Susan Oelkers » Hello Parents, Faculty and Friends! Welcome to my web page!

Hello Parents, Faculty and Friends! Welcome to my web page!

I began teaching in the North Bergen School District in 1991 as a general education classroom teacher, working in various grade levels for over a decade. In 2003, I expanded my post-graduate degree and began working towards a dual certification in Orton-Gillingham - which enables me to teach dyslexic students and others with severe reading disabilities, to read and write proficiently, and IMSLEC (International Multi-sensory Structured Language Education Council) - which enables me to work with students in a clinical setting, such as a hospital. Upon graduating from the O-G program in 2005, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, I was asked to take over the Study Skills teaching position for grades K-8 at both Lincoln and Franklin. I continued my graduate studies to become certified in Special Education and continued on to achieve a Masters' degree in Teacher of the Handicapped. I have been working as a Resource Teacher throughout the district in grades 1-8 for several years.


I love working with children of all ages, but my passion lies in using my Orton-Gillingham knowledge of linguistics and phonics instruction, to utilize a multi-sensory approach to reading with struggling students. My expertise in phonics instruction gears my talents toward working with youngsters. I have the understanding and patience for what it takes to work with students having learning differences, since I myself have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.


This year I have the honor of implementing multi-sensory reading instruction at Robert Fulton School. I work in conjunction with three other certified Dyslexia Therapists in the district. We will be teaching students in grades 1 through 5 a multi-sensory approach for learning to read. These methods are systematic and sequential, utilizing a multi-sensory approach for learning how to read, spell and write with proficiency. I am excited to have been given the opportunity to implement this program in the North Bergen School District and look forward to seeing the positive results.