Meet The Board
Julie has served the International Literacy Association for 10 years as a local leader and Ohio Literacy Association board member. Julie received her Master of Education degree from the University of Toledo. Julie is a Dyslexia interventionist and Educational Consultant/Coordinator serving Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West. Julie is trained in Aims Pathway Institute Proficient Reading, LETRS, and is Orton Gillingham certified. Julie studies the science of reading and implements best practice for students with reading differences and develops training for teachers in Ohio with a focus on reading acquisition with emphasis on visual grapheme/phoneme mastery and phonemic awareness.
Julie has served on the National Advisory Panel for the ETS Praxis exam for Reading Teachers in the United States, the Model Curriculum team for the Ohio Department of Education and the Standards Revision Committee. She has two published articles in Literacy Today. Julie is a recipient of the ILA National Community Service award for literacy project outreach to cancer patients by Toledo area students. Most recently, Julie served on the ODE Dyslexia Screener committee.
The motivation to reach ALL students to develop a love for reading through collaboration, community engagement and professional training is what she loves about being a part of OLA!
Jennifer L. Nigh, Ph.D.
As an experienced elementary educator and literacy specialist, Jennifer believes in the expertise of the teacher and the power of literacy. In her current role as Editorial Director for Professional Learning at Benchmark Education, Jennifer’s mission is to empower educators with the knowledge, resources, and research that can help every student reach his or her fullest potential. Jennifer earned her PhD in Curriculum Instruction - Literacy from Kent State University and has been a long-time member of OLA, serving as President in 2017 - 2018. For Jennifer, OLA has been a cornerstone to her professional growth. She is grateful for a mission-driven organization that helps shape global literacy understandings while also striving to ensure all individuals have equitable access to quality literacy learning.
ILA Liason for OLA
Sue Corbin, Ph.D.
Sue is currently a Full Professor of Literacy and Chair of the Division of Professional Education at Notre Dame College in South Euclid. Previously, she taught literacy pedagogy and theory at Malone University in Canton, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University. She has a BA in English and Secondary from Kent (1973), an MA in Reading from Kent (1982), and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, also from Kent (1989). She aught as a state literacy specialist at Chapel Hill Christian School in Akron, and she chaired the Reading Department at Shaker Heights Middle School for 14 years. She was a member of OCIRA for years and served as chair of the Children's Literature ad hoc committee. She has also published in the former Ohio Reading Teacher and presented at annual conferences in Columbus. Sue is thrilled that OCIRA has had a new burst of energy as OLA, and she is very happy and honored to be serving on the board. She is excited to work with great Ohio teachers to change the lives of our children!
Jenifer attended Baldwin Wallace College, where she received her B.A. in Education and M.A. in Reading and Language Arts. She received her Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure from The University of Cincinnati.
Jenifer has been a board member of the Ohio Literacy Association since 2019. She currently works as an Instructional and Literacy Coach for Berea City Schools within the Department of Academic Affairs. She has been on staff for the school district since 1987, teaching all grades from Kindergarten to middle school, including Art and Gifted Education.