Ann Gradman

My name is Ann Gradman and I am very excited to be a part of The Academy Virtual and the Founding Executive Director of The Academy NJ. I am eager to have the opportunity to work with our amazing students who struggle with dyslexia.

I have been teaching for almost 20 years.  After graduating from Colgate University, I moved to California and taught in a progressive, child-centered school with exceptional students.  I loved it and knew that I had found my path.  Soon after, I moved to Brooklyn and completed my Master’s Degree in Reading and Learning Disabilities at NYU.

Since then, I have worked in several different schools in New York and New Jersey teaching Special Education and Literacy to students in grades K-8.

In 2009, I was inspired by a particular student to pursue my certification in the Wilson Reading program.  I have been teaching Wilson ever since!

When I am not teaching, I love to go hiking with my two dogs.  I live at the Jersey Shore, and I also love spending time at the beach.  My three daughters keep me pretty busy, but sometimes I find time to relax with a historical fiction book (my favorite genre).  An interesting fact about me is that I have lived in three different countries (USA, Ireland, France) and three different states (California, NY, NJ).

I am truly looking forward to making connections with my students helping them develop a strong reading life!

Ann Gradman – Teacher & Executive Director