Phyllis Sparks is the Vice President of Sparks Contractors, Inc. and Past President and founding member of the Kentucky Branch of Kentucky Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Advocating and creating awareness for students with Dyslexia in Kentucky. A specific learning disability that impedes a persons ability to read, write, and spell. Dyslexia impacts 15 to 20% of the population.
Lynne Slone, parent from Lexington, Kentucky. Lynne has served on the board since its inception. She is an attorney and has worked advising school councils.
Vicky Waggoner Jones is a retired teacher from Trigg County Kentucky. She taught Special Education (grades K-8) in Christian County Kentucky for 17 years, before moving to Trigg County where she taught Special Education for 1 year, regular education (grades 4 & 8) for 6 years, and was the Curriculum Specialist at Trigg County Middle School. Vicky is currently the Executive Director at Dyslexia Association of the Pennyrile in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Her purpose and vision is to expand awareness of dyslexia in the Pennyrile area and beyond, as well as help facilitate tutorial programs for children and adults with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
My name is Kayla Steltenkamp. I am a wife, mother, and special education teacher. I taught for almost seven years before learning about Dyslexia. It is now my passion, and my PhD research interest to promote, educate, and be a resource about dyslexia. I would be happy to serve on the IDA board and help as the treasure to organize finding and be sure that IDA-KY can be a positive influence for our state.
D’Anna Houston, M.ED.
A reading specialist in the Floyd County Kentucky Schools, D’Anna Houston serves as that county’s after-school tutorial director. Ms. Houston graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science; has received a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education from Morehead State University. Ms. Houston serves as consultant to IDEA, Institute for Dyslexia Education in Appalachia, helping to train parents as paraprofessional tutors for community based after-school tutorial programs in eastern and central Kentucky. Ms. Houston is a parent from the eastern part of Kentucky and has served on the Kentucky IDA board since its inception. Her passion is early identification and advocacy for dyslexics and their families.
Tiffany Ballard has struggled with reading since elementary school. She was told that she had a problem with reading comprehension. These struggles became worse during high school. She was diagnosed with dyslexia her senior year of high school. She had 3 meetings before she was given a 504 Plan. She started receiving tutoring at The Learning Center in Bowling Green. After receiving the proper tutoring, her ACT scores improved and she met all benchmarks. This summer she told her story at a public forum held by the Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children. This panel then developed a recommendation for KDE for children with dyslexia. Since then, she has contacted and met with a local senator to discuss the lack of services for children with dyslexia in the school system. She is currently looking at HB 69 and if this has been implemented correctly. She wants to continue to advocate for children like herself. She is now a freshman in college. She is honored to be on the IDA Kentucky board.
Mary Balthaser is an adult with dyslexia, who was not identified until the end of 11th grade, because of the struggles she faced with her own learning, she has dedicated her life to educating children like herself. She has a special ed degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and has worked at The de Paul School for over 17 years. She is interested in serving on the IDA-Kentucky Board to help educate those who do not understand dyslexia and to be a part of the solution.
I am a mom of a 15 year old dyslexic son, and a 9 year old daughter. I want to help spread dyslexia awareness so that every child can learn to read. My goal is twofold: to help parents navigate their dyslexia journey in the best possible way for their child/children and family, and to see the public education system in the state of Kentucky acknowledge and provide appropriate educational strategies for dyslexic children.
Clark Davis is a passionate advocate for dyslexics across KY and around the nation as the 2015 Miss Kentucky. She is currently attending UK, studying music performance. Clark has tirelessly worked and volunteered for dyslexia awareness through speaking engagements and outreach events.
It is with great pleasure that I be considered to serve on the KY Board of the IDA. At present, I am the LEAPS (Learning Enrichment at Anchorage Public School) reading and writing teacher, serving students in grades K-8 at Anchorage Public School. This school year begins my 24th year in the field of education. I am National Board Certified in Exceptional Needs, have been awarded many public and private educational grants to better serve the students that I teach, and was a Teacher-of-the-Year for the Mason City Schools as a 7/8 Special Education teacher. I am trained in both Orton-Gillingham and Barton Reading and Spelling instruction, and I have instructed countless bright students in reading, spelling, and written expression.
Jamie L. Miller is an Elementary ECS Instructional Coach for Oldham County Schools. With twenty years of classroom, consulting, and coaching experience, she received her Bachleor’s degree in Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities from Purdue University and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology and Instructional Design from San Diego State University. Her primary focus is to support teachers, parents, and students by utilizing her expertise and training in Multisensory Approach to Reading Success (MARS), The Language Tool Kit, and Orton-Gillingham. The past year, Jamie has played an integral part of Oldham County’s Dyslexia Task Force and has reached out to key community experts and parents in partnership. She believes that partnering and collaborating with these audiences is a key component in promoting the objectives set forth by IDA. Having these entities working together and moving toward real solutions will bring the changes we wish to see .. A Future Full of Readers!
Alexis Mills is from Martin County Kentucky and pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University in social work. She is dyslexic and knows the path many of IDAKY’s stakeholders will travel. Mrs. Mills has a passion for advocacy and support of dyslexics and their families. Alexis is a dedicated servant to dyslexic learners and can’t wait to share her energy and hard work with IDAKY for a Future Full of Readers in Kentucky.
Laura Noe is the director of Learning Boost Educational Services located in Louisville, KY. She is also a clinician with Lexercise providing structured literacy therapy to students around the United States. She has 25 years of teaching experience and graduated from Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville.
Certifications: EEG, EP, and IOM, Neuro-diagnostic Technologist, full time. My husband, oldest daughter and father-in-law have dyslexia. I am very interested in the latest research involving dyslexia. I believe this research is key to obtaining an early diagnosis which would result in early intervention. I want to help KYIDA be a viable resource for parents and professionals in our community and state.
Tami Trunick resides in Cold Spring with her husband, Jeff, and their four children. Her son Zane is severely dyslexic with inattentive ADHD and other sensory/processing issues. Since launching Decoding Dyslexia Kentucky, she has grown a greater passion to be more involved in making a more effective and appropriate impact in Kentucky’s initiative to spread awareness, provide effective resources to parents/students, promote professional development for education professionals, and work with policy makers to encourage supporting legislation to achieve the educational standards needed for all Kentucky schools.
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