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Julie Shannon

Location: Plano, Texas

Education: M.Ed, CALT

Years Experience Teaching: 20

Years Experience In Dyslexia: 7

Teaching Experience

I have spent the last 20 years working with elementary aged students. My experience is broad, having taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Fourth Grade, served as an Instructional Specialist and Dyslexia Therapist, and even as a campus administrator. My passion for working with students who struggle with reading has brought me back to the classroom as a Dyslexia Therapist. I enjoy putting into practice the science of reading and witnessing students learn to love to read.

Professional Affiliations

ALTA – Academic Language Therapist Association

Programs Trained In

Take Flight – Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Second Grade through Middle School

Why did you decide to become a CALT?

I taught a student in Second Grade that struggled with decoding and fluency. It was through the process of getting him evaluated and identified as a student with dyslexia that I became interesting in instructing students with reading struggles. He received daily dyslexia instruction and I was able to see first hand how valuable that was for him. I was lucky enough to teach him again in Fourth Grade where he was reading on grade level. It was then I decided I wanted to become a therapist and help students like him.

Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?

There are really too many to count. In general, I think it’s when students realize they are in a safe environment and their confidence begins to soar.

Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?

My goal is to always learn as much about a student’s individual needs as possible. I like to meet them where they are allow them to grow from there.

Your teaching style, personality?

I really believe in building relationships with students. We spend a lot of time together and I want to learn about their lives. I like to celebrate students’ successes.

Any family details?

I have one daughter, who graduated from Texas A&M in 2018. She lives in Fort Worth and plans to get married in the next year. I have two very fat cats as well.

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