Location: Houston, TX
Education: BS – U of Colorado
Years Experience Teaching: 24
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 18
Prior to devoting working with dyslexic students, I taught pre-school for 6 years.
Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)
International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
Programs Trained In
Basic Language Skills
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
I can and have worked with all ages, from pre-k to high school! Each age group has its pluses, and I love working with every age.
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
Reading is SO important! I want all kids to have the gift of reading. Many students come to me with low self-esteem, and one of my goals is to help them realize how remarkable they are. And, honestly, working with these kids is just plain fun!
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
There are so many! It’s impossible to choose. I love when a student surprises me with an answer that I had never considered. I also love when a student has struggled with a concept and the understanding just hits them! Or, when a student has picked up an unusual vocabulary word and uses it correctly during our session. I had a student who stopped coming to our sessions while he was in elementary school because he thought he knew everything. Years later, as a high school junior, he begged his mom to restart with me. I see all my students as a gift, and every day is my favorite!
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
Naturally, the number one goal is get them reading. I also hope that a student will gain confidence, not just in reading/spelling/reading comprehension, but in other parts of life. My wish is for my students to realize how unique they are.
Your teaching style, personality?
I try to “read” the student and adjust my style to the student. Some students need a stricter hand, but others do not. I try to make a session as enjoyable as possible; Games are a wonderful tool to make a session less tedious. We can’t play games the entire session, and maybe not each session, but I try to use them as often as possible.
Any family details?
I’m married with two adult children, both living on the East Coast. We also have one adorable granddaughter!