Teaching Experience

 

The Written Word Learning Center, Founder (Wheaton, IL)

  • Certified Academic Language Therapist, Grades Pre-K - 8

  • Private practice academic language therapist specializing in enrichment and remediation of academic language skills

  • Providing remedial reading instruction for students with language- based learning differences such as dyslexia

  • Providing screening and progress monitoring for at-risk students and students with a diagnosis of dyslexia

  • Dyslexia Therapist at Lumina School in Downer's Grove, IL

  • Providing professional presentations to parents and educators

  • Training as a Qualified Instructor (QI) to prepare educators to implement Take Flight:  A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

Pebblecreek Montessori, Elementary Coordinator (Allen, TX)

  • Responsible for guiding elementary teachers, assistant teachers, and special area teachers

  • Presented parent and teacher education workshops

  • Implemented Academic Language Therapy Program for K - 6 students and ELL

  • Designed schoolwide identification process for children at-risk

  • Responsible for administering schoolwide (K - 6) assessments and informal screeners; DIBELS, ITBS, DRA, TPRI, and QPS

Good Shepard Montessori, Montessori Directress (McKinney, TX)

  • Montessori Directress, Grades 1 - 3

  • Presented parent education workshops

Pendergast School Dist., Elementary Teacher K & 1 (Phoenix, AZ)

  • Awarded Teacher-of-the Year, Desert Mirage School

  • Level 3 Career Ladder Master Teacher

  • Supervised student teachers

  • Taught district level Cognitively Guided Instruction math class

Monona Grove School Dist., Elementary Teacher K & 2 (Monona, WI)

  • Served as grade-level coordinator for 2nd grade teachers

  • Trained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to implement CGI math curriculum


 

Related Professional Experience

Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX)

  • Academic Enhancement Workshop Instructor, Grades 1-7                           

Phoenix Urban Systemic Initiative, Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Coordinator and Instructor (Tempe, AZ)

  • Designed and presented CGI professional development workshop for Cartwright and Sunnyside School Districts, Arizona

  • Assisted classroom teachers in integrating CGI Curriculum

  • Assisted with writing math curriculum to include a CGI emphasis to be implemented in the Cartwright School District, Phoenix

Rio Salado Community College, ESL Instructor (Phoenix, AZ)

  • Taught English to Spanish speaking adults

University of Wisconsin, Graduate Assistant-Reading Teacher (Madison, WI)

  • Remedial Reading Teacher for at-risk Madison area high school students (Upward Bound Program)


 

Education  & Certifications

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Dallas, TX)

  • Take Flight Curriculum Training:  A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, 2011

Texas Department of State Health Services (Austin, TX)

  • Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, 2010 - present, License Number 1570

Academic Language Therapy Association, (Plano, TX)

  • Certified Academic Language Therapist, 2007 - present, License Number 2590

International Dyslexia Association, (Baltimore, MD)

  • Certified Dyslexia Therapist Certificate, 2016

Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX)

  • Academic Language Therapy Graduate Certification, 2007

Dallas Montessori Teacher Training Academy (Dallas, TX)

  • American Montessori Society,  Elementary I Teacher Credential, 2002

University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)

  • Masters of Science Degree, Curriculum and Instruction – Reading, 1991

Winona State University (Winona, MN)

  • Bachelors of Science Degree, Elementary Education, 1987


 

Memberships

  • Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)

  • International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

  • Everyone Reading Illinois (ERI)

  • American Montessori Society (AMS)

  • International Literacy Association (ILA)

Presentations

  • “CGI Math" - Sunnyside School District, Tucson, AZ

  • “The Writing Process" - Pebblecreek Montessori, Plano, TX

  • “Executive Functioning Skills" - Pebblecreek Montessori, Plano, TX

  • “Phonological Awareness” - Pebblecreek Montessori, Plano, TX

  • “Stages of Spelling Development” - Pebblecreek Montessori, Plano, TX

  • “Dyslexia Awareness” - Pebblecreek Montessori, Plano, TX

  • “Dyslexia Simulation” - Pebblecreek Montessori, Plano, TX

  • “Explore Our World:  An Overview of the Elementary Montessori Environment” - Pebblecreek Montessori, Plano, TX

  • “What is Academic Language Therapy?" - Dyslexia Buddy Network, Wheaton, IL

  • "Dyslexia Remediation - Take Flight:  A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia" - Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital

  • "Dyslexia for a Day:  A Simulation of Dyslexia and Dyslexia 101" - Cambridge, WI

  • "Dyslexia for a Day:  A Simulation of Dyslexia" - Wheaton, IL

  • "Dyslexia for a Day:  A Simulation of Dyslexia" - Evanston Special Needs Resource Fair, Evanston, IL