“Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.”

Tony Buzan

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The Williams School Mission Statement

The Williams School believes that "all children can learn." Our mission is to give students with reading and other learning differences opportunities to follow their curiosity, to think creatively and to work both independently and collaboratively. Students grow to fulfill their greatest potential and are challenged and continuously assessed along their journey. Students feel safe, secure, loved, and respected in an intimate, personalized learning environment which fits each student's needs. We celebrate diversity and instill integrity, compassion, and confidence.

We are Accredited!

Once again, The Williams School has been accredited! Verify with Cognia, NCA CASI, NWAC and SACS CASI - School #079-230-001.

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Lisa A. Williams - (Head of School, Teacher) - Bachelor of Arts, Austin College in Texas

Lisa is a mom and a teacher with experience in public, private and parochial schools for the past 37 years.

A Certified Phono-Graphix® Reading Therapist/Trainer, she brings a strong Special Education and curriculum background to

The Williams School. 

Melissa Bailey - (Administrative Assistant) - Studied Music Education at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma

Susan Moody - (Teacher) - Common Wealth Institute of Funeral Services, Columbia Basin College in Washington

Certified Phono-Graphix® Reading Therapist

Susanne Collier - (Teacher) - Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Additional graduate studies.




Chairman  Allison Schaberg

President  Lisa Williams

Secretary  Melissa Bailey

Treasurer  Brent Mecham

Director at Large   Ronald Jemison

Director at Large  Deetra Tesla


There are four concepts that comprise the nature of the English written code.

Letters are pictures of sounds. So cat is actually three pictures. A picture of 'c' 'a' and 't'.

A sound picture can be represented with one or more than one letter . So boat is 3 pictures of the 3 sounds in 'boat' 'b' 'oa' and 't'. 

There is variation in the code. There is more than one way to show every sound but 'a'. So these are all ways to show 'oe' boat most flown toe

There is overlap in the code. Some sound pictures can represent more than one sound. So ow can be 'oe' as in flown or 'ow' as in brown


Segmenting is the ability to separate the sounds in words.

To use a sound picture code you must be able to access the sound.

Blending is the ability to blend sounds into words. You must be able to connect the sounds into meaningful words.

Phoneme Manipulation is the ability to pull sounds in and out of words. You must be able to try the possible sounds that a sound picture might represent. So when you read brown as 'broen' and it doesn't make sense you can slide out 'oe' try 'ow' and get 'brown'.

The developers of Phono-Graphix® understand that children learn best as active participants in discovery. As the father of contemporary child development Jean Piaget said... "The child only really understands that which he has created." So Phono-Graphix® lessons engage the child in active discovery helping him to build up a solid understanding of the nature of the code, and to become adept at the skills needed to use it. Phono-Graphix® is a registered trademark and is copyright protected. Phono-Graphix® was developed by Carmen & Geoffrey McGuinness at Read America.

"Learning to read is the most important thing your child will undertake during his school years. I could say that, "it's the foundation of the future learning" or "it's the building blocks to his future." But those words are too general, too cool, and lack the small pictures associated with being able, or unable, to read. What learning to read will really do is allow your child to share the information that others have written down. It will allow him to share his own experiences with others, to put his questions, his beliefs, his thoughts and dreams on paper. It will offer him hours of enjoyment, decrease his likelihood of depression, unemployment, and low self-esteem. And certainly of equal importance to him, learning to read is just one of those things he will do that everyone else can do too, that identity him with the rest of us, that prove he is capable and worthy of entrance into the realm of the educated world."  - Carmen McGuiness