Location: Allen, Texas
Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism, Masters in Reading and Curriculum, CALT – Certified Academic Language Therapist through Texas Scottish Rite Hospital via Plano ISD
Years Experience Teaching: 11
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 5
1st and 2nd grade Teacher
Dyslexia Support Teacher 1st- 5th Grade
ALTA – Academic Language Therapist Association
Programs Trained In
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
5 and Older
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I have ALWAYS loved reading and writing and could never understand why it would be difficult for some students growing up. Then, I met my husband who is dyslexic and I was able to see his struggles first hand. I became a CALT to help students who, like my husband, have always struggled with reading and writing.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
I love to see when students make connections in their learning. For example, when teaching suffixes and a student says, “Oh that is why this word means____”. It is when they have those “aha” moments and it all comes together that is so rewarding to see!
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal when working with kids with dyslexia is to share my passion of reading and writing with them. Most times, students are working so hard to decode the words, they have no idea what they are reading about. If I can give them the tools to make reading a little easier, I hope they that someday pick up a book for fun and get immersed in the wonderful world of imagination reading can give you!
Your teaching style, personality?
I strive to build relationships with my students so that learning is fun for them. We talk about their interests and incorporate them into lessons whenever possible. I am laid back, and flexible, but stick to a routine so students know exactly what to expect and to give them consistency.
Any family details?
I am married and have two kids – a 5 year old boy named Carter and a 1.5 year old girl named Rylee. After having Rylee, I became a stay at home mom and now spend my days volunteering at their school, entertaining a 1.5 year old, and doing therapy lessons. I love that I can still do what I am passionate about – teaching dyslexic students – while getting to be a stay at home mommy as well. It is a great balance for me!
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
I love fast food, pickles, T.V., movies, the color pink, TARGET, and my family more than anything. I am also lucky to be working with the best kiddos at Dyslexia on Demand!!!