I'd love to share with you what I offer my students!
My qualifications as a specialist:
I am a Master-Certified Barton Reading and Spelling tutor, which is the highest certification offered by the developer. I have been tutoring students in this curriculum for over a decade and have taken many students through all 10 levels of this college-preparatory program.
My fun-loving style:
I am light-hearted and entertaining. I keep my students laughing! In fact, when our lesson hour is over, students frequently exclaim, "We're done ALREADY? That went by so fast!"
also enjoy dressing up in silly costumes to celebrate special occasions. Giving my students something to chuckle about is one of the greatest joys in my life!
I am passionate about helping dyslexic students succeed, which is why I use The Barton Reading and Spelling Program. It's a well-respected Orton-Gillingham-based approach created specifically for the dyslexic brain.
But I do more than just Barton tutoring. I offer...
"Barton with a twist!"
My artistic flair:
I incorporate art and color into my teaching, which greatly appeals to my creative, artistic students. Creativity is one of my strengths!
I have a unique, musical storytelling approach to the Barton System.
In addition to being an educator, I am a professional musician with 40 years of experience composing and performing music. I have created an entertaining storyline and memorable songs to teach the concepts in our lessons. Students learn more quickly because the catchy tunes and witty narratives are memorable and fun!
My experience as an educator:
I have been an educator for 35 years in a variety of settings, including one-on- one instruction, small groups, and the classroom.
My skills and experience as an dyslexia advocate:
I am experienced at navigating the school system, both public and private. I have extensive experience guiding parents as they prepare for school meetings related to their child’s IEP.
When requested by the parents, I remotely attend IEP team meetings to offer my expert advice as a dyslexia specialist.
My advocacy has helped many parents get the accommodations they need for their students.
My online approach:
I teach my lessons remotely online. These live, personalized tutoring sessions take place
on a computer screen via Zoom. See my "Tutoring" page for lots of useful details!
I have extensive experience working with students who suffer from anxiety, emotional trauma, low self-esteem, and attention deficit issues. My gentle, supportive manner lets them know they are safe with me.
My empathetic personality and listening ear:
I love my students and they know it. I have deep admiration for their intelligence and hard work, and they feel my affirmation and respect. They often confide in me about their struggles because they know I care and I understand.
On a more personal note, here are some other tidbits about me...
My life partner, Ben, is an amazing, multi-talented man who happens to be dyslexic.
Ben is a huge fan of my tutoring, and he is also rather envious of my students! He didn't realize he was dyslexic until just a few years ago. So he never received tutoring when he was growing up.
Ben frequently reflects, “If only I had received help like yours when I was growing up, it would have opened up so many doors for me. Your students are so lucky!"
If only I could travel back in time!
I enjoy nature and animals!
I love spending my free time exploring the outdoors . Walking our dog, hiking to a waterfall, wading in the creek, going paddle boarding, and playing with my kitties are favorite living-giving activities for me. I frequently go on "treasure hunts" for pine cones, rocks, leaves, and other outdoor delights to bring home and arrange on my dining room table!
I am an adventurous, water-loving soul!
I have spent a great deal of time in and around water. I even lived aboard a boat for 3 years in California, just so I could be REALLY close to the water!
I now live in Idaho in a small farming town. Instead of seeing seals and water outside my window, I now see horses and pastureland...an equally joyful sight.
I am the mother of two grown children. Cassie and Justin are my own fantastic kids! I respect them deeply and am grateful that we enjoy close relationships.
As a parent, I experienced the ups and downs of raising children. I am very empathetic towards the parents of my students, and I am here to offer my support and guidance.