Clarion University of Pennsylvania (Special Education)
University of Pittsburgh (MEd)
University of Pittsburgh (EdD)
I am not your typical children's author. Whereas most authors say they loved reading as a child, I say the opposite. In fact, it wasn't until graduate school that I fell in love with reading and have been on an emotional high ever since. It's for this reason that I understand the frustration that so many students feel about themselves as readers and writers. My area of expertise is teaching the Language Arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. My years as a classroom teacher and Assistant Professor of Reading Education have given me tons of experience in working with students across the ability spectrum in areas such as: comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and engagement. I love working with students because I love planting seeds and watching them bloom.
My overarching goal is to motivate each learner to become an independent reader, writer, and thinker. My goal will be accomplished by guiding the learner to set realistic goals and objectives, guiding the learner to complete the task effortlessly, guiding the learner to find his/her unique strengths (and building on those), and guiding the learner to work independently and successfully. I have two award winning children's books. The first describes how a young girl gains confidence in herself to be able to read out loud in front of her class. The second is about a young girl who can read, but chooses not to, and all the nuances she faces in life because she has chosen not to be literate. I have several articles on children's literature in peer reviewed journals. The journals include: The New Advocate, The Urban Review, The Reading Teacher, and Urban Education. I am on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Reading Association and a member of the International Literacy Association. I present at local, state, and international conferences and travel to school districts around the country to present during author visits. I am available M-F from 10am to 6pm. I can meet at a central location or work online. My base rate is $60/hour for all in-person sessions and $40/hour for online sessions. I have free printable reading materials on my website. Contact me for more information. Looking forward to hearing from you! I am not your typical children's author. Whereas most authors say they loved reading as a child, I say the opposite. In fact, it wasn't until graduate school that I fell in love with reading and have been on an emotional high ever since. It's for this reason that I understand the frustration that so many students feel about themselves as readers
I have been a certified Reading Specialist for the past 27 years. I am versed in all aspects of reading difficulties (i.e., struggling readers). I am familiar with Orton Gillingham, Isabel Beck's work on word building, and many others. I hold a doctorate in Reading Education and am currently tutoring several children, one in which is a struggling reader, but is progressing nicely. I am a former classroom teacher and professor of Reading Education.