We have all heard and probably at one time or another said the quote “Great minds think alike,” but who said that this is true? Humble ISD educators and supporters of students with dyslexia are challenging the byword and say “Great minds think differently”.

“Not all kids learn the same way”, said Janet Huberty, who along with her husband, Representative Dan Huberty, created the Ryan J. Huberty Fund to support education projects like “Great Minds Think Differently” that assist students with dyslexia. The grant creates a digital classroom that allows more opportunities for differentiation of assignments based on the ability levels of every student.

“Having digital access to classroom notes and video tutorials is an advantage to students with dyslexia, as well as other students. Typing notes and assignments in the classroom appeals to many students and utilizing spell check will reduce frustration for students with dyslexia.  There are free apps such as VoiceNote that allow students to turn speech to text. Students with dyslexia can inconspicuously use text to speech programs and audiobooks without standing out or leaving the classroom to go to the Learning Lab or library,” said Donna Bridger, Kingwood High School English teacher.  

The Humble ISD Education Foundation knows that not every mind works the same way. Great minds could have neurological disorders like dyslexia that affect their ability to decode words and spell. The Foundation partnered with the Ryan J. Huberty Fund to fund the $8,229.00 grant in its entirety.

“I am extremely grateful to the Humble ISD Education Foundation and to the Ryan J. Huberty Fund for this amazingly generous grant.  For students to have daily access to a Chromebook in our English classroom will truly transform the ways I can deliver instruction and engage students.  As a teacher, it is an honor to be entrusted with the resources provided by the Foundation and the Ryan J. Huberty Fund,” said Bridger.

You too can make a difference and support students with dyslexia by donating to the Ryan J, Huberty Fund.  “Donating to this Fund really helps touch so many kids in the District. Please consider helping a teacher to be more effective with better resources through this Grant Program”, said Huberty.