Location: Mount Vernon, Texas
Education: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at East Texas State Universtity -Texarkana, Texas
Years Experience Teaching: 30
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 18
I have taught self contained kindergarten and first grade. I was trained in Reading Recovery and taught this for 6 years. I have also been a reading interventionist for first through fourth grade. I have taught dyslexia students for the last 18 years that range in grades kinder through 8th grade.
Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT)
Programs Trained In
Texas Scottish Rite Take Flight and BUILD programs
Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA)
Reading by Design
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I trained to become a CALT to provide diagnostic, explicit, systematic multisensory structured language intervention that will build a high degree of accuracy, knowledge and independence for my dyslexia students. I felt this was a way to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience to make a difference in the lives of my dyslexia students.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My absolutely favorite moment of working with my students is to see them gain confidence in their reading abilities. So it really is just seeing them develop into a fluent and confident reader.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal when working with students is to make sure they feel comfortable and are safe to make mistakes with me. I like to find out what interest my students and build a positive relationship with them. I want them to know we are in this together, and I want them to feel relaxed and confident. Of course, it is also to help them become an independent reader using the tools that they have been taught.
Your teaching style, personality?
I have a calm, nurturing and encouraging teaching style.
Any family details?
I have been married 31 years. We have a son and daughter. Our son has blessed us with twin granddaughters.