Dr. Susan Whittaker is currently a Curriculum Coordinator in Literacy at an SEN school in Slough, England. Susan 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.
Emily is an English as a second langue teacher with 7 years of experience teaching in Morocco and Thailand. Emily believes literacy is the key to lifelong learning and self-realisation and it all starts with learning to decode. As a kindergarten teacher working with English as a second language students in Morocco, success was difficult. By the time students were beginning to communicate in English, the clock was running out on literacy development. Emily was frustrated and felt she was failing her classes. All of that changed with Jolly Phonics. In the first year of using Jolly Phonics, Emily had 3 year old ESL students independently writing decodable messages. She now cannot imagine teaching without it. Jolly Phonics changed Emily’s life as a teacher and she would love to help others find success with the programme.
Hyde Park, Vermont
Diane Marcoux-LaClair and Melissa Ramsey have 30 years of experience teaching Kindergarten. They have become an influential kindergarten team at Hyde Park Elementary school in rural VT and their kindergarten program has much respect from parents and colleagues. They have a passion for developmentally appropriate early education; enthusiasm for opening young minds to the thrill of learning and dedication to teach ALL children regardless of learning styles or difficulties.
Ashley Cone has been teaching for 10 years in the Atlanta area. Currently she teaches kindergarten and 1st grade. She has her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and master’s degree in Reading. She uses Jolly Phonics in her classroom religiously and sees incredible results. Parents and administrators alike are impressed with the growth and abilities of her students. “I want everyone to know about all the Jolly Learning programs. I can’t spread the word fast enough.”
Patty Clark has been enthusing colleagues, giving training presentations and speaking at conferences about Jolly Phonics for 13+ years. Patty has also been host to many visitors to her classroom. Kindergarten teachers in her district, including the Bilingual, say, “I won’t let anyone take this program away from my students and me!” Patty is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood. Recently retired, Patty’s new role with Jolly Phonics is being an “onsite” mentor. She assists teachers with room-set up and demonstrates a lesson with your students.
Terry Clark is a certified reading specialist who has used Jolly Phonics with Title 1 students. He presents workshops and inservices with his wife, Patty. Terry’s enthusiasm and knowledge of how Jolly Phonics works is an eye-opening experience!
Chicago Metro Area, Illinois
Barb Malinger is a reading specialist with ESL certification who has used Jolly Phonics with her K-2 students with great success. Barb enjoys travelling to conduct workshops and presentations in Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar. She has over 20 years experience in pre-school, primary classrooms, and literacy teaching. Currently she teaches struggling readers in grades K-2 and coach’s primary classroom teachers.
Barb is also 2013 Illinois Reading Educator of the Year
Chicago Metro Area, Illinois
Deb Bible enjoys travelling to inform and inspire those interested in Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar. She is a literacy teacher/trainer who has used Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar successfully with her struggling readers and ESL learners in grades K-2. She is a nationally certified teacher who has over 20 years combined experience teaching special ed., preschool, and primary students.
Dawn Farmer has been teaching kindergarten for 8 years, taught pre-kindergarten for 2 years and has been using Jolly Phonics since 2002. Dawn has a Masters Degree in Reading and gives presentations on Jolly Phonics at conferences and school districts. Dawn also has many visitors to her classroom to learn more about Jolly Phonics, “I see the wonderful success my students are having with Jolly Phonics and I love to share my thoughts and ideas with other teachers. In my classroom I have many learning styles and Jolly Phonics works with all types of students.”
Mary has been a first grade teacher since 1996. Before that she taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and Title I, “In my 30 years of teaching I have not used a phonics program that is as motivating, fun and exciting for students and teachers as Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics gives both phonetic readers and sight readers the tools they need to be successful readers and writers.” Mary uses Jolly Grammar in a variety of ways to introduce and reinforce grammar and also to develop spelling skills. Teachers from a variety of states visit her first grade class and are amazed at the reading and writing skills her students’ possess and use.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Laura has been teaching kindergarten for 13 years and has been using Jolly Phonics for the past 5 years. Laura has an MA in Teaching and she has given presentations on Jolly Phonics at conferences and for teachers and school officials in Cedar Rapids. Since starting using Jolly Phonics Laura has seen the children learn faster, have more fun learning and adapt quickly to the program. “It has been very worthwhile training others about Jolly Phonics as teachers enjoy it, students learn faster, and parents can understand it.”
Jan has been a Kindergarten and Special Education teacher for 20 years. Jan always looks for new programs and ideas, and has been very impressed with the outstanding results she’s had with Jolly Phonics. Jan loves the multi-sensory approach and the enthusiasm the program generates with the students. Jan has taught pre-service classes for those considering an Education degree at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. Jan now also enjoys providing training for those interested in starting with Jolly Phonics.
Kris Casillas has been a Jolly Phonics and Grammar trainer since 2002, but used Jolly Phonics and Grammar in the classroom for many years. She has given trainings at numerous school districts around the Midwest, presented at the ASCD Pre K/Kindergarten Conference and used Jolly Phonics & Grammar in variety of setting (home & school). Kris has seen amazing transformations every year in her students reading and writing abilities. Kris has become the “New Face” of Bee Reading Company and ready to help out with all your Jolly Learning materials needs.
With an MA in Education from California, Katie Kohn has taught in Los Angeles, at an International School in Helsinki, Finland, and in Ostrava, Czech Republic. She sees how Jolly Phonics reaches different modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) with stories and songs that are fun and easy for children to learn and recall. She is enthusiastic and passionate about this teaching and she wants to enable other teachers, and children, to achieve with it.
Callie Dixon is a licensed school psychologist. She has given training in Jolly Phonics to teachers in her role as both a psychologist and coach, and has delivered literacy interventions herself using Jolly Phonics. As a trained researcher, she sees the effectiveness of Jolly Phonics in research. She would be pleased to give training in the program, and separately in the collection and evaluation of data in literacy interventions.
Laura is an experienced teacher of Kindergarten and Grade 1, with a Masters in Early Childhood Education. She has achieved outstanding results working with children of all abilities and has most recently been working as a Reading Intervention Teacher, helping those children who find reading hardest. She is eager to provide training in Jolly Phonics to teachers and schools in order to raise standards across the board.
Joy gained her degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for 13 years in Hong Kong, China, the Philippines before settling in her current location in Los Angeles. She has been teaching with Jolly Phonics for the last 10 years. Joy currently works as the assistant director of a Preschool and Kindergarten in L.A, as well as running her own tutoring company, Agape Learning Institute. She is eager to introduce other teachers to Jolly Phonics because of the confidence it gives children when they unlock their reading skills and how effective it is with children of all ethnic backgrounds.
Dr. Solway has been in education as a teacher and a professor for over 20 years, working in troubled countries worldwide building schools and administering curriculums. A literacy specialist and music graduate, Alynne teaches Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Jolly Music. Having since left the classroom, she is a strong proponent of the Jolly Phonics Program due to great success with ESL, Special Education, and Lower Level Literacy students. Alynne owns A-1 Educational Books, an American company that distributes literacy material to the USA and Eastern Europe. She is eager to support school districts and teachers in both Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar.
Come and discover how your school could raise literacy standards with Jolly Phonics from Pre-kindergarten and beyond!
We’re delighted to announce that we will be running 12 fantastic training seminars across 11 states this June; and these are all completely FREE to attend! This means you can invite as many members of staff as you wish to make sure the whole school can benefit.
Atlanta, Georgia – 5th June
Houston, Texas – 6th June
Flagstaff, Arizona – 7th June
Denver, Colorado – 8th June
St Louis, Missouri – 9th June
Paradise Valley, Arizona – 16th June
Los Angeles, California – 19th June
Bloomington, Minneapolis – 21st June
Portland, Maine – 23rd June
Burlington, Vermont – 26th June
Elizabeth, New Jersey – 27th June
Boston, Massachusetts – 28th June
(All courses run from 9.30am – 3.30 pm, except for Paradise Valley which is 8.30am – 2.30pm.)
For more information about the training seminars, including specific locations, and for the booking form, please
We can’t wait for you to join us!
Together with Deb Bible, Jolly Phonics Professional Trainer in the USA, we have created this handy document which shows how Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar align with the Common Core State Standards.