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Leigh Grammich

Leigh joined Wolf Educational Consulting in 2017. She is a certified Orton-Gillingham reading intervention specialist.  Prior to joining she was a teacher at St. Paul’s Preschool in Cary, NC.
Leigh has lived in the Apex area since 2006 after moving here from Long Island, N.Y.

Leigh is compassionate, kind and patient with her students.  She implements positive reinforcement in her sessions.

Leigh loves spending time making memories with her family, friends and cheering on her husband and boys as they accomplish triathlons.

Donna Spendley


Donna is a certified Orton-Gillingham Reading Intervention Specialist. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. Donna has always worked with children in some capacity either as a coach, Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. For the past four years she has been a teacher at St. Paul’s Preschool in Cary, NC.  As a mother of a child with learning difficulties she understands the struggle for both the child and parent.

Amanda Donaldson


Amanda has always had a passion for working with children and knew from a young age, that she would one day become an educator.  After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in the area of Elementary Education from Florida State University (Go Seminoles!), she began teaching at the elementary school she attended as a child.  Amanda now has 13 years of teaching experience under her belt, with all of those years spent teaching kindergarten and first grade.  Her favorite part of working with children has always been getting to know each one, finding out what makes them unique and then meeting them where they are in order to help them continue to learn and grow.  Since becoming a mom herself to two young girls, Amanda has learned that it truly does take a village to raise a child, so she considers it an honor to work with kiddos and their families on a daily basis.

Samantha Pendse


Samantha is a Youth Services Librarian with 14 years of experience working at the Eva Perry Library in Apex.  At the library, Samantha provided programming for children of all ages from babies to young adults.  During her story-times, she modeled important early literacy skills and informed parents and caregivers how they could nurture these pre-reading skills at home to help their child get ready for kindergarten. Samantha especially enjoys seeing the joy on kids’ faces in storytime or when handing a child the book that they were hoping to find and borrow.  She is excited to open a new chapter helping students with learning differences find the success they deserve.  She is a certified Orton Gillingham Specialist.

Jo Garvin


Jo has been an educator for the past ten years in both public education and the private sector. Her greatest teachers have been the students she works with and her own children. She believes learning anything is possible once you discover the unique tools for your individual learning style. Jo’s passion is working with students with a diverse range of learning styles, unique learning needs and students with emotional and behavioral challenges.  Jo is a trained Orton Gillingham specialist.
When not supporting students, Jo is always teaching herself new skills. Currently, you will find her in the woods hiking and photographing wildlife. She is married with two children. Jo has learned to parent differently and discover new mindsets as a parent of a child with learning disabilities and executive function impairment. Let’s not forget about her therapy dog Milo, who you may find at one of your meetings with her.

Nicole Gill


Nicole has a passion for working with children, especially those with diverse and unique learning needs. Nicole has been teaching since 2012 at elementary and high school levels. After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Bloomsburg University in Elementary and Special Education, she began teaching emotional support and learning support. Nicole knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher and her passion only continues to grow. She currently teaches at an alternative school for children with significant behavioral and emotional needs. Nicole has taught study and organizational skills and is excited to share her passion for math. When Nicole is not teaching, she can be found volunteering as an adult leader for youth groups, hiking with friends, or spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Cissy McKissick


Ms. McKissick has taught over 30 years. She began by teaching middle and high school students with autism in day school and residential programs. She has taught in WCPSS since 1990, mostly in elementary schools. She loves seeing students eyes light up when they learn new skills, academically or behaviorally. She currently works part time in an alternative elementary program for students with significant behavior challenges. She has a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University, and a M.Ed in Special Education from North Carolina Central University. She is a National Board Certified teacher and an Orton Gillingham specialist. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, hiking, biking and reading.

Amy Beth Knowlton


Amy Beth Knowlton graduated from East Carolina University in 1996 with a B.S. in Special Education. She is committed to creating a comfortable, supportive environment for students to feel successful and thrive. She uses Orton-Gillingham and Wilson to precisely tailor her lessons to each students unique learning style and needs. Amy Beth is married and raising her two kids and two dogs. She loves spending time outdoors, and when the weather is nice you can often find her boating at Lake Jordan.