WIth more than 20 years in the field of education, I have had the opportunity to teach scores of students the requisite academics, but the lessons I am most proud of are the ones that helped students with significant reading and literacy deficits discover the means to overcome their unique challenges and inspire them to develop a love of learning. Students who struggle with reading benefit from my Orton Gillingham training, as we use a multisensory approach to address issues with decoding and fluency, comprehension and critical reading strategies, annotating and note taking, vocabulary building, and word origins.
Students approach learning with a more positive attitude as they learn strategies to relieve stress and anxiety, creating pathways to retaining information and creating a foundation for lifelong learning.
Additionally, I have worked as a private tutor for students in the elementary grades through college level courses throughout my career. Utilizing my myriad skills, I create individualized programs that help students with executive functioning delays find ways to become more organized.
More than five years ago I expanded my studies to include not only best practices in traditional academics, but to explore non-traditional methods as well. At the time, many were puzzled by my pursuits. But today my training in project-based learning, emotional intelligence, yoga, mindfulness, educational psychology, and more, has catapulted me to the forefront of a movement because these interconnected disciplines are now the latest educational trend. These methods are vital to helping students who need additional support because helping students understand who they are as learners is the first step to self-advocacy. Students who understand their learning needs and are equipped with strategies to manage them, are destined to be more successful students. Reading is essential across all disciplines, so equipping students with critical reading strategies coupled with tools to manage stress and anxiety is a winning combination.