The founder of OG for Hebrew, Sonia Levin, was born in Latvia (former USSR) and made aliya to Israel in 1991. She received MA in Education from Tel Aviv University and moved with her family to the United States 18 year ago. There she continued her education and received her second MA in Jewish Education from Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, as well as a Special Education certification from Teachers College at Columbia University. During her studies, she started an extensive research focused on teaching Hebrew decoding skills to children with dyslexia and other language/reading disabilities based on data available in Israel, Europe, Russia and the US. Working with this novel approach, Sonia found that it can be used to teach Hebrew reading not only to children with learning disabilities, but to regular students at any level.
Over the last 10 years, Ms. Levin has been facilitating many professional education trainings across the country and in Israel. While teaching various students in different educational settings, including Solomon Schechter School of Bergen County in NJ and Leffel (former Solomon Schechter School of Westchester), Ms. Levin had an opportunity to work closely with speech-language pathologists across the country and practice her methodology. Since 2013, she has been teaching at Carmel Academy in Greenwich, CT, as a reading specialist in PALS department, working with students with special learning needs.
In 2016, in partnership with the fellow of Orton Gillingham Organization Andie Greer, Sonia developed a unique revolutionary methodology for teaching Hebrew decoding, based on the essentials of Orton-Gillignham methodology.
Over the last 10 years, Ms. Levin has been facilitating many professional education trainings across the country and in Israel.