Dr. Vachon is a leading expert on the implementation of Direct Instruction (DI) and has extensive experience with DI in a wide variety of school settings. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Ontario, Canada. After receiving her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Oregon in 1983, she worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for nine years where she worked as a member of a multidisciplinary team providing tertiary assessment for children with developmental concerns. She was an instructor in the Department of Special Education and Community Resources at the University of Oregon and Implementation Manager/Project Director for the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) for two years while completing her doctorate degree at the U of O, which she received in 1998. For the past 15 years years, Dr. Vachon has worked with elementary, middle and high schools in a wide variety of settings, from small, rural schools to large, urban schools in the United States and Canada as well as in remote communities in Cape York, Australia. She has been the Project Director for NIFDI implementations in Baltimore, Georgia, Kansas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas and Cape York, Australia. She is co-author of REWARDS: Reading Excellence: Word Attack and Rate Development Strategies, a reading intervention program designed to improve students’ oral and silent reading fluency by learning an effective strategy for decoding multi-syllabic words. She is also a co-author of the additional REWARDS series: REWARDS Intermediate, REWARDS: Reading Strategies Applied to Social Studies Passages and REWARDS: Reading Strategies Applied to Science Passages.