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Boundless Literacy provides small group, intensive instruction to students performing well below benchmark in reading, many with persistent reading vulnerabilities, in Connecticut's districts of opportunity. Teachers use a Structured Literacy or Orton Gillingham approach and tailor instruction to student learning needs and growth using assessment to guide instruction.

Our Story

Boundless Literacy was the brainchild of the parent of a child with dyslexia.

Knowing the intensity and expertise in instruction necessary for children with persistent reading challenges to learn to read, he wanted to offer this to families who could not afford it or did not have access to it. He shared this idea with Catherine Pamelard and they, with the support of many others- both individuals and foundations-, began to bring this organization forward.

We're Celebrating a Host of Growing Readers!

Boundless Literacy’s two-year pilot in New Haven Public Schools has been a resounding success. Over this period, trained Orton-Gillingham reading specialists have helped over 60 children in upper elementary and middle school crack the code. We are delighted with the growth our students have made and the difference this is making for them. 

We are endebted to our school partners, our donors, our amazing board and our community for helping us do this critical work.  Stay tuned to learn how Boundless Literacy plans to help an even greater number of children in Connecticut’s Districts of Opportunity next year. 


Our Mission

Boundless Literacy is a nonprofit organization that provides small-group, evidence-based reading instruction to students with reading deficits in Connecticut's Districts of Opportunity.

Our aim is to reach intermediate and middle school students for whom this INTENSIVE, MULTISENSORY instruction is CRITICAl, THEREBY helpING these children learn to read before THEY GO ON TO ATTEND HIGH SCHool.

Boundless Literacy comes alongside the efforts of public schools and families in furthering literacy education. Literacy is an equity issue; our vision is a world in which every child learns to read regardless of his or her circumstances. Boundless Literacy is the only non-profit organization in New Haven, Connecticut that provides daily, small group, intensive reading instruction to students in the upper elementary and middle school grades who are performing well below the benchmark in reading.


“Boundless Literacy is an amazing program which has helped support a unique group of students in ways we may have previously not been able to. This support is helping shape the educational trajectory of our students' success in great ways!”

Principal, Partner School New Haven 2023

“Boundless Literacy has been a great partner in supporting the students at our school.”

Teacher, Partner School New Haven 2023 Tweet

Our Board of Directors

Kara Campbell

Kara Campbell is a Certified member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy. She has provided more than 7,000 hours of structured literacy instruction in one-to-one, small group and whole classroom settings. She has served as a practicum supervisor for the University of Georgia’s Dyslexia Certificate program and as a Remediation Specialist with The Dyslexia Resource. Kara holds undergraduate degrees in English and Public Relations. Her experience as a mom to three children with learning differences led her to be the founding president of the first special education PTA in Georgia. Kara’s passion is supporting teachers as they put their growing knowledge of research-based literacy practices to use with students. Kara lives in Trumbull, CT with her family and is an Instructional Developer, Coach and Trainer with the AIM Institute.

David Goldblum

After working in community redevelopment in Washington, DC and commercial real estate development in Connecticut, David became a teacher and then principal in public high schools in New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently back in real estate development and working with a Hartford area non-profit to develop career pathways connecting high schools, colleges and employers.

Heidi Hamilton

Heidi Hamilton is a native of California, educated at Wellesley College and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Heidi has practiced law for over three decades and is barred in New York and Connecticut. As an attorney, she has held positions in law firms, city and federal government in New York. She moved to Hamden, Connecticut in 1994 to raise a family. Heidi worked with the Grants and Contracts division of Yale's School of Medicine and the University’s Office of New Haven and State Affairs, as well as other Connecticut city and state government agencies, and not-for-profits. While practicing law with a Hartford firm, she was assigned exclusively as counsel to a Connecticut charter school management organization and later joined as their General Counsel and Chief of Staff. In 2015, she moved to Manhattan to join the Amber Charter Schools network as their Chief Legal and Operating Officer. She currently serves as the Chief Real Estate, Facilities & Legal Officer. At Amber Heidi manages the renovation and yearly capital improvements of over 120,000 sq. ft. of commercial school property.

Boundless Literacy is growing! We can't wait to bring intensive, evidence-based instruction to even more students who need it!

Our Team

Founder and Teacher

Catherine Pamelard has been working as a reading teacher and special educator for over twenty years.

She holds a Master's Degree from Sacred Heart University and a graduate certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University. Catherine is a Structured Literacy Classroom Educator through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction as well as an Orton Gillingham practitioner at the Associate level.

Catherine lives in Hamden, Connecticut with her husband and two children.


Dawn Bertrand has a Master's of Education Degree with a concentration in literacy from The University of St.Joseph.

She received Orton Gillingham Training from the Institute of Multi-Sensory Education as well as phonics training from Teachers College at Columbia. She has over 20 years of experience in education. Prior to teaching, Dawn was a professional graphic artist and still paints holiday windows.

She enjoys camping and spending time with family and friends. Dawn lives in Wolcott, Connecticut with her husband, Glenn. She has two grown sons who have both earned their college degrees.

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