Certified Academic Language Therapists and OG Certified

Jen Parra, M.Ed, LDT, CALT, CDT, Executive Director

Jen Parra founded the Multisensory Reading Center in 2015 and has over 17 years of experience working with children who have learning differences including dyslexia, ADHD, autism, LD, and ESL students. Jen has a Masters in Education from Midwestern State University with an emphasis in dyslexia. She is a Texas Certified teacher in EC-4, ESL, and Special Ed. K-12. She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), a Certified Dyslexia Therapist (CDT) with the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) in the state of Texas. 

Amanda Bush, M.Ed, CALT, Student Development Director

Amanda has over 8 years of experience working with students as a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Certified School Counselor.  She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Florida State University and  M.Ed in School Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She takes great joy in helping students increase their self-esteem by improving their reading skills, and has worked in both public and private settings.

Hope DuBois, MA, CALP, CDP

Hope DuBois has over 15 years of experience working with children. She has a special affinity for working with bright students with reading challenges, due in large part to her dyslexic son. He was the inspiration for the pursuit of her ALTA certification.Hope has a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Special Education, as well as an Ed. Specialist degree in Integrating Technology in Education from the University of New Mexico.  She is also a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP), a Certified Dysleixa Practitioner (CDP) with the International Dyselxia Association, and a Certified Barton Tutor www.readingtutorsf.weebly.com 

Christy Olsson, BA, CALT

Christy Olsson is a Multi-Sensory and Academic Language Specialist. She obtained a Child Development Credential, a BA in Human Development with an Education Emphasis, a CO State teaching license. She has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and as a Reading and dyslexia specialist for several years. Christy lives in Tucson, AZ and loves spending time with her husband, sons, daughter, and grandchildren. 

Sherri Turnquist, BS-.Ed, CALT, CDT

Sherri Turnquist has over 25 years of teaching experience with children who struggle with spelling and reading. She taught first grade for 17 years before becoming a Dyslexia Therapist. Sherri has a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Elementary Education. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Certified Dyslexia Therapist. She also runs one of the top 50 blogs about dyslexia: Turning Around Dyslexia

Vicki Littleton, BS-Ed, CALT, LDT, CDT

Vicki has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Tennessee Temple University and has over 36 years of teaching experience and 23 years dyslexia therapy experience. As a novice teacher, she could see a pattern in struggling readers so she set out to find help for them. Through much research, Vickie found the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory method to be the most effective in teaching students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. In 1993 she attained her Academic Language Therapy Certification from Southern Methodist University. She is also a Licensed Dyslexic Therapist in the state of Texas. Vicki’s passion is teaching children to love reading. 

Peggy Brooks, QI, CALT, LDT

Peggy has a B.S. in K-8th grade from West Georgia College and an M.S. in Reading from Texas A&M Commerce. She has taught for 34 years (28 years in public education and 6 years in private schools) and she is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist, and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, and a Qualified Instructor for training teachers in Orton-Gillingham methodologies. As a dyslexic, Peggy understands and enjoy helping these children discover how smart they truly are, and how successful they can become.  She believes in this teaching method and has seen, many times, the successes the students show, because it works! 

Kristen Mulos, MA, LDT, CALT

Kristen has over 25 years of experience teaching and is also a parent of two dyslexic children.  She has always loved watching children who struggle  finally “get reading.” She is looking forward to reaching many more children through Lexercise and private practice. 

Kim Arthur, M.Ed, LDT, CALT

Kim Arthur has been working with children who have dyslexia and related disorders for 16 years. Her expertise includes teaching dyslexia therapy, written expression, as well as fluency and comprehension
skills. Kim also trains middle school and high school students in effective Study Skills. Her passion is helping those with written language disorders become empowered lifelong readers and learners.Kim received her Master of Arts in Education, with a Multisensory specialization, through Dallas Baptist University. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) with the state of Texas. 

Susie Barlowe, B.A., CALT, LDT

Susie has a BA in Communication Disorders from the University of Redlands, CA.  She has extensive experience working with struggling readers.  She worked as an elementary school teacher before specializing in Dyslexia.  Susie is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist in the state of Texas.

Andrea A. Gallo, Esquire, M.Ed., Lexercise Certified Clinician

Andrea has a  B.A. from George Washington University; M.Ed., Arcadia University;  and  a J.D., Widener School of Law. As a special education advocate and mom of a son with dyslexia & APD, she understands the impact of strong literacy programming. 

Debbie Hitt, B.S, LDT, CALT


Debbie has 30 years of teaching experience which includes 10 years in the classroom as well as 20 years as a dyslexia therapist. Her passion for teaching reading to struggling learners led her to language therapy training. Her 20 years of teaching dyslexic students and helping them progress into successful readers and writers has been the highlight of her teaching career. Debbie has a B.S. in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.  She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) in the state of Texas.

Mary Kennington, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

 Mary has a heart for helping learners reach their full potential. She believes that the brightest children can have the hardest time and that we must meet their needs in unique ways. She earned her BA in History from the University of Arkansas and her M.Ed. in Special Education specializing in Dyslexia Therapy from Midwestern State University. She is a Texas Certified teacher in EC-6, Special Education EC-12, ESL EC-12, and a certified Educational Diagnostician. She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) in Texas. She is happily married with two children and two dogs. 

Anne Silveus, BBA, OG Certified


Anne is a 23-year Texas Certified educator with experience in elementary general education, special education serving learning disabled students, and has spent the last 5 years providing structured literacy intervention for students with dyslexia. She is certified in Pre-K – 12 Special Ed, EC-8 General Ed, ESL, GT and is trained in using a structured literacy methodology through the Multisensory Teaching Approach program. She takes great pride in building students self- confidence and helping them realize the enjoyment that reading can bring.

Jacqueline Mitchell, BS, CALT, CDT

Jacqueline has been working with children who have dyslexia for 8 years. This is her heart and passion as she, too is dyslexic. Her experiences as a young student with dyslexia has allowed her to relate to her students on a more personal level. She has lived through their struggles. She knows how difficult reading can seem and the insecurities that it may bring. She understands the struggles when it seems like no one else can. Jacqueline also knows what it is like to succeed and the joy that accompanies it. Her hope is to inspire, encourage, love, build-up, and teach those who feel they have an unmovable mountain in front of them; this includes the parents of these struggling readers. Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies. She is a Texas certified teacher in EC-6 and Special Education EC-12. She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Certified Dyslexia Therapist.  

Karen Bruton, B.S, LDT, CALT

 Karen Bruton has over 30 years of teaching experience with students who have learning differences especially in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling. Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Baylor University with certifications in Kindergarten, Early Childhood (PK-6), Learning/Language Disabled (PK-12), and English (1-8). She taught Special Education/Resource at the elementary school level for 15 years before becoming a Dyslexia Therapist. Karen’s passion for dyslexia started when her 5 years old son experienced reading difficulties. He was later identified as dyslexic in 4th grade and is now pursuing a postgraduate degree. She also has 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) with the state of Texas. 

Jessica Badgett, M.Ed, LDT, CALT

Jessica Badgett, M.Ed, CALT

Jessica Badgett has been working with students with learning differences for over 14 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education with an emphasis in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders at Texas A&M University and Master of Education with a specialty in Learning Therapy from Southern Methodist University. Jessica holds certifications in teaching Special Education Early Childhood through 12th grade, General Education Early Childhood Early Childhood through 6th grade, and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Branch International Dyslexia Association and has a passion for serving the dyslexia community. Jessica's professional and personal experience working with children with attention and behavioral disorders has also given her a strength in working with students with co-existing challenges such as ADHD