Location: Granbury, Texas
Education: BA, CALT, LDT,
Years Experience Teaching: 35
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 12
Secondary – Vocational Education for the Handicapped
Elementary – Kindergarten and Pre-K, Educational Specialist-Testing, Dyslexia Therapist
Private Practice – Dyslexia Therapist
ALTA, IDA, former board member, CALT, LDT, CDT/IDA for IDA/Austin/San Antonio
Corpus Christi, Texas Ambassador for United Chamber of Commerce
Granbury, TX Chamber of Commerce Ambassador
Programs Trained In
BLS, Neuhaus Education Center, Houston, Texas
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I wanted to be certified and licensed for the benefit of being affiliated with professional organizations. I wish to continue my work as a Dyslexia Therapist with the support of professional organizations that can provide me with plenty of opportunities to grow and be the best I can be in my quest to help children learn to read, write, and spell.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
There are too many to count! But my first was when Molly, after many months of working with her, (profoundly dyslexic student, with other learning differences). Opened her reading practice page for the day and said, “Well, hello! that says “muffin!”. First time to read anything with automaticity! The rest of the school year with her was amazing!
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
To help them go from being non-readers to proficient readers.
Help improve self-esteem.
Provide them with tools, that they consistently use, to help them with reading, writing and spelling.
Your teaching style, personality?
Besides me teaching and them learning, I LOVE to have fun with kids, which I firmly believe that fun augments the learning process, builds relationships, and improves self esteem.
Any family details?
I believe my father was dyslexic, and perhaps a few of his siblings. He, of course was never diagnosed, but as I look back on my life, and recall the way he spoke, wrote, spelled; and I recalled some of his educational history, I realize that he struggled life-long with, foreign languages, pronunciation of words, reading, spelling and writing. He was a high school drop-out, but got his GED, then later received his BA from Stephen F. Austin, thanks largely because of my mom’s (his new wife) help!
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
I love what I do! It brings me incredible joy!! I am truly an example of the saying, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life”.