WHO AM I AND WHY I CREATED LITERACY DECODED
As a special education teacher, I taught children with a variety of profiles (LD, Dyslexic, ADHD, ODD, ASD, MID).
Each student was unique, thus I explored and implemented many different curriculums to meet all their needs. Some students made more progress than others, but none made as much progress as I hoped for.
After 5 years of working with the same students, I knew that I could do better. I saw their potential but was unable to access it. I tried my absolute best, but with a lack of effective and ongoing professional development, I was ill-equipped to make the impact I so desperately wanted.
The following year, I was recruited to become the Principal of Kayla's Children Centre - a school, therapy clinic, and recreational centre for children with disabilities. At the same time, my son Zevi (child #4) was showing signs of Dyslexia and was having a very difficult time learning to read. His teachers were concerned and asked me for advice. As an experienced special education teacher and principal, you'd think I'd have the answers..
I continued to consult with many educational professionals (literacy specialists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and Developmental Pediatricians).
Finally, I came across a Speech Pathologist that introduced me to the Orton Gillingham approach. My son started speech therapy, using the Orton Gillingham method to build phonological awareness, grapheme and phoneme skills, etc.
I was so excited about this method that seemed to be the best-kept secret that I decided to become OG certified myself.
I started training the teachers at Kayla's Children Centre and it was a huge success. Students that were learning to read and write for years with little progress started making REAL progress. I continued to work with my son who went from being a nonreader to a fluent reader in a little over a year.
This is when I discovered my mission/vision in life - Help all teachers and parents unlock the science of reading because I know that ALL CHILDREN can learn to read and write with the right method of instruction.
Literacy Decoded provides you with everything you need to be successful.
You don't need to have previous teaching experience. The only prerequisite is passion for helping your students/children become confident, solid readers and writers.