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Teacher | Educator
Helping people to understand and feel confident with spelling.
Hi, I'm Sharona, the owner and founder of The Spelling Academy and School Start. I am passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to be good at spelling because I understand what it feels like to lack confidence with spelling and how it can impact your education and self-esteem. Spelling was an area that I had to work hard at during my teenage years. Due to my determination to improve, I studied the English Spelling System over many years, which quickly led to my love of words and confidence with spelling. These two factors are what makes me so good at teaching others to spell.
I don't want anyone to struggle with spelling. Once you know explicit rules and strategies, spelling can be much easier and you can spell with confidence and certainty. I have set up The Spelling Academy to share my break through Complete Spelling Rules Online Program so that anyone can learn how to spell in the comfort of their own home, and so that older children, teenagers and adults don't miss out on essential spelling education. The program can be used by a variety of ages and abilities because the focus is on understanding why words are spelled the way they are and using effective spelling strategies.
I’ve been a teacher now for over 20 years, plus I'm a literacy coordinator at my school in South Australia, so I mentor and support other teachers. My Spelling Rules Program and resources have been adopted by SPELD SA (Specific Learning Difficulties Association South Australia), where I run special workshops for teachers, tutors, parents and speech pathologists on how to teach children to spell using my spelling rules framework and resources. I am passionate about helping others learn to spell and I love the wonderful feedback I get from people who have used my program. I love hearing how they are blown away with the ease and clarity of the course, and how much they learn about words and spelling.
Over the past 12 years, I’ve created several products and programs, which are purchased and used by people all around Australia: The School Start Buddy, The Spelling Rules Program, The Complete Spelling Rules Online Program, The Complete Spelling Rules Online Program for Adults, The Spelling Case and The Capital Letter Case.
Don't take my word for it, here's what other people have to say about my courses, education, and workshop experience.
I have used the Spelling Rules Program with huge success with many of my students and recommend it widely, to schools, parents and teachers. I cannot praise and recommend the Spelling Rules Program highly enough.
Teacher | Learning matters
I'm going through the Spelling Rules Program with my boy and it's fantastic. I write for a living and I've even learnt a few things. I guess I've always known the how (to spell words) but now I know the why (words are spelled that way). It's been enlightening!
Copywriter | Adalaide
This system of teaching spelling rules is visual, tactile, inspiring and effective!
It offers great strategies for learning spelling, and is excellent for children who don’t want to commit to writing.
SPELD SA Director
Very informative program from a great, enthusiastic presenter. I learnt a lot and feel very positive about using the program with the students I tutor.
I hated writing because spelling just didn't make sense to me. Now I feel so much more confident with writing because I use all the strategies and rules I have learnt to spell.
11 year old child
The School Start Buddy has made homework a fun activity that has engaged our school-aged daughter, and also her younger sister who has been practicing her “writing.” It neatly packs away after each use which I appreciate, and I know it is ready for immediate use again next time. We have had fun creating new ways to learn words, sounds and sentences.
Parent of 3 children aged: 7, 5, 3