I am currently a national consultant and work with various school districts in the areas of literacy, Response to Intervention, and learning disabilities. My experience includes that of a classroom teacher, staff developer, central office administrator, and university instructor. I am the author of four teacher seminar handbooks with the Bureau of Education and Research, and am co-author of 1) Phonological Awareness and Early Literacy Assessment (Wright Group), 2) Professional Development: Assisting Urban Schools in Making Annual Yearly Progress (Sept. 2007, Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, & Research), 3) A Qualitative Study of New/Early Career Special Education Teacher Retention in a Multicultural Urban Setting (Spring 2008, Florida Educational Leadership), and 4) Mentoring and Coaching: A Lifeline for Teachers in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms (Dec. 2009, Corwin Press)
My goals as a writer is to continue writing as a contribution to the field of education, for teachers, administrators, university students, professors, and others interested in the field of education. I am also working on manuscripts for children. My goals as an educational consultant include providing school districts and teachers high quality professional development and consulting services, increasing the opportunities for success with students who are struggling in literacy. I also work with specific students on a case-by-case basis.
By far, the most rewarding experience of my career in the field of education has been building those "ah-ha" moments with the children who need us most. Assisting students with learning disabilities of any age, pre-school through college, has been a very gratifying experience and continues to be a focus.
"The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious... to have one idea spark another." Marva Collins