Location: Austin, Texas
Education: University of North Texas
Years Experience Teaching: 23
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 11
My teaching career began as a teacher in 3rd and 4th grades. While I loved all subjects, teaching reading was my true passion. I transitioned into a role of Campus Instructional Specialist, where I had the opportunity to train at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as a Dyslexia Therapist, completing that training in 2013. I was blessed to work with students with Dyslexia in 2nd through 5th grades in a public school setting for many years before beginning work with students through Dyslexia on Demand.
Member of Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) since 2013
Programs Trained In
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
1st through 7th grades
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
While working with students with reading difficulties, I always wanted to learn more about reading research and strategies. My training at Scottish Rite provided the necessary training I needed to help my students feel successful in the areas of reading, spelling and writing. My years of being a Dyslexia Therapist have truly been the highlight of my career in education.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moment is when students can explain WHY a word is read the way it is read or WHY a word is spelled the way that it is spelled. Once they can explain the WHY, they’ve got all the tools they need. My role is to fill their toolbox. I LOVE seeing my students excel and have those bright moments when they realize they are more independent than they ever dreamed they would be.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal is to bond with the student in a way that they know it is safe to make mistakes. We work together as a team in our learning and my goal is to guide them through instruction so that they feel confident and proud.
Your teaching style, personality?
I have a calm and nurturing teaching style while having high expectations for each of my students.