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Anita Johnson

Anita Johnson, Learning Support

Visiting Specialist

Accreditations

Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and Certified Academic Language Therapist

I am a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist with the state of Texas and a Certified Academic Language Therapist.  I was born in Seville, Spain while my father was stationed at Morón Air Base.  After retiring from the military, my family moved to the Houston area where my father started a second career in the oil industry.  After graduating from University, I moved back to Houston with my husband.  Two of our three boys are married and by the end of August 2015 we will be welcoming our second grandson. I have many hobbies such as reading novels, bicycling with my husband on our tandem, traveling and spending time with our family in New Orleans.  My latest venture is setting up a beehive and learning to be an apiarist.  Ask me next year how that is going!

I began my teacher training at Stephen F. Austin State University where I received a double major in Elementary Education and Deaf Education.  For 17 years, I taught in the public school system in the North Houston area where I held numerous positions: head teacher, early childhood teacher, hearing impaired teacher, English as a second language teacher, learning support teacher, instructor for parent/community sign language classes, technology specialist and supervisor of university students completing their teacher training. In 2003, I taught 6th grade (Y7) literacy classes at St. Anne Catholic School as well as helping with their computer system in the library. 

After my son was diagnosed with dyslexia and began working with a Neuhaus trained dyslexia therapist, I decided to attend Neuhaus classes.  Upon graduating from Neuhaus, I became a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist with the Texas Department of State Health Services and a Certified Academic Language Therapist.  In 2005, I began working one on one with students diagnosed with dyslexia and reading/language difficulties at the British International School of Houston as well as other private schools in the area. 

I try to make myself accessible to meet with my student’s parents at BISH to give updates as well as reassurance and support as I feel communication is essential to helping each student succeed. Many of these students have completed the program and successfully transitioned to other schools.  In fact, I am still in contact with numerous former students and frequently receive emails on their progress which gives me great pleasure to hear about their achievements as well as their adventures. 

Several summers since 2010, I have worked at Neuhaus Education Center as a Shepherd in the Basic Language classes mentoring teachers that are training to become dyslexia specialists. 

This School is different to all others I have worked at because…

This school is different to all others I have worked at because of its incredibly diverse, integrated, multicultural group of students and teachers.  Also, my students are always grateful for the extra support with their education.  I recently had a student write this note for me prior to moving from BISH.

“You are the best teacher I’ve ever known and you’ve been so understanding!”

 

 

 

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