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Who We Are

Stellar Academy is a diverse collection of education professionals, working with students, experiencing symptoms of dyslexia, to teach strategies, discover and develop strengths, and foster classroom success. Each teacher at Stellar Academy (and several of the support staff) has completed intensive postgraduate work in the Slingerland® approach. Together we strive to unlock the door of language for our students.


We are educators specializing in helping students unlock the door of language. Our expertise in teaching students strategies and nurturing their strengths to navigate around weaknesses, along with specialized instruction, all work together to increase classroom success. Our intended result is students who become productive citizens of our community.

Our Staff

LoriAnn Abrahams
LoriAnn Abrahams
Head of School

Graduated from SJSU with a BS in Business, but soon learned that education was her true calling. She then completed her Multiple Subject Credential and for the last 22 years has been in education as a classroom teacher and as an educational leader. Education is the silver bullet and she plans on spending the rest of her professional life advocating for children.

Brenda Huckaby
Brenda Huckaby
Office Manager

Has over 10 years in customer service experience. She enjoys interacting with other people and helping them. Brenda likes working with numbers and has experience with managing finances. This is her dream job because she gets to combine her love of customer service with her interest in finances and accounting.

Walter Huckaby
Walter Huckaby
Extended Daycare

Went all through his school years as an undiagnosed dyslexic. Finding out, as an adult, that he had dyslexia was more of a relief than a burden. Walter now understands that he processes things differently. He enjoys writing, drawing and painting as well as making art from other mediums. His favorite hobby is photography, and for the past couple of years he and his wife have been honing their skills behind the lens at local, independent wrestling shows.

Tracie Romo
Tracie Romo
Teacher : Grades 2-3

Mrs. Romo has worked with Stellar since 2015 as a tutor, Summer School teacher, Slingerland instructor and now primary teacher. She holds a BA in Graphic Arts, Multimedia from CSUH, holds Slingerland Level 1, Slingerland Screening, was trained in Making Math Real Kindergarten.

Karen Taylor
Karen Taylor
Teacher: Grades 4-5

Ms. Taylor has been a Slingerland teacher, tutor, and screener as well as an IEP representative and advocate for dyslexics since 2014.  She has been teaching and tutoring since 1998, and has taught second, fourth, and fifth grades, primarily. She has a BA from CSUH and two levels of Slingerland training.

Anne Roberts
Anne Roberts
Middle School Teacher

Mrs. Roberts has taught at Stellar since 2006.  Prior to Stellar, she taught at the California School for the Deaf for 14 years.  Mrs. Roberts is fluent in American Sign Language. She holds a MA and a special education credential along with a California teaching credential, extensive Slingerland training, and Making Math Real training.

Elisabeth Huffmaster
Elisabeth Huffmaster
Teacher: Science

Has a BS in Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego.  She did her Single Subject Credential with St. Mary’s College of Moraga and taught high school science for 5 years before pursuing Early Childhood Education.  She is excited that the Next Generation Science Standards encourage DOING more than reading science.

Marlene Castillo
Marlene Castillo
Instructional Aide

Marlene Castillo has worked at Stellar since 2002. She holds a BA in Social Science from San Jose State University. She is an instructor for language Arts, reading and math. Marlene has been a private tutor for students with dyslexia for 17 years.

Melinda Mawson
Melinda Mawson
Instructional Aide

Holds a BA (Hons) from Monash University and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the Australian National University. Iin 2017 she completed her Level 1 Slingerland certification. Melinda has tutored for the Tutoring Center and taught Summer School and is passionate about finding ways to engage with every individual student and light their fire for learning.

Ready to be part of our community?

Stellar academy for Dyslexics has programs that suits your needs. you can register for School Year, Private Tutoring or Summer Camp.