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Meet our Instructors

Meet our Instructors


Executive Director, Emeritus
Beverly Dooley, Ph.D.,M.SpEd,  LDT, CALT, QI

Dr. Dooley has been a Certified Academic Language Therapist for 46 years.  She spent two years in public education and was then worked  as an intern at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas in the original Alphabetic Phonics Program.  She was with the Shelton School for 12 years as a therapist and Curriculum Director.  She started a school, Southwest Academy, a school for Learning Different Children and was there for 18 years.  She was hired by McKinney Christian Academy to begin the Directed Studies Support Program and to continue with the teacher training program she began at the Shelton School.   She now instructs in the Take Flight Program at McKinney Christian Multisensory Teacher Training Program.

Director of Teacher Training
Pam Bazis, Ph.D. M.Ed, LDT, CALT, QI

Pam Bazis has 28 years of experience in education.  She spent her first 25 years in public schools as an elementary general education teacher, reading specialist, instructional specialist and dyslexia therapist.  Pam is a life-long learner and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with certifications in Early Childhood and English Language Learners, a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Dyslexia and Dysgraphia, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Studies specializing in Special Education.  In her doctoral program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pam focused her research on intervention development for students with Dyslexia & Dysgraphia.  She is currently a professor at the university level and a Take Flight Instructor at McKinney Christian Multisensory Teacher Training center.  

Director of Certification
Peggy Brooks, M.Ed, LDT, CALT, QI

Peggy Brooks has 34 years of experience in education.  She spent 28 years in public schools teaching K, 1st and 4th grades.  She spent her last 5 years in public school as a Dyslexia Therapist in Allen, Texas at Allen ISD.  After retiring in 2008, Peggy taught 6 more years at Southwest Academy and at McKinney Christian Academy.  Peggy works with private students in Fairview, Texas as a Dyslexia Therapist and is an instructor at McKinney Christian Multisensory Training Center.

Technology Support Director
Deb Scott, M.S., LDT, CALT, QI

Deb Scott is currently a Dyslexia Therapist in Allen ISD.  She also instructs at the McKinney Christian Multisensory Teacher Training Center.

Alta Exam Review Classes
Kara Janasak, M.A.T., LDT, CALT, QI

Kara has worked in public education for 15 years.  She served as an elementary general education teacher before pursuing an interest in dyslexia therapy in 2012.  She credits her grandmother, a CALT who studied with Dr. Dooley in the early 1990’s, for sparking her love of working with struggling learners.  Kara is the district Dyslexia Facilitator in Allen ISD.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and History and a Master’s degree in Teaching.  Kara received her CALT training at McKinney Christian Academy.  She instructs in the training center and also organizes and prepares for the Alta Exam Review classes.

Diagnostician Support Personnel
Melody Herring, M.Ed., LDT, CALT, Diagnostician

Melody Herring has worked in public education for 20 years.  She has served as a special education and general education teacher, elementary and middle school campus administrator, a dyslexia therapist, and is  currently working as an educational diagnostician in Frisco ISD.  Melody holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration  She received her CALT training at McKinney Christian Academy and is in her fourth year to complete QI training.

Director of The Written Word:  Center for Dyslexia and Learning
Tara Chapman, M..Ed., LDT, CALT, QI

Tara has been teaching students in both public and private settings for over 30 years.  She has extensive training in the field of education.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Reading, and an American Montessori Society Elementary I Credential.  
She is the co-founder of the Written Word Center for Dyslexia and Learning in Wheaton, Illinois, where she works with students as a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She was supported by instructors at the McKinney Christian Multisensory Teacher Training Center.  As a QI, she trains individuals to implement Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia.  She was instrumental in launching the ALTA Illinois Chapter and has served on the board as President, and most recently as Vice President.

Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning
Noel Leif, BSE, CALTA - ICALP
Executive Director 

Noel Leif is a passionate educator focused on the educational development of children with dyslexia and learning differences using multi-sensory teaching methods.  In 2015, with the help of Cox Health, she founded the Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning and in 2016, while  she began serving as part of Missouri’s Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia.  Noel has been a Dyslexia specialist for nine years.  The instructors at McKinney Christian Multisensory Teacher Training Program supported Noel with her endeavors at Cox Health.

Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning
Marla McKan, M.Ed., CALT, QI - Director

Marla was a public school teacher for 19 years.  She has taught K through 2nd grade, and Title I Reading.  She is certified Birth-6th grade and Special Education K-12.  Marla began her Dyslexia teaching journey in 2012.  She was trained at McKinney Christian and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Qualified Instructor in Take Flight.  As the Center’s psychometrist, she also conducts all evaluations and screeners.

Instructors in Training:
Tiffani Standridge, M.Ed., LDT, CALT, Educational Diagnostician

Tiffani Standridge has 13 years of experience in education.  She spent her first 5 years in public schools in elementary and high school as a resource inclusion teacher.  For the past 8 years, she has been the dyslexia therapist at a public charter school in McKinney.  Tiffani holds a Master’s degree in Special Education Specializing in Dyslexia.  Tiffani is an instructor at the McKinney Christian Multisensory Teacher Training Center.

Kristina Stockton
Kristina is a therapist at Legacy Christian Academy and was trained at McKinney Christian Multisensory Teacher Training Center.  She helps support the teacher training division as she works on her QI certification.