Testimonials

Working with a literacy consultant is a big step; ensuring that you are working with the right one for your team is the key to teaching a successful curriculum. Below is some feedback we have received from people who have been happy to work with Leah!


“Leah has worked with our school for almost three years now. More than a consultant, she is a partner and a companion throughout our careers as teachers who teach literacy in the elementary level. The quality of her support goes beyond the typical, public school, monolingual setting to the dual-language immersion program in our case. She helps us think outside the box as to how we can best impart literacy instruction in two languages. Her incredible knowledge and experience in writing has led our teachers to be the strongest they can be and provide the highest quality of instruction. We consider the work she has accomplished with us as invaluable and completely irreplaceable.”

Maria Alvarez, Literacy Coach
Hola Charter School


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Leah Mermelstein has been a tremendous support to our district!  Her ability to help the teaching staff feel comfortable and confident implementing Writing Workshop is wonderful.  I have found that the teachers truly trust and enjoy working with Leah which absolutely translates to them willing to learn and take risks with implementing the workshop model.  We have seen definite improvements in all areas of literacy in our elementary building.”

Patrick Pomerville, Superintendent of Schools
Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD


“Leah comes with a wealth of information that she has acquired over the years in many ways. As a former upper- and lower-grade teacher, she is masterful in the classroom and continues now as a consultant to teach in classrooms on a regular basis. She has also written and researched three books, which has given her the opportunity to think about some important literacy topics in depth. Also, because she is experienced in working with schools/ districts she can help them make the best use of their time with her. When schools hire Leah, they are often able to achieve their literacy goals in fewer days with her because she shows them how to use their time more effectively.”

Other things teachers and administrators are saying about Leah’s workshops, demonstration lessons, and keynote speeches:

  • “Leah is upbeat, positive, and honest. Teachers are always comfortable and excited to work with her. She has an innate ability to help teachers look honestly at their work with students and make shifts in their teaching when necessary.”
  • “Leah was thoroughly engaging. I have never been more impressed with a speaker. She gave incredible answers to our questions.”
  • “I love when I can attend a workshop with information and ideas that I can bring back to the students. It was a valuable week.”
  • “Best workshop on writing that I’ve ever attended. Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge with us.”
  • “One of the most useful [lessons] of my professional development career.”
  • “This has to be the best workshop I’ve ever attended.”
  • “Leah has an intuitive ability to quickly assess what a school/​district is doing well in the area of Reading and Writing Workshops, pinpoint key needs, and then create a plan of staff development on how to address those needs.”

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