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 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 are able to choose a systematic curriculum that is tailored 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 built self-confidence. We adore our I Heart Learning family, and hope that you will soon join it so that we can enjoy learning together!

OUR TEACHERS

 

Michelle Roy

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 (CALT- Certified Academic Language Therapist) 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!

Benita Belsley

Benita is a Dallas native and 5th generation Texan who received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin University and trained in the Learning Therapy at SMU. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist trained in both the Alphabetic Phonics and Scottish Rite dyslexia programs, and is also a certified teacher and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist with the state of Texas. Benita is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, the Academic Language Therapy Association, and First United Methodist of Richardson where she has taught Sunday school, been in theater productions, directed children’s choirs, and still sings today. She has a husband, 3 children, and 2 grandchildren, and enjoys singing, creating greeting cards, and making people laugh. Benita is researching the history of our language hoping to make spelling easier for those who struggle. While she takes her work seriously, she hopes to never grow up; life's too short to live without at least some silliness.

Sophia Navarro

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.

Leslie Wade

Leslie is a Houston-born, TCU Horned Frog who moved to the Dallas side of the metroplex last year. She received her BS in Middle School English Education from TCU and then a Masters in English Literature from UTA. Her thesis project centered around teaching Victorian Literature with a particular focus on Jane Eyre. Outside of the I Heart Learning Academy, Leslie also works as a substitute teacher in Highland Park ISD and is studying for her English teacher certification test. Eventually, Leslie would like to return to school and study to become a guidance counselor. Leslie is passionate about serving underserved children, teaching an appreciation for writing and literature, and making sure people know the difference between good and well. When she isn’t tutoring or teaching, you can find Leslie at a Junior League of Dallas event, a rock concert, eating Mexican food, or counting down the days until Christmas.

Diana Glass

Diana has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University and a Masters 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 and her husband Cameron reside in Dallas, Texas and are expecting their first child in 2018.

Carla McPike

Carla has been in love with teaching ever since she began 11 years ago. With experience in elementary school education and as a dyslexia specialist, Carla is very passionate about making sure that all children are able to read and that they develop a love for it. Carla graduated from Southern Methodist University last year with her M.Ed. in Reading & Writing, where she was a member of the first Early Literacy Cohort. She is certified in Bilingual Elementary Education. Carla just finished her last semester in the Learning Therapy Program at SMU to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She is a lover of all things Disney; she even worked at Walt Disney World for a year as a Cultural Representative. Carla loves spending time with her 3 dogs, meeting friends for coffee, and enjoying her husband’s culinary creations.

Laura Vardell

Laura is a graduate from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!) with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a concentration in Child Development. Laura’s passion for children & her caregiving spirit began as early as she can remember. At the age of 3, Laura’s mother and preschool teachers watched through the classroom window as she tucked each of her classmates in for nap time before going to sleep herself. Her compassion for others has only grown since. Laura’s greatest passion is the area of special education. Laura grew up in Dallas, Texas and loves to spend time on the lake with her lab Addie and create wedding calligraphy.

Keshia Megie

Keshia is a Canada born, New York raised, current Dallasite. After joining Teach for America in 2014, she left the Big Apple to start teaching in Texas. Keshia quickly became passionate about ensuring that each child who touched her life enjoyed reading as much as she did, which fueled her decision to attend Southern Methodist University for her M.Ed. in Reading & Writing. Along the way, Keshia also picked up an Early Literacy Specialization and trained in Multisensory Language Education. She is certified in Elementary Education and working towards certification as a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Reading Specialist, and Master Reading Teacher. Keshia currently teaches 1st grade at an all-girls public school and loves the new challenge. Outside of work, she enjoys binge watching Netflix, listening to new music, and reading / writing poetry. One of the many things on her bucket list is to become fluent in American Sign Language.

Michelle Roy, M.ED. CALT

Benita Belsley

Sophia Navarro

Leslie Wade

Diana Glass

Carla McPike

Laura Vardell

Keshia Megie