Please meet Stacey Cavaglieri, the newest addition to our stellar volunteer team. Stacey will be covering the West Coast region and then some (hello Moutain Time Zoners!). Please give her a warm welcome on Facebook when you see posts coming in from California—and post on our wall or send private Facebook messsages if there are particular events or stories from your city that you would like us to highlight. Read on to hear more about Stacey and what she hopes to achieve for the dyslexia movement.
Stacey is a mom of two, Hailey (10) and Ryan (7). She lives in San Diego with her husband, Michael, and is currently at home raising her kids. Before starting a family, Stacey worked as a sign language interpreter and in a before-and-after-school care center.
Dyslexia was a part of Stacey long before she knew what the term even meant. As a child she was labeled a “slow learner,” but it was not until her daughter, Hailey, was identified in third grade that Stacey began to understand herself.
Growing up unidentified until adulthood gave Stacey great insight into how important the dyslexia movement is, not only for the next generation but also for adults who continue to wrestle with their own feelings of shame. When Stacey learned about Headstrong Nation and read Ben Foss’s book The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, she felt a big impact on her life. Ideas like “strengths not shame” and “Dyslexia is not a disease. It’s a community” began to shape her views on dyslexia. The notion that dyslexics are not broken, but simply learn differently, has lit the path for Stacey’s and her daughter’s journey.
Stacey’s goals are to help her daughter have better experiences than she did growing up and to teach her about the value of strengths over shame. She is passionate about encouraging other dyslexics to stand up and tell their stories, and hopes to educate and support families, adults, and teachers to bridge gaps and create community.
Stacey is excited to volunteer for Headstrong Nation and looks forward to opportunities to serve the dyslexic community.