About Teresa May, Ph.D.

Dr. Teresa May is currently the Executive Director of the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at Shenandoah University, Lord Fairfax Community College and Northern Virginia Community College. For over ten years, she was the head of a private school for dyslexic children. She is also the author of ‘A Parent’s Journey’ appearing in Why Kids Can’t Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education. She received the 2002 ‘Maryland Woman of Achievement’ award for the founding of the ‘Parents Advocacy Group for Educational Rights’ and her passionate support for children who learn differently. She has served on numerous Maryland State Department of Education committees: “Maryland’s Reading First Leadership Team,” “Reading Literacy Team,” and the“Task Force for Identifying Educational Best Practices for Students ‘At Risk’ for, or Identified with, Reading and/or Writing Disabilities”. She was also a founding member of the first Charter School in Frederick County, Maryland.

Teresa’s children began their education in the public school system, where her oldest son was still unable to read by the 4th grade. At that point she chose to leave teaching in higher education to head a small private school for dyslexic children that her two sons attended. Today, her oldest son has graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Technology and also obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree. And, her youngest son recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.