Meet Dr. Van Riper

Who i am

I’m an educator, an author, and an expert in education and professional development for individuals with dyslexia, executive functioning deficits, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.

My passion is working with children and helping them become successful in school and in life with compassion and understanding. I love my work, and I love making a difference in children’s and parent’s lives.

My experience

I have more than two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, Reading Specialist and Special Education Teacher. I earned a Master’s Degree in Reading Education at University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Doctorate in Education and Cognitive Studies from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania in 2010.

Since 2010, I have been an Assistant Professor of Special Education and Literacy, teaching and supervising pre-service and in-service teachers. In 2014, I was certified as an Associate level tutor by the Academy of Orton Gillingham, and I have been working with students with Dyslexia and Sensory Processing issues since 2015.

Additionally, I am the host of the podcast Nature and Needs. To bring awareness of Dyslexia and other disabilities, I have interviewed specialists, parents, and educators to help explain the complexities of the nature of disabilities, and the needs of parents and individuals with disabilities.