Meet Emily | The Literacy Nest

Meet Emily

Hi there! I'm Emily, Certified Dyslexia Practitioner and the creator of The Literacy Nest. I have been working with children from ages 1-12 since 1996 in a variety of settings. I started out as a daycare teacher working my way through college to become an elementary classroom teacher. My first class was a spunky group of third graders from the Boston area, back in 2000. I taught third and fourth during most of my twelve years of teaching, as well as fifth grade in the summer. My Master's degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Literacy sparked my passion to create and design classroom materials. But my true love was helping children become successful readers.

 I had a thirst for knowledge. How do I teach struggling readers and kids with dyslexia to learn how to read? My mission began back in 2003 and I haven't stopped. My Orton-Gillingham certification through an IMSLEC accredited program transformed me. Now that I'm no longer a classroom teacher, I am a mommy of four and work 1:1 with children using an Orton-Gillingham approach part-time and design literacy resources for sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for teachers and children. Join me to learn how YOU truly can help every child become a reader!

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  1. Hi. Can I ask where you got trained for OG? I live overseas and got trained online. It was a great course (or so I thought) until I actually went to tutor a kid and realized I really didn't know anything. I have a very basic understanding of OG; some parts better than others. I can see the kid I'm tutoring really getting it but I still don't feel I have a great grasp on many of the concepts I'm supposed to be teaching. The order I given to teach is very different from the order of your products and tests. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. I'm interested in your reply to Amy, and have an additional question. I teach in a very small rural school, and a looking at a class of + - 12 students. They could be 2nd and 3rd graders, or 3rd and 4th graders - don't know yet. Anyway, I'm wondering if there's an effective way to use OG in a classroom setting. From all I've heard, it's for 1:1, but our little school doesn't have any in-school sped or aides or anyone to give 1:1. My one student who was definitely dyslexic has moved on to 5th grade (YAY) and is doing well because his parents took the initiative to get outside help for him. However, I have several who are 'way behind in reading, and I suspect that the OG would help them. Thanks for any help/advice you can provide.

  3. Hi Karen, I'm sure Emily has answered you but I just saw you comment. I was a classroom teacher and used OG whole group, small group, and 1:1. If you'd like ideas, let me know!

  4. Loved your blog, sent you an email!


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