The May Center for Learning


Dyslexia Is My Superpower Student/Parent Conference Attended by a Sold Out Crowd

We were thrilled to co-sponsor the Dyslexia is My Superpower Conference with the Southwest International Dyslexia Association this October as part of International Dyslexia Awareness month. The afternoon conference, held at Site Santa Fe, drew over 120 parents and students from around New Mexico. We were particularly pleased to welcome 8 adult mentors who shared their stories of growing up dyslexic and succeeding in their chosen fields. Their messages of hope and pride in the dyslexic mind were moving and inspiring. Students participated in art projects with their mentors while parents experienced learning differences first hand with a learning difference simulation. Parents also learned more about dyslexia from Erin Brown, CALT, and learned strategies to advocate for their children at school from May Center Elementary Director, Stephanie Binkley, May Center Curriculum Coordinator, Amy Stanton, and May Center Director of Tutoring and Assessment Heidi Schmidt.

Following the DJL conference, parents and students enjoyed a free fall carnival hosted by May Center parents and we lit up the water tower red for reading! Thank you so much to Alice Dunn for all her work in leading this event.

Thank you to our Adult Mentors:

  • Rebecca Avitia, Executive Director, National Hispanic Cultural Center

  • Ross Chaney, artist, scientist, community activist

  • Jim Dernocouer, Physician’s Assistant

  • Daisy Guranich, New Mexico Montessori Teacher of the Year

  • Marjorie Hanus, third/fourth grade teacher

  • Jason Harvey, retired APD Police Officer and Search and Rescue Expert

  • Neal Piltch, Head of School, Manzano Day School

  • Vanessa Robinson, NASCAR driver

Please read this article from the Santa Fe New Mexican for more information about the student/parent conference.  

Rebecca Anderson