About Teresa May, Ph.D.

Dr. Teresa May is currently the Executive Director of the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at Shenandoah University, Lord Fairfax Community College, and Northern Virginia Community College. For over ten years, she headed a private school for dyslexic children. An author of ‘A Parent’s Journey’ appearing in Why Kids Can’t Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education. Recipient of the 2002 Maryland Woman of Achievement award for founding the ‘Parents Advocacy Group for Educational Rights’ and her passionate support for children who learn differently. Serving on numerous Maryland State Department of Education committees: “Maryland’s Reading First Leadership Team,” “Reading Literacy Team,” and the “Task Force for Identifying Educational Best Practices for Students ‘At Risk’ for, or Identified with, Reading and Writing disabilities.” Further, a founding member of the first Charter School in Frederick County, Maryland.

Teresa’s children began their education in the public school system, where her oldest son was still unable to read by the 4th grade. At that point, she chose to leave teaching in higher education to head a small private school for dyslexic children that both her sons attended. Today, her oldest son has graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Technology and also obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree. And, her youngest son completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.

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