As a mom of a struggling reader, I felt a need to help other children going through the same struggle that my daughter went through. The approach that I use, the Orton-Gillingham method, is a phonics-based multi-sensory program and is the gold standard for teaching children to read. It is explicit and straightforward; systematically learning one sound and concept as they build upon each other. I am a trained tutor and have been tutoring students with dyslexia and learning differences since 2012.
Since I was trained by Diana Kerman and Sally Torson, two Orton-Gillingham certified teachers and special education teachers, I received comprehensive guidance on how to work with students with learning differences and challenges. Students I have worked with have been diagnosed with dyslexia, ADD, ASD, and dysgraphia. While working at many schools across the Portland Metro area for Reading Results for 5 years, I gained experience working one-on-one or two-on-one with students, helping them to gain confidence and skills in language processing. In addition to this, I worked with Barbara Steinberg at PDX Specialist, which gave me skills in the Susan Barton Method of teaching. Barton is also an Orton-Gillingham approach but with specific additional training in phonemic awareness, spelling rules and strategies that I had not learned anywhere else. I am excited to teach your child to read.
My three rules for tutoring are: Work Hard, Believe in Yourself and Have Fun!