My core belief is that all children can learn. If children are not learning, it is incumbent upon educators to change their teaching methods so that students can be successful. As a middle school teacher, I spent 15 years adhering to this philosophy, yet there were always a few students who lagged behind despite my best efforts. When my smart, conscientious son began to struggle with basic concepts in elementary school, I researched learning disabilities and discovered that he had dyslexia. Much to my surprise, our public school did not use Structured Literacy, the research-proven method for teaching literacy skills to children and adults with dyslexia. I took the first of many courses in Structured Literacy, was able to help my son, and then began helping others with similar problems. I have now been doing this work for eight years and I feel privileged to work with many families who need educational support.
When not working with students I enjoy gardening, cooking, and spending time with my family and two dogs. I am on the executive board of the International Dyslexia Association MI Branch and I volunteer at the Student Advocacy Center. I regularly attend workshops and trainings to improve my craft and better support my students.