Location: Plano, TX
Education: BBA, CALT
Years Experience Teaching: 9
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 4
Reading Teacher- Jr. High
ESL Department Chair – Jr. High
Dyslexia Therapist, CALT – K-6
Programs Trained In
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I’ve seen how reading impacts the success of a student. Developing strong reading skills gives children an advantage in terms of vocabulary knowledge, independence, self confidence, and emotional intelligence. Sadly, students that experience difficulties may develop resistance and avoidance of reading. I witnessed my own child’s avoidance of reading at a young age. Early diagnosis and intervention of dyslexia therapy with a CALT was instrumental to his success as a student. As I learned about the dyslexic brain and research-based multisensory instruction, I knew I wanted to become a CALT to help the struggling reader become successful.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
One of my favorite moments is when a child can read a word list on their own. The student becomes more confident, takes reading risks and begins to see themselves as a reader. I love seeing the excitement in their face once they realize they have unlocked the reading code!
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
Building and protecting a student’s self-confidence is a priority for me. Students need a welcoming space for guidance, encouragement, practice, and opportunities to reset and try again. Mistakes only mean you are trying. My job is to guide students through discovery and cheer them on as they learn. I encourage students to express their learning needs and advocate for themselves.
Your teaching style, personality?
A safe, inviting space is key to learning. I love getting to know my students and we begin the session by sharing personal anecdotes with each other. Lessons are structured and I expect a lot from each student. Most importantly, I am encouraging, calm and very patient. Communication is essential to this relationship, and I do my best to inform parents of their children’s progress.
Any family details?
I have an amazing family. My two adult children live nearby and we enjoy spending time together. The most spoiled member of the family though, is my sweet Golden Retriever.