I worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in the public school system for 33 years during which time I encountered many students with speech and reading difficulties. I retired from the public school system in 2014 but for the last 3 years of my full time employment, I worked primarily with dyslexic students. I have continued to work part time as a reading tutor at the elementary school in my community. I am a member of the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association, American Speech and Hearing Association, and International Dyslexic Association. I have taken many courses and classes related to literacy including training in the Association Method at the University of Southern Mississippi, Project Read, Lindamood-Bell, Susan Barton’s Bright Solutions, and Orton-Gillingham Institute for Multi-Sensory Education, and RealSpelling. I combined ideas and research from each of these programs in creating the cards that I currently use.
I have worked with a wide range of ability levels during my teaching career. The one thing that all of my students have in common, regardless of their intelligence or disability, is that they like visual materials.
I have received the ACE award from the American Speech and Hearing Association for my continued education hours.
I received my Masters of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1981 and have had my CCCs from the American Speech and Hearing Association since the early 1982.
I currently love working at Moselle Elementary School as a reading tutor. Many of the students I serve are in upper elementary and do not need “sound blending”. Phonology is only a small portion of the written language. After single syllable words, the most important questions are “What does the word mean?”, “How is the word build? (Does it have prefixes and/or suffixes?”, “What words is it related to?”, then “How is it pronounced?”. At this level, understanding Latin and Greek bases, prefixes, and suffixes is much more beneficial. Teaching students how to research words and build a word matrix is the way to go. All of my “projects” are a work in progress. There is still so much I want to get done. In addition to the Letter Blending Strips and Cards, I am working on articulation cards that I hope to have completed soon. If you are interested or have questions about this, send me an email. I’d love to share you more information about this. firstname.lastname@example.org