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About Us

It is our mission to make sure families we work with feel empowered to overcome dyslexia and that they feel success in both school and life.


My Happy Teacher has a growing team of specialized teachers that have years of experience teaching students that have complex learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, non-verbal learning disabilities and challenges with executive functioning skills. 

Our team of teachers have specialized training that includes Wilson Reading, Orton-Gillingham, Take Flight, LindaMood Bell programs (ex. Visualizing & Verbalizing, LIPs and Seeing Stars), Project Read  and MANY more.​

We not only teach your child but we can work with families to help you navigate the special education system to help you get the best services for your child possible.


We are available to virtually attend your child’s IEP meetings not as an educational advocate but as someone on your side that has an educated ear that understands the IEP process and speaks the school's language.  

We will help you understand the options you have and help you make informed decisions. 

Owner & CEO

Parents, I’ve been in your shoes. I am not only an educator but I’m also a mom who has navigated the special education process from both sides. I understand the fear and anxiety, and how heartbreaking it can be to watch your child struggle in school. I know what it’s like to want to wave a wand to make it all go away for them and help them learn without it being such a struggle. I see you; I hear you, and I can help you and your child feel successful.


Kathy Cousineau M.Ed, WDP


Owner & Director

My Story

Hello, my name is Kathy Cousineau. I am a mom of two grown sons and I absolutely LOVE what I do!!

I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher - I even made my brother "play school" while we were growing up! All through high school and college, I worked in various positions helping children with the most severe learning disorders in specialized schools. After college, I found my first teaching job and I remember being SO excited to finally be living my dream!

For over 25 years I have been a Learning Disabilities Specialist. I am a Wilson certified Dyslexia Practitioner and I had a language-based classroom for the most severely dyslexic for nine years. To see the rest of my qualifications follow the link to my LinkedIn page.

I really love figuring out what a student's strengths are and teaching them strategies to overcome their dyslexia challenges. I also love helping students become as independent as possible and learn to advocate for themselves.

It’s my mission to help as many families as I can navigate the challenges that come with dyslexia. I am also proud to provide some free resources to help you engage and learn to overcome dyslexia as a superpower rather than a burden to overcome.

From Kathy Cousineau

Meet Your Support Team

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Marilyn Vrountas

Educational Consultant

Lead Parent IEP Coach


Sammy Bohannon

Executive Assistant

Business Manager


Jackie Brumley

Social Media Manager

Meet Our Tutors

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Meredith Butterworth

Wilson 1-Wilson 2-Project Read Story & Report Form-Framing Your Thoughts-V&V

Elementary-Middle School-High School-Adults

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Jessica Martin

Wilson 1, Just Words, LMB: V&V, Project Read - Framing Your Thoughts, Math - Elementary, Sonday, Edmark, Touch Math

Elementary - Middle School

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Heather Hemmelgarn

Orton-Gillingham Certified-V&V-Writing

Elementary School-Middle School-High School

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Dawn Pakrul, M.Ed., LDTC, WDP

Wilson 1, Fundations, Heggerty, Advocate/Parent Coach, Comprehension, Math-Elementary

Elementary-Middle School-High School

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Dee McDermott

Fundations, Orton-Gillingham Trained, Phonemic Awareness, Heggerty, Sonday, Advocate/Parent Coach, Reading Comprehension, Math-Elementary, Science of Reading


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Brenna Da-Tokpah

Heggerty, Academic/Executive Funtioning-Advocate/Parent Coach-Phonemic Awareness-Writing-Reading Comprehension-Math

Elementary-Middle School-High School

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Alejandra Clase

Orton-Gillingham-Phonemic Awareness-Writing-Reading Comprehension-Morphology

Elementary-Middle School

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Melissa Tranquillino, M.Ed., W.D.P.

Wilson 1-Fundations-Heggerty-Phonemic Awareness-Writing-Reading Comprehension-Math (Elementary)

Elementary-Middle School-High School

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Monique Cromis, M.Ed., CALT, LDT

Advocate/Parent Coach-Take Flight-Reading By Design-Phonemic Awareness-Writing-Reading Comprehension-Orton-Gillingham


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Jessica Price, WDP

Wilson 1-Wilson 2-Fundations-Just Words-Writing-Reading Comprehension-Reading Simplified

Elementary-Middle School-High School

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Jess Krook, M.Ed.

Orton-Gillingham Trained-Heggerty-Spire-Science of Reading

Elementary - Middle School


Courtney Churchill


Elementary School

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Highly Qualified Tutor

Coming Soon

Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy, M.Ed., WDP

Wilson 1-Wilson 2-LIPS-Seeing Stars-Heggerty


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Deborah DePalma, M.Ed, WDP

Wilson 1-Heggerty


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Madeline Rivera, WDT

Wilson 1-Wilson 2-ADHD-ASD-Dyslexia

Elementary-Middle School-High School


Highly Qualified Tutor

Coming Soon


Highly Qualified Tutor

Coming Soon

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