Cheryl began tutoring students in her home. Shortly thereafter, she was approached to take a job in a nearby private school. She accepted the position and provided leadership at this school for 1.5 years, implementing screening and services for students with reading challenges. She next was approached by another private school to work with their population of struggling students. She worked in this position, as Academic Support Director, for 5.5 years. There Cheryl implemented screenings using the DIBELS and DIBELS Next assessments for all K-6 students, additional screenings for students who indicated at-risk factors, directed service plans and implementation of direct services. Finally, she committed to growing Successful Learning Educational Services from an in-home business to a brick-and-mortar business which continues to service students and families from around the USA. The business recently sold, and Cheryl has formed Southern Arizona Educational Services LLC to service students from her new location in Arizona.
Cheryl has also served as a president of the Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She was active on this board for six years. She also helped to introduce legislation in Washington State regarding dyslexia in 2011. She has served on several Oregon legislative advisory rule committees regarding dyslexia legislation in that state. She continues to monitor the dyslexia legislation and to provide some advocacy support for parents, working in a collaborative mode between school staff and parents to ascertain appropriate support for students with dyslexia.
Cheryl recently joined forces with author Yasmin John-Thorpe and business owner, Nikole Haumont, to form Reading Is Fun!, a publishing company focused on providing decodable books for students who are beginning readers and students who may struggle with reading due to dyslexia. These books will provide reading practice for students. The books are embedded with specific symbol-to-sound patterns that, when systematically and incrementally taught, take the guessing out of reading and provide great success to readers. These readers will soon discover that Reading Is Fun!
Cheryl remains passionate about advocating for those who learn differently and believes that with support, these individuals can lead successful school and work lives.
You can learn more about Cheryl and the services she offers at https://www.sazes.net