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Linda Sharpe, M.S. - Director and Founder of Testing To Grow

Linda Sharpe is an educational diagnostician certified by the Texas Education Agency. Her undergraduate studies were conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Texas A&M at Commerce. Professional certifications include Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, Educational Diagnostician, and Supervision. Post Masters work was conducted in the doctoral program in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Her career in education spans three decades including one year as a regular education teacher with the Dallas I.S.D. and twenty–nine years with the Highland Park I.S.D. in Dallas, Texas. Her positions in Highland Park included elementary education teacher, special education teacher, and educational diagnostician (K-Grade 12).

Linda is a trained academic language therapist in phonics–based multisensory programs including Alphabetic Phonics and Slingerland. For twenty years, she practiced remedial therapy in classroom settings, small group settings, and individual sessions.

After retirement from public school service, Linda was named Assistant Director of the Shelton Evaluation Center in Dallas, Texas (1999-2000). She served on a research team conducting dyslexia research for the Luke Waites Child Development Center of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital (2000-2005). She served on the Accreditation Committee for the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) (2000-2008).

Linda has been an active member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) for over twenty years including serving as Vice President (1992-1994) & President (1995) of the Dallas Branch.

“Testing to Grow”, Linda’s private diagnostic practice, was established over twenty years ago. She conducts psycho–educational evaluations for students from age five through adulthood.

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