A free educational program for parents and teachers working with struggling readers and those with dyslexia will be presented by specialist Darlene Merz at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Falls City Library & Arts Center.
Merz, who lives in Stromsburg, in 2013 left her teaching position at Cross Country Schools to focus on helping students across Nebraska. She continues her work by tutoring, sharing new research about dyslexia and working toward beneficial legislation in Nebraska.
At the “young” age of 51, Mrs. Merz, a stay-at-home farmwife/mother of six in rural Falls City, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Special Education and taught four years in Auburn. After the loss of her husband, Duane, in 2003, she moved to Stromsburg, where she continued her career at Cross County for seven years.
He special education career changed direction during her last four years of teaching, when she experienced using an Orton Gillingham Research Based, Systematic, Multi-Sensory Program to teach “struggling readers”. “This program has changed my life and the life of my students”, quote from Mrs. Merz.
In 2013, Mrs. Merz terminated her teaching position, to focus on helping students across Nebraska with reading difficulties, dyslexia, by tutoring, sharing new research presentations about dyslexia, and working toward legislation in Nebraska.
Her favorite quote, “I’m living a miracle, one child at a time”, relates to the positive results she, her students, and their parents have experienced as she continues her work as a tutor, advocate, and presenter. “My passionate attitude, is a spin-off from my students, and is sustained by the touchdown moments I’ve seen in their eyes and lives upon accomplishments as readers.
Grateful messages and testimonials from parents, inspire her to persevere. Cherished messages, such as, “There is no way I will ever be able to repay you for what you have done,” drive her to continue her efforts with determination and dedication.
As an advocate and advisor, Mrs. Merz has helped fifteen tutors follow in her footsteps.
She is a member of the Nebraska Dyslexia Association and Encoding Dyslexia of Nebraska.
She and her husband, Dale Moore, reside on their farm near Stromsburg, Nebraska. She can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Merz’s presentation will include information from the latest National Institutes of Health research, which notes 20 percent of the population struggles with reading. Her recommendations include a multi-sensory, direct, sequential program of instruction as suggested by the institute.
To register, contact Merz at 402-732-6737 or by email at email@example.com