Category Archives: Teacher Heroes

Cultivating Confidence

Growing up, Lakesha Costello felt destined to become a teacher. But it was intuition and initiative that led her to discover the missing piece of reading instruction that she and her struggling readers were lacking. A graduate course on learning disabilities piqued her interest in dyslexia and evidence-based, explicit, structured literacy instruction. Tapping into the in-person and online professional learning courses offered through Wilson Language Training® and two Wilson® Accredited PartnersWoodlynde School/Literacy Institute in Strafford, PA, and AIM Academy's Institute for Lea [...]

Conquering Dyslexia, Together

Children often follow in a parents footsteps when it comes to interests and careers. For Cassie Clark and her 12-year-old daughter, Gina, it was the reverse. Gina showed signs of learning difficulties before kindergarten. She was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade and began intensive intervention with a Wilson Reading System® (WRS) instructor at her public elementary school outside Chicago. As her daughters literacy skills grew, Cassie became intrigued by  the effectiveness of Wilsons multisensory structured literacy instruction and wanted to learn more. We were amazed by [...]

A Leap of Faith

Pat Shafer retired in 2016, but that didnt stop her from teaching. Following two decades as a reading teacher in public and parochial schools, the idea of no longer sharing the gift of literacy with students was unfathomable. I retired because I wanted more time to travel, but I knew I couldnt leave working with kids behind, shared Pat, a Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) and Fundations® Presenter for Levels K-3. Recognizing tremendous need in her community, Pat combined her passion for helping struggling readers with her extensive experience in Wilson programs to establish a [...]

Educator Point of View

As a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer (W.C.T.), I have supported dozens of teachers over the years as they pursued their Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I or Level II Certification and persevered through the inevitable challenges this undertaking entails in the best of times. When the 2019-2020 school year began, our seven WRS Level I candidates immediately started seeing success with their practicum students and were excited about the deeper understanding of foundational reading skills they were gaining. They soaked it all in as both learner and teacher. As we transitioned to remote learni [...]

Inspiring One Another

The literacy achievements made by Wilson® educators and students across the country have inspired us for more than three decades.  This past school year certainly was no exception, as Fundations®, Just Words®, and Wilson Reading System® (WRS) teachers, coaches, and trainers abruptly entered uncharted territory: distance learning.  During Teacher Appreciation Month in May, we received more than 800 tributes to teachers who make indelible impressions in the classroom, and more recently, through virtual instruction. Many powered through new COVID-19 rules and major life [...]

Parents’ Appreciation

This spring, during Teacher Appreciation Month, we asked the greater Wilson®community to share their tributes to Wilson educators. We heard from educators across the country, as well as many parents who shared how Wilson Reading System® (WRS) teachers made a tremendous difference in the lives of their children. Kristin C. is the reason my 16-year-old son can read, shared Lisa A. of New York. He was defeated and angry with reading and school in generalShe refused to give up on him, all the while promoting his self-esteem and celebrating his accomplishments. He is now in honors [...]

Teacher Appreciation Month

From the countrys largest cities to its smallest towns, Wilson educators are going the extra mile to instill in their students strong literacy skills and a love for reading, making a lasting impression on their colleagues as well!  During Teacher Appreciation Month, more than 850 educators and parents shared how these inspiring Fundations®, Just Words®, and Wilson Reading System® teachers are rocking it in the classroom, and given this unprecedented spring  from the home front. We thank everyone who wrote in to express the many attributes Wilson teachers hav [...]

Year in Review

As 2019 comes to an end, we not only close the books on another year of coast-to-coast literacy instruction, we complete another decade of providing teachers with the skills and knowledge to transform the lives of students of all ages through literacy. Individually and collectively, Wilson educators continue making a positive and significant impact in schools and districts throughout the country. As knowledge and awareness about dyslexia and the acquisition of reading skills continue to expand in the U.S. and internationally, there is an ever-increasing demand for effective, evidence-ba [...]

Unlocking Opportunities

Eight years ago, Ohio teacher Angela Haning made a binding promise to her first class of students. The fifth graders made her pinkie swear she would attend their high school graduation in 2019. When they reunited at the ceremony this past spring to celebrate, Angie and her former students laughed, shed a few tears, and shared what theyve learned over the years. While the graduates were busy acquiring knowledge and skills in preparation for a new chapter in their lives, Angie, a middle school English Language Arts teacher, was doing the same. Earlier this year, she added Wilson® Dysl [...]

With Knowledge, Wisdom

For someone who stumbled into teaching by accident, Nelda Reyes certainly landed on her feet, then kept on going. Now entering her twenty-third year as a teacher, Nelda recently added Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) to her professional credentials. A dyslexia interventionist in San Marcos, TX, Nelda became Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level II Certified earlier this year, just as her practicum student, Jonathan, wrapped up Step 12 of the intensive reading intervention program. As an undergraduate studying speech communication disorders, Nelda said she became intrigued by the scie [...]