Our program managers all have education backgrounds and years of experience working with students of differing ages, abilities, and needs on the program. Our consultants are educators and/or parents. Several staff members joined Gemm Learning after seeing results as clients — they know what it’s like to be the parent of a struggling learner and they can share their personal experience.
Delphine Marden is our Director of Education. Her responsibilities? Maintaining the quality of the student and parent experience, managing current and future programs for all clients and to be our clients’ biggest cheerleader!
Deli struggled in school with dyslexia and auditory processing delays, which is why she’s so dedicated to this program. She has a Masters in Education. She was one of two students to receive the Dean’s leadership prize for academic excellence. Deli is a certified teacher in CT. She started working at Gemm Learning part-time in 2008. Deli lives in CT with her husband and child.
What I want to be when I grow up: “A woodworker, a furniture maker, or to have an animal sanctuary.”
When I’m not at work: “I am running races with my husband, bowling, playing with my daughter and our pets, attempting Pinterest crafts (which never come out quite right) and unsuccessfully keeping deer out of my garden.”
Danielle Meaney has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Development and Education. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities. Before coming to Gemm Learning as a program manager she worked as a reading clinician at learning center. Her role is to manage student programs and maintain the quality of the student and parent experience.
Working with Gemm has been an amazing experience for Dani. She loves the relationships we are able to establish with our families and being able to make a difference in the lives of our students.
When I’m not at work: “I’m juggling the busy life of a mom, trying to squeeze in a run with our puppy, a bike ride with the kids, working in the garden, repurposing old things or baking cupcakes (YUM!).”
Christine Robinson joined Gemm Learning after experiencing fantastic results as a client. The changes she saw in her son inspired her to join Gemm Learning as an educational consultant. She has a Masters in Business.
Her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at the age of 6, and she found seeking the right program to help minimize his challenges a challenge in and of itself. Of utmost importance was finding a program to reduce his auditory processing delays, which is why she and her husband turned to Gemm Learning and Fast ForWord.
Based on the positive impact the program has made for him, she made a career change so that she could help others who seek the same changes for their children.
Melissa Agosin is part of our awesome program management team. She has a Masters in Education and a BS in Psychology. She spent four years teaching in San Diego, CA and also has a teacher certification for New York. She has experience running an online classroom, as well as two years at Sylvan where she taught, designed programs and conducted parent conferences.
Melissa also manages our Facebook page.
Speaking with parents daily to answer questions and helping them to find the best possible solution to meet their child’s needs. Melissa is the proud mother of two daughters and a son.
Michelle Reynard is one of our educational consultants and helps families determine whether or not our services would best fit their needs. She is one of our longest standing employees and has worn many hats. Michelle helped establish our customer service procedures and standards and oversaw program management for the better part of a decade. She conducted the majority of our case study and professional interviews and has written a number of articles for our educational blog.
Michelle has a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in applied learning and development with a specialization in reading and additional certifications in gifted and talented, bilingual, ESL, and ESOL instruction. Prior to joining Gemm, Michelle spent nine years as a classroom educator, including time as a grade level team leader and school writing-vertical chair. Michelle has lived and worked in Mexico, Africa, and South America. She instructed adult, child, and infant CPR and first aid and Basic Training courses while serving as Director of Health and Safety for a Connecticut chapter of the Red Cross.
What I want to be when I grow up: If not writing or working in education, Michelle’s dream job would involve working as a camerawoman who documents sharks and other marine or animal life close up, all over the world, like Andy Casagrande.
Cindy Kupfer joined Gemm Learning at the beginning of 2020 after working with Fast ForWord for over 10 years at Scientific Learning. She wanted to continue working with Fast ForWord knowing the huge impact it has had in her own daughter’s life as well as her family. Cindy spent 2 years teaching in Dade County Public Schools in Miami, Florida before moving to Arizona where she currently lives. She grew up in northern Utah, so she enjoys the rocky mountain as well as the beautiful Arizona (or Sonoran) dessert.
What I want to be when I grow up: I hope to be the person that my younger self can be proud of. That I reached the goals I created. I always wanted to be a mother and a business woman. I have 6 children, 3 of whom are currently attending college.
When I’m not at work: I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy traveling, seeing new places, learning about different cultures, volunteering in the community, and painting and gardening.
Geoff Nixon founded Gemm Learning in 2006 after a career in finance. During that time he was an investor in education and was aware of Fast ForWord. He had an opportunity to see Fast ForWord software in action up close and personal when it helped his son who had language and learning issues from an early age.
Looking at the choices available at that time, he saw information was hard to get, that up-front evaluations were traumatic and cost a fortune, and that most recommendations were instruction-based and did not address the underlying issues. Gemm Learning was founded to change all that, to democratize Fast ForWord and make it a convenient, home-based intervention.
When I’m not at work: “I try to be active – cycling, golf in particular. And I manage another company, called Educa in the early childhood space.”
Anne McCool does the books and looks after the billing at Gemm Learning. If you are a client you have probably communicated with her. Anne is a University of Delaware graduate, and has spent her career primarily in finance, including a long stint at Price Waterhouse as an auditor. And so Gemm Learning is in good hands.
Anne is married to Geoff.
What I want to be when I grow up: “I would love to be a gourmet cook.
When I’m not at work: “I am active in Hearts & Homes for Refugees, a refugee organization formed here in Pelham, NY. I am also an avid reader and book club participant.”
"Who knew getting the calls and messages from the staff at Gemm Learning would have such a therapeutic effect on us and our child? They recognize every little & big improvement our child is making and they shout it out in those calls.
Your worries about your child melt away as you hear them and begin to recognize the improvements.”
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