Experience Teacher Sara Wishner Williams, M.Ed., CAGS, CAGS
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Helping striving readers build confidence, reach goals and make positive changes in their lives is my mission as well as my passion.
Being an educator is my life's work.
Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions,
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Literacy and Language
In order to become the most well-rounded teacher I could be, I pursued a Reading Specialist certification. The program at MGH's Institute views illiteracy as a health crisis which provided a unique perspective in each course. Through this program I broadened my experiences and knowledge of reading development and instruction. I am now equipped to help any and every student make progress in reading!
Southern New Hampshire University,
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Dyslexia Studies
Once I began teaching in the Language-based Program for students with dyslexia, I could not get enough Professional Development in this area! I met with a consultant from the Landmark School's Outreach Program monthly and began taking their graduate courses, which were offered through Southern New Hampshire University. These courses were both informative and validating of the teaching strategies I was already using. Through these courses, I became an expert in working with students with dyslexia and discovered my love of this population.
Master of Education in Special Education, Moderate Disabilities
Growing up in the Metro West area, I had always dreamed of attending the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. I learned a tremendous amount about working with students with disabilities, and completed my student teaching in the 4th-6th grade Learning Center at the Driscoll School in Brookline.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Bucknell provided me with a wonderful foundation in education. I completed my student teaching in a fourth grade classroom in a rural school district and I had the unique opportunity of teaching Science lessons in Amish schools. These experiences solidified what I had known since childhood: teaching was my life's purpose.
A Licensed and Professional Teacher At Your Service
I have been a professional teacher for 11 years and have experience at both the elementary and middle school levels.
September 2013 - June 2021
Lead Teacher, Language-based Program, Brookline Public Schools
For the last eight years I have been the lead teacher for grades 6-8 in the district-wide language-based program. In this program, I provide students with dyslexia their daily Orton-Gillingham instruction, small group English/Language Arts class, and an Academic Support period to support the reading and language demands in the general education Science and Social Studies classes. For this position, I have participated in numerous trainings and consultations with the Landmark School.
September 2010 - June 2013
Learning Center Teacher, Driscoll School, Brookline Public Schools
Prior to leading the Language-based team, I was a general Learning Center teacher at the Driscoll School for three years. In this position, I worked with students across the spectrum of disabilities, teaching academic skills and study strategies.
2009 - Present
Working with students individually to meet their specific needs is my true passion. Over the past twelve years, I have worked with many families to support their child's academic challenges. Whether it is Orton-Gillingham reading instruction, writing, math, or college application essays, my vast experiences have allowed me to provide academic support to students of varying backgrounds.
2008 - 2010
Teaching Intern & Paraprofessional, Learning Center Program, Brookline Public Schools
While earning my Masters degree at Boston College, I worked full-time as a teaching intern and paraprofessional in the Learning Center for grades 4-6 at the Driscoll Public School in Brookline. I completed all of the duties of a Learning Center Teacher under the guidance of my supervisor.
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