Hi, I’m Sherry! I have worked as a resource teacher for more than 15 years. A lot of this time has been dedicated to helping students learn to read. In this position, one of the questions I have been asked over and over by parents has been, “Why is my child reading below grade level?”
To be honest, I sat in way too many meetings staring blankly at parents, not knowing what to say. It was heartbreaking!
I became determined to do something about this! Not knowing was not acceptable to me. I have been trained in numerous reading programs, yet none of them worked on their own for each and every student I have taught. I also trained in alternative methods, most of which I funded myself for to the tune of thousands of dollars.
The more I learned, the more fascinated I became with the process! To add to this, a couple of my own children struggled a bit with reading for awhile. What eventually worked for those two were alternative methods… each of them required something different, yet neither of them required anything complicated! We were able to quickly rectify the struggle with reading once I understood the root of their struggles.
This fascinated me even more! I became determined to put something together to help other parents avoid long-term reading struggles with their child.
Back when I was a student in school, I often struggled with my individual sense of belonging and self-confidence… I was teased a lot for things that were beyond my control, such as my purple hands due to Raynaud’s. To add to this, I had warts on my hands and the kids referred to me as “Medusa.” This is something I could relate to when working with children who struggle to read as many of them also struggle with their sense of belonging and self-confidence in school… also for circumstances beyond their control. Needless to say, I have a real soft spot for helping these kids out!
Furthermore, in my experience as a parent of my 4 children, I have a strong sense of appreciation that, even within families, each child has unique learning needs.
I believe everything happens for a reason. I made the decision to take a step back from teaching in the school setting last year and am grateful for the time and life lessons this has provided. I have returned to teaching this school year, but find that the time I took last year really helped me regain my passion for life. I started this blog, have been valuing who I am, and have been staying true to me.
I have now been on field trips with each of my school-aged children… last year had been my first time EVER where I was able to go on field trips with my children! These definitely weren’t my first field trips, but were the first ones where I was with my biological children.
I am loving being a more present parent now. I am also loving the fact that the time I took off from teaching allowed for me to put together my Guide to the Struggling Reader and for me to work on other things such as my program, Reading Transformed, to help others with reading as well. I am hoping that I am able to reach even more students and parents with this website than I could before. My dream is to live in a world where everyone feels a sense of belonging and everyone learns to read using a method that works for them. I hope to help with that. Reading truly opens up a whole new world!
It is my overall goal to enhance the lives of students by helping them to believe in themselves while not only increasing their self-esteem, but their literacy and numeracy skills at the same time!
10 Quirky, Random Facts About Me!
- Nearly every conversation or situation I’m in reminds me of either a song or a Seinfeld episode. The only ones fortunate enough to hear me break out in these songs are my hubby and children… although I’m not sure THEY would describe it as being fortunate! 😉
- I make mistakes… never on purpose, but they definitely happen! I believe it is important to learn how to laugh at ourselves. I am still working on the latter part, but am getting better at it!
- I have a blind dog named Sally… like totally blind! She has this sixth sense of when I sit down in “her” chair, my favorite chair. I’ve done experiments… within seconds of me sitting down, she somehow finds her way to me. So, when I sit in the chair, you can almost guarantee that my trusty dog is right there with me!
- I love to cook, but hate to clean! Maybe I’m the only one?!? I sure do love the satisfaction I get, however, when the environment I live in is clear of excess clutter.
- I am blessed to be the mother of 4 children who I’ve learned more from than I believe they will ever learn from me!
- I grew up totally country… where we dished out directly from the pots and pans, something I proudly let my kids do when I cook as well! In fact, my hubby had to teach me which forks to use first when eating in restaurants and to put my serviette on my lap while eating, haha!
- Besides our dog, Sally, we have a hedgehog and a fish. If it were up to my youngest, we would also have a horse, goat, and cow in our backyard as well as 5 cats in our house!
- I spend a lot of my “free” time taking my kids to practices or watching their games. #parentlife
- Two of my kids are easy to help out with homework … the other 2 not so much! I am grateful for this as it has really helped me realize that doing homework is often NOT conducive to relationship building with our kids. I also appreciate that doing homework is quick for some, but tedious for others.
- I grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada where I learned that a “hoody is a “bunnyhug,” “hitting the ditch” is “hitting the rhubarb” and “chocolate milk” is “Vico!” I was so excited to go back for a visit awhile ago and be offered a Vico at one of the restaurants. I just had to order it! My daughter had no idea what I had ordered for her until it came, haha! I was geekily excited about seeing “Vico” on my receipt as well!