After spending a few years in the city, Maria returned to mountain life near Aspen and went back to the classroom to ensure that she had remained in touch with the realities of teaching and learning at the school level. She worked as an academic interventionist and Title 1 teacher with the students that 20% group that didn’t have an IEP, but were falling behind their peers. There, she volunteered as a lead community organizer passing a mill levy that helped fund the schools facing budget cuts from the state. It was at that time that she earned her certification in using the Orton Gillingham methodologies and was trained in all of the Lindamood Bell programs.
Maria’s passion became remediating dyslexia and began her transition into private practice outside of the system of school. That’s when the Therapeutic Literacy Center began to take shape opening as a Boot Camp. She then earned her certification as an Educational Therapist and relocated her practice here to Solana Beach and opened her office in the Del Mar Corporate Center across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Maria has hired and trained the best clinicians to train each client in their underlying learning skills.
Led by her belief that all learning problems are TEMPORARY, she has developed a system to FIX underlying learning skills for students working harder than they should and/or are falling behind:
DYSLEXIA – ADD/ADHD – AUDITORY PROCESSING
VISUAL PROCESSING – WORKING MEMORY – COMPREHENSION
PROCESSING SPEED – COMPREHENSION – SPELLING
Maria is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, National Council for Learning Disabilities, and Association for Educational Therapists.
“Through relationships with students and their families, I have been able to instill a belief and confidence that they have the tools for academic success as an independent life-long learner.”