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.

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 January Dyslexia Informer.

Our calendar

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

Dyslexia contacts

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

High school

Garland HSSoraya Reyes
Lakeview Centennial HSAllison Victoria
Naaman Forest HSDebbie Gilstrap
North Garland HSJoelle Fox
Rowlett HSKristina Jones
Sachse HSAnne Ruff
South Garland HSWilliam Murff

Middle school

AustinLynette Munoz
BrandenburgRene Bennett
BusseyDeborah Pittman
CoyleDahlia Zarbo-Offield
HoustonSylvia Ruiz
HudsonSuzy Penner
Ruthie Cole
JacksonCarla McPike
LylesMelody Savage
O'BanionChristine Elms
Margarita Bennett
SchradeRoxie Montlavan
SellersMary McDonald
WebbDianna Walker

Elementary school

AbbettNicole Kelly
Veronica Aleman
Estela Brooks
Dominique Leach
ArmstrongStephanie Clark
Katherine Evans
Desda Montgomery
BackDarlene Hewitt
BeaverAdriana Ordonez
Christina Vasques-Varnell
BradfieldSiobhan Bennett
BullockAlin Amaya

Susanne Ballester
Jennifer Saldivar

CarverKeisa Lacler-Marty
Glenda Galvan
Richard Jones
CentervilleXimena Hobbs
Classical Center at VialAlejandra Roman- Farias
Club HillAlma Duenas
Kimbra Mouser
CooperShelly Cooper
Carie Herd
CouchNancy George
DaughtertyAngelica Hurtado
Jenifer Trammell
DavisSandra Arredondo-Garcia
Lisa Pharr
DorseyVeronica Espinoza
Kathy Kirk
EthridgeMelissa Turingan
Jennifer Starnes
FreemanMonica Perez-Cervantes
Sandra Cantu
Giddens-SteadhamLaura Sheffield
Deanna Villanueva
Golden MeadowsLiliana Stokes
Robin England
HandleyCarol Leonard
Heather GlenPeriann Pancerz
HerfurthRachel Grogan
Evita Prieto
HickmanLinda Sutterfield
HillsideDebbie Camp
KeeleyMichelle Matz
Carrie Holliday-Sneed
Rhonda Van Sickle
KimberlinAnn Atherton
Sarah Gibson
Liberty GroveTeri Steeger
Diana James
ListerJessica Devorak
Susan Harvey
LunaShelby Jones
Marianne Ross
MontclairDaisy Cifuentes
Paulette Brody
NorthlakeTerri McElroy
Natasha Peoples
Park CrestJulie Fikes
PearsonSandy Jimenez
Susan Stephens
RoachVictoria Logan
RowlettKathy Nemeth
Nancy Villasenor
SewellLisa Herrera
Heather Cuddy
ShorehavenDarlene Hewitt
ShugartAngie Zavala
Asha Varughese
SouthgateYanina-Dari Larguia
Robin Dossey
Spring CreekShelley Jaynes
StephensNancy Walker
Raquel De La Cruz
TolerPamela Crenshaw
Walnut GlenDiana Firley
WatsonKaren Wallace
Anita Gonzales
WeaverAlandra Adams
Carol Hernandez
WilliamsAnita Gonzales
Karen Wallace