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Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., C/OGA, C-SLDS

Director & Literacy Therapist

Literacy Learning & Assessment Center of Connecticut Founder Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., C/OGA, C-SLDS, frequently writes and presents on topics relating to literacy and learning disabilities.  She completed hundreds of classroom and practicum hours under the supervision of a Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA), earning her Associate level Certification with the Academy in 2010, and Certified level in 2018. 


Orton-Gillingham is a systematic, sequential, evidence-based, multisensory approach to literacy instruction which has been proven to be effective for struggling readers with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Sheryl currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Connecticut Chapter of The Reading League, after having been a member of the Board of Directors for a year. She is the former President and long-time Board Member of the Dyslexia Society of Connecticut, as well of the former Connecticut Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association, and also a Board Member of the former Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (currently the Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut (DS-ACT).  Sheryl is also a contributing writer and editor for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities. and is a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), an affiliate of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).


A former instructor of a graduate-level statistics course at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Sheryl has the statistical aptitude to evaluate and interpret neuropsychological evaluations and other education reports.  She has also earned a:


  • B.A. in Cognitive Science & Psychology (Wesleyan University)

  • M.B.A. in Decision Sciences  (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, with a specialization in Literacy (Post University).

Sheryl has worked extensively with students, families, and school districts across Connecticut, as well as in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and beyond.  Click here for a link to Sheryl’s current CV


Kristen Hoyt, M.Ed., MHA

Literacy Therapist

A certified Connecticut teacher, Kristen has been providing remediation services for Literacy Learning & Assessment Center students since September 2016, focusing particularly on morphology, spelling rules and boosting reading comprehension.

After a career in public administration and health care focusing on strategic planning and business development, she went back to school to become a classroom teacher.  Kristen taught in the Ridgefield and Westport elementary schools for several years.  For seven summers, she was also a teacher for local Camp Invention programs that focus on science, invention and creative thinking targeted to elementary-aged children.

She has earned a:


  • B.A. in Government/International Politics (Wesleyan University)

  • Master’s in Health Administration (University of Washington)

  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Sacred Heart University)

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