Colby is an educator with classroom and 1:1 tutorial experience using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. While becoming an Associate Member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA), Colby worked at an OGA accredited school teaching both children with dyslexia and a class of 5-8 year olds with ASD. After two years teaching in the ASD classroom, Colby became the Director of Dyslexia Therapy at a private practice and provided 1:1 Orton-Gillingham tutoring to a large range of students. Following that position, Colby moved with her fiance to the midwest where she went back into the classroom teaching full-time a K-2 class of students with dyslexia at a private school that became accredited by OGA during the time she taught there. Colby assisted this school in becoming accredited as she was one of the teachers observed for accreditation. She was then offered a mentoring job the following year to assist other teachers in implementing the Orton-Gillingham Approach into their classrooms. While accompanying her husband, who serves as a Pilot is the USAF, to the west coast, Colby began 1:1 Orton-Gillingham tutoring online. Her vast experience in a variety of settings has helped her adapt and implement the Orton-Gillingham Approach in many ways. She hopes her experience will help other educators be creative in implementing the approach and the Science of Reading into their classrooms.
My teaching is very multi-sensory based. My students inspire me everyday to come up with creative, engaging activities that will keep them involved and loving school! I see many children who have doubts about their ability to read. Therefore, I use positive reinforcement continuously throughout the day and make reading enjoyable through engaging activities and the use of creative strategies!
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Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education (Certified in both) Associate Member, OGA In training to become a Certified Member, OGA Certified Dyslexia Practitioner, IDA
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PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool, Not Grade Specific
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Special Education, Other (Specialty), Other (ELA), Classroom Management, Professional Development, School Counseling, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Handwriting, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics