Bios

HPS Dyslexia Team Bios

Karen Ivers

Karen Ivers

Karen Ivers has taught in the Hope School District since the 1996-1997 school year.  She has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and is K-6 certified. She holds a Masters in Reading and is a Reading Specialist. Karen also holds a certification in Reading Recovery and is a Certified Reading Interventionist. Her more current role for the Hope School District is the District Dyslexia Coordinator where she works as a Dyslexia Therapist and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist which includes 700 clinical hours and 200 classroom hours.

Janet Gordon

Janet Gordon

Janet Gordon has been an educator since 1970. She has taught second grade, fourth grade, and has been a Title 1 Reading teacher during her twenty four years in the classroom.  She has served as assistant principal and principal at Prescott Elementary School. After three years in retirement, Janet returned to the classroom where she taught first grade at Clinton Primary School. After one year in first grade, she became a Literacy Instructional Facilitator for Clinton Primary School. In the 2020-2021 school year, Janet started Take Flight through Scottish Rite.

Charlotte McCauley

Charlotte McCauley

Charlotte McCauley comes to Hope School District with 34 years of experience in education. She has a B.S.E. in Elementary Education and holds a M. Ed. in Gifted and Talented. She has taught 1st-grade, 3rd-grade, 5th-grade & 6th-grade. She returned at the end of the 2020-21 school year after 8 years as a Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Facilitator. Charlotte is looking forward to returning to work at CPS as a Reading Interventionist. She is married to Gary McCauley and they are blessed with 3 children and 5 amazing grandchildren.

Javonna Johnson

Javonna Johnson

Javonna earned her B.S.E  in Elementary Education from Ouachita Baptist University in 1988.  She was a gifted and talented aide for Hope Public Schools for one year then taught first grade for eleven years.  Her heart went out to her first graders who struggled with reading. In 2000 she was trained in Reading Recovery with UALR and learned new ways to help struggling readers. Being able to work with Reading Recovery students and literacy groups was very rewarding.  In 2016 she added Dyslexia Therapy from UALR and learned how to teach children with dyslexia.  She loves to see lightbulbs come on when struggling readers and writers have success and to provide students with encouragement to never give up. Her current role is as a Dyslexia Interventionist for students in grades 1-4 with an emphasis as a 2nd grade Interventionist. 

Javonna is married to Gary Johnson and they have an amazing son named Davis.


Cindy Finstrom

Cindy Finstrom

Cynthia Finstrom is new to Hope School District, even though this is her 42nd school year in education. She recently completed her training at Arkansas State University with a Specialist in Dyslexia. She has a Master's Degree in Reading and is National Board Certified in literacy. Ms. Finstrom has taught 15 years in North Little Rock, 11 years in NW Arkansas, 2 years in Grand Cayman, 6 years in Hot Springs, and 7 years in Missouri. She is a certified Elementary Principal, K-12 ESL Specialist, and Reading Specialist for K-12. Cynthia loves working with students and educators and has been a Literacy Coach and Facilitator for several years. Her extensive experience is with grades K-9 students. Recently she completed hours towards Special Education Certification. She is super excited to be teaching at Hope this year. While not teaching, she loves visiting with her two sons and six grandkids and yorkie dog.

Alyssa Rector

Alyssa Rector

Alyssa Rector has worked for the Hope School District since 2016. In these years, she has taught Fourth Grade Literacy and is now a dyslexia therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education where she is certified in 4-8 Language Arts and Social Studies. In the 2021-2022 school year, Alyssa completed Take Flight through Scottish Rite. She has been accepted into the Qualified Instructor (QI) Certification Program. She looks forward to becoming a Certified Take Flight Trainer and helping students find a love for reading.

Tina Smith

Tina Smith

Tina Smith has been married for 30 years and has two children and four grandchildren.  She has taught at Clinton Primary for 19 years.  She taught 1st grade for 6 years and 3rd grade for 8 years.  Tina has been teaching Dyslexia Therapy for 4 years and has loved every minute of working with these amazing students. Tina is a Certified Academic Language Therapist with over 700 clinical hours and 200 classroom hours. She will has her Master’s in Reading with a specialty in Dyslexia. She looks forward to many years to come working with such talented and intelligent students. She is  so blessed to have been given this opportunity.

Holly Hooker

Holly Hooker

Holly Hooker has taught in the Hope School District since 2015. She completed Take Flight through Scottish Rite and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In her years of teaching, Holly has taught Third Grade literacy, Fourth Grade math and science, and, is now a Dyslexia Therapist. Holly is married to Tony Hooker and is blessed with two daughters.  She is excited to continue working with the incredible students and staff of HPS.