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Southfield School

New Avenues Dyslexia Program

Southfield’s New Avenues Dyslexia Program serves as a “school within a school” opportunity for students in Grades K-4 to receive core literary instruction in small groups by Orton-Gillingham certified teachers.

This program allows students to close the gap between their cognitive potential and their academic potential, while our teachers continue working to develop a lifelong love of learning in each child.

Meet New Avenues’ Instructors

Phyllis Anderson, Reading Interventionist

Phyllis joined Southfield in 2019 where she served as a 2nd Grade Teaching Assistant. She earned her BA in elementary and special education from LSU Shreveport, is a Louisiana certified teacher, and has 32 years of prior teaching experience in Louisiana and Tennessee. She is an Associate in Training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and will be completing the practicum to become a Certified Associate. Phyllis is dedicated to helping students who have difficulties with reading reach their full potential.

Jennifer Fortune, Reading and Dyslexia Program Specialist

Jennifer joined Southfield School in 2006 as the Reading Specialist. She has a BA from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and over 27 years’ experience in education. After years of being a classroom teacher, Jennifer realized that she had a passion for helping students that struggle with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia. In 2004, Jennifer completed her practicum and received her certification as a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner.  Wilson Reading System is an Orton-Gillingham based program designed for dyslexic students. Recently, Jennifer became an Associate in Training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and is completing the practicum to become a Certified Associate.

 Core Multisensory Instruction

The New Avenues program was created by consultant Gena Farinholt and speech/language pathologist Sue Rittenberg.

Orton-Gillingham Instruction includes:

•      Phonemic Awareness

•      Systematic Decoding Rules

•      Encoding (Spelling) Rules and Application

•      Morphology

•      Vocabulary

•      Reading Comprehension

•      Fluency

•      Handwriting and Letter Formation

•      Written Expression