About Us

Decoding Dyslexia Tennessee was founded on October 31st, 2013 when five friends met online. Yes, online! pic3All five had reached out to Decoding Dyslexia – NJ wondering when and if their movement would ever expand to the state of Tennessee. New Jersey connected the five of us, through email, and gave us a guide to begin. We’ve been going strong ever since! Our five co-founders were Julya Johnson, Eileen Miller, Melissa Tackett, Rachel Doherty, and Michael Hart.

Currently, DD TN has 6 active co-leaders in our grassroots movement:  

Julya Johnson – dyslexia parent, trained by Ron Yoshimoto in OG
Melissa Tackett – dyslexia parent; Tutor;  Wilson , SMILA and Slingerland trained; former public school 3-5th grade teacher
Eileen Miller – dyslexia parent, owner/founder of Ignite Dyslexia Awareness Barton tutor, dyslexia screener and advocate
Lori Smith– dyslexia parent, co-writer of Tennessee’s 2016 Say Dyslexia Law
Sarah Lightner – dyslexia parent, homeschooling parent using the Barton System
Suzanne Roberts – dyslexia parent, homeschooling parent

At its heart, DD-TN is a grassroots movement driven by Tennessee families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities in our public schools.

Dyslexia is a language-based, neuro-biological learning disability, where people have difficulty with specific language skills, particularly reading, writing and spelling. Dyslexic students have many gifts, but struggle to read, write and spell on the same level as their peers. Students with dyslexia can learn to read, but they require a specific type of remediation/intervention program provided in a very specific manner.

We are so glad you found us! You are not alone! Take some time to look around our page. Remember, we are 100% volunteer and grassroots. While some of the founders have professional separate businesses that you are welcome to reach out to for advice, DD-TN, as an entity is not claiming to be a professional business. Anything you see on DD-TN should not take the place of professional, individual advice. We are parents and others who care about spreading dyslexia awareness.

You may click the links at the top of the page, or here is a quick guide:

4 thoughts on “About Us

  1. we r looking for a tutor for our son age 11. Prefer trained in O-Gilliham but will consider strong understanding in the science of reading and writing instruction. In East Tennessee.

  2. The Bodine School in Memphis it hosting a FREE showing of “The Big Picture, Rethinking Dyslexia” on Tuesday May 9th at Ridgeway Malco Cinema at 7pm. Would love to post the announcement on your site for any to attend. The number to RSVP to this wonderful event is 901-754-1800. Please call Reece Dautry at the school ad the mentioned number and he can get you the official post to add. Thanks in advance for what you do for Dyslexic families in TN and beyond.

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