Education: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education- University of Central Oklahoma; Masters in Reading- Texas A&M-Commerce; CALT- Texas Scottish Rite Hospital via Plano ISD
Years Experience Teaching: 18
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 14
1st & 4th Grade Classroom Teacher
PreK/Kinder Summer School Teacher
Instructional Specialist K-5
Dyslexia Therapist PreK/K-5 (current position)
Dyslexia Therapist -Middle School (Private therapy)
QI in training
Programs Trained In
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
5 and up
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
As a second language learner myself, learning to read was difficult. I wanted to learn more about the English language and the Science of Reading to assist my students to become better readers. I received my Masters in Reading; however, the amount of knowledge I gained through the Take Flight Training was so much more intensive. The language structure started to make more sense as I was going through the training. I gained more knowledge regarding dyslexia and fell in love with teaching students how to decode and become fluent readers. It was also amazing to see my struggling readers become more confident as I was teaching them through multisensory instruction. The Science and research behind multisensory instruction is astonishing and the amount of growth my students made were a miracle. That’s when I knew this is my path and I wanted to become a CALT.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
One of the most memorable moment I recall is when my former student visited our school’s assembly. The former student mentioned how much support Dyslexia Therapy and I had influenced & impacted her education success. I was honored and proud that my former student was graduating High School with all honors and would be attending Texas A&M. It brings happy tears, smiles, and warms my heart to know that the former struggling readers in elementary school are becoming successful readers and fulfilling their educational career without hesitation.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal is to help the students gain more confidence in themselves, socially and academically. I teach my students to advocate for themselves too. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. It’s important for them to know what their strengths are and what areas they are needing improvements in. This helps them understand why we are working on reading and why I encourage them to do all the components of multisensory instruction.
Your teaching style, personality?
My students and I both thrive on structure. I like to make personal connections and learn about my students’ interests.
I incorporate quick breaks when needed. I am firm, but gentle in redirecting when needed. I use positive reinforcements and praises/rewards to motivate at times.
Any family details?
My husband and I have 1 daughter. We enjoy kayaking, fishing, camping, cycling, and just love being outdoors. My daughter is in dance and gymnastics. She keeps me quite busy throughout the week. I feel like a taxi driver at times.
My parents, sister, and nephew are in Oklahoma so we do like to visit them on the weekends often when we are not camping or at the lake. We love visiting State Parks.
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
I am fluent in Korean. I moved to the United States when I was 8 years old. I would love to visit Korea again one day with my family.