Saint Mary’s University i.t.a. Program

Helping children read!


Suzanne Bergler, Saint Mary’s University
i.t.a. Program Director

Sue serves as Supervisor of the i.t.a. Literacy Clinic at Saint Mary’s University and works with parents to develop the i.t.a. Literacy Clinic schedule and supervises the tutors who work in the clinic. Sue Bergler has worked at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for the past 14 years in various capacities. Her most recent work experience has been with the K-12 Reading Literacy Program at St. Mary’s University​. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s, Sue worked for over ten years at a Montessori school working with and observing elementary age children. She graduated from Winona State University with a B.A. in Communications. In 2012 Sue received her M.A. in Human Development from Saint Mary’s University. Sue believes in being a life-long learner!

“I believe that the fundamentals of education begin with the ability to read. Without having the ability to read, a child may have a difficult time in all of their educational pursuits.

I have experienced first-hand with my own son, who had struggled with reading. Having early intervention for him in reading made all the difference. He excelled in school after having extra help, and is now a Mechanical Engineer. Early intervention in reading, was the key for his success!”

Phone: (507) 457-1982

Dr. Jane Anderson, Saint Mary’s University
i.t.a. Program Trainer/Consultant

Dr. Anderson’s five decades of work in education has included teaching in K-12 regular and special education classrooms, clinical diagnosis and research in reading disabilities and dyslexia, and preparing future teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her lifelong interest in prevention and remediation of reading failure in young children has been extended to preparation of students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds for success in college. Since 1988, Dr. Anderson has secured yearly grant funding from the Initial Teaching Alphabet of New York for provision of an after-school literacy clinic for struggling readers from the Winona area.


“I’ve been doing research and providing remediation services to children and adults with reading disability/dyslexia using i.t.a. since 1986. It is, without doubt, the most effective intervention for struggling readers that I’ve used in my 40 plus years as an educator.”

Phone: (507) 457-1962