Mary has been a teacher for over 15 years, with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching, She has spent most of her teaching career in the primary setting. Watching some of her students struggle to read and assisting them in that challenge is the driving force behind her passion for the classroom. Her favorite subject to teach is reading. When the opportunity arose to become a Reading Coach for Dyslexia St. Louis, she immediately accepted.
Mary welcomes the opportunity to directly impact students working one-on-one with them. Mary sees this as a win-win for both student and tutor. She plans to work with Dyslexia St. Louis: Learning and Advocacy Center for many years to come.
Dyslexia St. Louis: Learning and Advocacy Center is pleased to have Leslie join our team. She brings so much experience, dedication and heart to her students. Leslie is a certified reading specialist who has been teaching K - 3 reading for the past seven years. She has also been teaching the Barton Reading and Spelling System at the elementary and middle school levels for the past two years.
Before returning to teaching after taking time off to be at home with her three children, Leslie taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts for seven years.
Melissa is currently a special education teacher and has been teaching for over 14 years. She enjoys working with students who struggle with reading and is passionate about helping them make progress through the Barton Reading and Spelling System. Melissa became even more interested in helping children overcome reading struggles after her youngest child struggles with reading.
Melissa feels strongly that reading impacts all areas of academics, and therefore, is the most important skill to master. Working as a team with her students and care givers to achieve her students reading goals is important to Melissa.
Karen has 27 years of experience teaching in special education. Currently, she is teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the Fox C-6 School District. Wanting to learn more about Dyslexia and make a difference for struggling readers, she began working at Dyslexia St. Louis in June 2018. She loves the relationships she is able to build with her students and their families. Also, the progress she sees her students making is extremely rewarding.