Ruth Ann Jewell

ALTA Qualified Instructor
Certified Academic Language Therapist
Licensed Dyslexia Therapist

B.S. Kansas State University
Texas Teacher Certificate (Life)
Extensive training in Alphabetic Phonics,
MTA, Study Skills, and Multisensory Math

Experience:Self-employed as a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Ruth Ann has served private students in Dallas and Ellis County as a private educational therapist since 1973. Between the years of 1985 and 1994, she served as a dyslexia therapist and consultant for Red Oak ISD. Co-developing and implementing the Dyslexia Screening program for the district, Ruth Ann taught 7 groups of students daily. Her teacher-training career began in 1985 when she began training with Margaret Smith, author of the MTA program. Since graduating as a Qualified Instructor in 1987, Ruth Ann has presented a 1-day seminar on multisensory teaching techniques for the Chugach School District in Titilic, Alaska, conducted a 5 day reading course/Staff Development on the Multisensory Teaching Approach through the University of the Pacific for the Aleutians East Borough School District in Sand Point, Alaska, and has conducted numerous 7-day Introductory and 3-day Advanced MTA workshops for regular and special education teachers through out the state of Texas.Notable Accomplishments:

  • Co-presented a session on multisensory teaching techniques at the Central European Conference on Reading in Bratislava, Slovakia, 2000.
  • Presented a session on Study Skills at the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Society Conference, 2004
  • Presented a session on Comprehension Skills at the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Society Conference, 2006
  • Served as a founding member of the Academic Language Therapy Association
  • Served on the committee to develop the ALTA Spelling Bee.
  • Chaired the ALTA Spelling Bee
  • Authored numerous curriculum games and oral language activities.

Professional Awards:

2000 Excellence in Education Award – Dallas Branch of the
International Dyslexia Association
1987 Wooden Elementary Teacher of the Year – Red Oak ISD
PTA Life Membership Award – 1987

Professional Affiliations:

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

What Motivates Me:

I have always had a fondness for children and a love of teaching. When I did my student teaching before college graduation, I remember thinking about how happy I was that I had chosen education as a major. I just loved teaching! My passion for teaching learning different students began when our daughter was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at the end of first grade. I immediately signed up for the Dyslexia training at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas and set out to learn all that I could to help her through her struggles. I will never forget her tears or her words, “It’s not fair! I tried so hard!” My tears of joy overflowed the day I saw her graduate from college and even now, my eyes often brim with tears as I marvel at what a successful graphic artist she has become. Today as I continue to work with students of all ages, the rememberance of my experience with Paige inspires me to help each of my students, kinder through adult, to achieve their full potential.

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