I have been a member of IDA for nearly 40 years. I was trained in the Language Tool Kit by Arlene Sunday, Alphabetic Phonics by Aylette Cox and Project Read. I have an E.D. in Reading (1980) from Hofstra University with a dissertation in phonemic awareness. I taught in public schools for 44 years in NYC, Ontario, Canada and Greenwich,CT as a regular and special educator and literacy consultant. I have presented at the NYC branch of IDA conferences many times (but not recently). I have been teaching literacy courses to students in a masters of science elementary education program.