Our Skilled Trainers
Ron Yoshimoto, M.Ed, M.S.W., Fellow of AOGPE
Not only is Ron Yoshimoto the co-director of Orton Gillingham International, but he is also our Master OGI Instructor. Ron has focused his expertise on developing the OG methodology for training public school teachers in the general and special education environments using OG, OG Advanced methodology, preschool literacy/numeracy, focused intervention, reading comprehension strategy (called “Connections”) and multisensory math. His devotion includes countless materials that he has developed and shares selflessly with participants. Ron's life has been dedicated to teaching Orton-Gillingham to both general and special education audiences for the past 30+ years.
His excellence as a trainer, the devotion of participants and his ongoing support of students and educators exemplify the level of commitment that creates change.
Leslie Kesson, OGCE, AOGPE
We are fortunate to have such a skilled trainer join the OGI team! Leslie Kesson has been teaching in the public school system for over 28 years. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and received her Master’s Degree in Literacy from the University of Colorado.
Her teaching career began as a classroom teacher, working in the primary grades. For the past fourteen years she has been a literacy teacher. This experience in combination with parenting two amazing, challenging boys with ADHD is where she discovered her passion for teaching students who do not fit the typical model of learning. Her search for the right method to empower struggling students has brought her to the path of embracing the Orton Gillingham (OG) approach.
Leslie's first exposure to Orton Gillingham was by enrolling in the Orton Gillingham International Basic Training Course taught by Ron Yoshimoto Fellow of AOPE. Impassionate about all that Orton Gillingham offers, Leslie continued on her OG path to becoming certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators at the Classroom Educator Level. During this four year period to her certification, Leslie had been fervently working with her peers to implement a whole school model of OG instruction. This enthusiasm lead to sharing data, results and excitement about OGI in the public school setting. As word spread, parents and educators requested observations of OGI in action. A professional study team was then formed to continue to implement OGI with fidelity. Leslie and her peers discovered that by using the OGI approach and materials to link instruction from classrooms to lit lab and special ed, the data clearly supports what we know to be true—OGI works!
Naturally, when asked to consider joining Ron Yoshimoto and Elenn Steinberg in moving OGI forward, Leslie’s response was, “When can I start?” Leslie’s ardent facilitation of OG has been an incredible asset to Orton Gillingham International.
Henri Brown, OGI Master Trainer
Henri Brown, OGI Master Trainer
Owner, READING BASECAMP and former Executive Director of READWS
For the last 16 years, Henri has worked to open access to the Orton-Gillingham approach for all children, not just those who could afford private language therapists or special schools. She is the owner of Reading Basecamp, LLC and the former Executive Director of READWS, which trains volunteers, parents and educators to use the Orton Gillingham approach to serve struggling readers. She is also the co-creator of RWS READING PARTY, a free parent education program designed to teach parents simple and effective Orton Gillingham-based activities to promote pre-reading and early reading skills. Henri graduated from the University of Virginia and received her MALS from Wake Forest University.
Henri first understood the power of Orton-Gillingham as she watched her own bright and creative child learn to read with the help of an Orton-trained tutor. She began as a volunteer tutor to help students who could not afford the services her child received. She went on to train with Fellows Susie van der Vorst and Ron Yoshimoto.
During the last several years, Henri has worked with OGI to open opportunities for more Orton Gillingham training for educators in her area. “The more I worked with Ron, the more I came to understand his passion for training public school educators and regular classroom teachers in OG matched my own. It was a natural fit for me to train under Ron so we could continue to increase OG training opportunities for educators in North Carolina.” Henri serves as the Certified Master Trainer for OGI
Mary Binnion, M.Ed, OGI Master Trainer
A classroom teacher and administrator for 35 years in a large, urban school system, Mary often shares that she did not really know how to teach reading until her 28th year in the classroom when she was introduced to the Orton-Gillingham method. Seeing the success she was having with her students she continued her studies. In 2015 she had the opportunity to take the Yoshimoto Orton Gillingham training and was completely committed. Mary worked hard and earned the credential of Certified State Trainer for Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham International. Mary is the Immediate Past President of the Indiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is a co-founder of Decoding Dyslexia-IN. Currently, she and her husband have a tutoring center serving nearly 30 children. They are also the proud grandparents of 7 grandsons, and one granddaughter.
Henri first understood the power of Orton-Gillingham as she watched her own bright and creative child learn to read with the help of an Orton trained tutor. She began as a volunteer tutor to help students who could not afford the services her child received. She went on to train with Fellows Susie van der Vorst and Ron Yoshimoto.
Mary has done extensive work for all students who struggle to read and is currently looking forward to participating, as an OGI Master Trainer, in working with educators in the state of IN to implement the new dyslexia law as OGI is an approved provider.