Now it’s the turn of our Director of Communications and Orton-Gillingham Coach, Karen Macfarlane! She likes live music, theater and she’s the hiking and outdoor lover of our bunch! 

Karen lives in an area with access to excellent hiking trails so she’s always looking to discover new and better paths. She thinks fresh air, dogs, and sunshine are the best therapy. 

This is the second of five interviews with the fascinating and inspiring Leadership Team at Wright Academics. 

Find out how her 10-year-old self would react to what she has done and continues to do with her career, her opinion on children with Dyslexia, and more! 

Let’s get right into it, first question! 

  1. What got you interested originally in your current business and work?

I was a classroom teacher, working with emerging readers before I became a tutor and coach at Wright Academics. I am also the mom of 2 dyslexic children who have successfully learned how to live and learn with dyslexia.

  1. What’s something you want more people to know about?

Dyslexia education has come a long way since I was a kid. The stigma associated with dyslexia, and other language-based learning differences is not what it once was. However, there are still some folks out there who do not realize that dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. Dyslexic students are often super smart, yet the way the information is poured in is typically different.

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Wright Academics?

I love the community at Wright Academics. From the Executive Director, Ev Wright, to my colleagues on the Leadership Team, to the tutors and coaches, to the clients, we have a wonderful community of people ensuring our students’ success.

  1. How would your 10-year-old self react to what you do now?

I think my 10 year old self would be pretty happy with the career path I chose. I think I was impacted by attention deficit and language-based learning differences as a child. I learned to stick with it, never give up, and use my assets to the best of my advantage. I learned to ask good questions, and listen to others. I have great empathy for kids who struggle to learn how to read fluently.

Thank you, Karen! 

Don’t you love what she said about Dyslexia? People need to understand that Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence and with professional help students can have a successful and fulfilling life. 

Now it’s your turn, what’s your favorite part of this interview? Let us know below. 

Wright Academics is an educational consulting firm located in Towson, MD. We offer our services in schools, individual homes, at our center, or via zoom/skype. 

See all our services and choose which one fits your student best.

  1. In-person Homework Help

It’s a drop-off program for your student to have guided support as they work on assignments in a structured environment. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

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-Executive Function
-Written Language
-Dyslexic Tutoring
-Multi-Sensory Math
-Speech and Language
-SATs Test Prep

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Behind the scenes, we will personalize and prioritize task lists for your student through access to their school’s online learning platform. These lists will be sent to students and parents weekly on Monday/Tuesday/Thursday between 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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