Michele Rebhandl, Lower School Learning Specialist
Michele Rebhandl has been teaching at Pinecrest Academy since 2005.
Before assuming the role of Lower School Learning Support Specialist in Fall 2019, Ms. Rebhandl taught 4th grade for four years, and then 5th grade, primarily Math and Religion, through the 2018-2019 school year.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Ms. Rebhandl earned an undergraduate degree in Finance in 1990 from Long Island University, in Brookville, New York, beginning her career with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission as a Securities Compliance Examiner, and then Branch Chief, from 1990-1996.
Ms. Rebhadl became a full-time mother with the birth of her daughter in 1996. She returned to college in 1998, earning a Master’s degree in Elementary Education in 2001 from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. Her career in education began in the Commack Public School District, where she worked as a substitute teacher for kindergarten through 5th grade for two years. She worked as a 3rd grade teacher for two years before moving to Georgia in 2004.
Ms. Rebhandl received training in Orton-Gillingham through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE). Orton-Gillingham is a highly structured approach that breaks reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds, and then builds upon these skills. Educators use sight, hearing, touch, and movement to help students connect and learn concepts. Fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies are also taught using the OG philosophy of multi-sensory, sequential, direct instruction.
In her role as Learning Support Specialist, Ms. Rebhandl collaborates with the Lower School teachers in determining the best protocol for providing individualized learning support to each student enrolled in the Pinecrest Academy Resource Center (PARC) program.