Mary Kellogg: Learning Specialist

 

I have a deep respect for and fascination with the way each of us learns.  Over the years I have been blessed to work with and learn from many students and teachers.  Early on as a teacher I worked at meeting each of my student’s needs.  It wasn’t until, as the mother of a dyslexic child, I needed to look at my approach and that of the school system toward learning.  It was then I went back for more training to specialize in working with visual / hands-on learners.

I learned ways to promote self-awareness and self-confidence in my students.  I learned how to advocated and obtain accommodations when necessary.  I also learned how to help other parents and educators better understand the gifts in each child.

This continues to be my passion.  Having recently moved to Colorado I have been blessed to find The Running River School.  The philosophy I’ve seen here and their approach is something special.  I have been a teacher for many years.  I am currently Nationally Board Certified in K-8 regular and special education (with an emphasis in Reading).  I am trained in and have been a Facilitator of the Davis Strategies for Dyslexia.  I have been an adjunct member of the Special Education Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington for the past 19 years.  I have taught their courses on Learning Disabilities.  I have most recently worked for The Spokane Schools as an Instructional Coach and a Math Facilitator.

As an educator for the last 30 years, I have worked as a secondary math and science teacher. My expertise is in experiential project based learning. I trained to be a licensed Davis Dyslexia Facilitator, Co-authored: Picture IT…Teaching Visual Spatial Learners with Betty Maxwell, and have participated in discussion panels, salons, and education groups on the importance of understanding and supporting the visual students in our classrooms. I have also given many talks to parents regarding parenting the VSL.

Education

     1994          Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

                       Masters in Special Education

                       Endorsement in Reading

     1982          Gonzaga University, Spokane , WA

                       Certification Regular Education K-8

                       Endorsement Special Education K-12

Certification & Endorsements

      Current      Elementary Education K-8

                       Special Education K-12

      2012 -       National Board Certification (Early Childhood through

                       Adult/Exceptional Needs Specialist NCTBS)

Most Recent Education Experience

     Spokane Public Schools

     2003-2006   Sheridan Elementary School (Learning Support Center)

                           Reading First Grant/ Coordinator and Teacher

     2006 - 2011  Sheridan Elementary School ( Instructional Coach)

     2012 - 2014  Shaw Middle School (Math Facilitator)

     2014 - 2016  Holmes Elementary School (Math Coach)

     1994 - 2015  Adjunct Instructor for Gonzaga University

                          (Taught courses on Learning Disabilities and Supervised

                           student teachers)

     1998 - 2002  Dyslexia Mastery Center, Spokane, WA.  Dyslexia Facilitator/ Counselor