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Malorie Martinez

Jan 09, 2017 03:28PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Malorie Martinez

Radcliffe Creek School, Chestertown

Years teaching at Radcliffe: 17

Currently teaching: Speech-Language Therapy to children, ages 2 through 12

Proudest teaching moment: “My proudest teaching moments are when I observe students independently using what I have taught them. A big part of our mission at Radcliffe Creek School is to foster independent learners, and when I see a child applying a skill that I have taught them, I feel successful.”

Teaching philosophy: “Meet the child at their level, help them experience success in small steps to build confidence, and then to foster their skills successively, using their strengths, personalities, and interests as supports. An important part of this philosophy is meeting the child ‘where they are’ in the given moment and having the flexibility to change plans, activities, or how the target skill is being taught, on the fly, in order to best address the child’s needs.”

Toughest challenge facing educators: “The lack of sufficient funding and support to do the job that they are capable of doing, and that [teachers] want to do in order to help their students be successful. For example in public schools, class sizes are getting too big, important programs are being cut, and students do not always get the services they need at the level that they require. I am fortunate to work at a school where the class sizes are small by design, and students receive the services they need, but money is tight, as it is everywhere, and we are creative and flexible with our resources. A teacher’s mind is his or her greatest resource.”

Malorie has been an incredible member of the Radcliffe Creek School community as a speech and language pathologist since 1999. Language skills are the foundation for academic growth and success. She creates individualized lessons for students’ needs, employing multi-sensory, hands-on instruction including acting out different language concepts using gross motor movements or toy props. Malorie works individually with students but also in the classrooms, addressing all areas of speech and language weakness, including auditory processing, memory, articulation, phonology, fluency, and social pragmatics.” —Molly Judge, Director

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