Get to Know Me
and My Approach
CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING
Licensed and Certified in Speech-Language Pathology
Certified Level member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy
Orton-Gillingham Teacher Support Specialist and Associate Trainer with Edwards Orton-Gillingham
Advanced training in The Hochman Method of teaching writing
Training in the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) Approach to Writing and Executive Functioning
Training in Structured Word Inquiry (SWI), a linguistically sound, scientific approach to teaching English orthography.
Sharon Pacuk MS CCC-SLP, C/OGA, C-SLDS
Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
Certified Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist
Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist
Orton-Gillingham Teacher Trainer and Coach
Sharon Pacuk is a language and literacy specialist with over 15 years of experience. Her methodology combines a deep knowledge of the structures of language with a gold-standard literacy approach to build skillful and passionate readers, writers, communicators, and thinkers.
Sharon specializes in treating school-aged children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, individuals with receptive (i.e., listening and reading comprehension) and expressive (i.e., verbal output) language impairments, individuals with written language weaknesses, and individuals with attentional differences and executive functioning weaknesses.
Sharon is a Certified Level member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, the most rigorous accrediting and certifying body for Orton-Gillingham Practitioners. She has completed over 200 hours of training in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She is a Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist, the highest form of credentialing via the Center for Effective Reading Instruction.
She is also an Orton-Gillingham Teacher Support Specialist and Trainer for Edwards Orton-Gillingham, where she trains and coaches teachers to use the Orton-Gillingham approach in public and private schools across NYC.
B.A. Vassar College, English
M.F.A. Columbia University, Writing, Leman-Clein Esperanza Scholar
M.S. Brooklyn College, Speech-Language Pathology, Graduate Teaching Fellow, Mel Silverstein Scholarship
What Sets Me Apart.
Ultimately, my goal is to change students' ideas not just about literacy and language, but about their boundless potential. I strive to nurture students who are skillful, confident, and curious.
Reading rests on a foundation of language. Reading and writing disorders, such as dyslexia, are language-based learning disorders, and the act of decoding (or reading) words never exists in a vacuum. I am able to address all aspects of literacy and language as an integrated whole: decoding (reading), comprehension and making meaning of what is read, oral language, spelling, grammar, and written expression.
I also see my work as not just with the student, but with the whole family. Regular parent communication is key to my practice.