. Working with Children check WWC1258884E
After working as a Personal Assistant and having two children of her own, Brittany realised her passion for education, enthusiastic about helping children succeed in learning. She completed a post-graduate Master of Teaching at Swinburne University and is now trained as a primary educator. When she heard of the opportunity to help at DSLC in February 2018, Brittany couldn’t wait to be a part of the team. Understanding the challenging but rewarding role learning support plays in the lives of students with learning challenges, Brittany is committed to ensuring children are both empowered and confident when taking the next step in their individual learning journey.
Bachelor of Education (Primary), Macquarie University, MSL Therapist
Working with children check WWC0629090E
Emily worked in the travel industry for many years in marketing and as a conference manager. After having children, she went back to university to study Education. Since qualifying, Emily has worked at a Northern Beaches public school as a casual teacher and in Learning Support. She works directly with children who have physical, behavioural and learning disabilities, and runs the MiniLit and MultiLit programs. Emily completed the MSL (Multisensory Structured Language) course through the Australian Dyslexia Association in July 2018. She joined DSLC immediately after as she couldn’t wait to start teaching MSL.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, BA (Hons) German (University College London)
Working with Children Check: WWCC0513382E
After an initial career in scientific grants administration, Jane decided to follow her heart and retrain as a primary school teacher. She enjoyed working as a Class Teacher and Learning Support Coordinator in London, discovering her passion for helping students with learning difficulties. Since coming to live in Australia in 2002 and having children of her own, Jane has continued to focus on teaching students with literacy difficulties, both in public schools and other settings She is very excited to be able to join the DSLC team and continue to help improve children’s literacy skills with the wonderful research-based programs available.
B. Ed (Special Needs. WA). Diploma in Education (UK).Teacher’s Certificate NSW
Working with Children Check: WWCC1261005E
Margaret is a retired teacher who taught in UK and Australia for nearly 40 years.
Her many roles in education included class teaching K-6, Learning Support Coordinator, (STLD) Support Teacher Learning Difficulties, Reading Recovery teacher and relieving Deputy Principal/relieving Assistant Principal at various schools. Margaret is passionate about helping children develop self-esteem and reach their full potential and she is delighted to be given the opportunity to work in the caring, positive and supportive environment of the Dyslexia Learning and Support Centre.