Abby Klein, B.A., Advanced Certified Barton Tutor, IMSLEC Certified Orton-Gillingham Instructor

Role at Wright Psychology and Learning Center:

Director of Academic Therapy Services, Certified IDA and IMSLEC Accredited Orton-Gillingham Teacher and Certified Barton Instructor

Favorite part of the job: 

I have too many favorite parts of my career to narrow it down to just one thing.

I enjoy seeing each students progress and watching them be successful. It is the absolute best feeling to see their confidence soar and to see them feel good about themselves.

It is an honor to work with our students and families. I enjoy building relationships with each of them and helping them along their journey.

Past experience: 

I have held different positions at Cincinnati Public Schools, at Westwood Elementary working with children from kindergarten to sixth grade. I started out as a volunteer in kindergarten then moved on to be an Intervention Specialist for grades fourth through sixth, advocating for our students with IEP’s. I also taught as a first grade math teacher. Most of my time spent at Westwood Elementary was working with second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students preparing them for the Ohio Achievement Assessment and teaching Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading to second grade students. During summer school, I taught first and second graders Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading. Previously, I worked with adults with disabilities at Rauch, Incorporated located in New Albany, Indiana and also as a Case Manager for the state of Indiana at Indiana Professional Management Group where I advocated for the disabled.

Why I do what I do:

I was a struggling reader as a child. My 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Pearson helped me one on one and also in small group. I had completed a program at that time called Hooked on Phonics. With support from my teachers and my parents, through time, I was able to overcome my struggles. I know how it feels and I can relate to the students and their families whom I work with, because I too, was once in their child’s place.

Favorite quote or mantra related to this line of work:

The best view comes after the hardest climb.

Many of the students I have worked with come into our sessions with little to no confidence. I always tell them, yes this will be hard, it’s not going to be easy, but the more we practice the better you will become. When you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up. We all make mistakes, we just have to get back up, dust ourselves off and try again. With hard work and showing grit, they persevere. They become successful and their confidence builds. When their confidence builds they start to believe in their own ability and then, they bloom.

Family & free time:

My husband Charlie is a United States Postal Inspector for the United States Postal Inspection Service. We were blessed with our daughter a year and half ago, Finley Kate, who is the love of our lives. We also have a spunky and loving miniature dachshund, Hank Aaron, who is a little over two years old. We enjoy spending time with our families. I enjoy learning new things, making headpieces in my free time, decorating, planting flowers, and reading.