Who We Are
We are parents, teachers, tutors and professionals with a shared commitment to early identification, effective intervention and support for individuals with specific learning difficulties.
In 2018, SPELD NSW celebrated our 50th anniversary year. Since our inception we’ve grown into a statewide organisation with strong connections across Australia to deliver support, resources and professional learning.
Thanks to our dedicated team, each year thousands of parents and teachers have gained the knowledge and skills to help children with specific learning difficulties.
SPELD NSW Board of Directors
Gifted Education Consultant and Teacher, Rhonda is the Principal Consultant at Twice Exceptional Educational Consultancy and an experienced executive function coach to support students with ADHD. Rhonda joined the SPELD NSW Board in 2014.
“It is patently clear from science that by ensuring that all students have access to a quality education and are as literate as we can make them then employment, productivity, mental health, self-esteem and well-being are all positively impacted. This is my vision for all students.” Rhonda Filmer Chair SPELD NSW
Rhonda is an advocate for the early identification of students’ learning profiles and for the reform of Initial Teacher Education so that teachers better understand the developmental needs of students and how to differentiate programs to teach for those differences. Rhonda’s professional practice offers individual tutoring programs, school liaison, advocacy and consulting to gifted education co-ordinators.
Dr. Saskia Kohnen
SPELD NSW Team
“Growing up with dyslexia, and seeing my son have many of the same experiences, has inspired me to provide support and assistance to children and adults with specific learning difficulties and their families and teachers.” George Perry
Georgina joined SPELD NSW in 2017. George brings strategy, management and corporate governance skills to SPELD NSW. George was previously a lawyer in the pro bono team at Ashurst and the funds management team at Allens and has also held positions on the Boards of Amnesty International Australia and Lou’s Place (The Marmalade Foundation).
As Executive Officer, George works to strengthen partnerships with educators, parents and the community to deliver support to students and adults with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia across New South Wales.
George works with a staff team of passionate individuals to provide professional learning, membership, resources, assessments, and information and referral services.