Years Experience Teaching: 30
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 15
1991-1993 Taught 2nd Grade self-contained
1993-2006 Taught 3rd Grade Reading/and or Math
2006-2021 Dyslexia Coordinator/Therapist
May 2021 Retired
Member of ALTA
Programs Trained In
Scottish Rite Take Flight Program
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
I am comfortable teaching students from 1st grade to adult.
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I decided to become a CALT because my son was diagnosed with dyslexia at the end of his 1st grade year. The school district I worked for only had one dyslexia therapist and when she retired, I decided that they best way to make sure my son was getting what he needed in school was to become trained in dyslexia. This helped me look out for him and all the other students who struggled with dyslexia.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moment in working with dyslexic students is when they finally are able to read. I also love seeing them grow into a self-confident reader who is excited to learn.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
I want my students to be self-confident and not ashamed of being dyslexic. They are very special individuals who just learn differently than others. I also want them to become their own advocate for their learning needs are and not be afraid to ask for help when they need it.
Your teaching style, personality?
I use structure in my therapy but in a loving way. I love to joke around when the time is appropriate but I can also be strict when needed. I use positive reinforcement when needed to get my students motivated to learn.
Any family details?
My husband, Tyree, and I have been married for 31 years. We have two grown children who have both finished college with degrees. My son is married to Kelsey and they recently had our first grandchild. Carson is the most beautiful baby that I have ever seen. We live in the country and have 4 dogs, 2 cats and a herd of cows.
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
Teaching student’s with dyslexia is my passion. I always wanted to be a teacher but once I became a Dyslexia Therapist, I realized that I found my calling. I love helping shape my student’s into being the best that they can be.