Dr. Susan Whittaker works primarily with children within the Autism Provision where she uses Jolly Phonics to secure the reading skills of both verbal and non-verbal children. Susan has previously taught kindergarten and early childhood special education in the US and Canada where she used Jolly Phonics as her foundation phonics programme. As part of her doctorate programme (Ed.D), through Aurora University, Susan researched the use of Jolly Phonics as a whole-group curriculum as weak as its use in small group reading intervention, with remarkable results. Susan continues to conduct ongoing research in the use of Jolly Phonics and offers support in the USA through her business; Jolly Reading, based in Niagara Falls, New York. Susan is eager to support school districts and teachers in the use of both the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programmes.
Arlene Grierson, PhD has taught with Jolly Phonics for many years and achieved outstanding results with her primary grade students. She is also the author of the Jolly Jingles (part of the Jolly Phonics range) and has provided numerous courses and mentored educators throughout Ontario in the implementation of Jolly Phonics. Arlene is currently an Assistant Professor at the Brantford Campus of Nipissing University where she teaches concurrent education courses. For the past ten years Arlene has provided professional development sessions in the use of Jolly Phonics for teachers, parents and other educational partners.
Fort Erie, Ontario
Laurie Fyke provides numerous and varied Jolly Phonics training sessions for school boards, educators (K-2), day care teachers, instructors of ESL, conferences and parents. During 30 years of primary instruction, including early literacy intervention classes, Laurie found that this synthetic phonics, multi-sensory approach has generated the most remarkable student academic results and the greatest enthusiasm for reading, writing and learning for all students. She enthusiastically shares program concepts and easy to implement classroom ideas and activities. Laurie has provided extensive training in Ontario and is willing to travel! She is the co-author of the Jolly Songs.
Ann has over 30 years experience as a teacher and school administrator. During the past seven years she has taught Jolly Phonics to children and coached numerous teachers and parents in its delivery. Ann continues to be thrilled by the tremendous success children experience using this program and is always eager to share its benefits and results with others. Ann provides a variety of Jolly Phonics workshops and presentations available throughout Canada for parents, teachers and other professionals working in education and training.
Mrs. Singh has taught with Jolly Phonics for many years in Ontario in a private nursery school. Now working in a private grade school as supervisor she continues to teach others with Jolly Phonics . She has been amazed at the ability of young children to learn letter sounds and develop their reading ability.