Maria Diana, Ph.D., LDT-C, OG-T, has spent the past 16 years serving K 12 special education school students in north New Jersey public and private schools . She earned her Doctor of Education in Teaching, Learning, Leadership, & Curriculum in 2020 from Montclair State University. Maria has created a special degree program that unites coursework and research in Special Education, Educational Psychology, and Reading Literacy. Her doctorate from Montclair State University focused on life-long issues in learning, the impact of learning difficulties in relationship with cognitive function, and comprehensive diagnostic assessments. Maria also holds a dual master's in Special Education and Reading Literacy which focused on learning and cognition from Montclair State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Rider University. Her dedication to providing the gold standard of instruction to individuals with dyslexia led her to obtain her endorsement of Orton Gillingham Dyslexia Therapist from Fraleigh Dickson University. Previously she was a learning specialist and instructional coach at a private school in Englewood, NJ.
Her experiences include assisting children, their teachers, and parents in persevering through various learning disabilities (LDs), many of which coexist with diagnoses of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Anxiety. She decided to infuse her professional experiences in educational testing, special education instruction, private Orton-Gillingham tutoring, Executive Function coaching, parent coaching, and professional workshops. She is aspiring to empower learners of all abilities and kindle a love for learning. much of her time remains devoted to working with students individually, where her unique, multisensory approach focuses on compensatory learning strategies, cognitive remediation, study/memory strategies, and remedial reading, math, and writing method