The Orton-Gillingham approach addresses different learning needs in a one-on-one, actively engaging setting. This approach is appropriate for dyslexic students, students with ADHD/ADD, or any student experiencing difficulties with reading and/or spelling.
My name is Kathryn Vlach. (rhymes with clock) My calling is using the Orton-Gillingham approach to help kids who learn differently and face a variety of challenges to become confident and successful readers and writers. My joy is building relationships with students and families as we journey together.
I come from a long line of educators. In fact, in my photo gallery I have a tin-type photo of my great-great-great-great-great grandfather who taught in Iowa in 1867. I graduated as a member of the first class of Teaching Fellows from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I taught in a public school classroom for seven years before I received my training in the OG approach. I have been a private OG tutor for 22 years, working with public, private, and home schooled students both in person and online. I am a member of the International Dyslexia Association, having served on the NC branch board for 9 years. I am a parent of children with both learning challenges and giftedness who attended a public school and were home schooled.
When I am not working I love to garden and build items for the yard. Being outdoors brings me peace (except for mosquitos and fire ants) and I enjoy watching things grow and change.
My favorite vacation spot is on the beach with a book. I love cozy mysteries, although I enjoy other types of books as well.
I currently have three dogs, two frogs, and a chinchilla as pets. The dogs often like to 'help' while I am tutoring!
My husband and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary next year! We have two children and a large extended family on both sides. When we can gather, it is often loud and full of laughter and great food.
"Mrs. Vlach was my teacher for three years. She taught me lots of rules and tricks to make spelling and writing easier for me. She is really nice and makes learning fun. I miss working with her."
"Mrs. Vlach has been such a blessing to our family. My son does not fit the profile of the typical dyslexic and was often overlooked. He was a voracious reader and loved school, but struggled with spelling and writing. His achievement was significantly behind his aptitude. Mrs. Vlach recognized his unique diagnosis and worked the curriculum to meet his needs. Not only did she teach him the fundamental skills he needed to be successful in school, particularly in spelling and writing, but she instilled a sense of confidence in him that still exists today. He knows if he uses the tools she has taught him, there is nothing he can't achieve academically. She continues to be a resource to our family; checking in on Brody's progress and providing guidance on any issues/concerns as they arise. She truly cares about the long term success of her students. Mrs. Vlach is the best and I am certain my son would not be the student he is today without her loving guidance and instruction. I could not recommend her more."