Location: Arlington, Texas
Education: BA Univeristy of North Texas Psychology; MEd Texas Womans University Early Childhood Education; Dallas Baptist University MAT MultiSensory Education
Years Experience Teaching: 23
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 6
Student Support Services Grades 6-12 *Current Postition
Certified Texas Teacher
Programs Trained In
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Age 7-Middle School; willing to work with all
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
As a kindergarten teacher I always felt like there was a piece missing when it came to struggling students. I was in a district that didn’t acknowledge the possibility of Dyslexia until 3rd grade. I knew there had to be a better way to help students. During a late-night internet search, I was led to the topic of Dyslexia therapist, I was intrigued. My search soon led me to the June Shelton School in Dallas teacher training program. Before I knew it, I was enrolled in the SARA program and was on my way to completing my 2nd Master’s Degree and becoming a CALT. The first day in class, I knew I found my people. I was excited about what I was learning and couldn’t wait to share my knowledge. As I was training to become a CALT, I was in a unique position to be able to support students with dyslexia as a classroom teacher with a CALT mindset.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
Celebrating the wins students have. The building of confidence in reading and writing skills. Students sharing with me their daily journeys. Building relationships with my students.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
I want students to know that they have somebody in their corner, someone who understands their struggles. I strive to build relationships with my students where they feel comfortable and trust me. Once that trusts exists with their teacher, students are able to soar and reach their goals.
Your teaching style, personality?
My teaching style is patient and compassionate. I expect my students to work hard, but I also want my students to have fun and laugh and look forward to our time together. My sessions are a combination of work and fun. I find out what motivates the student and use that motivation inspire students to work through the Take Flight Curriculum with me.
Any family details?
I am married and have 3 kids-Two college kids and a middle schooler. I also have 2 dogs that are always at my feet during sessions. I spend a lot of my free time at the lake supporting my youngest son’s passion of bass fishing and cheering him on in football and basketball.