Reading Pro Staff

Lindsay Huntington, M. Ed.

Founder/Executive Director

 

Lindsay is originally from Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 1999. She graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and later a Master’s degree in Special Education with a reading endorsement from Northern Arizona University. Lindsay’s experience has been in grades four and six in the Gilbert School District and teaching struggling readers has always been her passion. Ms. Huntington entered into the field of dyslexia because a few of her relatives were diagnosed when they were young including her daughter. Due to this family history, she knows first hand how essential it is for people with learning differences to get the proper, researched based instruction. That is why she took it upon herself to get trained in Orton-Gillingham based methods such as Wilson Language, Fundations, and certified at the masters level in the Barton Reading and Spelling System. She has also been trained in Handwriting w/o Tears, Visualizing/Verbalizing, LiPS, and Making Math Real. Miss Lindsay is so proud of what Reading Pro has become and how many lives have been positively been affected by the services at Reading Pro. 

 

 

 

Tammy King, BA Ed.

Literacy Specialist

 

Tammy King is an Arizona native. She was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. She received a degree in Organizational Communications from Arizona State University in 1988. Following graduation she worked for Pacific Islands Club on the islands of Guam and Saipan. When she returned to Arizona, she began working for America West Airlines, where she was employed for nine years. When her son, Zak, started going to elementary school, Tammy began attending the University of Phoenix and earned a degree in Elementary Education. Tammy has taught Preschool, Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Fourth Grade. She believes there is nothing in the world more important than children and is proud to have the opportunity to guide children towards confidence and success. Tammy is trained in Wilson Fundations, Handwriting Without Tears, Making Math Real, and Write from the Beginning and is certified in Barton. Miss Tammy has bragging rights because she was Reading Pro's first employee and is still with the company. She is an amazing educator and we are all lucky she is still teaching for Reading Pro. She’s excited to meet new students and watch them grow academically here at Reading Pro!

 

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Melanie Norman, BA Sp. Ed.

Literacy Specialist

Melanie Norman is a Michigan native!  She earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Special Education from BYU-Idaho, and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University because of her passion for teaching extraordinary students.  After graduation, she worked exclusively in special education teaching students with learning challenges using motor skill therapy.  She left the school setting after her second child was born, and worked as both an Orton-Gillingham and ESL tutor while raising her 4 wonderful children.   In 2005, their family moved to Arizona and have enjoyed exploring their new surroundings.  She is certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System, Phonics First, LiPS, and Handwriting without Tears.  She enjoys the Orton-Gillingham approach to tutoring because she believes multi-sensory structured language programs to be the most effective approach to struggling readers.  She creates a learning environment that is fun and interactive, where students can grow in confidence as well as academic skills.  When she is not tutoring, she is either reading or spending time with her family.   Miss Melanie is excited to be part of the Reading Pro team!

Chelsea Blair, BA Ed.

Literacy Specialist

Chelsea Blair was born and raised in Brea, California. Growing up she always wanted to become a teacher. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Following college Chelsea enjoyed teaching 1st grade. Today Chelsea has 3 children, 2 girls—Ryan and Dani and little boy named Houston. Even after she left the classroom full-time Chelsea continued to teach preschool. She is the proud owner of HopScotch preschool during the morning hours. Over the years she has garnered a wealth of experience helping children develop reading skills and find joy in learning. Chelsea also has a passion for teaching those with special needs. Her son Houston was born with cerebral palsy and she works tirelessly every day to help him conquer the obstacles placed before him. This experience has helped strengthen her resolve to see each child’s intrinsic worth and help them reach their full potential. Chelsea is trained in The Barton Reading and Spelling System and Handwriting w/o Tears. She is excited to work with your child and help them strengthen their confidence in themselves and facilitate a love for reading.           

Betsy Cluff, BA Ed.

Literacy Specialist

Betsy grew up in the small town of Thatcher, Arizona.  She couldn’t decide between becoming an Artist or a Scientist; therefore, she chose to become a teacher so she could do both.  In 1997, she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts and Visual Arts. 

She taught Art at Thatcher middle school for 2 years before moving to the valley to teach for the Gilbert school district in 2001. During the following nine years with Gilbert schools, she helped to open Ashland Ranch Elementary and South Valley Junior high.  She taught Eighth grade Language Arts for eight of those years as well as Yearbook, Newspaper, Art, and AVID.   During her last two years with the Gilbert District, she was privileged to teach art to students with Autism and Down syndrome.

In 2009, she and her husband of eighteen years had the surprise of their lives when they found out they were going to have a new baby.  With a ten-year-old son, and a fifteen-year-old daughter at home, Betsy decided she would step out of teaching full-time for a season to focus on being a mom. 

Unable to stay away from teaching too long, Betsy became a certified group fitness instructor and later received training in the Barton Reading and Spelling System and Handwriting w/o Tears.  She is continually amazed by the power of the brain and enjoys reading brain-based research that marries Science with Art. 

One of her most-admired artists is Leonardo Da Vinci.  He was an amazing artist, scientist, inventor, designer, and futuristic thinker; He was also thought to have dyslexia and ADD, yet was brilliant.  Betsy enjoys the privilege of working with students with dyslexia, helping them to understand their own brilliance, and teaching them decoding skills that will make a huge difference in their lives.  

Carrie Rice, BS Ed.

Literacy Specialist

Carrie Rice is an Arizona native. She was born in Prescott

and later moved to Tucson. She is recently married with two small children and moved to Phoenix in 2015. Carrie always aspired to be a teacher, volunteering in elementary school classrooms and Sunday School classes since she was in middle school. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education. She has taught Kindergarten-Prep, Second Grade, and Fourth Grade. Carrie loves to inspire children to engage and participate in the learning process, thus develop a love for learning. She loves creating learning activities and experiences that allow children to have fun, build confidence and grow academically. Her goal is to help each of her students be a life-long learner who is confident in oneself as a reader, writer, creative thinker and problem solver. Carrie is certified in the Orton-Gillingham influenced Barton Reading and Spelling System, Dibels, and Handwriting Without Tears. She loves working at Reading Pro and helping children reach their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.

Ann Sterling, M. Ed

Literacy Specialist

Anne Sterling was born in Newport News, Virginia, and travelled frequently due to her Father’s Air Force career. Upon settling in Mesa AZ, she received her High School diploma from Dobson High.  She was employed with Alta Business School, where she met her husband of 22 years.  After the birth of her first son, she soon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1998 from G.A. Southern University, in Statesboro, G.A.  As a stay at home mom of 4 boys, she dedicated her time and attention to their academic success.  Her youngest son, being born with Down Syndrome, who required much in home therapy, broadened the family’s understanding of the importance of one-to-one therapy and the success’s such therapy brings about.   She is currently a certified substitute teacher for Gilbert Public Schools, grades K-6th and Special Needs as well as Resource Extension classes.  In 2013 she completed a Speech and Language Therapy Assisting program and is endorsed by the State of  A.Z.  with an SLPA license. Anne is certified in the Barton Reading & Spelling System and Handwriting w/o Tears. Miss Anne loves working at Reading Pro and loves the one-on-one setting so she can individualize her lessons to her student’s specific needs. 

Holly Kottke, MA Int'l Ed.

Literacy Specialist

Miss Holly is originally from Colorado and has lived in Arizona since 2014.  She has three grown children; two in college and one who recently graduated from ASU.  Holly is a Special Education educator at San Marcos Elementary in the Chandler Unified School District.  Holly has worked with children in various capacities for 30 years as a camp counselor, scout leader, Sunday school teacher, childcare provider, English language instructor, elementary school teacher, and special education paraeducator.  She has a B.A. in International Affairs, M.A. in International Education, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate and an Alternative Teaching Certificate in the State of Arizona.  

Holly became passionate about helping students with Dyslexia while teaching elementary school and seeing her own son struggle with Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).  During the process of helping two of her 3rd grade students obtain additional support in reading and writing, Holly received training in Orton-Gillingham learning methods such as Barton Reading and Spelling System, Wilson, and OG Academic Math.  Once trained and seeing how successful her students were in this type of teaching method, it was then that she knew her teaching talents could best be utilized tutoring students one-to-one and in small group settings.  Miss Holly is trained in the Barton Reading and Spelling System, Wilson Fundations, & Handwriting Without Tears and is looking forward to her Barton Certification this spring.  She is thrilled to be working with the Reading Pro Learning Center Team and making a positive and genuine difference in both the field of education and her students’ lives! 

Rachel LaGravinese, BA Ed.

Literacy Specialist

Rachel LaGravinese graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in K-8 Education. Rachel also pursued an endorsement in reading and language arts, as it has always been her passion. Upon graduation, she was selected as a Rodel Promising Student Teacher and placed with an exemplary mentor teacher who is renowned for her students’ achievement in a high-need school. After student-teaching alongside this mentor teacher, Rachel was hired on in the high-need school as a 6th grade teacher. She has since also taught fifth grade, and loved it just as well! She says that working with low-income and English as a Second Language students confirmed her passion to inspire and mentor students to believe in themselves. She believes reading and writing are foundational in a student’s ability to confidently express one’s self, and as confidence grows so do dreams! Mrs. LaGravinese went on to teach a gifted cluster of students for two years, and that experience showed her the wide range of reading and writing struggles in different settings. It was here that she recognized her first dyslexic students, and trained her teaching team in Ralph Fletcher’s Writing Workshop to meet the diverse needs of their students in a one-on-one approach. The approach produced significant growth in students’ writing and reading abilities, but more importantly their own passions and enjoyment for the language arts flourished.

Rachel’s passion for students’ confidence and success has grown with time and experience, leading her to Reading Pro Learning Center. She has been trained in Handwriting w/o Tears and certified in the Orton-Gillingham influenced Barton Reading and Spelling System, which complements her Reading and Language Arts history. She finds tutoring one-on-one to be an excellent time to get to know her students and teach them in a personal, individualized manner. She says learning is meant to be hands-on, interesting, and unique to each student as a person. Rachel feels it is a privilege to be a part of the Reading Pro team, and she is blessed to work with her students in this caring environment. Her greatest joy is in spending time with her husband Joe, beautiful daughter Annie, and their goofy dog Charlie.

Lori Camilleri, B.A.S. E., Special Education

Literacy Specialist

Lori is originally from New York and moved to Arizona in order to complete her Bachelor of Art Degree in Special Education K-12 for Mental Disabilities.  She graduated from Northern Arizona University for the Elementary Education Master’s Degree credits in 1998.  She has an English Second Language Endorsement through the University of Phoenix.  Lori is a retired experienced Special Education teacher of 32 years working for the Tempe Elementary School District.  She has worked with primary through middle school aged students throughout her career and studied and used a variety of approaches to teach reading and spelling, written expression, and math; namely-Orton-Gillingham, LiPS, Visualizing/Verbalizing, and Seeing Stars. Lori is certified in the Barton Reading & Spelling System. It is important to keep learning new techniques in order to best address and serve the individual needs of each learner.  She missed having the opportunity to teach kids with direct 1:1 instruction using researched-based techniques that work. Reading Pro fulfills that desire to continue helping people grow to become better lifelong learners. She is an empty nester with her husband, Chuck, and two dogs. She fills her days by watching a 3 and 6 year old after school and finding and completing new projects through Pintrest while; she patiently awaits her own grandchildren in a blended family of 5.   

Amy Johnson, M.Ed

Literacy Specialist

Bio coming soon!  

Nancy Foley, M.Ed

Literacy Specialist

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Jo Giambri, M.Ed

Literacy Specialist

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Maria "Chela" Avila, M.Ed

Literacy Specialist

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Michelle Fuller, M.Ed

Literacy Specialist

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Monica SanAgustin

Reading Pro's Bookkeeper

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2 LOCATIONS IN THE EAST VALLEY

2500 S Power Road #103, Mesa, AZ 85209

3336 E Chandler Heights Road #123; Gilbert, 85298