Tricia Gerard, M.Ed, NBCT, CDP earned a B.S. from Towson University in Baltimore, MD in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She achieved a Master’s degree in Emotional Handicaps from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fl. She is a highly qualified, effective educator with twice National Board Certifications in Exceptional Student Education. She is certified by the International Dyslexia Association as a Dyslexia Practitioner as well as holds a Wilson Level One Dyslexia Specialist credential. As the founder of Dyslexia, Learning and Support Group FL and Decoding Literacy.com, a 503c for literacy in Palm Beach County, FL, she and other parents of dyslexics are collaborating to change the way literacy in PBC is delivered. She is a member of the Florida Council of Exceptional Children and an active member and presenter for the Florida Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
She has worked as a general education and special education teacher at both Elementary and Secondary education levels, working with varying exceptionalities such as students with DYSLEXIA, DYSGRAPHIA, ADHD/ADD, and AUTISM, etc.
She has extensive training working with students who thrive with specialized interventions such as Orton- Gillingham based methods. The learning process can be a struggle for many students with conventional whole word reading teaching methods. Fortunately, most students thrive when given a multi-sensory structured language program tailored to improve their unique areas of deficit. Because the techniques used in every tutoring session follow a multi-sensory approach, games and manipulatives are incorporated into daily lessons, reinforcing previously learned concepts in a fun and engaging way.