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With a background in speech pathology from Ohio U., and a Ph.D. in Language & Literacy from The University of TX @ Austin, reading and other written language difficulties are my passion. I am nationally certified as an Academic Language Therapist as well as a Qualified Instructor in several Orton/Gillingham curricula. My experience ranges from kindergarten through adulthood. I have been the Director of a full curriculum school for students with dyslexia in Austin, TX, and served as a speech pathologist for public schools as well as privately for over 20 years. Currently, I am an adjunct professor for the Advanced Literacy M.Ed. at a university, and I am completing the rewrite of an older yet still popular Orton/Gillingham program - The New Herman Method - for a publishing company. I speak nationally on various topics and am a national trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading & Spelling (LETRS), directed by Dr. Louisa Moats. After serving on several state and national boards, I now relish applying evidence-based practices with students of all ages. I consider my profession to be a ministry to both the students and their families. I hope to meet and work with you soon!
I am licensed in Special Education k-12. Students with reading difficulties do not come in neat little packages, but up to 40% have a comorbidity with attentional issues. I work with schools, parents, and even the students themselves to ensure AD(H)D is understood and managed. I believe in including a close look at Executive Functions as well when considering accommodations and interventions for this population.
My qualifications include: Certified Academic Language Therapist, Qualified Instructor, Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, and endorsements as Reading Specialist and in Special Education from the state of TX. I have a MA in Speech Pathology, which provides me with the essential background knowledge for written language usually omitted from a MA in Reading Education. My dissertation concerned teacher knowledge when instructing students with reading difficulties. I am a national trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling, developed by Dr. Louisa Moats. Finally, I have over 30 years of public and private school experience with grades k-12. I speak nationally on classroom accommodations as well as issues surrounding spoken and written language.
My Ph.D. is in reading (Language &Literacy), and my B.S. & M.A. are in speech pathology. My greatest understanding of how to teach phonics came as a result of my academic language therapy training. Finally, my nearly 10 years of experience presenting LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading & Spelling) prepared me to deeply understand the intricacies of how reading, writing, and spelling develop; how reading, writing, and spelling can go off track; and what the evidence-based teaching methods are for teaching and supporting students in reading, writing, and spelling.
Proofreading is part of my job while rewriting The New Herman Method. I also teach graduate reading courses, and one course I have frequently taught is a capstone course (much like a thesis) where students develop a case study. These five chapters are carefully edited and proofed before they are allowed to graduate.
I have a Ph.D. In Reading - emphasis on reading difficulties; an M.A. in Speech Pathology; a B.S. in Hearing & Speech Sciences, minor in English; and I am a Qualified Instructor, holding national certification in teaching and mentoring educators who work with students with reading disabilities, particularly dyslexia.
I have 30+ years of experience working with students who have reading difficulties, and the educators who work with this population. I am a national teacher trainer in reading, spelling, writing, and handwriting for Louisa Moats, Ed.D.
I have a BS and MA in speech pathology. I spent 15 years in public and private practice working with students in PK through high school . Additionally, I am certified in TX as a k-12 grade Generic Special Education teacher.
I have been a national trainer under Dr. Louisa Moats, presenting PD modules in Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS -published by Sopris West, a division of Cambium). Spelling is an integral part of written expression. Additionally, I am a trainer for the Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, and as a nationally certified academic language therapist and qualified instructor. I have over 2100 teaching hours with students with reading, spelling, vocabulary, and written expression difficulties.
Organization is key for student success. I have taught various age ranges study skills, depending on academic requirements and maturity. Additionally, as a national trainer for LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading & Spelling - developed by Dr. Louisa Moats), educators were presented with study skills that are age and grade related. Finally, with my extensive experience with a broad age and ability range of individuals, I speak to audiences and at conferences nationally on study skills and classroom accommodations.
Vocabulary is integral in the reading process, and as a nationally Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor, I have over 2100 teaching hours with students who experience reading, writing, vocabulary, and written expression difficulties. My Ph.D. is in 'Language & Literacy' in which vocabulary is an integral part of my doctoral program.
I have written and published "The New Herman Method, which includes a writing instruction component for upper elementary through middle school. I have been trained in several writing curricula, and as a special education teacher of k-12th grade students, teaching writing was part of my job description. Developing Metacognitive Skills, integrates what best practices that are evidence based, and presents teachers with a highly structured system for teaching writing. As a nationally Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor, I taught hundreds of students with dyslexia how to become better writers.
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