MERIDIAN — Cindy Watson
Today, 1 in 5 students is affected by a learning difference known as dyslexia. For seven years, Russell Christian Academy has had a dedicated dyslexia program to serve the needs of these students.
"Watson is well known in the Meridian area, having worked in Quitman City Schools, Meridian Public Schools and Lauderdale County Schools," as noted in a press release.
Watson has a master's degree in special education from the University of West Alabama and was recently named the 2013 Clarkdale High School Teacher of the Year. She has many years of personal tutoring experience with special needs students and with students taking advanced level courses.
Watson and Lori Caves will continue the reading program based on an Orton-Gillingham Method that has been extremely successful in training students to read, according to the press release.
Russell Christian Academy continues to strengthen the Dyslexia Program with enhanced training for teachers and participation with the International Dyslexia Association.
“An individual with the ability to read and comprehend can learn anything he desires," Watson said.
"Dyslexic individuals find this a very frustrating process, but with continuous work they are able to acquire tools that help them overcome this frustration and become fluent readers," she continued. "What worked with one individual may not be the answer for the next. All children are different and it is important to help each find the correct tools to make reading an enjoyable experience.”
Today, many successful people from all walks of life began their educational experience as dyslexic students, Watson added.