My name is Dinah Gay-Dorvil and I’m pleased to be on the board of AHED. I’ve been an educator for MDPCS for the past 15 years. Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that I’ve already been teaching for so long. When I was first hired as a teacher, I was considered an “out of fielder”- someone whose background was not in education. As a matter of fact, my degree in clinical psychology landed me a jobs as a research assistant at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and as a social worker for grassroots organizations in Brooklyn and Long Island, providing advocacy services, housing placement assistance, and HIV prevention education and counseling.
After moving back home in 2005 I transitioned into the field of education. For ten years I was a classroom teacher, providing instruction to 2nd and 3rd grade gifted students at an elementary school in North Miami. It is this experience that helped me discover my passion for helping children reach their fullest potential. Since 2015, I have been working as an Instructional Reading Coach, guiding teachers towards understanding the impact of setting high expectations for all students, regardless of labels, and directing instructional services related to literacy. In this capacity, I am still able to do what I love- serving members of my community.