Location: Frisco, Texas
Education: Bachelor’s degree in General Psychology & Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Years Experience Teaching: 8
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 3
I started working in Education with Dallas ISD through the Alternative Certification Program. Through the AC Program I became certified as an EC-6 bilingual teacher. I taught first and second grade in Dallas and Frisco ISD. After 5 years as a classroom teacher, I started the FISD Dyslexia Therapist Training Program and became a Dyslexia Therapist working with students with Dyslexia in both English and Spanish. I also collaborated to implement the Spanish components of the Dyslexia program in FISD. In August 2021 I became a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) through ALTA.
I am currently a member of ALTA as a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT).
Programs Trained In
Take Flight and Esperanza.
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
I have experience with students in the Elementary level, first through fifth grade.
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
When I was a classroom teacher, I felt that there was so much more I could do to support struggling readers and spellers with the right program and the correct small group setting. Being trained in Take Flight provided just that since it is a systematic and research-based program that enables students with dyslexia to achieve and maintain better word recognition, reading fluency and reading comprehension.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
I love seeing my student’s big smiles when they gain confidence because they see their progress and the results of their work and dedication.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal when working with kids with Dyslexia is to work on the skills to provide the needed support in the areas of: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency and Reading Comprehension as well as the emotional aspect of being a student with Dyslexia. My goal is to work with the skills that a student needs to strengthen in order to be academically successful as well as address the emotional and social aspect of their learning difference.
Your teaching style, personality?
I like to make sure that my students feel comfortable while working with me. I like to make sure that we work hard, but that at the same time we build a personal relationship were students know that I care to know them as a person. A lot of my parents have told me that I have a very calming/soothing voice and pace that makes their kids feel they are in a safe place.
Any family details?
I am married to my best friend and the mother of a little boy and a little girl. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and decided to move to Texas after we got married. We have a little dog named Moana. We love trying out new experiences and spending time as a family with our friends.
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
I truly enjoy traveling and photography in my personal time. I believe that traveling is one of the best things we can do in order to grow and learn. I have been blessed to travel all over the world and I love being able to experience how people live. I love learning about new cultures, religions and languages.