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. The centre has been going from strength to strength and expanded in 2014. 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 was lucky enough to grow up in Hong Kong and then travelled to the UK to complete her degree at Nottingham University. Emma went on to a have a corporate career in events, marketing and property, managing various teams over the next 15 years. When the opportunity arose to work with her father towards the end of 2014 to make a significant impact on the community and leave the rat race behind, she jumped at the chance! Emma manages the business side of the Dyslexia Support and Learning Centre Pty Ltd and has also completed the MSL (Multisensory Structured Language) course through the Australian Dyslexia Association in July 2016 and now conducts MSL sessions at the Centre And is an Associate Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association.
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.
Brittany is qualified to teach, finishing her Master of Teaching (Primary) Degree at Swinburne University of Technology, Bachelor 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.
BA Psych/DipEd(Primary) Degree at Macquarie University,
Working with children check WWC0850741E
Michelle is passionate about supporting children in their life and learning. She has worked as a Lifeline counsellor, Sunnyfield respite carer and for the past 9 years as a primary teacher. Returning to work after having three of her own beautiful children, Michelle is eager to move into a learning support role. She is enthusiastic about supporting all children with their learning difficulties, confidence and self esteem, in a nurturing and motivating way.Michelle is excited to join the DSLC team in September 2018. Next year, she will be completing the MSL (Multisensory Structured Language) Diploma through the Australian Dyslexia Association.