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Marylen received her M.S.Ed. in Teaching Literacy (all ages) and General Education (Grades 1-6) from Bank Street College of Education. She completed her supervised fieldwork with Bank Street at P.S. 40 in Manhattan, teaching as a reading specialist in the first, third, and fourth grades and providing small group reading intervention for upper and lower elementary students. Marylen enjoyed teaching for a number of years as a clinical teacher with Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes and the Northside Center for Child Development. In these roles, she developed her one-to-one teaching skills and became an expert at tailoring her instruction specifically to individual students, learning what works and what doesn’t. 


In 2009, driven by her desire to adapt literacy programs for individual children, Marylen opened  Read and Write NYC, where she has taught reading and writing to children and adults experiencing complex learning challenges and to those who just need a little push in the right direction. She has a special interest in assisting students with dyslexia-like reading difficulties, executive function challenges, and ADD.  


In addition to providing 1-1 support for students, Marylen enjoys teaching teachers new skills as an instructor at Bank Street College of Education in both the Graduate School and the Department of Continuing Professional Studies. 

Marylen lives in Brooklyn with her spouse Sam, children Liv and Smith, and nearly hairless cat, Nemo.

Marylen and her daughter, Liv

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