Empowering students with language-based learning differences
Jilly Darefsky, Executive Head of School, a member of Siena’s founding team, is a highly experienced educator and school leader. Recognized as an Outstanding Teacher of Dyslexic Students, she has dedicated her career to working with students with language-based learning differences. Having undertaken roles of director, secretary, and vice-president on the Board of the DC Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, she now serves on their Advisory Board and is also a Board member of the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center. Ms. Darefsky earned a B.A., with honors, in English Literature with Psychology from the University of Surrey, a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia from Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University College. Furthermore, she holds a Master's in Specific Learning Difficulties from Middlesex University. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Mind, Brain, and Teaching at Johns Hopkins University.