Cheryl has studied under various Academy Fellows for her Associate and Certified designations, which allow her to be an independent OG practitioner at all levels of instruction. Currently, she is a "Fellow-in-Training" (FIT); a Fellow is the highest designation offered by the OGA.
Cheryl is listed as an 'OG Practitioner' with the Academy. A list of tutors is available only through email.
CERI is a subsidiary of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and certifies teachers who meet their 'Standards of Knowledge and Practice'. Cheryl has the highest designation offered by CERI:
'Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist'.
Cheryl knows and understands the literacy instruction in the province of Ontario and the teaching strategies used in schools. This allows her to have perspective in what students are learning in school and how to match that with OG and Structured Literacy strategies to achieve the best results.
Understanding special education along the continuum from student to class to school/system is critical. Cheryl knows and understands these various aspects and has perspective on special education issues at the administrative level. This is critical for supporting students with dyslexia within a school.
With over 20 years in the profession, Cheryl has a wide set of experiences across ages / grades (high school science teacher, elementary homeroom teacher, teacher-leader, consultant, administrator) in a variety of settings (public / private schools, entrepreneurial) in a variety of locations in the US and Canada. This gives her a unique expertise to understand literacy, dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities in the wider education context as well as understand the impact of literacy on student success.
This is personal. Living with a dyslexic child provides the insight and compassion to understand the emotional and academic struggles these students have. In fact, Cheryl started this journey to be able to help her own child learn to read. This experience of trusting in the abilities of her own child fuels her belief that all children can 'Learn Literacy'. Cheryl knows that all children need an adult advocate who believes in them. She is that person!
Cheryl regularly attends webinars, workshops, and conferences to network, to increase her knowledge & understanding of dyslexia and teaching, and to ensure she is current with best practices. Recent conferences attended: IDA, OGA, ONBIDA, The Reading League.