Our Team

The Authors

Phyllis Bertin, M.S., a noted lecturer, teacher trainer and school consultant is a senior faculty member of the Windward Teacher Training Institute in White Plains, New York. After teaching mainstream and special education classes, she went on to become the Director of Special Education for the Weston Connecticut Public Schools and then Director of Education for Windward School in White Plains. Mrs. Bertin has been a Board Member of the New York State Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and received the Branch Award from the International Dyslexia Association in 1999. Recently, she co-authored an Orton-Gillingham based Spanish reading program, Aprendo Leyendo, for native Spanish speakers.

Eileen Perlman, M.S. began her career as a classroom teacher and reading specialist and was Clinical Director of the Reading Initiative at the Churchill Center, in Manhattan. For over thirty years, she was a learning disabilities specialist for the White Plains Public Schools. In addition to her private practice involving diagnosis and remediation, Ms. Perlman is a highly regarded lecturer, teacher trainer and educational consultant.


Both Mrs. Bertin and Ms. Perlman are Fellows of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and Dyslexia Therapists certified by the International Dyslexia Association.

Master Teacher Trainers

Amy Linden, has been in the teaching profession for over forty years. She received a Masters in Special Education from Columbia University and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Temple University. She taught in public schools in New York City, Chicago, and White Plains, NY. In White Plains, she coordinated the Learning Strategies Program designed to provide academic support. Ms Linden also worked for over twelve years at The Windward School, an independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities, as their Reading Specialist. Currently, Ms Linden leads PAF’s team of Master Teacher trainers. 

Kaarina Bauerle, has a Masters in Professional Studies and is certified in Elementary and Special Education and Multisensory Structured Language Education (IMSLEC).  She has over 30 years of classroom experience teaching PAF. She began her career teaching at The Windward School, an independent school for children with language-based learning disabilities. After 20 years in the classroom, she became the Coordinator of Language Arts for grades 1-4 and mentored teachers and provided inservice training.