Katie Cyphers attended the University of Tennessee, where she obtained a M.S.Ed. in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and a B.S. in Special Education. During graduate school, Katie completed her graduate 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.
For nearly a decade in both Georgia and NYC, Katie has devoted her time to the private practice setting by administering 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. A lifelong learner, Katie has extensive training in administration and interpretation of the Woodcock Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Academic Achievement (WJ IV) by the author, Dr. Nancy Mather. She has also been trained by Dr. Sherri Bell on the the Test of Silent Contextual Reading Fluency (TOSCRF), which was used in her graduate research study, 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 neuroscience and education, has created a unique understanding of students with dyslexia, language processing disorder, autism, ADHD and developmental delays.
Katie's 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 through her service as President of the Univ. of Tennessee Alumni Chapter Board. Katie is a member of the Rotary Club of Buckhead and was awarded the Vocational Service Award in 2016-17. She has served two terms on the National Board of Directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Katie is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and is also a member of the Secondary Schools Admission Test Board (SSATB), International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Shepherd Center Society, and Women's Community Bible Study. Katie recently received the UT Alumni Promise Award, which recognizes an alumnus under the age of 40 that has made extensive marks early in their careers, both civically and professionally. In addition, Katie received the Outstanding Community Advocate award in 2017 from the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.
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 10-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."