Location: Little Rock, AR
Years Experience Teaching: 13
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 7
Dyslexia Therapist 7 years
High School Academic Support 4 years
High School Resource Room 2 years
Academic Language Therapy Association
Programs Trained In
Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA)
Writing Matters by William Van Cleave
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
When my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, I found that even though I had a degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Special Education, I could not help her with reading and spelling. Fortunately, we found a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) who helped her overcome her learning differences. This fueled my passion for becoming a CALT and for being able to help others the way my daughter was helped.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
I love it when it starts to click with students. When they understand that what we are doing together may be hard but that it is working. When this happens, they feel empowered and look forward to our sessions because they know they are making progress.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
All children are different. My goal is to help each child become their best self.
Your teaching style, personality?
I love making personal connections with students and their families. I have a firm, but gentle approach to ensuring our lessons stay on track.
Any family details?
Dyslexia is a neurobiological condition, which means it runs in families. My husband and I both have dyslexia in our families. So, in addition to having my professional training in dyslexia, I know what it is like to live with someone who struggles with dyslexia.
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
Remember I mentioned that my daughter is dyslexic? She is now a college graduate with a degree in Industrial Engineering. She works for a manufacturing company as a quality engineer. I want to use my personal experience to help encourage parents that with the right type of therapy, their child can overcome dyslexia.