Oksana Martinez, a Mayor's Top Teen 2013 with Ellen Saige, DISNM Executive Director and Therapist.

Oksana participates in numerous service projects for her school, her church and her community.

Oksana was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age after her teachers saw that she had difficulties in reading, listening and learning. She has put extraordinary effort into her academic work. Oksana spent hours each week with a Dyslexia Therapist in order to learn the strategies she needs to succeed in spite of her disability. When she meets other students with dyslexia, she encourages them with her "can-do" attitude and mentors them by sharing organization and study strategies.

Student Achievement

  Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico, Inc.
Victor Garcia, a Mayor's Top Teen in 2015-2016, is a senior at Las Cruces High School.

Victor has volunteered at his church, participating in cleanup projects and helping with food drives. He has been heavily involved in caring for his younger brother and has provided a father figure for these young siblings at an age when many teens are thinking of hanging out and having fun.

Victor is severely dyslexic and faced with the issues of bilingualism. He entered middle school as a non-reader and then participated in a step-by-step, methodical phonics and reading program. He diligently completed each lesson in the Scottish Rite Adult Literacy program administered through the Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico, mastering each concept as he came to it. He had almost perfect attendance for the three years and four months that it took for him to complete the program.

Victor's accomplishments include learning to read when he was in middle school until he was able to enter high school in regular classes. He has a real strength in math and exceptional talent in art and woodworking. Victor plans to graduate and take classes at Dona Ana Community College to further his skills in computer-assisted drafting, building and architecture to help him fulfill his ambitions to become an architect.

Recent graduates of the Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico. Both are good readers now.
Left: Grace Campbell 
Middle: Executive DISNM Director Ellen Saige 
Right: Lane Houser
A recent graduate of the Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico receiving a "diploma" after completing the two-year program (and becoming a good student).

Left: DISNM President
        Tom Cappana
Middle: Caleb Muniz
Right: DISNM Executive
          Director and Therapist
          Ellen Saige


"I didn't know places like the Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico existed, but, thankfully a friend took a picture of an ad for the institute and texted it to me. I don't know what we would have done without it. Everyone has been so kind and supportive and my son loves the program and is so proud of the progress he has made. My son is about half-way through the program, but loves telling me about the different rules he has learned in class. He says he wants to teach them to my husband one day, because my husband never learned the rules when he was a kid (and is dyslexic). The program challenges my son, but it has made such a difference in his reading/writing ability and in his confidence. I am also grateful to those who have donated to the Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico to help make scholarships available for those who need it. It is a wonderful program and I highly recommend it to anyone who feels they might have dyslexia "

From H. E.,  the mother of one of our current students
May 28, 2018
"Just a year ago the only books my son was reading were Elephant and Piggy books.  He was seven at the time and reading and writing were always a struggle. We'd do spelling and he'd do great, but then forget it all the next day. I tried various reading programs but nothing seemed to click.  And then we discovered the Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico. We would never have been able to afford a private tutor because my husband is in school full time, but thanks to a grant that the Dyslexia Institute had received, we received the help my son needed. I think my son was a little nervous at first, but he quickly realized how much the program was helping him. It is an intense hour that he attends 3-4 times a week, but his reading and writing ability has skyrocketed, his confidence has increased, and he now enjoys reading.  He still has another year left in the program, and I can't wait to see the things he will accomplish by the time he finishes."

From Heather, the mother of a current student.
August, 2018