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.

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 March Dyslexia Informer.

Dyslexia contacts

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

High school

Garland HSSarah Thompson
Lakeview Centennial HSRobin England
Naaman Forest HSSarah Thompson
North Garland HSSarah Thompson
Rowlett HSAnne Ruff
Sachse HSAnne Ruff
South Garland HSRobin England

Middle school

AustinLynette Munoz
BrandenburgJenifer Starnes
BusseyDianna Walker
CoyleDesda Montgomery
HoustonLynette Munoz
HudsonSuzy Penner
JacksonDiana Walker
LylesMelody Savage
O'BanionChristine Elms
SchradeDesda Montgomery
SellersJenifer Starnes
WebbDianna Walker

Elementary school

AbbettNicole Kelly
Veronica Aleman
ArmstrongStephanie Clark
Joelle Fox
BackJoelle Fox
BeaverAdriana Ordonez
Siohban Bennett
BradfieldSiobhan Bennett
BullockAlin Amaya
Adriana Ordonez
CaldwellSusanne Ballester
CarverKeisa Lacler-Marty
Estela Brooks
CentervilleXimena Hobbs
Classical Center at VialAlejandra Roman- Farias
Club HillAlma Duenas
Debbie Camp
CooperShelly Cooper
CouchSylvia Ruiz
DaughtertyAngelica Hurtado
Daisy Cifuentes
DavisSandra Arredondo
DorseyVeronica Espinoza
EthridgeMelissa Turingan
FreemanMonica Perez-Cervantes
Giddens-SteadhamMelva Bradley
Golden MeadowsLiliana Stokes
HandleyCarol Leonard
Heather GlenRhonda Van Sickle
HerfurthRachel Grogan
HickmanRickie Jones
HillsideDebbie Camp
KeeleyMichelle Matz
Carrie Holliday-Sneed
KimberlinAnn Atherton
Liberty GroveTeri Steeger
ListerJessica Devorak
LunaShelby Jones
MontclairDaisy Cifuentes
NorthlakeTerri McElroy
Jessica Devorak
Park CrestSylvia Ruiz
PearsonStephanie Wilson
Susan Stephens
RoachRhonda Van Sickle
RowlettKathy Nemeth
SewellLisa Herrera
Kristina Jones
ShorehavenMelissa Turingan
ShugartAngie Zavala
SouthgateYanina-Dari Larguia
Spring CreekShelley Jaynes
StephensNancy Walker
TolerNatasha Peoples
Walnut GlenRickie Jones
WatsonAnita Gonzales
WeaverAlandra Adams
WilliamsAnita Gonzales