Welcome to our first Literacy Approaches blog!  Hello! I am Dinese Murray, the founder and president of Literacy Approaches.  I am an educator, wife, mother, and dedicated to helping students achieve success in literacy! My husband and best friend, Larry and I have been married for over 26 years. We are originally from New York City but now reside in North Carolina with our four wonderful children ( Kolonji, Nia, Jahleel and Mayah).

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I am also passionate about a few other things outside of education. I enjoy growing vegetables and fruits in my garden. I love taking family trips to the beach. I enjoy laughter during dinners with family and friends. I also like playing fetch with our family dog Rosie, she loves to jump and play.

My backyard garden in the springtime. I love flowers!

My backyard garden in the springtime. I love flowers!

For as long as I can remember, I've always loved to share the best practices in literacy to help students achieve success. As an educator for over 20 years, it has been my mission to help struggling readers and writers. I understand the plight of a struggling reader and writer because I too struggled as a child. By the 4th grade, my reading and writing skills were at least two years below grade level.

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My mother decided to pursue additional help for me. She enrolled me in literacy program that taught reading and writing in a different way than how I was taught in school.  I remember the instructor read aloud many books. We had loads of discussions about the story, often writing responses to literature. There were also tactile and kinestitic literacy activities that coincided with what we were reading. I remember being more excited to go to this literacy program than school. 

In a span of a year, my literacy skills soared! It was the grace of God, my mother’s love and dedication, and the literacy program that helped me to become the first person in my family to graduate from college with a bachelors degree. I went on to received two additional Masters of Science degrees in education.  My goals is to help students to become successful in literacy that will lead to a life long success.

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The Literacy Approaches blog will include some of the best practices in literacy to help teachers, parents, administrators and ultimately students!  We will have resources, research, training, tips and so much more. Be sure to check back often so you don't miss anything!