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All the Good, Exciting, (and a little Terrifying) Things...

If you follow me on social media (Facebook or Instagram) then you have probably already seen many of the pictures I am sharing today. For those non-social-media folks, I thought I would share a few of the things that have kept me fairly busy lately.

First of all, I spent a whole week in Washington, along with State Teachers of the Year from all across the country. It was an incredible week spent with incredible educators. There is no other way to describe it. We were invited to spend a day at the Smithsonian, the United States Department of Education, and the White House. We had a one-on-one photo op with the First Lady, and enjoyed a reception in our honor that lasted almost two hours. I have never been in such an overwhelming (in a good way) space. I face-timed my parents from the White House. I just can't describe it... We finished off the week with a black-tie-event Gala that, once again, seemed surreal. Check out the gallery below for a few images from my Washington Week experience.

THEN, I returned home to the confirmation that my certification process as a dyslexia specialist is FINISHED. I am officially certified as an Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist! This has been a long process, with many COVID delays (like everything else in the past few years, right?) but it is finally complete. This means so much to me...

Which leads me to the last very big, very good (and more than a little scary) thing. With my certification complete, and my year as the active Teacher-of-the-Year for Mississippi drawing to a close, I am taking on a new venture. I have founded Tally Tales Literacy, LLC as an official business in our community! I hope to be a source of literacy support and dyslexia therapy to students and families in Northeast Mississippi. (You may have noticed the "services" tab that has been recently added to my site.) This has been a HARD decision, but it is one I feel called to pursue at this point. I am so excited (and yes, a little terrified) about these changes taking place!

I am hoping to be able to provide more support through online resources in the future as well, so keep following along! Please let me know if there is a specific need (resources for a specific skill, instructional videos on a specific topic, materials about the Science of Reading, etc.) that you would like to see featured here!

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