Our Team

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Beth Bovee

Head of School  |  Executive Director

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Kaitlynn Banek

Lead Teacher

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Michele Hudak

Special Education Director  |  Curriculum Consultant

Beth Bovee
Head of School  |  Executive Director

 

Mrs. Bovee, or Ms. Beth as she is known by her students, began her career in training and development as a Territory Manager and Hair Color Educator with Aveda. When promoted to Regional Territory Manager, she oversaw 90 accounts within 5 territories throughout Metro Detroit and Northern Ohio. Later, as a Metro Educator with Whole Foods Market, she directed and mentored 77 Team Educators within 8 stores in Phoenix and Tucson. She helped to open the Camelback and Oracle locations by creating training plans for each department, coordinating schedules and topics with local and global leaders, and conducted trainings for hundreds of team members.

The journey to becoming a Certified Orton-Gillingham tutor began when her younger daughter entered first grade as a struggling reader. Countless hours of research pointed to dyslexia. She stepped in as her tutor using the Barton Reading and Spelling System before her daughter qualified for services. Beth continued after obtaining an IEP because it was helping - and she loved it. It wasn’t long after that she began tutoring her son when he began displaying the warning signs of dyslexia in preschool and kindergarten.

Beth completed many courses in elementary and special education, gaining a deeper understanding of how little training is included on dyslexia or the science of reading during teacher preparation programs. Thus, Beth chose to enroll in the Dyslexia Training Institute's Dyslexia Certificate Program, ensuring an in-depth study of dyslexia, how to effectively implement the O-G Approach, reading comprehension and fluency development, Executive Functioning, and Special Education law. As a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor she enjoys working with students in K-12 and adults.

Beth’s drive to learn everything she could about dyslexia changed the trajectory for her children's education and her career. After tutoring for many years, she was offered an opportunity to help establish True North Academy for students with specific learning disabilities and ADHD. True North proudly provides 1:1 reading intervention and individualized learning plans for students in grades K-6. In addition to this work, she also volunteers with two organizations, serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for the AZ Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and as a Parent Leader with Raising Special Kids.

Kaitlynn Banek

Lead Teacher

Kaitlynn received a dual bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northern Arizona University in 2011. She holds an Arizona Elementary Education Certificate with endorsements in both Structured English Immersion and Middle School Mathematics. She is currently completing coursework to obtain a reading endorsement.

Kaitlynn comes to True North Academy with ten years of teaching experience. She has taught first grade, second grade, middle school mathematics, as well as special education. From 2015 to 2022, Kaitlynn worked in a high-performing charter school. During her time there, she led teams of teachers as a grade level delegate, planned and implemented professional developments for other teachers in the areas of Singapore math, Core Knowledge, Love and Logic, and created a productive and joyful learning environment. She also served as a mentor for student teachers from Grand Canyon University.

Kaitlynn believes that all students are capable of success, and every child deserves to be offered a safe learning environment in which they feel not only academically successful but respected and appreciated for the individual they are. She strives to create this environment and works to identify and meet the unique needs of each learner to encourage and guide them along their educational journey.

 
 
 

Dr. Michele Hudak

Director of Special Education  |  Curriculum Development

Michele earned a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Innovation with an emphasis in Policy and Administration from Arizona State University.  She holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in gifted education from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Special and Elementary Education from Notre Dame College of Ohio.  Michele is a certified K-8 teacher with endorsements in Special Education/Specific Learning Disabilities (K-12), Gifted Education (K-12), and Structured English Immersion. She also holds the designation of Highly Qualified by the Arizona Department of Education.  In November 2010, Michele was named Arizona Charter Schools’ Association Teacher of the Year. In November 2012, Michele presented her doctoral work at the Association for Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) national conference.  In 2013, Michele was published in The Handbook for Professional Development Pre-K-12:  Successful Models and Practices (The Guilford Press).  Her vignette highlights Candeo’s innovative approach to the professional development of teachers. In 2019, Michele was invited to contribute to E.D. Hirsch, Jr.’s newest book, How to Educate a Citizen, which was published in 2020.

Currently, Michele is an educational consultant and private tutor, specializing in working with students and families with learning disabilities.  She is certified in Orton Gillingham through the Dyslexia Training Institute.  In addition to her work with children and schools, Michele also evaluates incoming charter applications for the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, serving as a technical review panel member.  

From 2009-2020. Michele Hudak worked at the highly successful charter school, Candeo Peoria. For most of her tenure, she served as the Dean of Academics at Candeo where she often split time between teaching and administration. In her administrative role, she led the professional development of teachers and provided internal support for curricular and instructional integrity. When she began at Candeo in 2009, she served as a third grade teacher and building-wide literacy coach.  In addition to her work at Candeo, Michele also supervised student teachers at Arizona State University.

 

Michele believes that her mission is to work collaboratively with teachers and families to create joyful classrooms where learning is paramount and children are not only academically successful, but passionate about learning.

Board of Directors

Beth Bovee

Executive Director

Dr. Michele Hudak

Director of Special Education  |  Board of Directors

Dr. David Ryan, M.D.

Board of Directors 

Dr. Ryan obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Providence, RI in 1989 followed by his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia in 1995. Dr. Ryan went on to complete both his Internship and Residency at the Department of Pediatrics University of San Diego in 1996 and 1998 respectively. Afterward he became a Fellow at the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital in San Diego until 2001. Dr. Ryan then moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where he served in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit at Driscoll Children’s Hospital until moving to Arizona in 2018 where he currently serves in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit at HonorHealth Shea in Scottsdale. Dr. Ryan is Board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care and maintains his license in both Arizona and California. Dr. Ryan is married with four children and lives in Cave Creek, Arizona.

Quincy Yu

Secretary  |  Treasurer