I am a literacy specialist and a certified dyslexia practitioner who is passionate about the teaching of reading. I knew I wanted to be a teacher the minute I entered the classroom as a first grader. From that point on, I set my sights on becoming an educator. After earning my Masters in Education from the University of Hartford I was blessed to enter my chosen profession. I spent many years instructing in a primary classroom where my passion for teaching reading began and flourished. After almost 30 years in this career, I still get goose bumps whenever a child breaks the reading code.
I pride myself on my passion for continuous learning. I’m constantly reading the latest research and discussing better ways to help students grow as readers. After years of independent study on the craft and science of teaching reading, I decided to pursue certification as a Literacy Specialist in Reading/Language Arts. In 2012 I earned my certification from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven as a Literacy Specialist in grades K-12.
The fire to learn more about the Science of Reading inspired me to pursue further education. In February of 2021, after a year of intense study and practicum work with Wilson Academy, I achieved my goal of becoming a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner.
From 2010-2020 I worked as a Literacy Specialist in Connecticut helping fragile readers in grades K-6 gain the skills to become successful, independent readers. Now I work as an independent specialist helping struggling readers achieve reading success. Each day continues to bring both my students and me joy, challenges, and new opportunities for learning.
Another one of my greatest delights is working alongside teachers and sharing insights and expertise with one another in order to provide the most effective instruction for students. That’s how my partner and I began designing and writing curriculum materials that align with the Science of Reading.
This website is one more way to build a community of educators who are passionate about the triumphs as well as the tribulations of teaching reading.
When I’m not reading, teaching, or writing about reading I am usually engaged in one of my other passions in the northwest hills of Connecticut: spending time with my husband and occasionally visiting with my adult son, spoiling one or both of my dogs, hiking, gardening, or upcycling interesting pieces of furniture and art.
I hope you enjoy this blog and find it valuable and thought-provoking. Both Jen and I welcome you to this community. Thanks for joining us!