Location: Richardson, TX
Education: Bachelors of Arts in English and Masters in Teaching from Austin College Certified Master Reading Teacher and Academic Language Therapist
Years Experience Teaching: 27
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 11
I have taught all types of children in many school districts near Dallas and am currently employed as a Dyslexia Therapist in Richardson ISD. My first year teaching was in Fifth Grade Language Arts and Social Studies. I quickly realized that many of my students were reading on a first grade level, and I did not know how to help them. The next year, I taught second grade. One of my students was the child of missionaries and had never been in school. I didn’t know how to help him. College had not prepared me to teach students to read. It was then that I decided to become an expert in teaching reading, and I’ve been studying ever since! I was an elementary classroom teacher of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades for 17 years. I served as a Master Reading Teacher in Garland ISD and a Reading Specialist in Richardson ISD for a total of 6 years. As a reading specialist, I was able to work with students with dyslexia which led to my current position.
Academic Language Therapy Association
Programs Trained In
Multi-Sensory Teaching Approach
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I decided to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist to learn more about the science of reading and to better help my students with Dyslexia. I’m so glad I did!
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moments with my students are when they realize they have just done something they didn’t think they could do. Seeing their confidence grow is truly a joy.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal when working with students with dyslexia is guide and support in such a way that not only builds better readers and writers, but also better humans- people who are confident in their abilities, have a strong sense of who they are, and have a positive impact in their communities.
Your teaching style, personality?
I am very patient and enjoy having fun with my students. I have high expectations and will push them to reach their full potential in an empowering way.
Any family details?
I have a 24 year old son and a 21 year old daughter. I also have 3 dogs and a cat, so there is always entertainment at my house!