Opal Andrews

Certified Academic Language Therapist
Licensed Dyslexia Therapist


M.ED., Sul Ross State University
Texas Teacher Certificate (Life)
Comprehensive Training in MTA, MTS, Alphabetic Phonics, Lindamood Bell, Read Naturally and Take Flight
Helped develop and coordinate a bilingual dyslexia program


Opal has over 35 years of experience in teaching dyslexic students. Serving as the Lewisville ISD Dyslexia Coordinator for the past 13 years, Opal has directed and taught the teacher training program for her district using the MTA curriculum. She has led inservices, updated teachers, and given many presentations to staff and parents on dyslexia identification and the best practices for dyslexia training. She has coordinated the program for over 1000 students and teachers on 55 campuses. Reading TAKS results on students in their program have ranged from 94 – 95% passing each year. Opal has received extensive training in MTA, MTS, Alphabetic Phonics, Lindamood Bell, Read Naturally and Take Flight. While at LISD Opal has been instrumental in working with the RTI process and is knowledgeable on the 504 guidelines.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Developed an MTA Spelling Bee which has been held yearly for the past 12 years.
  • Using SMART board technology, Opal’s program developed activities and games useful for the MTA curriculum.
  • Opal, along with her staff, developed and initiated a bilingual dyslexia program.

Professional Awards:

Lewisville ISD Finalist for Coordinator of the Year.

Professional Affiliations:

  • former board member of the Academic Language Therapy Association
  • member of the International Dyslexia Association.

What Motivates Me:

I have wanted to teach as long as I remember.  From the time I saw my brother struggle in school and what that did to him, I thought it was my calling.  Jim, my brother, had to take a 500 word spelling test before he could graduate from his senior English class.  Of course then no one seemed to know what dyslexia was, but I saw the frustration and loss of esteem as he tried over and over.  Finally, the teacher gave in and passed him, not understanding how much he suffered.  Even after becoming a teacher, I felt frustration in trying to help students who couldn’t seem to “break the code”.  It was a result of my own feeling of helplessness that I signed up to take this training at Scottish Rite that a friend told me about.  What a relief to be given concrete tools and skills to assist students who struggled with language.  Then when my own second child reflected that same difficulty my brother had, I was equipped to understand his dyslexia and get him the tutoring he so greatly needed.  It truly is a gift when there is training and assistance so our learning different students do not have to suffer.