All staff members associated with Alabama Game Changers have a direct tie to someone with Dyslexia. We have all experienced similar challenges in obtaining help for our own loved ones. This created a passion to build a program that would be available and accessible to anyone in need of help.

Co-Founder/Evaluator/Medical Director – Stephanie Denton, M.D.
Dr. Denton spends considerable time volunteering behind the scenes “building and supporting” Alabama Game Changers.  She oversees and provides medical reviews on all evaluations. She also is very active in our advocacy coalition. She works tirelessly to bring Dyslexia education and awareness to local physicians, educators, and the general public.

When her youngest son unexpectedly struggled with reading, writing, and spelling; her special interest in school age learning disorders began. She experienced firsthand the struggles that come with not only how to obtain a diagnosis but also how to access appropriate intervention services for a child with dyslexia. Stephanie’s experience gave her a passion — to help enable other parents to find the information they need to help their own children who are struggling. She began reading everything available to her and attended numerous awareness and advocacy events to build her knowledge base. She also pursued graduate level educational courses which qualified her to evaluate for dyslexia

Stephanie is a member of ALIDA’s board and Decoding Dyslexia-AL, as well as a part of the ALSDE’s Dyslexia Advisory Council.

Executive Director/Public Relations/Event Coordinator – Angela P. Fletcher, MA Ed
Mrs. Fletcher started working part-time with AGC in July 2017 after retiring from 29 years of teaching. Her position allows AGC to continue to build and serve the families, children, teachers, tutors, and community when faced with learning differences such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia. Mrs. Fletcher came on board as the Executive Director while the co-founder, Karen Belcher, stepped down to spend time with her family and work. Mrs. Fletcher continues to work on the public relations side of our program, and assists with website maintenance and fundraising events.

Angela graduated from Auburn University (BS) in 1988 with a teaching degree in Business Education, and later graduated University of North AL (MA). Angela started her career in Jefferson County Schools in 1988. As of July 2017, she retired from Mortimer Jordan High School where she was the Career Tech Co-op Supervisor, and taught Business Finance and Workforce Essentials.

Angela began her Dyslexia journey in 2008, when her youngest of 2 sons was diagnosed after 3rd grade by AL Scottish Rite Learning Center. After 2 years of studying the brain, learning styles, exercises, visual spelling clues, multi-sensory study techniques, and getting the appropriate tutoring for her son; she feels she became a better teacher.

Angela is a member of ALIDA and Decoding Dyslexia-AL. As of October 2015, she became part of ALSDE’s Dyslexia Advisory Council. While Angela works part-time for AGC, she still remains in the school setting as a substitute teacher. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and daughter-in-law.

Intake Coordinator – Tiffany Borden
Mrs. Borden has the initial contact with families and educators. She gets things started by collecting pre-evaluation information on students and schedules the evaluations.

Tiffany graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has taught preschool for 11 years and is currently pursuing certification to become a dyslexia therapist through Neuhaus Education Center in Texas.

Tiffany has been an active advocate for her son with dyslexia in the public school system.  She is incredibly passionate about giving a voice to all struggling students and their families through awareness and education. Through personal experience and attending numerous trainings, Tiffany has a desire to help coach parents through the special education avenue some students may require.

She currently serves on the Alabama Dyslexia Advisory Council, an active board member for the Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, co-founding parent for Decoding Dyslexia Alabama, and is a certified Barton Dyslexia Screener.

Tiffany is so grateful to be a part of an organization that allows her to educate families about dyslexia and pursue her passion to alter the path of a student’s struggle to reach their fullest potential.

Evaluator – Janice Johnson, MA Ed
Mrs. Johnson conducts educational and intellectual evaluations for the program. She is a licensed psychometrist and certified exceptional education teacher. Janice retired after 37 years of teaching, spending the first several years with Birmingham City and Mobile County School Systems; the last 32 years of her career were spent teaching special needs students at Vestavia Hills High School.

Janice graduated from Auburn University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education (K-12) with a concentration in the area of Behavior Disturbances. In 1981, at the University of South Alabama, she earned a Master’s of Education degree in Special Education (K-12) with a concentration in the areas of Emotional Disorders and Specific Learning Disabilities. Janice also received her certification and license in Psychometry while attending USA in Mobile. She has continued her education in the broad area of special education by participating in countless professional workshops, trainings, and state and local meetings while concurrently teaching special needs students from whom she learned the most useful lessons of all.

Janice plans to continue helping parents by providing parents guidance in understanding what their children may need educationally and how to work successfully with the schools to get the appropriate services for their students. Janice is well trained in the area of parent/student advocacy and has worked closely with the local Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services office in Homewood to help prepare students to transition from high school to the world of work and/or college.

Evaluator – LeAnn McMillan, Ed. S., Orton-Gillingham Trained
Mrs. McMillan graduated in ’96 from the College of Charleston with a degree in psychology. She received her Orton-Gillingham training at The Schenck School in Atlanta, Ga. while teaching. She has completed one year of graduate courses in her pursuit of a specialist in education, Ed. S degree in school psychology.

Her oldest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade. LeAnn is impassioned in helping struggling readers’ find the resources they need to succeed. She believes early intervention was the key in helping her oldest and hopes to educate and encourage other parents.

She is grateful to be a part of Alabama Game Changers, testing students and helping parents receive resources available to help their child be successful in the classroom. LeAnn has currently taught at Spring Valley School but now does substitute teaching in her children’s school system.

LeAnn enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters, and extended family in Birmingham.

 

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