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Tara Baker

Location: Texarkana, TX

Education: BSE, MAT from the University of Arkansas

Years Experience Teaching: 10

Years Experience In Dyslexia: 4

Teaching Experience

I have taught first grade, third grade, and fifth grade as a classroom teacher in Texas public schools. I have 10 years of experience teaching and working with students, and four of those years have been dedicated to dyslexia therapy. I have taught 1st-7th grade in dyslexia therapy and love every minute of it.

Professional Affiliations

I am an ALTA member.

Programs Trained In

I am trained in the Take Flight and Reading by Design programs.

Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
6-13

Why did you decide to become a CALT?

I have always loved reading and teaching my students to love reading as well. I had a deep desire to become specialized in the area of dyslexia after encountering so many of my own students who had dyslexia and dysgraphia. I saw a need in my district for therapists and a multisensory, research-based program for our dyslexic students. When my district received a grant to train classroom teachers to become dyslexia therapists, I jumped at the opportunity. I went through two years of rigorous training in Take Flight and fell in love with every aspect of therapy. I saw the results it produced in my students and chose to become a CALT and pursue a career in dyslexia therapy full-time.

Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?

My favorite moment is seeing their faces light up when a concept clicks into place. It’s like finding a missing puzzle piece and placing it in the final spot. Watching their confidence grow each session truly makes my job the best on earth!

Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?

My goal is for my students to reach their maximum potential. Everyone’s potential looks different, and it’s my job to make sure that my students are able to reach their personal goals and milestones.

Your teaching style, personality?

I am very relationship-centered as an educator. That is always my priority. I want my students to know that I care about them and their emotions, frustrations, highs, and lows. Once you have a good rapport with students, the rest clicks into place.

Any family details?

I am married to my wonderful husband, Robby, who is a graphic designer. Together, we have one daughter named Isla who is currently five years old. We love animals, so we have a whole crew at our house! We have five dogs named Sophie, Marshall, Luna, Gizmo, and Remi. We also have one black cat named Salem.

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