Special Programs

Special Programs
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Julie Hargis is the English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Julie has taught in the district for 13 years. She is certified in special ed., ESL, and generalist EC-4.  Julie taught PPCD, 1st and 2nd grade before accepting the ESL position.  ESL is a pull out program to assist students who speak a different language at home.  The goal of the ESL program is to improve the students' level of English. The program focuses on grammar, reading, comprehension, and vocabulary

 

 

Jo B. Fuller is the Dyslexia Interventionist for the Dishman campus. She has a Master’s Degree in Reading and is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, as well as a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Master Reading Teacher. Mrs. Fuller has taught second and third grades, remedial reading and math, gifted and talented and is in her twenty second year of teaching dyslexic students. She administers all of the testing for identification of dyslexic students as well as teaching all of the school’s dyslexia intervention classes. Classes are composed of small groups of one to six students that meet for 45 minutes a day, five days a week to receive specific, sequential, multisensory instruction in reading, spelling and handwriting.

 

 

 

Nancy Ridley is proud to be the Speech-Language Pathologist for Dishman Elementary.  She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lamar University.  She have been at Dishman since the doors opened in 1998.  Prior to coming to BISD, she worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for East Chambers ISD. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is one of three district SLPs to hold this level of certification.  She also is licensed by the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and is required to complete 10 hours of continuing education each year to maintain this license. Her job at Dishman entails provision of individual and group speech therapy as well as assessments to determine area of disability.  She works at the district level in supervision of speech pathology assistants on several campuses.