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Our Team

We are a diverse team of handwriting curriculum specialists, educators, academic researchers, and school-based occupational therapists who are committed to supporting children, parents, teachers, and school administrators with handwriting skill development. Contact us to see how you can join us or how our team can support yours.

Our History

Handwriting is more than just a fine motor skill. A growing body of research shows that handwriting instruction and handwriting skill impact students' overall literacy development. The Handwriting Collaborative was formed to connect educators and parents with the training and resources necessary to provide research-based handwriting instruction to all learners.

Our Mission

In today's classrooms the emphasis on student achievement through written expression is at its highest. At The Handwriting Collaborative our mission is to provide consultation and professional development for best-practice instruction in the writing process and the transcription skills that ALL learners need for their literacy development.

Meet Our Board

Kathleen Wright, Executive Director

Kathleen Wright is the Founder and Executive Director of The Handwriting Collaborative. She began her career as an early childhood educator and has been a handwriting instructional specialist and nationally recognized handwriting research advocate for over 30 years. Kathleen has served as subject matter expert on handwriting curriculum development-including the use of teacher-and student-facing classroom technology; and directed the development and implementation of a national handwriting instructor certification course...

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Carol Armann, OT/L, Director

Carol Armann, OTR/L is Director of The Handwriting Collaborative's Executive Board.  Carol is a pediatric therapist who provides consultative services to local schools. She has over 40 years of pediatric experience with an expertise in sensory processing disorders and best practices in handwriting development. She has presented throughout the USA at state and national occupational therapy conferences including the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has recently co-authored and published a chapter in the...

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Asha Asher, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Ms. Asha Asher, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA, is a Handwriting Instructional Specialist and Executive Board Member. Ms. Asher has provided school-based occupational therapy services for over forty years in four countries (United States, Canada, Belgium, and India), worked as a part-time lecturer, and is currently in private practice in Redlands, California. She has several publications and has presented internationally, nationally and locally on topics pertaining to school-based therapy. Asher serves as a reviewer for two national...

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Dr. Sherry Compston, O.D., M.S.

Dr. Sherry (Crawford) Compston is a Developmental Optometrist and the Handwriting Collaborative's newest Executive Board Member. Sherry is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Optometry degrees. She also did an additional two-year Fellowship in Family Practice Optometry where she specialized in Ocular Disease and Pediatrics. After completing her residency at Ohio State, she was invited to join the full-time faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professo...

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Kelli Fetter, MS, OTR/L

Kelli Fetter, MS, OTR/L is a Handwriting Instructional Specialist and Executive Board Member. Kelli is an occupational therapist with extensive experience in pediatrics.  She currently provides handwriting tutoring virtually and in-person through her company Handwriting Solutions at She has practiced in pediatric outpatient settings, early intervention, preschools, private schools, and homeschool co-ops.  She has served as adjunct professor teaching pediatrics and k...

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Kate Gladstone, M.L.S. is The Handwriting Collaborative's Italic Handwriting Instructor and Contributing Member

Kate is a handwriting instruction/remediation/evaluation consultant and founder of,, and  — as well as director of the World Handwriting Contest, co-designer of two iOS handwriting training apps, designer of the Stage-Write Raised-Line Handwriting Paper series now produced and distributed by Therapro, creator of the TriOn series of customizable pen-grips (distributed through Therapro and National Autism Resources), creator of a pe...

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Izetta Thomas, M.ED

Izetta N Thomas (she/her) is the Handwriting Collaborative's Early Childhood Intervention Specialist. Izetta is a Columbus native and graduate of East High School. She received her Bachelors degree in Special Education from The Ohio State University in 2003 and her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Intervention in 2004. Izetta began her career in education as an early intervention specialist in 2004 with the Columbus City Schools special needs preschool program. During her time in Columbus City Schools, she has taught as an earl...

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