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About

For over fifteen years, I have been an Educator at a variety of grade levels and 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.

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".

Please read the specifics of my professional career below.

Certificate of Qualification- Ontario College of Teachers, Ontario, Canada.

  • Basic Qualifications: Primary (K-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate English (7-9).
  • Additional Qualifications: Reading Specialist, Writing 1.
    • Classroom Teacher- Classroom Teacher (Primary, Junior, Intermediate), High School Science Teacher.

      Workshops Presented-

      • Literacy Lessons, IQRA Program- Al Huda Canada, Nov 2012.
      • Learning Differently, Ontario Association of Islamic Schools- Professional Development Conference, Aug 2012.
      • Reading Instruction, IQRA Program- Al Huda Canada. Spring 2012.
      • Writing in the Science Classroom: It's NOT Oil and Water, Ontario Science Teachers Association Conference 2011.
        • Professional Development-

          • Many Faces of Remediation (Dyslexia) Conference - 2013.
          • Reading For the Love of It Conference - 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.
          • International Dyslexia Association Conference - 2012.
          • International Dyslexia Association, Ontario Branch, Conference - 2012, 2011.
          • Learning Disabilities Association of Halton- Annual Solutions for Learning Conference on Dyslexia - 2012.
          • Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course - 2011, 2012.
          • Teaching Structured Language - 2011.
          • SmartBoard Training - 2010.
          • Tribes Training - 2009.
            • Member of Professional Organizations-
              Ontario College of Teachers
              International Dyslexia Association
              Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practicioners and Educators- Subscriber
              Association for Curriculum and Development

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