Linda Barr M.Ed.
Linda Barr has been a professional educator for over thirty years, but in her heart, she has been an educator all her life. She taught in public school as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and served as a reading specialist to finish out her public-school teaching years. Linda is fortunate to have excellent mentors. Her students have taught her quite a bit along the way. She is still in touch with many of her students and treasures those connections. During that time, Linda grew concerned about the number of bright students who were not reading to their potential. Her career was far from over!
Since 2001, Linda has devoted her professional life to helping students with dyslexia. This took her down many paths. She has served in various educational roles, including:
- Past President of the International Dyslexia Association AZ
- Special Education Consultant for the Children’s Center for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at St. Joseph’s Hospital
- Executive Director at Arizona Literacy & Learning Center
- Research partner with ASU and T-Gen on dyslexia genome project
- Adjunct Professor for Arizona State University and Rio Salado College
- Member of the professional group that created the Arizona State Literacy Plan
Linda Barr has provided information about dyslexia through various media, including:
- Interviews with NBC, ABC and PBS.
- Nationally recognized speaker on dyslexia and the reading process. She has presented nationally for the International Dyslexia Association, The Council for Exceptional Children, at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University as well as at many local conferences.
- Provided training for a school publishing company and as a staff development instructor for Gilbert Public Schools.
- Co-author of A Model for Supplementing Reading Instruction for Young Children with Behavioral Risk Factors.
The most satisfying part of her current work is changing the lives of her students by helping families find their way through the process of identifying dyslexia and all its intricacies with the help and hope offered by AZ Dyslexia Center. Each student is unique and leaves a lasting impression. Linda knows that impression will not stop here. She believes her students will continue to change the world!