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Mary Lynn Lindner, B.A. special Education / NC Reading Licensure

Education

Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC, BA, Special Education Major, Reading Licensure, 2008, Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL, Christian Education/Bible Major.
Kings Business School, Charlotte, NC, 1975-1976

Awards

2008 Outstanding Adult Access Graduate

Professional organizations

Board Member of North Carolina International Dyslexia Association, 2009-2012 term

Additional Training

1996 Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing Program®, (LIPS®),  and Visualizing & Verbalizing®, (V.V.)  Programs at Indianapolis, IN
1998 Advanced training in LIPS® and V. V.® Programs at Lindamood-Bell® Washington, DC Clinic
1999 Seeing Stars®, Drawing with Language®, and On Cloud Nine Math® Programs at Lindamood-Bell® Chicago, IL
2003 Seeing Stars® and Visualizing and Verbalizing® Programs in Charlotte, NC
2005 Completed Phono-Graphix Certification Courses through the Read America Clinic, Orlando, FL.
2009 Talkies® Training, Durham, NC

Experience

Successfully remediating learning difficulties in students’ ages 5 to 63 years old since 1996.
New City Christian School, Asheville, NC Title I Reading Teacher 2009
Asheville Christian Academy, Swannanoa, NC, provided one-on-one remedial reading instruction 2008
Veritas Christian Academy, Fletcher, NC, one-on-one and small group reading instruction 2007

Background Information

Married with 3 grown children
12 years home schooling experience

Biography

In the 1980’s I had a daughter that was struggling to learn to read despite having good phonics instruction at our home school.  My husband and I knew that Rachel was bright, but she had difficulty even learning the names and sounds of the letters in Kindergarten.  For the first five grades, the only way that Rachel was able to keep up with her home school curriculum was if I read all of her textbooks and assignments to her.  Over the years we had tried many things to help her learn to read: several phonics programs, 1 1/2 years of Orton Gillingham tutoring, tinted glasses for Scotopic Sensitivity, vision and speech therapy.  However, none of these things helped her learn to read.

In 1995, we were told by a Special Education teacher that our daughter would probably never read beyond a fifth grade reading level.  However, when Rachel was at the end of 5th grade we took her to a teacher who had been trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LIPS®) Program.   Rachel worked with this teacher using this program for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, for a total of 100 hours for five weeks.   After trying so many other things that hadn’t

helped, we were amazed at the difference we saw in Rachel’s reading!  Her post-test results showed between 1-4 grade level gains on reading decoding, spelling, and reading comprehension.   At the end of fifth grade she was tested using the IOWA Basic Skills Test and she showed a 10th grade reading level.  The following school year she was able to read all of her 6th grade textbooks independently.   When she took the ACT test in 9th grade, her highest score was in reading, and she scored 1330 on the SAT test.   In 2006 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hope College in Holland, MI, and is now a Special Education teacher who loves helping students with learning problems.   

In 1996, I decided to pursue training for the Lindamood-Bell Programs when I saw the difference it had made for my own daughter.    I began working with students in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the same year.  In December 1999, we moved to Asheville, NC, and I have continued to teach these programs successfully with many students in this area over the years.   Through the years,  I have endeavored to maintain the integrity of these terrific programs by offering the same testing and remediation that is available at the Lindamood-Bell Clinics.   The average student that I have worked with shows a 2-4 grade level gain on post testing results if they complete the recommended program(s).    I have taught students with a variety of disabilities including ADD, dyslexia, autism, Asperger Syndrome, intellectually disabled, and learning disabled.   In 2005, I also completed the training for the Phono-Graphix Reading Program.   This program is similar to the Lindamood-Bell® LIPS® program because it also teaches phonemic awareness. 

A diagnostic evaluation is necessary to determine a customized plan to meet the needs of each client. In the November 2016, I will be relocating to Alexandria, LA where where my husband will serve as pastor of Grace Church and I will continue in private practice helping people of all ages discover the joy of reading. 

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