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Hi there, I’m Ms. Jessica!

As an early elementary classroom teacher, I am passionate about helping ALL learners succeed through personalized support and parent education.

Ms. Jessica and her daughter

My Story

I have seen students left behind due to large class sizes and lack of additional supports in school. I was frustrated that I was unable to help every child within the restrictions of a school setting.

When I went on my maternity leave, I thought about how my daughter could get lost in the system and I realized I wanted to make a change. I want to support those students who need a bit (or a lot) of extra help to succeed.

I use my expertise and experience teaching diverse learners and learning needs to help children conquer the challenge of reading and writing.

My Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts Degree

  • Major in General Studies with minors in English, Psychology (Child Development), and History.

Bachelor of Education Degree

  • Focus on elementary education K-6.

Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Coursework

  • 30 hours of OGA instruction

  • OG is the gold standard in literacy instruction for struggling readers.

  • "empowers educators to develop an individualized, structured, multisensory plan to teach reading and vocabulary skills."

  • "uses explicit, direct, sequential, systematic, multi-sensory instruction to teach reading, which is effective for all students and essential for teaching students with dyslexia." Orton-Gillingham

Reading Readiness Screening Tool Training

  • Universal screening of reading readiness skills.

  • Identifies potential risk for reading difficulties.

  • Allows instructors to provide specific, effective instructional interventions to children at risk for reading problems.

  • "Early identification of foundational skills, including phonemic awareness, is known to minimize the impact of reading difficulties, and in some cases prevents future reading and writing difficulties." Catching Children Before They Fail: Right to Read Program

Science of Reading: Turning Theory into Practice Workshop by Right to Read

  • "Addressed each component of literacy instruction, providing teachers with tools, resources, and instructional strategies."

  • "Understanding how literacy skills develop in children, why some children struggle to develop these fundamental skills, and what research tells us about how to best teach them, will help teachers and other school professionals bridge the gap between the science of reading and educational practice."Learning Disabilities of Alberta: Science of Reading

Words Their Way Training

  • "Based on years of research into invented and developmental spelling, the classroom-proven framework of this successful series is keyed to the five stages of spelling and orthographic development." Pearson Canada: Words Their Way Series

  • "Fosters the progression of word knowledge, including the development of phonics, spelling, word recognition, and vocabulary." National Center on Intensive Intervention

Experience with "Handwriting Without Tears" for Printing Practice

  • Develops students ability to automatically retrieve the symbol for the sound - students might know what letter makes what sound but they need to automatically recall how to form that letter.

  • "The evidence is clear - handwriting can influence student’s reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking." Learning Without Tears

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