Meet our Dedicated Learning Specialists

At the Joy of Learning, all of our teachers are experienced professional educators who have dedicated their careers to effective reading, writing, and math instruction for students with diverse learning styles. They have classroom teaching experience, advanced degrees in education, and are well versed in methods specific to supporting students with learning differences. Our specialists hold advanced training in Orton Gillingham Reading Instruction, which is the gold standard for teaching students with Dyslexia and struggling readers, as well as extensive training in teaching writing and math. 


Marci Sorenson


Mandy Burress

Mandy is a veteran reading specialist with 22 years of experience teaching in the classroom, working as a readings specialist in schools, and directing the children’s dyslexia center of east Illinois. She has a Masters in Education with Reading Specialist endorsement, and has an IMSLEC certification as an Orton Gillingham Advanced Tutor. Mandy offers sessions online.

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Rachael Crawford

Rachael has a Masters in Education, and has completed the Certified Academic Language Therapy Training using the Take Flight curriculum through Access Learning Academy. She has experience as a classroom teacher, and working with students one-on-one, and is currently completing her hours to become a certified Academic Language Therapist. Rachael offers session online.


Brandi Barlow

is a credentialed teacher with 20 years of classroom teaching experience. She is trained in Orton Gillingham, and currently works as a Dyslexia Teacher and Intervention Teacher is Texas Public Schools. Brandi is also pursuing her credential as a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She offers sessions online.


Mandy Burress


Jennifer Sands

Jennifer is a teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching students with diverse needs. She is a licensed Colorado Teacher and is trained in Orton Gillingham. She has taught K through 2nd, Gifted and Talented, ESL, and specializes in early literacy instruction. She is committed to fostering a safe learning environment where risk-taking is nurtured through empathy and structured support. She weaves many strategic and engaging approaches to teach and foster a love of learning! 


Samantha Pisano


Jo McMahan


Paula Feeback

Marci is an engaging, experienced, child focused educator of 10 years.  She possesses a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science, and has completed the Classroom Educator Level training for Orton-Gillingham. Marci strives to provide a well-balanced, supportive, and engaging learning environment for all students while remaining flexible.  Marci lives in the Nebraska area. She loves enjoying the great outdoors, and cheering her two children on in their sporting activities.