Hi, I'm Melissa Norgren!
I have been "teaching" in some capacity ever since I was old enough to be older than someone else!
When I was still quite young, I took care of my younger cousins, worked in the church nursery, and babysat children in my neighborhood.
As a teenager I continued to babysit, even as I took on other after-school and summer jobs. I formed close bonds with a number of the families I worked for during these years. I especially enjoyed watching my young charges develop and change as they grew up. I learned a great deal about human development from these experiences.
After college I worked in a daycare center in the infant and toddler rooms. I returned to school as a post-bac to earn my elementary teaching credential. Working at the daycare center provided concrete lessons which added depth and practical applications to the textbook learning of my elementary education classes.
From my earliest years, I particularly enjoyed working with children as they learned to read. Teaching children to read opens up the world for them in so many ways, providing tools for all future learning. For this reason I was drawn to become a kindergarten teacher when I began my teaching career.
Over many years of teaching, I have worked in a wide variety of settings. Some of these included a small alternative elementary school, an arts-focused preschool program, in-home summer day camp and after-school enrichment programs, public and private kindergarten classrooms, and substitute teaching at every grade level from pre-K through high school across a wide range of subjects.
Through close observation of children in these varied settings, I became aware of what does and doesn’t work when it comes to teaching individuals to read. I determined that schools create reading challenges for some people, when methods of instruction are not a good match for their learning style.
With the skills I honed over years in the classroom, I strive to offer concrete help to struggling learners, one-on-one. I looked for an approach that avoids the unnecessary learning difficulties school unwittingly causes for some individuals. I found a program that matches my deeply held beliefs about how people learn best. The Davis® method aligns with what I have discovered: