Location: Austin, TX
Education: Bachelor of Arts – University of California, Santa Barbara 2012-2015; Master of Arts Degree Special Education – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 2016-2017
Years Experience Teaching: 5
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 5
Since February 2022, I have been working with students at Dyslexia on Demand. I have been a public school elementary teacher for the past 5 years and I have had the following roles – Dyslexia Specialist, Resource Specialist, and Special Education Teacher.
Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
The Dyslexia Foundation
Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA)
Programs Trained In
Basic Language Skills, Developing Metacognitive Skills, Multisensory Grammar, Reading Readiness, Scientific Spelling, The Colors and Shapes of Language – Year I Academic Language Therapist
Wilson Reading System and Fundations – Level I Certification, Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.)
Barton Reading and Spelling System
Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS)
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Elementary – Ages 6-11
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
I decided to pursue my CALT certification because as a dyslexia therapist, I hold the personal philosophy that each child can learn, grow, and make academic progress. I believe in the power of individualized dyslexia therapy and multisensory language instruction to support students’ reading and spelling growth. I am passionate about helping children and I absolutely love what I get to do each day!
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moments working with students with dyslexia have been witnessing the pure joy and happiness they feel when they recognize the amazing progress they have made! One of my students most recently said “I can read now!” His mother shared with me that he was so eager to read everything he could see – books, road signs, posters, etc. It is the most rewarding feeling being a part of my students’ learning journey and building lasting relationships with their families.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
My goal when working with my students is to encourage a life-long love of learning and help them build confidence in their strengths and skills. I also hope to support my students in becoming advocates of their learning success. Further, I strive to meet my students where they are at academically, understand what motivates them and where their interests lie, and then use this to design individualized lessons that reflect each student’s learning style and promote academic progress.
Your teaching style, personality?
As a teacher, I would describe myself as patient, caring, respectful, and sensitive to my students’ individual needs. I believe in positive reinforcement.
Any family details?
I live in Austin, TX with my husband, Sanjay, and our sweet labrador, Daisy. We love spending time going on hikes and to the park with our dog, and we enjoy cooking together at home.