Jo Ellen Mogelgaard

Known to hundreds of children as “Ms. M.”

 My name is Jo Ellen Mogelgaard. Admittedly a name that is hard to pronounce! So, to the hundreds of children I have had the pleasure of teaching, I am known as “Ms. M.” It is with this in mind, that I introduce myself and share with you some of my teaching journey.

My undergraduate degree is from Bowling Green State University, with certification in the teaching of grades K - 8. My extensive graduate work was done at Syracuse University and Stonehill College in Massachusetts, with the emphasis being in the teaching of reading and in the area of learning disabilities.

Upon graduation I was selected by the Ford Foundation to teach in a pilot program in Norwich, Connecticut where I joined a newly formed team in a building designed specifically for team teaching. I mention this because I think it was instrumental in my understanding the rewards of collaborative teaching. I could see how much insight was gleaned by working with others toward achieving student goals. As you become more familiar with our Read to Succeed program, I think you will detect our sincere interest in collaborating with all the individuals involved in your child’s learning, starting with his/her first teacher - YOU! Our one-on-one program in your home promotes this collaboration.

My over 35 years of teaching has been in Michigan, Connecticut and Upstate New York. I have taught in grades K - 5 with emphasis in the areas of remedial reading and learning disabilities. My most recent teaching has been in Ann Arbor. When I moved here in 1999, I was fortunate enough to be recruited by The Family Learning Institute at its inception, and remained the Director of Assessment and Reading Specialist in this free after school tutoring program until 2015. I then was hired as a consultant in setting up a similar program in Tecumseh, Michigan.

As no doubt appears evident, my passion is teaching! I am never happier than when I am working with a struggling reader, and I see that “aha” moment occur that opens the door to reading success! I look forward to the opportunity to work with your child, in what I see as the optimum setting for reading achievement!