I have been an elementary teacher in the public school system for 36 years. Since retirement, I have been volunteering at two elementary schools and privately tutoring eighteen children per year using Phonetic Reading with Silent Elephant "e". Attaining superior teaching skills to guide dyslexic and struggling students to success has been a long-time and personal passion of mine.
A strong belief that ALL learners CAN learn to read, including dyslexic learners, fueled my desire to write Phonetic Reading with Silent Elephant "e", a reading program that meets the need of a precise, sequential, language based instruction reading program utilizing “whole body”, multi-sensory activities ensuring that ALL children will develop automaticity and fluency in reading by the end of second grade. In order to make abstract vague phonics rules clearly conceptual and comprehensible, ALL children, especially dyslexics, need colorful, visual, kinesthetic, concrete methods using stories, plays, puppets, magic, games and tangible items such as food, clay, and personal drawings and personal writing. My reading program is based on the most current research and best practices for teaching reading, writing, and spelling to dyslexic and non-dyslexic learners.
In 2001, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study education in Japan. I am an active member of the International Dyslexic Association, the International Literacy Association and the National Education Association. I received the award for Volunteer of the Year at Lakeland Hills Elementary School, Auburn, Washington in 2015.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree with double majors in Elementary Education K-8 and Physical Education and Health K-12 with a minor in Coaching from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. I received a Master of Arts from the University of Denver in Elementary Education K-8. I have studied at the University of Oxford focusing on England’s National Curriculum K-12.
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