Meet the teacher
Degrees and Certifications:
NYS Certified Reading Specialist, K-12 NYS Certified Special Education Teacher, Birth-21 NYS Certified Elementary Education Teacher, P-6
My name is Liz Bystrak and I am a Reading Specialist at Orchard Park Middle School. I've been teaching in both special education and literacy for 19 years and truly love what I do! Reading is the foundation of education, yet when a student has difficulty reading, the frustration they feel can be overwhelming. I am passionate about identifying the specific reading strengths and weaknesses of my students in order to provide them with individualized instruction to improve their skills. Instruction focuses on each child's specific needs in phonological awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.
I live in Orchard Park with my husband, two daughters, and two dogs. I love spending time with my family! I also teach adjunct classes in literacy and special education at both Buffalo State and Medaille College. In addition, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Niagara Frontier Reading Council and Prader-Willi Alliance of New York.
I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!