Location: Frisco, Texas
Education: Interdisciplinary Studies and M.S in Psychology
Years Experience Teaching: 23
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 3
I am a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT). Additionally, I am certified in the areas of Special Education, General Education and English as a Second Language and I have my Master’s degree in Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I have been teaching since 1999 in both the public and private school sectors.
I have years of experience working with Special Education attorneys to advocate for students with varying abilities, including, but not limited to, collaborating with independent schools and districts as a whole. I have resolved all issues without leading to mediation through positive problem-solving while making sure all Federal, State and Local laws are followed.
I have strong organizational and management skills, communicate effectively and efficiently with transparency and the best interest of students. I have an extensive background in instructional and intervention strategies to implement accommodations, modifications and goals that meet individual needs. As a leader, it is imperative to build rapport with all persons to create a healthy climate and to utilize the strengths we have as individuals to grow and learn professionally and personally.
I believe in building a healthy and transparent climate for students and utilizing strengths to build confidence. I have a great passion for learning with and from others, including, but not limited to peers, students and families. I believe that the more we are open to learning and developing, then more positive mindsets can be developed.
Academic Language Therapy Association and International Dyslexia Association
Programs Trained In
Take Flight, as well as, many other intervention strategies, based on individual needs.
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I became a CALT to better understand why students, in general, were not making progress, in reading. I knew there was a systematic approach. I love what I have learned and I want to share this with others. I am a sponge for learning and I want to instill this love in others.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moment is when students see progress! When they understand that there is nothing “wrong” with them, and they understand how amazing they are!
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal is to first build a rapport. Once that happens, my students grow socially, emotionally and academically.
Your teaching style, personality?
I use humor! I am loving, but firm. I have a knack for understanding my students, after all, I have four boys!
Any family details?
I have an amazing family and they are extremely important to me. I am close with those near and far. Though we are a small family, we certainly have big personalities!
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
I can’t wait to meet you and learn more about YOU!