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Region 4 offers a variety of professional learning opportunities and programmatic assistance in the area of dyslexia and related disorders. Any workshop can be configured to meet your district or campus needs. To request a professional development session in your campus or district, contact



Hi, I am Jan Cook, and I am one of Region 4's Dyslexia Specialists.

I have been in education since 1989 as a teacher, interventionist, Reading Specialist, and Program Coordinator. Prior to working for Region 4 ESC, I was a Program  Coordinator for Reading Intervention in a district. In this capacity I coordinated the Dyslexia program and Response to Intervention for K-12th grades. I have worked with students with dyslexia and other struggling readers at all levels (K-12). I am passionate about the topic of dyslexia and how to help our students with dyslexia reach their fullest potential.

Hi, I am Mary Yarus, and I am one of Region 4's Dyslexia Specialists.

My career in education began in 2001 as a dyslexia specialist, then later as a dyslexia therapist. Beginning in 2008, I worked in family support and adult literacy at a nonprofit professional learning center. In this capacity I provided information and programs for parents, taught adult literacy students and coordinated the adult literacy program for students 18-80. Teaching reading is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I love the “Aha!” moment when the letters and sounds form words and begin to make sense to the struggling reader.

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