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I'm Gisela Ervin-Ward, a qualified specialist literacy teacher. I provide clinical quality, evidence-based intervention support for children with reading, writing and spelling difficulties. 

I love working with children who have a dyslexia and/or ADHD diagnosis, but maybe you are just having a bit of trouble with reading, writing and spelling. I can work with you too.

After running the Literacy Support program at an inner-city Melbourne government primary school, I moved with my family to the Daylesford-Macedon Ranges region and started Pod Literacy. 

I retrained to become a literacy specialist after my son was diagnosed with dyslexia and wasn’t getting the help he needed at school. This means that as a parent I bring a level of real-life experience and empathy to your situation that means the support I give you comes from a place of true understanding.

My work in inclusive education began with my years working on child focussed social inclusion and education on international development projects in South East Asia. This is where I formed my belief that all children have the right to literacy and to be taught in the way they need to be taught.



Practicing MSL Educational Specialist (IMSLE, Aus)

Accredited Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association

Victorian Institute of Teaching Member


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English and Anthropology (Mel)

Master of Development Studies (Mel)

Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (USQ)

Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment (Mel)

RSA/Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (RMIT)

Multisensory Language (MSL) Associate Course (Institute of Multisensory Language Education (IMSLE))


Working with Gisela was a turning point for my severely dyslexic son.  He started making progress in reading and spelling for the first time with her help. They have a lovely rapport that makes their sessions together something special. Gisela has also helped me learn what I need to know in order to support my son and my younger children. This has made all the difference.


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