I am a retired teacher with 30 years of teaching experience. I have received my Master of Science in Education degree and earned my permanent teaching certification in New York is 1933. During my career I have taught kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth grades. While teaching in the classroom, I felt that I needed more strategies in my teaching toolbox to reach all students, so I began Orton-Gillingham training in 1996. This training sold me on multisensory education that many children need and benefit from. Concisely, it made me a better teacher.
In 2005 I was chosen to be the literacy coach for grades 4-6 at my elementary school. I knew that certain students needed reading and writing interventions that would contribute to their academic success. While teaching full-time I earned my Wilson Level I certification and initiated offering Wilson classes as an intervention for selected students. I then continued my Wilson training and received my Level II certification in 2007. I retired from full-time teaching in 2012.
Since retiring I have done some substitute teaching in NY and FL and tutored students on a 1-1 basis. I have continued my professional development and am a certified dyslexia therapist and trained in the “new” 4th edition of Wilson. I am presently doing virtual tutoring and find it very rewarding.
On a personal note, I am a proud Mom to three grown-up wonderful human-beings and a “Nana” to 7 precious grandchildren. I spend part of my year in NY and part in FL. I serve on a grant committee for a charity that provides support for young adults with cancer. All people involved in this charity are volunteers, and all raised funds to go to supporting these young warriors battling cancer. This experience has made me a more grateful person. As for hobbies, I love ballroom dancing, the theater, reading, and just spending time with family and friends.