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Megan Fairchild

Megan Fairchild, Delaware Valley Friends School Language Arts Teacher and Director of Teacher Training in the DVFS Adolescent Literacy Program explains the key components of Orton-Gillingham (OG) reading instruction and highlights the differences among the various OG programs which are available to schools, tutors, and special programs.

Megan also provides more in-depth information about the Delaware Valley Friends School’s Adolescent Literacy Program -- an Orton-Gillingham based teacher training program developed at DVFriends to address the needs of older students with language-based learning disabilities.  This training program is accredited by both the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

Megan Fairchild is a lead teacher in our lower school program at Delaware Valley Friends School. She has previously taught Middle School and Upper School Language Arts, 10th grade American History, and 6th-grade humanities. Before coming to DVFS full time, Megan taught in our summer program for two years. Nearly half of her teaching career has been spent working with students who learn differently. In addition to her teaching duties, Megan is a teacher trainer in our IMSLEC accredited DVFS Adolescent Literacy Program.

Q: Why do you like teaching at DVFS?
I love working at DVFS because of how incredibly talented, creative, and interesting our students are. I also enjoy working in a Quaker school that promotes collaboration and ongoing teacher development; not to mention, DVFS truly puts the students' needs first.
Q: How is DVFS different than other schools where you have taught?
The majority of my career has been in Quaker schools; however, DVFS differs from those schools in the focus on students with language-based learning differences.
Q: How do you help students with learning differences learn?
I help my students to learn through scaffolding, repeated exposures to information, multisensory learning experiences, and the incorporation of language skills into every part of my instruction.
Q: What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I have taught at a variety of grade levels and in a variety of content areas. Since my background is as a language arts teacher, my perspective on teaching a content area is slightly different. My focus is on how to incorporate language skills into the history, science, or math curriculum - not only to teach content but also to teach students how to interact with texts.
Q: In your experience, what sets DVFS students apart?
DVFS students are much more aware of the way that they learn and how they can facilitate learning for themselves or receive the supports they need.
In her own words:

"DVFS students are much more aware of the way that they learn and how they can facilitate learning for themselves or receive the supports they need."
- Megan Fairchild