Deborah MullisStructured Literacy Classroom Teacher

CERI Verified Provider

Monroe, NC

Phone: (704) 292-9262


Deborah MullisStructured Literacy Classroom Teacher

Provider Bio

DBA as Avansert Phonics, I have had a steady practice since July of 2012. I have experience working with all ages from kindergarteners to high schoolers. My average student is a 4th grader who is reading two years below grade level when I first assess them. I've also worked with a number of highly verbal autistic/Asperger's Syndrome students who are dyslexic, too. My practice stays busy by word of mouth. I prefer working one-on-one with students but I have agreed to see more than one student at a time in certain cases. I am VERY flexible. I want to do what works best for your family. Reviews can be found at this link and on Facebook under Avansert Phonics.

My interest in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to literacy began many years ago while my son was in elementary school. He loved books and storytelling and was highly motivated to learn to read and write. Yet, he struggled. Standard remediation didn’t work and his literacy lagged behind his intellect. He was labeled “learning disabled” and discouraged from taking academically challenging classes. After he received an outside diagnosis of dyslexia from an educational psychologist, my son began seeing a reading specialist after school who used the Orton-Gillingham Approach. In time, he made significant progress in reading, writing and spelling. My son graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to earn his Master’s degree while receiving tuition awards for being an outstanding teacher's assistant in graduate school. A year later, he was hired by his alma mater as an instructor in his field: Religious Studies. Currently, he's teaching at Bowling Green University while pursuing his Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies. I’m convinced that the label “learning disabled” is misleading. My son is dyslexic and has a learning difference.

I left my journalism career and returned to school to study the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I founded Avansert Phonics July 25, 2012. My mission is to help children with learning differences discover their strengths and achieve academic success.