Faith Borkowsky

Faith Borkowsky

Dyslexia Practitioner and Author


High Five Literacy and Academic Coaching

Planview, NY USA


Do what feels right, trust yourself, and things will work out. You’ll find your way. If you give to other people, it’s always going to come back to you.

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I began teaching children when I was 21 years old, which was a challenge. The strategies I learned weren't working for many kids, and, quite frankly, made no sense to me.
I decided to go for a master’s degree in reading hoping that a graduate-level program would provide answers. Unfortunately, that degree did not give me any better tools to teach struggling readers.
Years later, the answers came to me in a book that changed my life: "Why Your Child Can’t Read and What You Can Do About It" by Diane McGuinness.
I committed myself to learning everything I could about scientifically-based reading instruction (SBRR) and traveled to Washington D.C. for my first training. It started me on my path to fulfillment.
I knew I wanted to share my knowledge with others, so I became a Regional Reading Coach and helped low performing school districts implement SBRR.
I made the decision to leave public education to start my own tutoring and consulting business.
I work with children and parents and am blessed to feel like I’m changing lives for the better. I wrote a book about my experiences and reading instruction that won the Wishing Shelf Silver Medal.
I have written several books to help parents navigate the literacy maze. I am also involved with many amazing people and organizations to help promote change in the way reading is taught.
Keep following my journey

Career

Dyslexia Practitioner and Author

I am a certified dyslexia practitioner and I run my own business for tutoring and consulting.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I write my own blogs, so I post my work or what I did with a child or share articles that I find that I think are of interest. I make phone calls to parents or people I may be able to help. Sometimes, I’m in school districts during the day and do embedded training where I go into classrooms and work with teachers. After school, I either do professional development for teachers or tutor my own students. When I’m not doing that, I’m busy writing my books.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Keep learning. Never just think I am “this” or that there’s nothing else - there’s always something to learn and there's always a way to grow. Doors open up when you’re open. When you’re open to learning and hearing new ways and staying in an open mind set, more comes to you. You never know who you could end up talking to. By being open, I’ve ended up doing things I didn’t think I would do. Stay open, you never know what’s going to guide you in different directions.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You can't be an entrepreneur, you need security, health insurance, and a steady paycheck. You can't handle risk taking."

Challenges I Overcame

Family Stress

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student