Stefanie Waite

Learning Specialist

Stefanie Waite
Kingfisher Learning

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”

~ Goethe

Practice Philosophy

Stefanie has twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and an evaluator of children, adolescents, and adults. She designs and delivers instruction as well as performs evaluations for clients of all ages, specializing in identifying dyslexia, dysgraphia, language-based learning disorders, and giftedness. In her work teaching children who struggle with reading and written language, she uses a strengths-based approach to address individual learning needs and employs evidence-based best practices that are multi-sensory, structured, systematic, cumulative, and explicit.

Experience

Currently self-employed, Stefanie previously worked at the Stern Center for Language and Learning, where she held a variety of roles over 23 years, including Instructor, Educational Diagnostician, Director of Instruction, Director of Evaluations, Director of Communications and Marketing, and Professional Learning Director. She performed more than 850 evaluations and presented locally and nationally on topics related to phonology, reading instruction, written language, pragmatic language and study skills.

Training

Prior to joining the Stern Center, Stefanie was trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach and taught English and Social Cognition at a private high school for students with significant learning disabilities. She has pursued extensive professional learning on topics related to oral language development, literacy, dyslexia, dysgraphia, nonverbal learning disorders, executive functioning, attention, and gifted learners.


Education

Stefanie holds a Master of Education degree from St. Michael’s College and a bachelor's degree in English from St. Anselm College. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Education from Concordia University but is on leave during the pandemic to focus on the educational needs of her three children while running her own private educational consulting practice.