Mary Saghafi, M.Ed. Special Education teacher, tutor Dyslexia Advocate
Hello! I am Mary Saghafi. As a committed educator, I specialize in remediation and enrichment in early literacy, reading comprehension, mathematics, executive functioning, and organizational support.
In addition to my teaching career starting in 2006, I have more than ten years experience in tutoring students in grades K-6. My teaching style is based on humor and acceptance. When I worked in the classroom, you would find students of every level participating and feeling a part of a special community. I believe that students must be engaged in order to perform to their full potential. Now that I have dedicated more time to tutoring students I find that the same principles apply. Engagement begins with feeling safe, asking questions, and feeling confident. I believe the key to helping students find success is to help them develop a sense of self. When students can identify their own learning style, they take a sense of ownership in their learning. I believe that students at a very young age can advocate for accommodations that are best suited to their learning style. I have additional training in the Orton-Gillingham (teacher certified 70 hours) method of teaching reading skills and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a systematic approach to working with individuals on behavior. I also have extensive experience working with students with Autism, ADHD, language disorders and other learning disabilities.
I graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2006 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and went on to teach Kindergarten at Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2009, I earned my Master's in Education from The University of Pittsburgh in special education. Previously I taught as a special education teacher, grades K-5 in DeKalb County for last seven years at Ashford Park Elementary and Briarlake Elementary School. In December 2018, I completed my certification for Dyslexia Advocacy through the Dyslexia Training Institute.
I want to help you (and your child) feel confident in your ability to make educational decisions, understand your child's unique learning profile and be able to advocate for their needs by cooperating with the school.
Mary also co-hosts the educational podcast The Reading Teacher's Lounge gives listeners the opportunity to eavesdrop on professional conversations between two reading teachers who are passionate about figuring out strategies to reach all learners.