GISD is committed in providing students with dyslexia every opportunity to succeed.  We recognize that every child is unique and the impact of dyslexia can vary from person to person.  We provide students with the appropriate intervention and supports, as well as recognizing the individual need of the student to ensure they are afforded the educational opportunities they deserve.

In addition, we promote self-advocacy, provide scientifically proven, evidence based intervention and have a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) or therapist-in-training on every campus k-12.  We strive to provide every opportunity that will prepare our students for future success.

Our Mission

GISD Dyslexia, in partnership with families, teachers, and educators, will identify, support, empower and provide exceptional dyslexia services through the promotion of self-advocacy, scientifically proven, evidence-based instruction, and meeting the individual needs of each student so they may recognize their potential and have the tools they need to achieve success throughout their lifetime.

Our Vision

The GISD Dyslexia Department, as a nation-wide model, affords every student identified with dyslexia an opportunity to thrive academically, fostering readers and writers while embracing the culture and values that support and encourage the success of all students with dyslexia.


What is dyslexia?

The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a "specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."

Watch a video about Dyslexia from the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute, Kelli Sandman-Hurley.

What is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)?

A Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) has a professional credential with the expertise to provide services to students who have difficulty with written-language disorders, including dyslexia. In order for our teachers to become CALTs, they had to receive training for two years, complete 700 practicum hours and pass the the National Alliance Exam for Accreditation and Certification of Dyslexia Specialists.

Stay connected

Our newsletter

The GISD Dyslexia Informer is our monthly newsletter. In it, we share the latest news, great resources, upcoming events and more.

View the November 2020 Dyslexia Informer.

Our calendar

See our Dyslexia event calendar to keep stay up-to-date with our events.

Contact us

Assistant Director, Dyslexia 
Marcy Eisinger, M.S., M.Ed., LPC, LDT, CALT, SLDS
Harris Hill Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Harris Hill Administration Building
501 S. Jupiter Rd. 
Garland, TX 75042

Dyslexia campus contacts

See the tables below to find the dyslexia teacher/therapist for your campus.

Other facilities

Harris Hill Administration Building Aimee Rodenroth

High school

Garland HSShanara Hollins-Hawkins
Lakeview Centennial HSAllison Victoria
Naaman Forest HSDevon Bailey
North Garland HSDebbie Gilstrap
Rowlett HSKristina Jones
Sachse HSAnne Ruff
South Garland HSWilliam Murff

Middle school

AustinLynette Munoz
BrandenburgRene Bennett
BusseyDeborah Pittman
CoyleDahlia Zarbo-Offield
HoustonSiohban Bennett
HudsonSuzy Penner
JacksonPatrick Fontanette
LylesMelody Savage
O'BanionChristine Elms
SchradeRoxie Montlavan
SellersVictoria Logan
WebbDianna Walker

Elementary school

AbbettNicole Kelly
Veronica Aleman
Estela Brooks

Stephanie Clark
Crystal Croy
Jennifer Trammell

BackJennifer Saldivar
BeaverChristina Vasques-Varnell
BradfieldMelva Bradley
BullockAlin Amaya
Lisa Pharr

Susanne Ballester
Lolita Johnston

CarverKeisa Lacler-Marty
Richard Jones
Mary McDonald
CentervilleXimena Hobbs
Classical Center at VialAlejandra Roman- Farias
Julie Fikes
Club HillAlma Duenas
Kimbra Mouser
CooperShelly Cooper
Carie Herd
CouchNancy George
DaughtertyDaisy Cifuentes
Sandra Arredondo-Garcia

Robin Dossey
Laura Sheffield

DorseyVeronica Espinoza
Kathy Kirk
EthridgeMelissa Turingan
Jennifer Starnes
FreemanMonica Perez-Cervantes
Giddens-SteadhamMargarita Bennett
Deanna Villanueva
Golden MeadowsLiliana Stokes
Carla McPike
HandleyCarol Leonard
Heather GlenPeriann Pancerz
HerfurthRachel Grogan
Evita Prieto
HickmanLinda Sutterfield
HillsideDebbie Camp
KeeleyMichelle Matz
Carrie Sneed
Rhonda Van Sickle
KimberlinSarah Gibson
Liberty GroveTeri Steeger
Diana James
ListerJessica Voiner
LunaShelby Jones
Marianne Ross
MontclairAdrianna Ordonez
Paulette Brody
NorthlakeTerri McElroy
Eduardo Cartenga
Park CrestAnn Atherton
PearsonSandy Jimenez
Susan Stephens
RoachSoraya Reyes
RowlettKathy Nemeth
Nancy Villasenor
SewellLisa Herrera
Heather Cuddy
ShorehavenDarlene Hewitt
ShugartAngie Zavala
Asha Varughese
SouthgateYanina-Dari Larguia
Pamela Crenshaw
Spring CreekShelley Jaynes
Glenda Galvan
StephensNancy Walker
Raquel De La Cruz
TolerRobin England
Angelica Biskupovich
Walnut GlenDiana Firley
WatsonKatherine Evans
Anita Gonzales
WeaverAlandra Adams
Carol Hernandez
WilliamsSylvia Ruiz