Miniseries Episode 4 - Allison Peck
Terrie

If you've been looking for inspiration, hope, and an insightful look into literacy transformation, you have found the right place. This literacy leadership podcast miniseries features powerhouse co-hosts Linda Diamond, Dr. Tracy Weeden, Dr. Tim Odegard and myself, Dr. Terrie Noland.

This miniseries is a convergence of ideas, experiences, and aspirations... a symphony of voices that will resonate far beyond the sound waves of our voices. So with hearts full of hope, minds open to possibility, let us dive into the rich tapestry of discussions, ideas, and dreams that await us... together.

As literacy leaders, let us be the change we wish to see in this world. Thank you for joining us on this remarkable journey towards a brighter future, and a more literate society.

Welcome to this episode, friends! So glad you are here with us in this journey as we are talking about literacy leadership. We are standing on the shoulders of literacy giants that are leading large across our country, having those rich, deep, wonderful conversations as we navigate how to be better leaders in our own lives and better leaders with our schools and districts.

I'm Terrie Noland and I am here joined by my co-host Linda Diamond, Dr. Tracy Weeden, and Dr. Tim Odegard. We've got someone special for you this week, as we always do, and I'm going to invite my friend Tracy Weeden to come to the mic and introduce our guest for today.

Tracy

Terrie, you used the word special, and I would emphasize that. Dr. Allison Peck is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Neuhaus Education Center. We are based in Houston, Texas. She currently holds certifications as a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a qualified instructor so she is a heavy hitter when it comes to being a literacy expert.

She is a licensed dyslexia therapist for the state of Texas and a structured literacy dyslexia specialist per the International Dyslexia Association. Allison is a special education and general ed teacher, so she brings that context to this conversation. She's also served as a reading specialist teacher, and with her experience being in public school, middle school, private school, elementary... she brings that qualitative element to what it means to operate in all of those realms and has been at that work as a teacher for 18 years.

Allison has a bachelor's in political science and an MLA in history and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and instruction, and she recently completed her Ph.D. In literacy at St. John's University in New York. Allison was drawn to this work in the field of dyslexia and literacy because of her personal experiences with her oldest child who was diagnosed and identified as being dyslexic in kindergarten, and I'd love for her to be able to elaborate on that to the degree she wants to so she has lived this experience in many different ways. So with that introduction, Allison, it's so wonderful to bring you into this circle and this conversation.

Allison

Thank you Tracy. It's an honor to be here; it's a little intimidating as well, so I will try to speak my truth, but I know that I have wonderful people behind me that can speak up and correct any misspoken pieces on my part. I've lived through passion. Education was not my chosen field. I was not one of those kids that grew up playing school. Not at all; not even a little bit. It was out of need. It was the mama bear instinct when my own child was struggling to learn how to read. It didn't make sense to me. I had to know more. I wanted to be able to help him the best I could. I was one of those kids that I don't remember how I learned to read.

I just got it and I exploded and went on my way. So I couldn't imagine having a child, that couldn't have the same experience, but through all of this, the funny part of this is, once the diagnosis came out, and my husband was part of this process, he said, Sure, I have dyslexia as well. And I thought, are you kidding me?

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