Originally published in Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette – September 27, 2019
My goal as a teacher is to help my students foster confidence and reach their full potential regardless of their academic and personal challenges. Many students with learning challenges like dyslexia at times struggle to keep pace with their peers in the classroom. This unfortunately can lead to self-esteem issues that last well into adulthood. Early intervention and support of dyslexic students are imperative for successful academic growth.
I’ve been a teacher at Arkansas Virtual Academy for five years. During this time, so many of my students have doubted their ability to learn because of dyslexic tendencies. That’s why, before the school year even begins, I try my best to learn everything I can about my students–including their likes and dislikes, their strengths, and areas that need improvement. Throughout the year, I help them build their confidence as they practice specific reading and writing strategies.
I also remind my students that everyone can learn–that’s the fun part about growing up. I want them to know they truly can be anything they want to be. And I feel fortunate to be able to play a role in helping them reach their fullest potential.
Learn more about Arkansas Virtual Academy here: https://arva.k12.com/.