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Maryann Chatfield is my Name; Linguistics is my Game

Hello friends! Thank you for visiting Welcome Dyslexia Learning Resources. My name is Maryann Chatfield and I created Welcome Dyslexia with one goal in mind:

Helping those in need, learn how to read!

I’ve been intrigued with the English language for quite some time now, and deep down I've wanted to be a teacher my whole life. I remember when I was only seven years old, I would come home from school and dress up as a teacher. I wore my mother’s pearls because that made me feel important.

Before I realized that dream, I spent some time in the corporate life. When my children went off to elementary school, my desire to teach grew even stronger. I recall thinking about my own school experiences. Taught by nuns in a private school, I wanted to make sure that my students would never endure that kind of experience.

I wanted to make a difference in the world, and I wanted to teach children. Getting my teaching degree became my priority. Once attained, I thought I was totally prepared. I spent a few years as a long-term substitute because it was nearly impossible to find a job opening. Answering an ad in the New York Times proved to be my stepping stone to where I am today.

I was hired to teach children with dyslexia. When pursuing my education degree, the word dyslexia was never mentioned; I had no idea what it was. The more I learned about dyslexia and the brain, the more intrigued I became.

Thirsty for knowledge after an intensive training at a school in Dutchess County, NY, I embarked on a journey to learn all that I could. I applied for the Associate Level of the Orton-Gillingham Academy. and a few years later, after more intense training and practice, I became a Certified member.

Fast forward to today. I am now a Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, a true “language nerd” (self-appointed).

To learn more about me or the fascinating world of dyslexia, check out the rest of the website and please, feel free to contact me anytime at You will be glad you did!

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