Location: Dallas, TX
Education: M.Ed. – Reading Specialist
Years Experience Teaching: 11
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 9
I have been teaching for over 10 years, primarily with K-6 students. I started my career as a 2nd grade teacher before moving on to the role as a reading interventionist/dyslexia specialist. I am currently in my second year of training for my CALT.
International Dyslexia Association
Programs Trained In
Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA)
Take Flight (Year 1)
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
My career began as a 2nd grade teacher. While working with my students, I was drawn to those who struggled to read and did everything I could do to support them in the classroom. After two years, I was offered a position as a dyslexia teacher. The position required me to be trained in a specialized dyslexia program. At the time, I knew very little about dyslexia and it was during my training that I realized how important multisensory, explicit, systematic instruction is and why some of my previous students had been struggling so much! I wanted to know everything I could about how to help support students who were not getting the instruction they needed and deserved, which led me to finding ways to grow in my field. I sought out a Masters in Education with a specialization in reading and I am currently working towards completing my CALT.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moments are when I realize a child is finally “cracking the code” of reading because they are finally being given the proper instruction. There is nothing quite like those moments when I hear a child exclaim things like, “this finally makes sense!” or, “I get it now!” and even, “I’m not dumb!”
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My overall goal is to teach a child to read; however, as part of this goal, I also have the goal of helping them build self-confidence and a growth mindset as most of the time, my students come to me believing they are “dumb.”
Your teaching style, personality?
I get to know my students and incorporate their interests into my teaching. I like to supplement learning with engaging game-based activities that help motivate students. I see myself as fun, but firm when I need to be.
Any family details?
I have been married for 10 years and have one child who is 4.5 years old. We have a Chihuahua/Frenchie mix named Cashew who is a bit of a nut. She loves going on walks and playing fetch.