Mrs. Sanders

Rockbrook Elementary Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist

This is a little bit about myself

This is my 23rd year of teaching. I have taught in Lewisville since 2003 at Rockbrook Elementary School. Before that, I taught in San Angelo ISD and Somerville ISD. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University and I have a Masters in Reading from Angelo State University. I have been married to my college sweetheart for 31 years. We have two amazing children and an adorable granddaughter.

Teaching children with dyslexia is my dream job! There is nothing better than being able to give students the tools they need to help them to become better readers and spellers. I love being able to develop the relationships and give students the support that comes from working with them in small group settings over the course of several years. Children with dyslexia have so many strengths and amazing capabilities. It is a privilege to be able to encourage them to pursue those talents and to be confident in school.

Philosophy of the LISD Dyslexia Program

We believe that the dyslexic student is intelligent, capable, creative and a multi-talented individual. We feel that language-learning is a talent. These students can learn to thrive using multisensory, structured techniques which teach lifetime skills in order to compensate for their differences.

We feel that by working closely with the general education teachers, we can collectively offer accommodations to allow the dyslexic student equal access to the regular curriculum and thereby enable the student to acquire the necessary learning for their present and future success.

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Language Science Curriculum

The program LISD uses for children who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia is the Multisensory Teaching Approach or MTA. MTA is based on the Orton-Gillingham model. The MTA program is a sequential and cumulative curriculum that places primary emphasis on the 85% of the English Language that is phonetically reliable for reading and spelling. There are four major areas of study: alphabet and dictionary skills, reading, spelling, and cursive handwriting.

LISD also implements the Scottish Rite Hospital's Dyslexia Research Curriculum Classroom Component for Instant Word Practice. This program enables student's with Dyslexia to achieve and maintain better sight word recognition, reading fluency and reading comprehension.

In the upper grades, LISD utilizes the Neuhaus Education Center's Practice for Developing Accuracy and Fluency program. This program uses multiple activities to practice and improve fluency and word recognition.

Sample Lesson

This video is a good example of what a typical lesson in my classroom is like.
MTA Kit One Lesson
Learning Ally Audiobooks in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn and Succeed
Dallas Dyslexia Parent Information Group

The Dallas Dyslexia Information Group (DDIG) is a monthly dyslexia support group for the Dallas-Fort Worth community. When: 2nd Monday of each month Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Place: Varies

Reading Websites

  1. Students may log into iStation to practice Reading and Vocabulary. They can get their log in information from their homeroom teacher.

    You can access iStation at home- go to http://istation.com/

    Click on the services and support tab

    Scroll down to click on the button for their type of computer download,

    either Windows or Mac

    Let Istation download to their computers and then the kids can work on it

    at home.

  2. Online books are available on Tumblebooks. http://asp.tumblebooks.com/home.aspx
  3. Another great place to practice skills is a site called Mr. Anker's Tests. http://www.henryanker.com
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Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist

I teach the Language Science (MTA) Dyslexia program at Rockbrook Elementary School in Lewisville, Texas.