Degrees and Certifications:
M.A. English Language and Literature M.A. Liberal Arts B.A. English Language and Literature A.A.S. Child Development Administration A.A.S. Child Development Teaching
Ms. April Poissant
Hello! I am the Dyslexia Intervention Specialist at FMS. This is my first year at FMS, and I look forward to working with the students in the program. I am a resident of Kerrville, along with my family and pack of puppies. We have lived all over Texas, but we have made the Hill Country our permanent residence. We look forward to staying in this community for many years to come.
I was previously at FHS for 3 years, and I have been in education for 20 years. I have taught English, Education, and Student Development at the middle school, high school, college, and university levels. My passion for working with students with dyslexia came from teaching as a reading and writing teacher at Wolf Creek Camp, in Fredericksburg, TX. I knew after my time at the camp that this is what I was meant to specialize in. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with the students at the middle school, and hope I can make a positive impact on their education.
FISD uses the Reading by Design Dyslexia Intervention Program, and each teacher is trained through Region 13. The following is a description of the program from Region 13:
Reading by Design: An Individualized Literacy Intervention is a systematic, multisensory approach aligned with research-based practices for developing literacy. This dyslexia intervention follows an intensive, explicit, and cumulative design for remediation of reading and writing skills at all grade levels. This comprehensive program addresses the following components: phonological awareness, sound-symbol association, six syllable types, written spelling patterns, morphology, syntax, reading fluency, and comprehension. Progress monitoring and review lessons are embedded throughout the program to inform student progress and promote reading and writing automaticity. Reading by Design may be used with students in kindergarten through grade 12 in a small, homogeneous group setting.