Whitehouse Independent School District

Symonds, Jana » Professional Development

Professional Development

I am a big believer in staying current in the field of education. This summer (2018) I attended several workshops on integrating technology in the classroom.  Last summer I attended a 2-day conference that had numerous topics including Dysgraphia. I have also completed several on-line workshops about the Autism Spectrum and students with this condition.

During the 1978-1979 school year I taught sixth grade Math in The Woodlands. Then I entered the Navy as an Ensign, serving in Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Ohio, and Maryland. In 1990 I transferred to the Reserves and retired in 1994 as a Lieutenant Commander. While in the Navy I served as an administrator, intelligence analyst, and recruiter.

In Maryland I taught several grades and subjects (mostly sixth grade math and science) before taking specialized training with National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) to be a Certified Educational Therapist. As a Certified Educational Therapist I worked one-on-one with students with a variety of learning disabilities including dyslexia. After five years in the classroom and seven years as a therapist, my family finally moved back to Texas where I taught therapy students for two more years.

I became a Dyslexia Interventionist in Whitehouse ISD in 2008. My specialized training with Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) has given me insight into the condition of dyslexia and the students who have it. I learn daily what works, what doesn't, and how to best help my students become independent, life-long learners.
I expect 2018-2019 to be a great year!