Location: Sherwood, Arkansas
Education: M.A. in English, B.A. in English
Years Experience Teaching: 19
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 2
I have taught a variety of English, writing, and literature courses at the college level over the past 19 years. Some of the courses I have taught include English Skills, Foundations of College Writing, Composition Fundamentals, Composition Review, Composition I, Composition II, American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, and Introduction to Drama.
American Library Association
Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Programs Trained In
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Ages 6 through adult
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I majored in English because I loved to read (and reading didn’t seem like homework to me – ha!). Then, I started teaching English at the college level as soon as I graduated. While I love teaching adults and have worked with students with ages ranging from 15 to 85 during my college teaching career, I have often wished I could work with children, especially after having children of my own and teaching them to read when our schools were closed due to the COVID pandemic. Children’s and Adolescent Literature have always been two of my favorite genres, and I have always been fascinated by the history and structure of the English language. Becoming a Certified Academic Language Therapist was a perfect fit for my education, experience, and interests.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
Working with dyslexic students has been an absolute joy. I love seeing my students begin to read with confidence and skill, and I love it when a book resonates with a student, and they see just how fun reading can be. It makes my day when a parent emails or texts me saying they have happy tears due to improved test scores or sends me a picture of their child relaxing with a great book.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My number one priority when working with kids with dyslexia is to get my students to fall in love with reading. I have an extensive knowledge of children’s and adolescent literature along with two sons and a daughter of my own, so I know how important it is to choose books and other materials that are tailored the individual’s age, skill level and interests. Once a student sees that reading is fun, the student quickly buys into the therapy sessions and makes the connections needed to become a highly skilled and confident reader.
Your teaching style, personality?
My teaching style is patient, thorough, caring, and kind. I believe that anyone can grow a love of reading and become a more skilled and confident reader with the right materials and therapy. I truly care about my students, their well-being and futures. I have three children of my own, and I treat my students like I would want my children to be treated. Even though I am caring and kind and try to keep things fun, I know when to be firm and when students need to be redirected or when they need a little push.
Any family details?
My husband and I have been blessed three very active children (including one set of twins) and one Siberian cat. We love to spend time outdoors and travel to state parks and to the beach.
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
I am an active member of the Catholic Church and volunteer in the Catholic Church and Schools. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, enjoy the outdoors, read (of course!), sew, and cook.