Orton-Gillingham Center of Charleston hires director

Catherine Hagberg

Orton-Gillingham Center of Charleston (OGCC) is pleased to announce the hire of Catherine Hagberg as the center’s new director. Catherine will oversee operations and lead the expansion of OGCC in the Lowcountry.

Catherine attended Rhode Island College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. After teaching in the Rhode Island public school system for a year, she continued her education at Providence College where she completed a Master of Education in literacy and became a certified reading specialist. Following her graduation from Providence College, Catherine taught a graduate course with a fellow colleague in their M.Ed. program for literacy. This experience allowed her to truly understand the discrepancy between different instructional methods that teachers in the state felt were “best practice” from their own varying teacher preparation courses in undergraduate school. Catherine applied to attend the OG Associate Level training at the Dunn Institute in Rhode Island and was impressed by this explicit and diagnostic approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling.

After completing her training, Catherine moved to the Lowcountry where she taught as a 1:1 Orton-Gillingham practitioner in the Language Enrichment and Development Department and completed her Certified Level of Orton-Gillingham training at Trident Academy, a private school specializing in dyslexia. Catherine lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband Brian and their four children.

OGCC was established in 2018 by Charleston educational leaders seeking change in the way dyslexic learners are taught to read. OGCC offers intervention support to students through tutoring by qualified practitioners. The Center also trains practitioners the Orton Gillingham approach and ensures their completion of the accreditation process with the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. For more information, please contact OGCC at 843-926-2332, ogcharleston@gmail.com or visit the website at www.ogcharleston.com/.

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