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Jemicy Head of School, Ben Shifrin, Named to Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association
Date:9/17/2009

BALTIMORE, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ben Shifrin, Head of Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Maryland, has been named to the Executive Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Mr. Shifrin brings a wealth of experience educating children with Dyslexia and other language-based learning differences to the IDA Executive Board of Directors. He joins a diverse group of high caliber individuals all concerned with the issues of dyslexia. Included in the group are dyslexics, parents of dyslexic children, researchers, educators and educational administrators, scientists, business people, attorneys, and psychologists.

Prior to coming to the Jemicy School, Mr. Shifrin lived and worked in California where he spent fourteen years serving as a special education teacher and administrator in the Unified School District of Los Angeles. He later served as the Head of Westmark School, one of California's premier institutions for students with learning differences. During this time, he was also a member of the board of the L.A. Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association and a member of both the Learning Disabilities Association and the National Association of Independent Schools. Subsequent to becoming Head of Jemicy School in 2002, he facilitated its merger with Valley Academy, thus successfully creating Baltimore's first 1(st) through 12(th) grade curriculum for students with language-based learning differences. Ben graduated with honors from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He also earned his Master of Education in Administration from Temple.

The IDA is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. It operates forty-nine branches throughout the United States and Canada and has fifteen global partners, including Brazil, Kuwait, Germany, Singapore, India, Latvia, and Japan. The IDA is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States and serves over 8,000 members comprising dyslexics, their families, and professionals in the field. "We are thrilled to have Mr. Shifrin join the board. The combination of Mr. Shifrin's deep dedication to struggling readers and his immense reservoir of energy represents a powerful force that will be of tremendous benefit to our organization," said Dr. Guinevere Eden, President of IDA and neuroscientist at Georgetown University Medical Center. "IDA and the Jemicy School share a distinguished history in that both organizations have been led by and had input from some of the most prominent leaders in this field; we are proud of this history and excited about future accomplishments that will be of benefit to individuals with dyslexia and their families."

About Jemicy School:

Jemicy School, founded in 1973, provides a highly individualized, flexible, and challenging education for above-average to gifted college-bound students with dyslexia/language-based learning differences. A recognized leader in the field of education, Jemicy educates students between the ages of six and eighteen on two campuses. The Lower and Middle School and the Upper School are each based in Owings Mills, Maryland just a short distance from one another.

Jemicy's philosophy is based upon building the academic and higher order thinking skills of bright young people through carefully applied research and time-tested multisensory learning. Jemicy serves the whole child, celebrating each student's strengths while exploring individualized skills and strategies that will build the foundation for success in school and in life.


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