Dyslexia

Our district is committed to providing students with dyslexia every opportunity to succeed.  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 make sure they are given the educational opportunities they deserve.

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.

Our program

Our staff and curriculum promotes self-advocacy, provides scientifically proven, evidence-based intervention and has a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) or therapist-in-training on every campus K-12. 

Our Mission

We partner with families, teachers, and educators to identify, support, empower and provide exceptional dyslexia services. By meeting the individual needs of each student, we help students recognize their potential and have the tools they need to achieve success throughout their lifetime.

Our Vision

Our program, as a nationwide model, provides 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.

Stay connected

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
MEisinger@garlandisd.net
Harris Hill Administration Building
972-487-3347

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.

High school

SchoolTeacher/Therapist
Garland HSAllison Victoria
Lakeview Centennial HSAllison Victoria
Naaman Forest HSAmy Amaro
North Garland HSDebbie Gilstrap
Rowlett HSRegan Lee
Sachse HSRene Bennett
South Garland HSWilliam Murff

Middle school

SchoolTeacher/Therapist
AustinLynette Munoz
BrandenburgJulie Fikes
BusseyDeborah Pittman
CoyleDahlia Zarbo-Offield
HoustonSiohban Bennett
HudsonJennifer Trammell
JacksonAlandra Adams
LylesMelody Savage
O'BanionChristine Elms
SchradeRoxie Montlavan
SellersMelissa Turingan
WebbDianna Walker

Elementary school

SchoolTeacher/Therapist
AbbettNicole Kelly
Esmeralda Gregg
Estela Brooks
Armstrong

Stephanie Clark
Lisa (Ana) Bolton
Analiese Cole
Shelby Jones

BackEvita Prieto
BeaverChristina Vasques-Varnell
Debbie Camp
BradfieldElvira Cappelli
BullockAlin Amaya
Lisa Pharr
Caldwell

Lolita Johnston

CarverKeisa Lacler-Marty
Richard Jones
Val Sheppard
CentervilleXimena Hobbs
Classical Center at VialAlejandra Roman- Farias
Rhonda Van Sickle
Club HillAlma Duenas
Kimbra Mouser
CooperJennifer Potts
Carie Herd
Cooper/ShorehavenDaisy Cifuentes
CouchNancy George
DaughtertyElizabeth Perez
Sandra Arredondo-Garcia
Davis

Laura Sheffield

DorseyVal Spears
Kathy Kirk
EthridgeBarbara Langston
Jennifer Starnes
FreemanMonica Perez-Cervantes
Giddens-SteadhamLucia Picado Solano
Deanna Villanueva
Golden MeadowsLiliana Stokes
Carla McPike
HandleyCarol Leonard
Heather GlenPeriann Pancerz
HerfurthRachel Grogan
Lucero Cazares-Rodriguez
HickmanLinda Sutterfield
HillsideNajeda McNeal
KeeleyMichelle Matz
Carrie Sneed
Betsy Bogdovitz
KimberlinSarah Gibson
Kimberlin/HudsonMary Riveros
Liberty GroveTeri Steeger
Diana James
ListerJessica Voiner
Angie Zavala
LunaMarianne Ross
Luna/WeaverRobin Dossey
MontclairAdrianna Ordonez
Jessica Benitez
NorthlakeTerri McElroy
Eduardo Cartenga
Park CrestAnn Atherton
Park Crest/ShugartMelva Bradley
PearsonSandy Jimenez
Susan Stephens
RoachSoraya Reyes
Victoria Logan
RowlettKathy Nemeth
Nancy Villasenor
SewellLisa Herrera
Heather Cuddy
ShorehavenDarlene Hewitt
ShugartAsha Varughese
SouthgateMargarita Bennett
Spring CreekShelley Jaynes
Glenda Galvan
StephensNancy Walker
Raquel De La Cruz
TolerRobin England
Angelica Biskupovich
Walnut GlenDiana Firley
WatsonKatherine Evans
Anita Gonzales
WeaverCarol Hernandez
WilliamsSylvia Ruiz