Dyslexia Program

The mission of the HEB ISD Dyslexia program is to promote early identification, provide specialized instruction by highly trained staff, and to empower students to embrace their talents and strength.

What is Dyslexia and how does Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD serve students identified as dyslexic?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth vocabulary and background knowledge. Adopted by the IDA Board, November 2002.

Dyslexia Instruction:

  • Elementary: 45 minute classes,4 days a week.
  • Secondary: 1 class period, 5 days a week.
  • New groups start: at semester.
  • Groups: maximum of 6 students but may include multiple grade levels.
  • Orton-Gillingham based methodology
  • Orton Gillingham programs in HEB may include any of the following: Alphabetic Phonics, Take Flight, MTA (Multisensory Teaching Approach)

A few facts about Dyslexia:

  • The word dyslexia comes from the Greek Language and means poor language.
  • Dyslexia is a life-long status, however, its impact can change at different stages in a person's life.
  • Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods dyslexics can learn successfully.
  • Early identification and treatment is the key to helping dyslexics achieve in school and in life.

If you have any questions, please contact René Riek, the Director of Special Education and Dyslexia, at ReneRiek@hebisd.edu or 817-399-2046.


Dyslexia Staff Contact Information

Lead Dyslexia Therapist

Dawn Giles,B.S., CALT, LDT, Bedford Heights Elementary Lead Dyslexia Therapist: DawnGiles@hebisd.edu

Cynthia Riggs, M.Ed.,CALT,LDT, Meadow Creek Elementary Lead Dyslexia Therapist: CynthiaRiggs@hebisd.edu

Maynor Hollander, M.Ed., Viridian Elementary Lead Dyslexia Therapist: MaynorHollander@hebisd.edu

Dyslexia Teachers

Shannon Arnold, Bell Manor Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: ShannonArnold@hebisd.edu

Kathy Atkins, South Euless Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: KathyAtkins@hebisd.edu

Vickie Brown, Shady Brook Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: VickieBrown@hebisd.edu

Melissa Black, Hurst Hills Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: MelissaBlack@hebisd.edu

Stephanie Buckingham, North Euless Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: StephanieBuckingham@hebisd.edu

Susanne Dickinson, Shady Oaks Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: SusanneDickison@hebisd.edu

Jana Elam, Midway Park Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: JanaElam@hebisd.edu

Clarisa Gardea, Lakewood Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: ClarisaGardea@hebisd.edu

Sandra Hamilton, Harrison Lane & Bellaire Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: SandraHamilton@hebisd.edu

Douglas Leb, Central JH & Harrison Lane Dyslexia Teacher: DouglasLeb@hebisd.edu

Trevor Long, West Hurst Elementary & Hurst JH Dyslexia Teacher: TrevorLong@hebisd.edu

Dawn Majcher, Meadow Creek Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: DawnMajcher@hebisd.edu

Natalie Newton, Stongate Elementary & L.D. Bell HS Dyslexia Teacher: NatalieNewton@hebisd.edu

Terra Pate, Bedford JH & Bedford Heights Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: TerraPate@hebisd.edu

Lydia Perez, Shady Oaks & Bellaire Elementary Bilingual Dyslexia Teacher: LydiaPerez@hebisd.edu

Lauri Picker, Wilshire Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: LauriPicker@hebisd.edu

Nancy Rebarchik, River Trails Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: NancyRebarchik@hebisd.edu

Barbra Regal, Lakewood Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: BarbraRegal@hebisd.edu

Melissa Ruhland, Hurst Hills Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: MelissaRuhland@hebisd.edu

Melinda Ruiz, West Hurst Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: MelindaRuiz@hebisd.edu

Christina Speck, Euless JH and South Euless Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: ChristinaSpeck@hebisd.edu

Marlene Spells, Oakwood Terrace Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: MarleneSpells@hebisd.edu

Jane Stephen, Harwood JH Dyslexia Teacher: JaneStephen@hebisd.edu

Laura Sugg, Lakewood Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: LauraSugg@hebisd.edu

Paula White, Donna Park & Hurst Hills Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: PaulaWhite@hebisd.edu

Jennifer Yarber, Spring Garden Elementary Dyslexia Teacher: JenniferYarber@hebisd.edu

Dyslexia Handbooks

Accommodation & Policy Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dyslexia?

The primary symptoms of dyslexia are:

  • difficulty learning the letter names and sounds
  • difficulty reading single words, such as words on flashcards or in a list
  • lack of fluency
  • reading slowly with many mistakes
  • difficulty with learning to spell

In addition, students may have:

  • difficulty understanding what they read
  • difficulty writing sentences or paragraphs

How common is dyslexia?

  • 15-20% of the general population has a language-based learning disability.
  • 70-80% of the students with specific learning disabilities receiving special education services have deficits in reading.
  • Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.

What causes Dyslexia?

  • a difference in the way the brain works

For example: recognizing individual speech sounds in words

  • learning how how letters represents those sounds
  • remembering sounds in the correct order
  • the ability to quickly say letter names, object names, and name common words

Dyslexia is NOT:

  • not a lack of intelligence.
  • not a lack of motivation to learn to read.
  • not seeing letters and words backwards.
  • not letters/words jumping around on a page.

Parent Resources

Contact Us
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
1849 Central Dr.
Bedford, TX 76022
Phone: 817.283.4461
powered by finalsite