What started in 2009 as a first-year teacher desperately wanting to help her students learn to read, blossomed into a six-year mission to become a trainer who was qualified to bring the same feelings of confidence, pride, and expertise to her colleagues. Through my work with the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Columbus, Ohio, I completed the requirements for certification as a Language Therapist (CALT), as well as an Instructor of Certified Academic Language Practitioners (ICALP) from the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). I was a founding member of the Ohio Chapter of ALTA, served on its National Board of Directors, and have trained 90+ teachers to the Practitioner level of certification since 2017.
I am passionate about my work, as I believe there is no substitute for a professionally trained teacher who is empowered to make instructional decisions based on a student's strengths and weaknesses. Toward that end, I am currently working toward a Doctor of Education degree with a Concentration in Reading Science at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I hope to one day work in a College of Education that embraces the science of reading and adequately prepares teachers. At the same time, I plan to continue my work on behalf of in-service teachers who are ready to take on the challenge of teaching ALL kids to read.