Reading Specialist, Learning Therapist & Teacher

Reading Specialist, Learning Therapist & Teacher

5.0 (3)
6 hires on
17 years in business

About this tutor

I'm different from most tutors because I TEACH my students the reading skills they need: phonics, sight words, fluency, and comprehension.

I work with children who are not reading at grade level. I'm finding that due to Covid-19, children can now be 3-4 years behind grade level! I teach them from where they are.

Sometimes 4th graders are reading at a Kindergarten level. I implement an intensive (phonics and) reading program to quickly get them to grade level. We can often see progress within a month.

I am skilled and successful at working with children with AD/HD, dysgraphia, and executive function dysfunction. In addition, I help children on the autism spectrum.

I watch and listen to the student to see what works and what doesn't. If something doesn't work, together with the student and parent(s), we decide what to do. Sometimes the solution is very "out-of-the box."

I have a Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in Elementary Education. In addition, I am a WA State certified teacher.

I have been a classroom teacher for 10 years, a professional tutor/teacher for 17 years, and a Learning Therapist for 9 years.

As a Learning Therapist, I interpret the diagnostic test results that parents receive from doctors and/or school psychologists to develop a customized plan for each student. 

Teaching children is my passion. I enjoy watching my students progress. I'm friendly and sometimes silly; my students love me.

I love the process of figuring out what will work with each student. I start with traditional methods for teaching beginning skills (phonics and sight vocabulary) to advanced reading (fluency and comprehension).


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Lynnwood, WA 98036
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3 Reviews


  • Temmy Kim

    she was help my son for emotionally and educationally. my son is much better at school work and grade

  • Jessica Rene

    Linda has been a vital component to our son's success in school, especially with all the educational changes in the past 18 months. She has taken our son (who has autism) from a preschool reading level to nearly grade level (3rd) in less than a year. Its astounding the progress that he has made. I highly recommend Linda as a reading specialist.

  • Colin Moloney

    Reliable, punctual, focused on delivering results, and experienced.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In the first session, I do an assessment of the student's strengths, weaknesses, and learning style. I use The Qualitative Reading Inventory. I determine which materials will work best with the student.

In the second session, I bring a few stories at the grade level the assessment indicated. We start with what I think is the best type of story in length and appearance. I change the story when the student is not comfortable with the "look" of the materials. Sometimes students are afraid of reading a story that they think is too long. I give him/her a shorter story at the same grade level. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Elementary Education. 

I have a K-8 Washington State Elementary Teacher Certification.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My hourly rate is $70/hr. This covers my time and expertise.

I go to my students' homes, but I do not charge for fuel.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Choosing a tutor or a teacher depends on the issue(s) your child is having.

A tutor can be a high school student, college student, or certified teacher. Helping a student with their school homework can be done by the first two. But if the student is not at grade level, more expertise is needed.

A certified teacher who has lots of experience in the schools will know what to do to determine where the issue(s) lies and what to do to get the student to grade level. 

The more complex the issue(s) is, it is more likely that a Learning Therapist (Ph.D.) is needed. The level of expertise can understand a doctor's or school's report. The report usually states what the student is having difficulty doing (brain function); however, it doesn't say how to address the issue(s). 

As an experienced Certified Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Learning Therapist, I have been highly successful in getting academically diverse students to grade level. Contact me to see how I can help you.