Jun 15, 2022 / Spotlight

Get to Know our Staff: Jessica Doty, Dyslexia Program Manager

What is your job title/your role at Scottish Rite for Children?  
I am the Dyslexia Program Manager for the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders. 
What do you do on a daily basis or what sort of duties do you have at work?  
The Center for Dyslexia is a large department and continuing to grow and evolve. Throughout the course of my time in this department, I have taken on a variety of responsibilities. Projects include managing two new curricula releases, analyzing current department processes, implementing process improvement strategies and creating new marketing tools like our Dyslexia Education Newsletter. My duties truly change on a day-to-day basis as projects progress and needs change in the department. This all makes for an exciting and interesting day! 
What was your first job? What path did you take to get here or what led you to Scottish Rite? How long have you worked here?
My first job was at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen as a hostess at 16 years old. I then became a server when I turned 18 and worked at Cheddar’s throughout college for a total of 7 years. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University, I pursued a Master’s in Health Care Administration at Trinity University. I may be biased … but Trinity’s program is outstanding and has a built-in residency program that allows for hands-on, real-life experience. This residency experience is what led me to Scottish Rite. I was blessed to complete my residency here at Scottish Rite, and I graduated in December and was hired on to stay post-residency! Having the opportunity to learn from so many great leaders has been a true privilege. 
What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite?
From the minute I stepped through the main entrance for my on-site interview for residency, I could truly feel how special Scottish Rite is. The rich culture and familial “feel” is what makes Scottish Rite an incredible place to be. Everyone lives and breathes the mission, and it is that mission and the people that support it that make this a great place to work! The daily interactions with the people that make this such an extraordinary place is what I enjoy the most. 
Tell us something about your job that others might not already know.
The dyslexia education team at Scottish Rite has created two new curricula, Bridges: A Dyslexia Intervention Connecting Teacher, Avatar & Student and Build: A K-1 Early Reading Intervention to provide reading intervention for kiddos all over. I have had the privilege to project manage these releases from the very beginning and work with various teams throughout Scottish Rite, such as Communications and Finance, to bring this project to life. I feel honored to work with great teams that are working diligently to get these two new curriculums available for teachers and children this fall.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
I think my favorite place that I have traveled to was Negril, Jamaica! The beaches were absolute perfection, the food was delicious, and the people were very friendly. My family and I still talk about how great a trip that was. 
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
Growing up, my favorite sport to play was softball! This still rings true today in as college softball is one of my favorite sports to watch. Most Saturdays in the fall, I can be found watching college football! 
What’s one fun fact about yourself?
My hometown has never and to this day does not have a stoplight!

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