The Reading League Indiana

The Reading League Indiana is an affiliate chapter of a 30,000 member national not-for-profit organization, The Reading League. Together we promote knowledge to reimagine the future of literacy education and accelerate the global movement toward reading instruction rooted in science.

Mission

Our mission is to advance the awareness, understanding and use of evidence-based reading instruction across the state, by connecting all stakeholders and providing sound educational resources.

Vision

Our vision is that every child in our state is able to read proficiently.

We recognize literacy as a fundamental right that empowers individuals in a society. Research has yielded proven instructional practices that provide equitable access to the knowledge students need to be competent readers. We believe that all children deserve to learn to read and that all teachers can learn to teach them.

To bring our vision to reality, we have developed three core areas of focus:

Education: Providing sound educational resources

We are committed to ensuring that educators are equipped with the knowledge they need to effectively teach all students how to read.

Collaboration: Developing strong partnerships & connecting stakeholders

We will work to build a collaborative environment throughout our state among parents, educators, school leaders, pre-service teachers, colleges and universities, mission-aligned partner organizations, and community leaders.

Advocacy: Statewide advocacy that promotes long-term systemic change

All students deserve to have an education rooted in equity that is built upon access to the tools they need to reach their full potential, including a science-based approach to reading. We acknowledge and will work to eliminate the disparity in access to evidence-based literacy instruction that currently exists in Indiana.

Together, these core areas will accelerate the global movement toward reading instruction rooted in science here in our state. We know we will truly be successful when reading metrics soar throughout Indiana.

Meet Our Team
Our board of
directors meets
virtually each month
to set goals and
priorities.
We are grateful
for their dedication and

unique expertise!

Articles

Melissa Fisher
Melissa FisherPresident
Melissa is a non-profit consultant specializing in organizational development. She is also a fiber artist focused on starting Spindle and Spade, – a business that will combine her love of fiber artistry and urban farming in Indianapolis, IN. As a mom of four, and with children that have both dyslexia and dysgraphia, Melissa realized early on that there needs to be significant advocacy for students with learning differences. As an advocate within the public school system, she continues to fight for access to services and support for all students, especially for early identification and intervention, an increase of proven and effective science-based literacy strategies and making the current IEP process less traumatic and more accessible to families.
Andrea Setmeyer
Andrea SetmeyerPast President
Andrea is a nationally certified school psychologist. She received her BA from Huntington University and her Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Adam, and their three children. Andrea previously served as a school psychologist for the MSD Decatur Township, where she assisted in district-wide planning to roll out the requirements of the 2019 Indiana dyslexia legislation and provided training on dyslexia and the science of reading. Andrea was the founding President of the Indiana chapter of The Reading League; initiating the chapter in 2021. Currently, Andrea serves as the National Chapter Coordinator for The Reading League.
Stefany Bragg
Stefany BraggVice President
Stefany Bragg is a professional development specialist for The Reading League and currently a reading specialist at St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic School in Floyd Knobs. She has been teaching for over 14 years with her bachelor degree in elementary education. Stefany is currently enrolled in Mount Saint Joseph’s Science of Reading master’s program and will complete the Dyslexia certificate as well.

Stefany is very passionate about bringing the knowledge of research based reading instruction to educators across the country but even more so in Indiana. Her first person experience of aligning instruction and seeing the results of this instruction is her reason behind her passion. Stefany is committed to the mission of bringing awareness, understanding, and use of scientific based instruction to all stakeholders.

Jamey Peavler
Jamey PeavlerSecretary
Jamey Peavler is a full-time instructor in the Reading Science Graduate program at Mount St. Joseph’s University, where she is also a student in the first doctoral Reading Science program cohort. Jamey is also a National LETRS Trainer and textbook reviewer for post-secondary programs for the National Council for Teacher Quality.

Prior to joining the MSJ team, Jamey served as the Director of Training at the M.A. Rooney Foundation (MARF) in Indianapolis, Indiana. While at MARF she trained teachers in using the
Orton-Gillingham approach in a classroom setting.

Jamey also has more than twenty years of experience as an elementary teacher and literacy coach for Indianapolis Public Schools. While working within Indianapolis Public Schools, she developed a pilot program utilizing Orton-Gillingham as a Tier 1 whole-class preventative approach in K-2 classrooms. The result of the pilot was a drastic reduction in students needing Tier 2 and 3 interventions, reduction in reported behavior incidents, and an increase in the number of students reaching end-of-year universal screening benchmarks.

Jamey’s certifications include: Fellow-in-Training with the Orton-Gillingham Academy, Structured Language Dyslexia Specialist with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction, Master’s Degree in Reading Science at Mount St. Joseph University, and Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. Jamey has also served as a board member on the International Dyslexia Association Indiana Branch since 2008.

Jennifer Zent
Jennifer ZentTreasurer
Jennifer is a nationally certified school psychologist with an independent practice endorsement. Jennifer lives in Fort Wayne, with her husband and three children. Jennifer graduated from the University of Dayton with MSE and EdS degrees. She completed a Dyslexia Certificate Program Level 1 in 2019. Specialized training in dyslexia and Orton-Gillingham have prepared her to serve as the Dyslexia Coordinator for her school district, Northwest Allen County Schools. Jennifer has served as a Region Co-Leader for IDOE Dyslexia Community of Practice for Region 8 as well. Jennifer’s interest in dyslexia, providing evidence-aligned reading instruction and interventions for at-risk readers developed from her own experiences as a parent and school psychologist.
Christa Snyder
Christa Snyder
Christa is a member of The National Reading League and is on the board of directors for The Reading League – Indiana. She has been in education for over 13 years and has taught 1st thru 4th grade. Christa did her undergraduate work at Ball State University and completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Coppin State College. Currently, Christa devotes her time as a reading specialist in Title 1 and instructing multi-language learners. She is an avid supporter of The Reading League and considers herself “A Little Leaguer” among a group of consummate professionals. Christa is passionate about public education and works diligently towards promoting systematic changes.
Eddie Rangel
Eddie Rangel
Eddie began his teaching career in Southern California, teaching 4th and 5th Grade music. He moved to Indianapolis in 2012 where he taught instrumental music, 1st Grade, and 5th Grade for Indianapolis Public Schools. In 2015, Eddie became the founding assistant principal of Tindley Genesis Academy, a K-5 public charter school. Eddie then served as the principal of Tindley
Renaissance, before transitioning back to Tindley Genesis as principal. While at Tindley Genesis, 100% of 3rd graders passed the Indiana state promotional reading exam and ranked as the second-highest performing public school in the greater-Indianapolis area. Student achievement results also grew 19 points in math and 14 points in English/Language Arts proficiency.

In July of 2019, Eddie was accepted as an Innovation School Fellow at Indianapolis’s education non-profit, The Mind Trust, where he co-founded Adelante Schools as the founding Executive Director. Adelante Schools is an Indianapolis-based non-profit school management organization that operates Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School on the southside of Indianapolis.

Joe Risch
Joe Risch
Joe Risch is currently in his 15th year of education. For 9 years he has served as a special education teacher in the K-6 setting. He then worked with special education programs throughout the state as an instruction coach at Indiana University School of Medicine. In the late Spring of 2018 Joe started his role at the Indiana Department of Education serving as the state’s first reading specialist trained in dyslexia and shepherded the implementation of Senate Enrolled Act 217, or “the dyslexia law”. Currently Joe serves as an assistant principal at a central Indiana elementary school.

Joe received his bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Butler University, he later earned his master’s degree in autism and applied behavior analysis and licensure in school administration through Ball State University. In the summer of 2010 Joe received Orton-Gillingham training to find the best way to help his students learn to read. At that time, he found his passion for teaching struggling readers. Joe has spent the past 11 years teaching students how to learn to read and helping educators deliver evidence-based reading instruction. Joe is excited for the opportunities to continue to move reading instruction forward for all Indiana students.

Kelly Williams, Ph.D.
Kelly Williams, Ph.D.
Kelly Williams is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University. Her research focuses on improving academic and post-secondary outcomes for students at-risk for and identified with high incidence disabilities. She is particularly interested in reading interventions for adolescents with reading difficulties and disabilities, including students who are English Learners, and preventing dropout with at-risk populations.

Previously, Kelly was a high school special education teacher and reading specialist in resource and inclusion settings for students with high-incidence disabilities. She also has extensive experience tutoring elementary and middle school students with reading disabilities and ADHD. Dr. Williams co-authored the IDOE’s Dyslexia Toolkit and has participated in conversations on literacy at the state level.

Danielle Davis
Danielle Davis
Danielle is a nationally board certified adult nurse practitioner with a practice focus in geriatrics for over 12 years. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2005 and her master of science in nursing degree in 2010, both from Purdue University. Danielle lives in Noblesville with her husband and two daughters. She became deeply invested in evidence aligned literacy instruction when her oldest daughter started struggling to learn to read in first grade. As a parent of two children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, she understands how complex it can be to navigate the educational system. In order to better advocate for her own children and all children, Danielle completed her Certified Dyslexia Practitioner Level 1 training through IMSLEC in 2022. She currently tutors children at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Indianapolis. Danielle is passionate about literacy for all and ensuring Indiana educators are equipped with proven tools for literacy success.
Stefanie Husejnovic
Stefanie Husejnovic
As a member of The Reading League Indiana, I have enjoyed growing as a professional and connecting with like-minded educators through the book studies, coffee chats, webinars and the in-person event that I attended this fall. I have been able to implement teaching practices
that I’ve learned with my students right away and share them with my colleagues. It can be challenging to navigate through a Science of Reading journey in addition to the demands of being a public school educator, but it’s important and the outcomes are worth it. I have seen the benefits with my own students and in my school. I want to be on The Reading League board to be part of empowering educators with the knowledge and tools to effectively teach all of their students how to read.
Catherine McBride, Ph.D.
Catherine McBride, Ph.D.
I have worked on research on literacy learning and impairment (e.g., dyslexia) in children for about 30 years. I am passionate about the science of reading. I am also fortunate enough to have been educated in the public schools in Lafayette, Indiana. It is important that all children learn to read, and I have some knowledge from my own research and work of others that I think can help in connecting research and practice for literacy learning.
Natalie Shaw
Natalie Shaw
Natalis is thrilled to join the board in 2023! The Reading League Indiana’s mission is something I am extremely passionate about, and I’m excited to join with like minded people to promote literacy and the science of reading.

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