Faith Borkowsky is the founder of High Five Literacy and Academic Coaching with over thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher, reading and learning specialist, regional literacy coach, administrator, and tutor. Ms. Borkowsky is a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner and provides professional development for teachers and school districts, as well as parent workshops, presentations, and private consultations. Ms. Borkowsky is the author of the award-winning book, Failing Students or Failing Schools? A Parent’s Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention. She is also a board member of Teach My Kid to Read, a 501(c) non-profit organization with a mission to support and empower students, teachers, and parents through education so all kids, including those with dyslexia, learn to read.
In her private tutoring practice, just about every conversation she had with parents following a reading assessment of their child ended the same way – “If Only I Would Have Known…” It was the same story. Teachers told them their child would be fine. School administrators and educational support team members assured them the right instruction and interventions were being provided. Ms. Borkowsky said to herself, “Boy, I could write the script…” And, then she had a thought. “Wait a minute. I SHOULD write the script!” It was written as a set of three accessible, graphic plays that follow one mom’s struggle to learn how to help her children with language-based difficulties such as dyslexia.
Ideally, the “If Only” books should be read as a set of three in numerical order; however, each one stands on its own and functions as a roadmap for parents and other caregivers, pediatricians, preschool teachers, daycare providers, and librarians without excessive technical language.
Sheryl Lynn Rosenstock Marcus has been a graphic designer for the past thirty years, a partner in a creative design studio, Wizdom Media, and an author. She is an artist of paint, multimedia, craft, and words.