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Apr 15, 2019 / Spotlight

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Tricia Quisenberry, Dyslexia

What is your role at the hospital? What do you do on a daily basis? 
I work in the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia as the outreach coordinator. The Center for Dyslexia works in many ways to help children with learning difficulties.
 
The center offers support services for parents and educators, such as:
  • Providing information for families
  • Seminars and workshops to help parents and teachers to better support children with learning disabilities
  • Materials, training and assistance to schools using hospital-developed dyslexia programs
Every day is different, but my primary responsibilities allow for me to conduct trainings both at the hospital and away. I have traveled throughout Texas and Arkansas to provide information and tools to assist children with learning disabilities. The outreach side of our department plans and hosts events and trainings. A good day is when I know, at the end of the day, I have helped a family be a better advocate for their child’s education.  
 
What led you to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children? How long have you worked here?
I have been here for 10 years and I am proud to say that I have stayed here longer than any of my other professional opportunities. I am someone who likes change, new opportunities and being able to learn and grow. When I pursued this position, I knew that my skills would be a great match, but I also knew that Gladys and Dr. Black were taking a leap because I did not have the same credentials of the previous outreach team members. I believe that my life experiences and each of my previous jobs prepared me for my next opportunities. I knew that I wanted to use my experiences to support children and families that were living some of life’s hardships and this outreach position has given me that opportunity.
 
What do you enjoy most about Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children?
Helping others and being a part of an organization that works every day to better the lives of children and families. Medical crisis can cause so much hardship to a family and being able to support them without that burden is a gift. I enjoy being able to say I work at Scottish Rite Hospital. One of the things I enjoy the most is when I can see in a parent’s eyes that we have given them hope and an understanding that their child can reach their potential.
 
What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?
My first professional job was teaching kindergarten in Mesquite ISD. From there, I worked as an educational diagnostician, special education director, campus administrator, as well as an educational consultant at the regional education service center. I also took some time and traveled throughout the United States training U.S. postal workers on POS systems and worked as a Regional Head Start consultant. My career path has been a journey which certainly helped me to grow as a person and a professional. I would not change a thing. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?tricia-Dyslexia-Holiday-Party-2017_65.JPG
We love to try out new restaurants. My husband and I love to escape to Santa Fe, NM or Lake Tahoe several times a year to relax and recharge. Las Vegas and New Orleans are also on our getaway list.
 
I enjoy going to the gun range, collecting art pieces for our home, going to concerts and spending time with family and friends.
 
Words to best describe you: 
True to myself, genuine and a little stubborn
 
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I have always said I would be an attorney, but in today’s world and the many career paths available, I am very intrigued with the many opportunities an FBI agent has in their field. I believe I would pursue that if I were picking my path today.
 
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
When I took the job to train postal workers I was going to have to travel all of the United States to postal centers in order to do the job. I was not a very skilled traveler and had never flown on puddle jumper planes or driven the mountains of West Virginia alone. I learned very quickly how to get myself to and from places before there was GPS or internet. A girl from Crandall, TX had to become very self-sufficient and somewhat fearless.
 
My husband and I also won the trip to Abu Dhabi that was raffled off at a hospital event. That trip was truly an adventure for us both.

Learn more about the hospital's Dyslexia program. 

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