Sarina Renaldi is a Teacher/Mentor and the Special Education Lead at Fusion Academy Oak Brook. Sarina teaches Study Skills, ACT prep, Executive Functioning skills, academic tutoring, and provides support to classroom teachers to ensure that students’ individual learning needs are supported in the classroom to achieve optimal academic success. Sarina holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master of Science in Teaching from the University of Chicago, as well as a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University. Sarina has operated her own private practice in the Hinsdale area for the past fifteen years and has successfully served many students of all ages who struggle with learning disabilities including Dyslexia, Written Language, Math, ADHD, Executive Functioning, Asperger Disorder, and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. She is highly knowledgeable about the underlying processing deficits that impact students’ achievement and is able to provide specialized remedial interventions. Sarina enjoys connecting with her students to instill a love of learning and a strong work ethic, build self-confidence, and demonstrate that learning disabilities and other challenges should not stand in the way of one’s success.
In her free time, Sarina enjoys cooking, baking, ancestry/genealogy research, international travel, weekends in Michigan, and spending time with her wonderful German shepherd dogs and her two grown sons. A wacky fact/most embarrassing moment in Sarina’s life occurred a couple of years ago when she was visiting a 12th century monastery in a remote region of Spain. She was accidentally separated from her group and locked in the cold and dark monastery all alone with 21 non-English speaking monks while the tour group left on the bus for lunch. Sarina had stopped to take a photo of a beautiful wrought iron stair railing and within a few minutes to her horror the room suddenly grew completely silent except for the sound of huge wooden doors shutting and a key turning! Fortunately, the tour group eventually realized she was missing and came back to get her.