About Paula

Paula Tigar, M.Ed, Reading with Moderate Disabilities Certification

I am a Massachusetts Certified Reading Specialist as well as a Moderate Disabilities teacher with certification in BOTH Orton-Gillingham and The Wilson Reading System. I help children with remedial and dyslexic profiles which may be paired with other learning disabilities such as dyscalculia (math l.d.) and/or ADHD.

Work History

I received tenure in Weymouth, MA as a Reading and Moderate Disabilities teacher, where I was case manager of many IEP meetings. For ten years, I was affiliated with a nonprofit learning center, tutoring students in all grades and ultimately, my desire to continue, led me to establishing Greater Boston Dyslexia Tutoring (formerly Boston Dyslexia and Reading Tutoring.)

Support for Parents

I have helped worried parents discern between a remedial and dyslexic profile and when needed, I’ve used standardized and criterion-based tests to help create a positive foundation for appropriate reading instruction.

I’ve learned that it is often vital to have my tutoring “coordinated” within a student’s school, so that his teacher(s) can easily communicate with me on an on-going basis, clarifying and strengthening reading objectives. I’ve helped children of all ages and have witnessed consistently that when reading skills are presented in structured, comprehensible, and supportive steps, reading ability ultimately improves and self-esteem grows. Attitude and consequently effort around reading in general changes – letters, sounds, and words now make sense to a student. He’s moving forward!

Educational Background

I received a Master of Education degree in Reading with a Moderate Disabilities license from Northeastern University where I was elected to Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education; I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education cum laude from Lesley University. Additional professional development includes Massachusetts General Hospital, Wilson Reading Academy, The Carroll School, Tufts University and Commonwealth Learning Center.