for Dyslexic and Struggling Readers
I am passionate about teaching reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, etc., all things to do with literacy. My main focus for over twenty years has been teaching students to read.
In 1994, when the Texas Reading Institute in Houston, Texas opened its doors, I had the opportunity to train with the director, Dr. Eldo Bergman. Working under the direction of Dr. Bergman, I learned and performed various reading assessments. I trained in the esteemed Lindamood-Bell "Auditory Discrimination in Depth" (Lips) and "Visualizing and Verbalizing" reading programs, and then began working with dyslexic children who had not yet been successful in learning to read. See “Testimonials” to read about my work with a few of my students through the years. I also began my graduate work with a course, "Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Disorders" at the University of Texas.
I moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1996. Thrilled to have previously discovered my passion, I began working as an independent reading therapist for children with reading difficulties. When Southern Oregon University began offering the "literacy" courses I felt would be useful in my work with "struggling" readers, I continued working toward my Masters in Education. I was fortunate to be able to take several excellent courses in the Collaborative Reading Education and Distance Education (CREADE) program. CREADE is a collaboration of five different Oregon universities who came together for the purpose of providing training for reading teachers.
I also took several graduate courses in short story writing, poetry writing, and children's literature, as well as one course solely dedicated to best practices for teaching spelling. I believe strongly in a reading, writing, and spelling connection. I took a couple of children's literature courses and acquired considerable knowledge regarding high-quality books in various genres, including multicultural literature. I also did a project on children's literature for a "Risk to Resilience" course and developed a notebook of literature around various problems that at-risk children deal with.
I received my BA in Psychology and my Teaching Credentials from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1985. I received my Masters Degree in Education from Southern Oregon University in December 2004.
My work benefits from multisensory methods of teaching reading, writing, and spelling, including Lindamood-Bell and the Phono-Graphix methods. I am highly experienced in teaching phonemic awareness (helping students to distinguish the smallest sounds in words), which children who struggle with reading often have difficulty hearing. According to reading experts, ability to differentiate and manipulate these small units of sound is the most important factor in early reading success.
I draw on many avenues of learning to allow me to thoroughly assess and resolve the literacy needs of each student. My own Wise on Reading materials, including assessments, questionnaires, checklists, Wise on Reading systematic decodable stories, multisensory activities and games, plus lists of best books for struggling readers allows me to get my students reading quickly and efficiently.
I am highly motivated in my desire to help children learn to read well and develop a love of reading in order to become lifelong learners who have the ability to reach their potentials.
On a more personal note, I love taking photos and making photo art in Photoshop to create cards I give for gifts! I love the library and reading (of course!) I enjoy the outdoors, walking and gardening. I live with my husband, Richard, who also loves photography.
I welcome all questions and offer a free consultation.
To schedule a free consultation, email or call:
Margo Emrich, M.Ed.