| am Barbara. 

Educator. Advocate. Innovator.

My story

Walking into Barbara's office, a framed quote sits on the bookshelf:                                             

"This isn't what I do. It's who I am".

The quote sums up Barbara's passion and dedication for helping students who learn differently.

An elementary teacher for more than ten years, Barbara witnessed so many smart, capable, hard working students struggle with basic reading skills. Feeling ill prepared to help these students, Barbara searched for answers as to why so many students were struggling and what she could do about it. Her search led her to graduate school, where Barbara studied language based reading disabilities. When Barbara learned that dyslexia is the most common reason smart, capable students struggle with reading, she knew she needed to do something about it.

In 2010, Barbara left the classroom and founded PDX Reading Specialist. From the beginning, her mission was clear: INSPIRE Individuals to Become CONFIDENT & CAPABLE Learners. 

At her core, Barbara is an educator and advocate working to reshape the narrative of what it means to learn differently. She is a nationally recognized speaker, delivering keynote speeches for Learning Ally, EdWeb and Decoding Dyslexia. She is passionate about training educators on how to deliver evidence based instruction, equipping them with tools to be successful, and inspiring all to believe that we can not only overcome reading challenges, but prevent them from taking hold...if we act early. 

Whether you’re a parent, educator, caregiver or community member, Barbara welcomes you and hopes her workshops inspire and empower you to help students become confident and capable learners.

What educators have to say...

This is the most impactful training I have taken...EVER.
tasha williams
title one coordinator
The most important thing I walked away with is hope. Hope that I can now help students who have left hopeless.
lucas ross
4th grade teacher
Barbara's training provided so many "aha" moments! I was in shock at what I didn't know.
lisa covas
reading specialist

Words | live by

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.
albert einstein

Learn with me!

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