We had the good fortune of connecting with Diane Talbot and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diane, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I taught in private, charter and public schools as a special education teacher and interventionist for many years. Because I care passionately about my student’s growth and learning, I pursued certification in the gold standard of reading interventions, the Orton Gillingham method. Once I knew how to best teach kids with reading and language-based disabilities, I found working in schools to be frustrating and disheartening, as I was never given the time, quiet space and groupings that allowed me to do more than use the method in a cursory fashion. I longed to really make a difference in kid’s lives. My goal with my business is to provide students with individualized, diagnostic, prescriptive, explicit, systematic, and simultaneously multi-sensory instruction. Each lesson is individualized to constantly review and teach new concepts, I use continued assessment to determine what the student needs. The OG method is taught with explicit methods and language in a systematic manner, allowing students to find success and automaticity. Students use as many senses as possible at the same time to aid in memory and add variety to lessons. Many of my students come to me with very low skills and within a year or so, many of them have bridged the gap and are reading at or even above grade level. This is my greatest joy! I love seeing students become proficient readers who often learn to enjoy reading for pleasure.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My background is in twice exceptional students, students who are simultaneously gifted and talented and also have some kind of learning disability or challenge. These are my favorite kinds of students to work with because I love their curiously and insights. This year, I had to quickly pivot to online tutoring due to Covid-19. I’d done some tutoring online previously, but moving my whole business online was a challenge! After a year, I am really enjoying online tutoring and have found many ways to make it engaging and effective, though I do miss the in-person interactions, especially with younger and more active students. Many of my current clients are opting to remain online even as we get our vaccines and in-person meetings become more feasible because they like the convenience of no traffic or waiting for their students. In addition, I have begun creating and marketing word study products that are aligned with Orton Gillingham methods and teaching tutors and teachers how to incorporate word study in their lessons through my new venture Metamorphic Word Study. I am super excited about the new products available and the ideas I have for future products.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d take my friend on a road trip to see the beautiful scenery and National and State Parks in our state.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I credit my success to my local network of tutors, Front Range tutors (on facebook) and to an online course and community Tutor Success Academy. I am so grateful to my Orton Gillingham teaching and training Fellow, Karen Leopold, dyslexia advocate and teacher who passed away last month.
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