Location: San Antonio
Education: BA from Washington University in St. Louis; MS from the University of Texas in Dallas
Years Experience Teaching: 27
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 2
I began my career as a speech language pathologist in a rehabilitation hospital. I worked on speech, language, and cognitive goals with patients who had strokes or brain injuries. I also worked with patients who had dysphagia (swallowing disorders) because of neuromuscular injuries. I then worked as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas teaching classes and supervising practicums. There, I developed a pediatric feeding program called Food and Fun. After taking a break and having 3 children, I returned to work at Pediatric Therapy Specialists, a multi-sensory clinic for children, where I continue to work today. I’m excited to continue my training as a dyslexia therapist.
Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Trainee Affiliate of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
Programs Trained In
Currently training in the Scottish Rite Take Flight Program.
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I am passionate about working with children and I am passionate about reading.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
I have a couple of favorite moments so far. One was after I taught my student how to read final stable syllables and I saw her self-confidence shoot way up as she realized she could now read long words. Another time was when I had gone a little over my session, and I asked my student if he wanted to stop so he could get back to playing, or if he wanted to finish the book. He enthusiastically answered, “Finish the book!” I also always love it when a student discovers another way of looking at a situation that I have not thought about before.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal is to instill a love of reading in my students, empower them to reach their goals and to help them realize their strengths and creativity.
Your teaching style, personality?
I do follow the structure of the reading program, but I try to make the sessions fun and interesting with lots of laughter. I encourage my students to work hard and to celebrate and appreciate all of their achievements. I want my students to feel proud of their progress.
Any family details?
I am married to my husband Kirby and we have twin boys in college and a daughter in high school. My family forces me to see every single one of the Marvel and Star Wars movies. (Which I actually do love!) I enjoy books, yoga, family trips and anything funny.