Kids have been my passion since I was a young child. And kids with challenges have always had a place in my heart. So naturally, I pursued a degree in Special Education at The Ohio State University, with a focus on students with learning disabilities. I taught students with learning disabilities for eight years; however, not as much was known back then in the 90’s about how a dyslexic brain is wired and how it learns to read. In fact, it wasn’t until 2009, when my own son was suspected of having dyslexia that I learned all about it. I attended the University of Cincinnati in 2012 and received my TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) endorsement. I have the Basic Certification in the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and an OG Classroom Certification in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) at Marburn Academy.
I learned about using systematic, structured literacy in 2014, when Emily Book helped me with a struggling ESL student that I was teaching. I could see the benefits of it right away, so I began trying it out with several children who had a history with reading and writing difficulties. After only a few months, I was convinced that children who struggle in the areas of reading, listening, speaking, and/or writing need to have access to this type of program.
I began using it exclusively with my English Language Learners in my elementary school. My results are listed in the Impact Section of this website. I also Co-Founded Reading BootCamp, LLC, with Emily Book in 2016 to privately tutor students who struggled with reading. My tutoring business grew and grew, and I eventually left the public school to focus on my one-on-one students. I have also trained others to use structured literacy programs so that they can tutor in my community. There are not enough structured literacy tutors in Columbus! Contact us if you want to become a tutor and we can help you get started.
Unfortunately, there are many situations where the parents are unable to afford this specialized reading program, or their schools do not provide it or even recognize that they need it. So, that's why we have created United Readers of America.