The Virginia Branch of The International Dyslexia Association
The Virginia Branch of The International Dyslexia Association


Robin Lawrence Hegner received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.  She has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia and John Tyler Community College teaching school law and special education law. 

Robin is a Certified Level member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She owns a tutoring and consulting business, Pathways to Reading Success, in Midlothian, Virginia where she specializes in working with children with learning disabilities.  Prior to opening her business, Robin was the Transition Coordinator and a Language Fundamentals Teacher at Riverside School where she taught language skills to students with dyslexia in a one-on-one setting, and assisted students and parents making the transition from Riverside to other schools.  Robin has presented numerous workshops on dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and school law topics across the Commonwealth and the nation.

From 1994 until 1998, Robin served as the Director of Legal and Policy Services for the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA).  Prior to joining the VSBA staff, she served as Clinical Supervisor of the Youth Advocacy Clinic at T. C. Williams School of Law (University of Richmond) and worked for the Virginia Department of Education as a policy analyst and as the Supervisor of Special Education Due Process Hearings.

Robin has a unique perspective on learning disabilities and the special education process.  She has represented parents and school boards in special education matters, served in the special education division of the Virginia Department of Education, taught students with disabilities, and is the parent of a student with learning disabilities.  She believes this gives her valuable insight to help children with learning disabilities and their parents.

Nancy Nix, Dyslexia Consultant. Nancy is a native Virginian. She and her husband reside in Lexington. Having graduated from Mars Hill College, she earned a degree in elementary education with a concentration in language arts. She has taught in public and private schools.

When they became parents, the Nixes decided to educate their children at home. They have two children in college and one in the eighth grade.

Nancy became involved in educating students with dyslexia. She is certified in the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and has opened a private tutoring practice where she sees many students, remediating them in reading, spelling, and writing.

She also provides screening for students to pin-point their areas of weakness in the language. Because of the importance of public awareness of dyslexia, Nancy offers continuing education workshops for educators and seminars for general public.


Nancy Kochli is a graduate of James Madison University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and Regent University, where she earned Master’s Degrees in Human Services Counseling and Special Education, Learning Disabilities.

Nancy is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Special Educator, Learning Disabilities, K-12 and as a Reading Specialist, K-12.

Nancy is certified in the Wilson Language System, Level 1, and has completed coursework in Academic Therapy through the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville, MD.

She has taught at elementary, high school, and community college levels. Currently, she works part time as a Reading Specialist at Childhelp, a residential facility for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She provides 1:1 remedial reading instruction to students in grades K-8.

Nancy operates a private practice, Academic Interventions, in Culpeper, VA.

Shana Hatzopoulos, has served the International Dyslexia Association since 2006.  She began her career as a Special Education teacher who taught students with severe emotional disabilities at Woodside Academy, Newport News in 1996.  In 2006, Shana was introduced to the Virginia Branch of IDA as a volunteer through Chesapeake Bay Academy where she was employed as the Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, teacher and Middle School Principal. 

She was asked to serve on the Board of Directors in 2009.  At that time, the Virginia Branch was suffering great losses in the strength of its board due to resignations tendered by several veteran board members.  Shana was asked to serve as the President-Elect in 2011, however, due to the early resignation of the Past-President, she was hoisted into her current position a year early.  With the support and guidance of IDA National’s Team, she was able to begin the reconstruction of the Virginia Board.  She also spear-headed the Branches efforts to amend the branch by-laws to be more compatible with the needs of the branch.  A new cycle of terms has been established for the election of directors and officers, and a well-rounded and effective Nominating Committee is in place to ensure the board is never at a loss for strong, dedicated members with diverse skill sets again.

Other career highlights include two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contracts through which Shana provided training to teachers in direct, explicit instruction techniques, data analysis, and small group instruction in Reading and Math in Arizona and New Mexico.  During the 2010-2011 school year she worked with teachers at Santa Rosa Boarding/Day School and during the 2011-2012 school year with teachers at Tohaali Community School. Both schools fall under the direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Today Shana is the Production Manager for a small, woman-owned Government contractor that specializes in the manufacture of precision machined parts for Naval Undersea Warfare Centers worldwide.  She continues her work in education through VBIDA by offering outreach support to the Virginia Community and leading efforts to raise dyslexia awareness in the Tidewater Area.



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