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Ms Heather Boyd
  • Educational Background

    I have been employed as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist for over 20 years. I graduated with both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Old Dominion University. Literacy is my passion. Because of this passion, I have pursued over 70 hours of Orton-Gillingham training and Hill Reading Achievement Program out of Durham, NC.

    Hobbies

    My hobbies are spending time with my children and friends, crafting, trying new restaurants and being in nature. 

    Learning/ Philosophy

    I fully believe in individualized, specific and explicit instruction for all students that meet them where they are with their skill set.  The goal is to build a strong foundation with spiraling and review of concepts while linking new knowledge to learned concepts. Multi-sensory instruction and memory strategies are essential to making connections permanent. I celebrate with students when goals are achieved, no matter how small. Students are taught to self-advocate for what helps them learn, their strengths and areas of concern, and using their own voice to communicate that information to teachers.I engage students in learning by using educational games to motivate them to complete designated work tasks.  During tasks in my classroom, students use verbal and written output to practice their speech and language skills, building their literacy and written expression. Students use self-assessment to monitor his/her progress and accuracy in achieving goals. The key is involving the student in seeing their own strengths, areas of concern and growth to develop pride and confidence in themselves.