SONJA I. SMITH   Consultant, Reading Specialist

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EXPERT READING TUTOR FOR ALL AGES, LEVELS, AND ABILITIES

Certified Phono-Graphix® Reading Therapist
Certified Test Administrator, Evaluation Of Basic Skills


EXPERIENCE

ONE-TO-ONE TUTORING
Over eleven years experience working with students one-on-one teaching reading and spelling.  Have worked successfully with over 100 students of all reading levels and abilities (including those identified with learning and attention difficulties), ages 5 years to adult.

EDUCATIONAL TREATMENT PLANNING
Plan, pace, and monitor the effectiveness of both remedial and developmental educational treatment programs.  Modify  treatment plans as necessary according to the needs of the student in order to maximize positive results.  Personalize and refine tutoring programs to coordinate with relevant school and life needs.

DIAGNOSTIC TESTING
Administer, score, and interpret various educational diagnostic and achievement tests, including Evaluation of Basic Skills, Gray Oral Reading Tests-4th Edition, and others.  Have researched and implemented effective group reading assessments for classroom use.

ADMINISTRATION
Write and edit testing summaries and reports.   Conduct client consultations and treatment updates.  Plan and coordinate on-site academic intervention services for at-risk students.  Have reviewed and edited children's book manuscripts.  Have coordinated accommodated exam arrangements for students with special needs.

ADULT TRAINING
Teach adults basic literacy skills.  Have conducted parent training workshops.  Have coordinated and led employee training sessions and mentored newly-trained staff.  Have developed client and employee instruction guides and other training materials.


EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF ARTS
The George Washington University, 1989


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIRST ADULT ESL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools, 2004
•Strategies to assist English language acquisition, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills

“HELPING LEARNING DISABLED STUDENTS AND SLOWER LEARNERS” WORKSHOP
Literacy Council of Montgomery County, 2004
•Approaches to help students maximize their learning and retention of reading skills

"TRAINING FOR TRAINERS" SEMINAR
Social Action and Leadership School for Activists, 2000
•Techniques for developing and implementing effective training programs using current learning theory

PHONO-GRAPHIX® CERTIFICATION TRAINING
Washington Reads and Read America, 2000
•Phono-Graphix® Reading and Spelling Program

CLINICAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes™ Clinic, 1997-1999
•Techniques for improving abilities in phonemic awareness, reading, spelling, comprehension, vocabulary, math, and visual-motor coordination

NATIONAL TRAINING CONFERENCE
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes™ Conference, 1998
•Review and practice of sensory-cognitive development programs


POSITIONS HELD

CLINICIAN AND CONSULTANT
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes™ Clinic, 1997-2000

ACCOMMODATED EXAMS COORDINATOR
Georgetown University Law Center, 1995-1997