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Alumni Spotlight

Danya Gardner

Year of Graduation: 2013

Current Employment:

District:  Round Rock I.S.D

Position: Reading Specialist

School(s): Hernandez Middle School

Job Description:

Danya works with teachers at Hernandez Middle School to identify and assist struggling readers, to engage students in reading, and to help document them for RTI. She also works with administration to implement school-wide literacy programs.  In Danya’s words, “Every day is a unique but rewarding challenge!”

Sarah Hayes

Year of Graduation: 2012

Current Employment:

District:  Pflugerville ISD

Position: Itinerant Dyslexia teacher

Grade Level(s): Westview Middle School and Dessau Middle School

Job Description:

Sarah works for two campuses where she teaches small groups of students with lessons that explicitly demonstrate word patterns, root words, and Greek words.

Comments about Texas State:

“I loved taking classes about literacy and I was able to incorporate all of the knowledge I gained in my third grade classroom.”

Dr. Donna Weikert

Year of Graduation: 2012


Current Employment:

District:  Luling ISD 

Position: Director of Literacy Curriculum and Instruction/Master Reading Specialist



Job Description:

Donna works with struggling students in the General Education setting.  She states that her students have fallen through the gaps but that “it is my joy to catch them.”