Dyslexia & Literacy Support
in the Brampton/Mississauga Area
About Cheryl Urbanczyk
-Reading Specialist / Writing Teacher, Ontario College of Teachers
-Dyslexia Practitioner, International Dyslexia Association
-Certified-in-Training, Association of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators
-Structured Word Inquiry Facilitator
For about two decades, I have been an Educator at a variety of grade levels and in different types of schools. After completing my formal studies (B.S. and M.A.), I decided that teaching was the career for me. For over many years, I taught Science in both public and private schools in Virginia, USA.
Then I was bitten by the “literacy bug” and was determined to learn how to teach reading and writing to the best of my ability. I became a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and studied to become a Reading Specialist and a Writing Teacher. My literacy experiences include teaching a variety of elementary (K-6) grades and Intermediate (7-8) classes. As well, I founded and led a PLC (professional learning community) for teachers to learn and grow together in their teaching of literacy.
An important next step for me was to learn how to teach children with dyslexia and/ or language learning disabilities. These students need specific targeted multisensory teaching of the type recommended by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Coursework taken through the IDA and in multisenory structured teaching (Orton-Gillingham method) have given me the skills needed to help children who are different learners and need this type of support, which is not often available even in public schools. Further learning with Real Spelling, Lexinars, and WordWorks Kingston has helped me become a Structured Word Inquiry Facilitator.
This variety of experiences in my career gives me a solid perspective from which to help your child. I understand the literacy progression from where a child starts to where they end up. This is important in helping students get to where they need to be. Teaching many students from Grade 1 to high school provides me insight into different age groups and how to teach each one successfully. As well, the expertise gained through the intensive training in teaching dylsexics and my work with students struggling with literacy has given me the understanding, compassion, and knowledge to teach ALL students "literacy for life".