Debbie Dodd, owner/operator of Academic Associates Learning Center since 2005, has a BA from California State University Long Beach and teaching credentials in elementary education and special education K-12 and is a Reading Instruction Specialist. In addition to teaching in California and Texas she and her husband Rick have home schooled their 4 daughters.

The founder - cliff Ponder

Cliff Ponder, an elementary school principal and teacher for 20 years, was frustrated that large numbers of students couldn't learn to read. After leaving school administration, he studied exciting new research on the neural architecture of the brain and began developing a logical, step-by-step method of teaching reading that would work in harmony with the brain. The Academic Associates™ Reading Course was launched in 1985. Since then it has helped thousands of students of all ages in schools and reading clinics across the United States and in several different countries.


Faith Manguba opened her first center in the summer of 2010 and has served hundreds of students since then- teaching non-readers and turning them into readers. She began her career as a classroom teacher. After teaching for several years and seeing the need for students to learn to read, she started her Academic Associates® reading business, teaching kids to read out of her home. The program was so successful that she went from teaching two students in February to 30 by summer. Cliff Ponder passed the presidency of the Academic Associates Learning Centers® and Academic Associates Reading Program® to Faith in June 2016.

Alpha Reading Center is proud to be the headquarters for the Academic Associates Learning Centers® which is used throughout the United States and around the globe.


Emily DelCampo

Emily DelCampo is a graduate of Howard Payne University and is a Reading Instruction Specialist. She has taught with Academic Associates for 2 years and enjoys seeing students grow in their reading levels and self-confidence.

Outside of teaching Emily enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband. She is a gifted teacher and we are grateful to have her as part of our teaching team.

Sue Henson

Sue Henson is a seasoned teacher having taught in Minnesota and Texas. She has degrees in elementary education and early childhood education. She most recently taught Kindergarten for Dallas Independent School District.

She is a Reading Instruction Specialist and has been teaching with Academic Associates for the past year. She is a welcome addition to our staff.

Tabitha Berry

Tabitha Berry has a BS in Education from Arlington Baptist University, Arlington, Texas, and has taught students of all ages throughout her career. She and her husband Everett reside in Mesquite, Texas, along with their 2 college-aged children. She has been reading instructor at Academic Associates Learning Center for over two years. She is a versatile and creative teacher and we are fortunate to have her as a teacher in our center.