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Adult Education and Augustine Project® Director

Lily Contorer

Lily has seen multi-sensory language instruction work in the inner city of Chicago (her hometown) and in the deserts of Arizona.  Now that she resides in beautiful Buncombe County, she vows to do her part to spread the love of literacy throughout Western North Carolina. Lily feels incredibly fortunate to work at the Literacy Council as the Adult Education and Augustine Project® Director among such inspiring students and tutors.

Lily’s career began as a teacher of deaf children. In this role, she learned the importance of early language skills as it relates to literacy.  Lily became fluent in American Sign Language in order to communicate concepts with her students and implemented Cued Speech in order to provide a visual/tactile method of understanding phonics, letter sounds, rhyming skills, and patterns of written language. Lily’s deaf students, contrary to widely held expectations, learned to read at or near grade level.

Her passion ignited, Lily branched out and taught literacy skills to children, teens and adults with dyslexia, dysgraphia, apraxia, auditory and visual processing disorders, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Academically Gifted students and students with other learning differences. She then began to train parents, teachers and other professionals in the use of multi-sensory strategies including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Cued Speech and American Sign Language.

Outside of the Literacy Council, Lily enjoys spending time with family and friends, she sings in a barbershop-style show chorus, creates mixed media artwork, relishes nature walks in any kind of weather, and is a voracious reader.

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