Jo Lanni, teacher at Shaker Junior High School, Latham, NY

“Dr. Tony Hunter’s phonics made my son Mike a good speller; it made him aware of English spelling, such as the spelling in “lamb” with its silent “B” and the difference between “gaze” and “gauze.” It helped him get his feet under him after one of his teachers had called him “stupid”—something that affected him tremendously. It opened his mind. It clarified for him how spelling and silent letters work.”

[I had worked with Mike once or twice a week for about five weeks in the summer before he started fifth grade.]