Location: Searcy, AR
Years Experience Teaching: 21
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 8
I have many different certifications. I have my Early Childhood/Elem ed degree and certification, an ESL endorsement, a Reading Specialist certification, a Dyslexia endorsement, and a SPED K-6 endorsement. I spent many years teaching every elementary grade, then moved into a literacy instructional facilitator position at my school. For the past 8 years I have been our school’s dyslexia program coordinator. I currently work with students who have characteristics of dyslexia. I love my job!
Academic Language Therapy Association
Programs Trained In
I have been trained in IMSE, Phonics First, Structures, Barton, Rite Flight, and Take Flight.
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
I am comfortable with any age!
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
Before I began my training as a CALT, I was simply delivering dyslexia intervention. With CALT training I am giving dyslexia therapy, and there is a big difference! My CALT training has helped me tremendously with my students.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
I love when something just clicks with a student after that student has struggled for so long. I love to see growth in my students!
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal is to meet each student where they are currently and bring them up to grade level in reading. I also want to see my students happy!
Your teaching style, personality?
I am a loving, nurturing teacher who wants to see her students succeed. I care not only about reading growth but also the feelings of my students.
Any family details?
I have been married for 23 years to my husband Jeremy. We have two teenaged daughters and two dogs.
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
My hobbies are reading, taking care of my daughters, and working on gaining my CALT certification. Working on CALT takes a lot of time, but will be worth it in the end. I love working with students and seeing them succeed.