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Lead Instructor & Kinder -1st Grade Teacher
Trudy has a love for her students and believes that anyone can be given the gift of reading and a love for learning. She is the founder and director of AACE, Inc. and it originally began in her home over 25 years ago. She is also the author of the Gift of Reading program, an intensive phonics program, which has recently been translated into Korean and is used to teach English- as-a-Second-Language in numerous foreign countries. Chuck Colson also requested permission to use the program in his prison ministry, and it has been successfully used to teach reading, spelling, and writing to autistic children.
She has 30+ years experience working with the language and learning disabled as she has worked with students labeled autistic, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyslexic, ADD, ADHD, hyperactive, language disabled and those with language/auditory/visual processing differences, hearing and speech impaired, and handicapped. Trudy homeschooled her four children over the course of 22 years and holds a BS degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and certifications in Bilingual Ed and ESL.
Her phonics program is currently used by many homeschoolers throughout this nation and Canada and was reviewed by Mary Pride and Cathy Duffy. In addition, numerous private and public educators (including speech therapists and special education teachers) have chosen to use her program. She was a public school educator in San Antonio for NISD and co-authored a writing curriculum for that same district. She currently has a private tutoring business in San Antonio and has clients from preschool to college age.
For 15 years, Trudy traveled and spoke at educational conferences around the country, and in 2005, her family decided to “get off the road” for a season. Teaching Home Magazine named her one of the “Top 100 Speakers in America”.
Hi! My name is Noelle Higdon. I am excited to be your teacher for the 2019-2020 school year! This will be my 9th year teaching and my first year at Happy Hearts. My husband, Lance, and I have a 5-year-old daughter named Lydia and a 2-year-old daughter named Iris. I’m super excited for this school year!
I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University. I hold two teaching certfifications: Generalist 4-8 and special education early childhood-12th grade. I am a certified Phonics First teacher, and I have completed 40 hours of Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training. In addition, I am a level 1 catechist in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based religious formation program for children.