Margie Gillis, EdD, has been teaching children of all ages to read for more than 40 years. She became interested in reading while at the University of Connecticut and was certified as an academic language therapist through Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her doctorate in special education from the University of Louisville.
In 2009, Gillis founded Literacy How, Inc., to provide professional development opportunities for teachers on research-based reading practices in the classroom. As president of Literacy How and as a research affiliate at both Fairfield University and Haskins Laboratories, she creates new opportunities to empower teaching excellence.
Gillis is the co-founder, former president, and a board member of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, the former president of the Connecticut branch of the International Dyslexia Society, a board member of the Dyslexia Society of Connecticut and of the New Alliance Foundation, and an executive board member of the Academic Language Therapy Association.