About Aligned Academics

Getting Started: What to Expect

During our initial consultation, we’ll talk about your child’s strengths and weaknesses, educational goals, and what you are looking for in a tutor. This is a chance for me to learn about your child from your perspective, so I’ll take as much information as I can get!

I will tell you about (or show you, if we connect via Zoom!) what a typical session might look like, the initial assessment process, and answer any questions you might have.

The initial academic assessment consists of five parts. A phonics screener and criterion-referenced test will be used.

  • This is the first step in helping students reach their full potential
  • Identification of academic strengths and weaknesses
  • The information gathered from an assessment is used to create an individualized instruction plan.
  • An academic profile will be developed and a detailed report will be shared
  • This assessment takes approximately 45-50 minutes.
  • *Please be advised that a formal neuropsychological evaluation by a licensed educational psychologist (in most cases), neuropsychologist (less frequently), speech-language therapist (in some cases) is required to diagnose dyslexia.

During our follow-up consultation, I will explain the results of your child’s academic assessment, if reading therapy is recommended, and if so, the frequency and duration of therapy.

Instruction is diagnostic and prescriptive, meaning that instruction is continually monitored within each and every session in order to identify and analyze problems and progress. Information gathered in every session is then used to guide planning of the next session. Instruction always contains elements that focus on resolving the learner’s difficulties and building on their progress as noted from the previous session. This is what makes Orton-Gillingham different, and stand out. Lessons are not pre-planned or pre-scripted. It maximizes our time spent together to pinpoint exactly what the student needs work with and no two student’s sessions are ever exactly alike.

Continuous, ongoing support is provided as a way to keep you informed of your child’s progress towards their personal academic goals. Conversations between the family, child, and myself is part of reading therapy process!


Aligned Academics began as a small, in-home tutoring hobby in 2019. With a degree in Elementary Education and 5 ½ years of public school teaching experience, I started out by seeking any parent looking for any type of tutoring for their elementary aged child. 

What I soon discovered was that most of my clients were seeking me out because their child had moderate to severe reading difficulties. Wanting to do better for these and future students, I turned to places like The International Dyslexia Association, my personal education consultant (Stephanie Stoller), and Science of Reading groups for guidance on becoming a reading specialist. Receiving a diverse set of opinions, I decided to begin the process of becoming certified, with practicum, in the Orton-Gillingham approach in the summer 2021.

 I currently provide Orton-Gillingham reading therapy, specializing in working with students who have dyslexia. I also provide consultations to caregivers.

Why choose a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor? A certified tutor/ dyslexia therapist must follow a professional code of ethics and commit to continuing education that broaden and deepen their expertise in the field of dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. I strive to provide the highest quality reading instruction am 100% committed to helping every student succeed to the best of their abilities.

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