Location: Austin, TX
Education: MA.Ed, CALT,LDT
Years Experience Teaching: 27
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 10
Throughout Lisa’s 25 year career in Austin as a public school educator, she has held multiple positions in Austin ISD and surrounding districts including special education, ESL, homebound-hospital services, early childhood, RTI, instructional coach, and reading resource teacher. Her dedication to students and parents of students with learning differences led her to become a CALT so that she could better address the fundamental reading difficulties that students with learning differences have.
Lisa maintains professional development hours through Rawson Saunders Institute and Neuhaus Learning Center. Lisa is an active member of the Academic Language Therapy Association, International Dyslexia Association, and the American Education Research Association. Lisa currently serves on the board of the International Dyslexia Association of Austin.
Programs Trained In
Lisa is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and is currently in practice as a licensed dyslexia therapist. Lisa began her career as a special education and ESL teacher in Austin ISD after receiving her M.Ed. degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University. Lisa received her academic language therapy certification from Rawson Saunders Institute of Austin,TX, an affiliate of the Neuhaus Education Center of Houston,TX. Lisa implements the Basic Language Skills program to instruct students with dyslexia and varying degrees of reading difficulties. This curriculum delivers highly effective, individualized, multisensory instruction. When implemented with fidelity, it is proven to quickly highlight improvement areas and address deficits. The curriculum includes Developing Metacognitive Skills and Multisensory Reading and Spelling programs for older students.
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
Her dedication to students and parents of students with learning differences led her to become a CALT so that she could better address the fundamental reading difficulties that students with learning differences have.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moments are when the students are actively engaged and demonstrating confidence and ownership of their learning.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal is to establish a working environment between the student and teacher that delivers highly effective, individualized, multisensory instruction. Getting to know each student well enough to effectively teach them is a critical component of teaching. Lisa provides students with an individualized, prescriptive academic language therapy program based on the student’s pace.
Your teaching style, personality?
The idea behind multiple intelligence theories is not that people learn in only one way, but that people are stronger in different areas and can demonstrate their knowledge and abilities in different ways. For teachers, being attuned to such distinctions can be helpful in understanding how to best connect with individual students.
Any family details?
I’ve lived in Austin, TX for 28 years. I am married with two college-age students and a proud pet owner to one dog and two cats!