JFor the past twenty years, Lois Letchford has been a literacy problem solver. Specializing in teaching children who struggle with learning to read, her creative teaching methods vary depending on the reading ability of the student, employing age-appropriate, rather than reading-age-appropriate, material. Lois’s non-traditional background, multi-continental exposure, and passion for helping failing students equip her with a unique skill set and perspective. Lois is a literacy spokesperson for struggling learners who have failed behind in the traditional classroom. Through coaching and workshops at international conferences, TV appearances, and highly-rated radio stations, she uses her own story in “Reversed: A Memoir” (Acorn Publishing, 2018) to teach educators and parents how to create flexible learning environments using comprehensive and innovative teaching methods. Lois holds a Master’s in Literacy and Learning from the State University of New York at Albany. She has presented her work at SPELD in Australia, the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children, the Spring Festival of Children’s Literature in Maryland, and Ireland International Conference on Education. She is a member of the Australian College of Education.
About Barry Gelston, M.Ed.
Barry Gelston, M.Ed., GHF President, GHF Dialogue Publisher, and is a co-founder of the Absent-Minded Learner and the Principal Educator at Mr. Gelston's One Room Schoolhouse. Barry specializes in working with non-standard math learners.
"Take a chance. Let go of your categories and get to understand the ever-changing nuances and moments that influence you. Seek out resources and community members from whom you can draw out information and tools. Play with new information and practice new habits. Share your opinion and experiences while being there for others as we all try to make sense and make things work.
Appreciate that you are someone who is learning from each experience and working towards a positive set of steps in your life. Appreciate that you are both independently in charge of yourself, while at the same time a member of a broader community helping each other."