Katie Cyphers attended the University of Tennessee, where she obtained a Master of Education in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. During graduate school, Katie completed her research on "The Effects of Cognitive Processing on Struggling Readers.” For this research she utilized the cognitive processing enhancement program, Brainjogging, which is now an integral part of the Academics Plus curriculum. Katie has taught students in a variety of settings including a developmental preschool, high school English classroom, resource classrooms and an alternative middle school.
For nearly a decade in both Georgia and NYC, Katie has devoted her time to the private practice setting by administering psycho-educational evaluations, identifying learning profiles and designing a curriculum for students to receive prescriptive teaching. Katie has trademarked the phrase, Learning Checkup, to help parents understand that all children's learning should be assessed in the same manner as they would assess their wellness. Katie has extensive training in administration and interpretation of the Woodcock Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Academic Achievement (WJ IV), the Test of Silent Contextual Reading Fluency (TOSCRF) and the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF). Katie's professional background, as well as life's experience as the daughter of a pioneer in the field of learning disabilities, has created a unique understanding of students with dyslexia, language processing disorder, autism, ADHD and developmental delays.
Katie has served two terms on the national Board of Directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Her dedication to her alma mater, has remained apparent with her position on the University of Tennessee Dean's Board of Advisors for the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and board position on University of Tennessee Alumni Chapter Board of Directors. Katie has remained active in the Rotary Club of Buckhead; the Learning and the Brain Society; the International Dyslexia Association; the Shepherd Center Society; the Women's Community Bible Study and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Katie is also the founder of Education Cures, a nonprofit committed to developing and improving teacher education programs. The current focus of EC lies in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where you will find a precious 9-year-old boy, Mohamed, who has truly captured her heart.
"When I was little girl competing to be the favorite grandchild, I used to ask, "Hildee, who do you love the most?" My grandmother's response was always, "I love the one that needs me the most." Hildee instilled the same quality in me and Academics Plus exists today in order to help children who need it the most, understanding that each child and each family is different. At Academics Plus we’ve created a team that believes that every child is a teachable student. We believe in hope, encouragement and flexibility and we believe in addressing learning challenges early and aggressively because we know it works. We also believe in teaching our students that, no matter what, you can always do the next right thing. We want our students and families to know that no matter where they are in life and what has happened, there is a bright side, you are not alone and Academics Plus is here to help."