Testimonial from Dee W:
No one outside of our family has done more for our daughter Rebecca than Marie Pomeroy. Marie uses the Orton-Gillingham method to systematically break down the English language into its components, and then teaches the children how to synthesize the components. Her caring and consistent demeanor made learning something that our daughter looked forward to. Watching Marie teach our daughter to read was one of the most interesting and exciting parental experiences I have ever had. Taking my dyslexic daughter to Marie was one of the best parenting decisions I have ever made.
Our daughter Rebecca loved to be read to for hours a day. However, we were surprised that we could not seem to teach her to read. Her Kindergarten teacher thought that reading would come in its own time. When first grade started, the school gave us readers to work with her at home. She would cry and say she hated reading and never wanted to learn. After a few months in the first grade her teacher requested a conference, and thought Rebecca had some kind of learning disability. The teacher had tried everything but could not figure out how to teach Rebecca to read, and asked if we would be willing to have her evaluated by a psychologist. Rebecca’s reading level was too low to measure and she was diagnosed with dyslexia. The psychologist suggested an Orton-Gillingham tutor, and referred me to Marie Pomeroy.
I immediately signed Rebecca up to be evaluated by Marie, and at the first meeting I knew she would help our daughter. That was February 2010. I took Rebecca in twice a week, and then would read with her daily and reinforce what Marie was teaching her. The improvement was amazing! When she started second grade just 5 months later, she was reading at grade level. By the end of second grade she would no longer read with me, because that was slow and boring for her. By the end of fifth grade Rebecca was reading on a college reading level. Even though Rebecca was doing so well, I kept taking her to Marie once a week because she had developed such a bond. Marie continued to work on writing issues that typically impact dyslexics. Rebecca felt that Marie taught her more writing skills in an hour than she learned in school all week. She adores Marie, and is very sad that she had to move to Greensboro, but our loss is their gain. Rebecca just finished the eighth grade, and her school voted her most likely to read War and Peace in a day. I don’t think that will happen, but Rebecca now has a lifelong love of reading and reads about 300 books a year.
Rebecca had an amazing experience with Marie, but I think the method would work for any child. I also took my second non-dyslexic child to Marie, and she felt she learned much more from Marie than the school. Marie had moved to Greensboro when it was time to teach our third child to read. Last summer I used Rebecca’s old lessons as guides for my third child and the results, again, were so much better than any other system we or the school tried. I really think this is hands down the best way to teach a child reading skills. Marie has a caring nature and deeper understanding of the English language than anyone I have ever met.
Testimonial from Barbara W:
Marie Pomeroy taught my daughter using the Orton Gillingham method. It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to recommend her to other families seeking professional and expert reading remediation.
The following are a few of the things you can expect from Mrs. Pomeroy:
* Patience - Mrs. Pomeroy gives children the time they need with working memory and gently prompts their memory with clues guiding them to the correct conclusion.
* Individualized instruction - Mrs. Pomeroy introduces skills based on student readiness and mastery.
* Information - Mrs. Pomeroy share meaningful information with parents regarding subject content.
* Focused Time Management - Mrs. Pomeroy is able to cover a wealth of information in a session. Her pacing is exceptional and she has a gift for redirecting as needed.
* Experienced and highly knowledgeable - Mrs. Pomeroy is highly skilled in Orton Gillingham.
* Prepared - Mrs. Pomeroy has materials ready upon the student's arrival. She maintains remarkable records of what she has taught and develops her lessons prior to sessions.
* Promptness - Mrs. Pomeroy is ready and warmly welcomes her students at the agreed upon time. She never cancelled and gave sufficient notice if she was taking time off.
* Kindness - Mrs. Pomeroy speaks to her students with a warm tone that is respectful.
My daughter's reading greatly improved during the time she worked with Mrs. Pomeroy. She received consistent instruction that provided her with the skills she needed to build her self-esteem. To my delight, my daughter learned to actually enjoy reading.
Testimonial from Meredith H.
In my practice as a pediatric psychologist for the past 10 years, I have referred many students to Marie Pomeroy to help with their reading and spelling skills. Ms. Pomeroy is a skilled and knowledgeable remedial reading specialist. She has over twenty-five years of experience teaching students using the Orton-Gillingham approach, a structured, sequential phonics-based method that is designed to be used for students with a diagnosis of dyslexia. Marie has always been reliable, collaborative, and will go the extra mile for families. I would highly recommend her services.
Testimonial from Kathleen S.
My son was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 6. He struggled for months to read until we were referred to Marie Pomeroy.
Mrs. Pomeroy is one of the most patient and kind people we have met. She worked hard to earn our son's trust and to explain to him the value of tutoring. At first our son did not enjoy tutoring, but as he worked with Mrs. Pomeroy, he gradually realized that she truly cared about his academic success.
Our son was able to increase his literacy dramatically and was brought up to his reading grade level within about a year. She worked closely with him to improve his handwriting as well. He would still be working with her but she re-located out of the area.
Today, our son is entering 9th grade with a good grasp of language and reading, thanks to Mrs. Pomeroy. He has routinely earned Bs in his Language Arts studies and still uses the techniques Mrs. Pomeroy taught him years ago so he can read better.
We attribute much of on son's academic success to Mrs. Pomeroy's support and true concern for his achievements.