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.
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
Middle: Caleb Muniz
Right: DISNM Executive
Director and Therapist