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Lyn Pollard

Lyn Pollard

Nat. Center for Learning Disabilities & Understood

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Lyn's work combines: Non-Profit Organizations, Writing, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Parent Advocacy & Engagement Manager

I connect parents to education & resources on learning disabilities. I also help tell their stories.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    The University of Texas at Austin

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Social and Community Service Managers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Journalism

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I did well in school, but I also quickly grew bored. Math was hard for me, but I had good support.

  • 2.

    In high school I had an English teacher who fostered my writing talent. I also excelled in drama.

  • 3.

    I majored in Journalism at UT-Austin and wrote for the campus newspaper; it was a great experience.

  • 4.

    I worked in Journalism, Organizational Management Consulting and Marketing before my kids were born.

  • 5.

    I was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, during which I freelance wrote & worked for an app developer.

  • 6.

    I started writing and blogging about my experiences with my children's learning differences.

  • 7.

    One of my pieces about my daughter's dyslexia was published in The New York Times' parenting blog!

  • 8.

    I have been working with the NCLD and Understood for several years. I love working in this field!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    You're not good at math.

  • How I responded:

    I never felt confident with numbers. When I took algebra II and calculus in high school, I really struggled. I was a bright kid who got A's, so when I struggled with "getting" math, I felt something was off. I also struggled with simple things related to numbers like adding up a tip and telling time. I ended up barely passing my first college math class. Finally I was identified as an adult with Dyscalculia. Now I work on overcoming my math anxiety and finding accommodations that work for me.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My reading comprehension issue was not detected in high school. In college, as my reading load grew, I struggled to keep up. Plus Dysgraphia made "blue book" tests & note taking tough. I had to learn strategies & now use tech to help me read & write.