ABOUT I HEART LEARNING
In a city full of cookie-cutter tutoring centers, I Heart Learning is a one-of-a-kind model with one-of-a-kind teachers who celebrate each student that walks in. It is our goal to enrich every student’s life with the education and resources they need to believe in themselves and succeed in all they set their mind to academically and beyond. Rather than just simply tutoring, it is our priority to encourage each student to find the joy of learning by modeling the joy ourselves. We love what we do, and we want students to love what they do as well. By focusing on teaching, rather than tutoring, we help children grow by scaffolding and supporting them along their academic journey. Utilizing a multi-sensory and hands-on approach, we use research-based teaching strategies to teach kids and build a strong academic foundation. Rooted in diagnostic assessment, we choose a systematic curriculum and tailor it to best meet each and every child’s specific needs and learning styles ranging from dyslexia to ADHD. Our goal at I Heart Learning is to create a fun and creative environment to foster a passion for reading and to build self-confidence. We adore our I Heart Learning family, and know you will too!
Michelle Roy M.Ed., CALT, LDT
Michelle is a lifelong lover of reading education, with 10 years of Elementary Education classroom experience. She graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Early Childhood Education. After 6 years teaching students to love to read in Highland Park ISD, she couldn’t ignore the tugging at her heart to do more for the children who struggle learning to read. Michelle got her Masters of Education in Reading & Writing from SMU and is a licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT), Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and a Reading Specialist (K-12). Her true passion for teaching children is guided by a belief that the best way to teach a student is through the heart. Michelle and her husband, Andrew, reside in Dallas, TX with an adorable baby girl, Addison Layne, and a fur-baby, Bo. She is beyond excited to meet you and welcome you to her dream of helping students everywhere experience a LOVE for reading!
Keshia is a Canada born, New York raised, current Dallasite. After joining Teach for America in 2014, she left the Big Apple to teach in Texas. Keshia quickly became passionate about ensuring that each child enjoys reading as much as she does, which fueled her decision to attend Southern Methodist University for her M.Ed. in Reading & Writing. She also picked up an Early Literacy Specialization and received training in Multisensory Language Education. Keshia is certified in Elementary Education, as a Reading Specialist and Master Reading Teacher, and is currently working to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). After 5 years at Lower Elementary school, Keshia has stepped out of the classroom to become a full-time instructor and the Office Manager at I Heart Learning. Outside of work, she enjoys binge watching a wide variety of TV shows with her husband, listening to new music, and reading / writing poetry.
Diana has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy. Through her education and experience, she has acquired a true passion for teaching reading. Diana taught as a first grade teacher for 5 years before becoming an Instructional Coach for kindergarten - 2nd grade teachers in Mesquite ISD for a year. She is loving life as a new mom to her one-year old daughter Rae. She, Rae, her husband Cameron, and dog Maggie reside in Dallas, Texas — though you might find them in College Station for football games in the fall.
Sophia is a Texas A&M graduate who has enjoyed teaching and tutoring for the past 5 years. With experience in pre-school to middle school education, Sophia is passionate about helping every student discover their natural gifts and walk confidently into whatever they may encounter in life. She is certified in Elementary Education, ESL, Academic Coaching and is a certified Structured Literacy Instructor through the International Dyslexia Association. Sophia grew up in Dallas and loves to spend time outdoors hiking, walking her 2 golden retrievers, or sitting across from a friend over some tea. Beyond teaching, she enjoys reading biographies, crafting, and baking. Sophia is currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling. She will also never turn down a cookie.
Felicia is California born, but raised in Texas. She lives about an hour outside Dallas with her husband Stephen, daughter Victoria, and cat Snuggles. Felicia received her Bachelor’s and Teaching Certificate EC-6th grade from Stephen F. Austin State University and received her Academic Language Therapist Certificate from Southern Methodist University. Felicia has worked as a certified dyslexia therapist for 6 years in public school, 3 for Wylie ISD and 3 for Sherman ISD. She has just completed her 7th year as a contract/private practice therapist and dyslexia consultant. Teaching children to read, write, and spell is definitely her passion! When she is not doing that, she loves to travel new places with her family, preferably by car so they can listen to a great podcast! She is also a big fan of coffee, comfy clothes, and cats!
Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Reading from Stephen F. Austin State University. Ashley is currently working on her CALT- Certified Academic Language Therapist certification through SMU. Through her education and experience, she has acquired a true passion for teaching reading. Ashley has taught fourth, first, and now Kindergarten for the last 8 years in Richardson ISD. Outside of work, she enjoys watching Netflix and doing craft projects.
Mary grew up in Oklahoma City, but made her way to Texas as quickly as she could to attend Texas Christian University. Go Frogs! She obtained her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from TCU. Mary has been a classroom teacher for the past 4 years. She began her teaching career in Fort Worth ISD where she taught 2nd and 4th grades. She is currently a 2nd grade teacher at Robert S Hyer Elementary in Highland Park ISD. Mary absolutely loves teaching and says it is the most rewarding part of her life thus far. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching students have “lightbulb moments” when acquiring a new skill. Her goal is to help all children learn to love reading and writing as much as she does. When not teaching, Mary enjoys being active, cooking, baking, reading, and the occasional Netflix binge.
Holly is Dallas born and raised, but her husband has converted her into a fan of all things Arkansas. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and from the University of Arkansas with a Masters of Education in Special Education with a Dyslexia Endorsement. After 3 years in a Special Education Resource classroom, she realized her passion for helping students read and has been a dyslexia teacher in Richardson ISD for the last 3 years. She and her husband live in Rowlett with their two labs and are expecting their first child in September 2019.
Madelyn was born in Dallas but was raised in Salt Lake City, UT. After graduating with her B.A in Liberal Studies and a K-6 California teaching credential, from the University of Redlands in 2008, family brought her back to Texas. She has been teaching in Dallas since 2009 and has a passion for teaching reading. Her passion for helping children learn to read led her to Southern Methodist University where she graduated with her M.Ed. in Reading and Writing in 2015. During her time at SMU, she also completed the Learning Therapy Program and is working towards completing practicum hours to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist. When Madelyn is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.
Behnaz is a Dallas native, and graduated from UTD with a degree in Speech-Pathology and Child Development. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education. She is also working towards certification as a CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapist). During the school year, Behnaz works as a research assistant at SMU, where she provides reading intervention to fourth graders in various schools around Dallas. In her free time, she likes to mentor middle schoolers, and is working on becoming fluent in Spanish.
Michelle Roy, M.ED. CALT