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My name is Peg Nelligan. I am a mom of four, grandmother to two, and a recently retired Reading Specialist and Special Education teacher. I have lived in the Northwest corner since 1984, in both Winsted and Colebrook. I am an animal lover and recently trained my dog Bonnie to become a certified Canine Links Therapy dog. We  visit some local schools and libraries weekly. I am passionate about teaching reading because, as Margie Gillis from Literacy How says, “Literacy is the currency of opportunity.” I believe early intervention to help students close any reading gaps early in elementary school is essential, because students never get that time back.

I look forward to connecting with you to help your child gain the necessary skills to be come a strong reader.


    My Story

    I grew up in North Central Connecticut, near the airport. I attended local schools, belonged to 4-H ,  taught swimming and worked as a lifeguard and 4-H Camp Waterfront director during high school and college. I have a unique background that I believe makes me a knowledgeable and compassionate tutor.

    I began my education at the University of Connecticut, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. I practiced Physical Therapy for 20 years while raising my family. In 2003, I injured my back and needed surgery. I had become interested in how children learn to read when one of my children  experienced difficulty learning to read. After my back surgery, I decided to go back to school to achieve my dream of learning how to teach children to read. I obtained my Masters of Arts degree in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s College( now the University of Saint Joseph) in 2006 in West Hartford, CT. I have worked at both the elementary and middle school level as a Certified Special Education teacher, with a focus on teaching children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities. In 2015, I became a Certified Reading Specialist to increase my knowledge and expertise in working with students with a wide variety of reading difficulties.

    In June of 2023, I retired from full time teaching to be able to spend more time with grandchildren. I took the summer and fall to train one of my dogs to become certified as a Therapy dog. We have been visiting area schools and libraries. I continue to have a passion for teaching children to read and want to share my experience with families who want to help their child become a stronger reader. I am trained in Wilson Reading Sytem, Literacy How's Structured Literacy , and Lindamood's Intensive Phonemic Sequencing programs. I have many year's experience in planning and continuously monitoring reading progress in a systematic, diagnostic and explicit sequence. Whether your child has dyslexia or another reading disability, missed critical foundational skills instruction due to the pandemic, or you are concerned about your student and their reading development, I can help. 



    Per one hour session: $85.00

    Per half hour session: $50.00

    Per 45 min. session : $65.00

    Rates include previously noted services, unless other arrangements are made.


    I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.


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