I went to the State University of New York at Albany and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with dual minors in psychology and education. In 1998, I began teaching Queens, New York, where I earned a Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood at City University of New York- Queens. I then moved to New Jersey, where I continued working as a special education teacher in Union County.
I received a scholarship to train to become an Orton-Gillingham teacher through Fairleigh Dickinson University. Once the training program was completed, I was certified as a dyslexia teacher, but I wanted to do more than just help students. I wanted to help other teachers learn how to work with students with reading disabilities, so I advanced my training. I continued taking graduate classes through FDU and became certified as a teacher trainer and a dyslexia specialist.
My teaching didn't just translate to the classroom. I became (and currently am) an adjunct professor at FDU; I teach other teachers the techniques I learned and they eventually earn their certification as dyslexia teachers as well. I gave workshops in my school district so other teachers could employ some of the techniques I taught them in their classrooms. Lastly, but definitely not least, I tutored students after school and during the summer.
I have heard from so many parents how frustrated they are when they don't know how to help their children, especially when the demands in education are constantly changing. Many schools are not equipped with the resources needed to help children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Wouldn't it be wonderful to get a better understanding of how to help your child, as well as get your child the help he or she needs?
BA English - SUNY Albany
MS Ed, Special Education - CUNY Queens
Dyslexia Therapist- International Dyslexia Association
Orton-Gillingham Teacher - FDU
Orton Gillingham Teacher Trainer - FDU
Dyslexia Specialist - FDU
Elementary Education - NJ
Special Education - NJ
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