When Lois contacted us with her story, we were immediately inspired. Acorn Publishing is incredibly excited to be adding her to our growing list of new authors.
Lois's novel, REVERSED, will be released through Acorn in March of 2018. It's a powerful memoir about the struggles she faced after her son was classified as "learning disabled". Her journey spans three continents, unique teaching experiments, never-ending battles with the school system, and a mother’s discovery of her own learning blocks.
Trust us...it's worth the wait.
Specialized in teaching children who failed to learn to read through numerous reading programs, Lois has worked with students in Australia, England, and Texas. She has taught failing students at all age levels, with her creative teaching methods varying depending on reading ability of the student, teaching age-appropriate, rather than reading-age-appropriate, material. For beginning readers, she writes poetry, encouraging students to know that they, too, are authors. As her students are more exposed to a wide range of reading, she uses already existing material to re-engage students, where they become active, involved learners who can enter the traditional classroom confidently. Several of her students have gone from non-reading to graduating college.
Her non-traditional background, multi-continental exposure, and passion for helping failing students have equipped her with a highly unique skill set and perspective. Originally qualified as a Physical Education teacher, she later completed a Master's in Literacy and Reading from the State University of New York at Albany. She has presented about her teaching methods at several conferences, including the California Reading Association, Michigan Summer Institute, and New York State Reading Association conferences. She is co-president of the Albany City Reading Association as well as a Member of the Australian College of Education.
While she continues educating teachers and parents on how to teach struggling readers, she has also recently finished a memoir about her son's—and her own—learning disability.
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