Location: Lufkin, Texas
Education: Associates from Florida College, Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies & Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University
Years Experience Teaching: 13
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 8
I have taught 3rd and 4th grade Reading and Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies. For the past 8 years, I have been a Reading Interventionist and Dyslexic Therapist for children in grades 2nd through 5th. As a tutor, I have taught Dyslexic students from 5 years old up to 18 years old.
I am a Certified Academic Language Therapist and member of ALTA, the Academic Language Therapy Association.
Programs Trained In
I am trained in Reading Readiness, Language Enrichment, Basic Language Skills, Developing Metacognitive Skills, Word Detective and Multisensory Grammar by Neuhaus Education Center. I am also trained in Reading by Design.
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I have two daughters who are dyslexic. Their minds are truly amazing and my heart broke for them as I watched them struggle to read. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a child reach a goal and feel successful! I consider it a privilege to work with my students every day, cheering them on in their journey to overcome some of the most difficult tasks that most take for granted.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moment is when my students are sounding out a word and finally get the sounds blended together. They read the word with such excitement and their eyes light up! It is priceless!
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal is to make a difference in the lives of the kids I work it. I want them to first believe in themselves and then gain the confidence to go out and conquer any obstacle before them.
Your teaching style, personality?
I want my students to know I care about them. Their minds are amazing and I cheer them on throughout my lessons. I expect them to work hard and teach them that hard work pays off. Giving up will not get them anywhere! We climb the mountain together and celebrate when we reach the top!
Any family details?
I am happily married to my amazing husband, Stephen. We have five children and three grandsons. Our lives are busy and full of blessings! I would not have it any other way.
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
Becoming a teacher was a dream come true for me. It is my passion and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love it!