Meet The Teachers

At the Joy of Learning, all of our teachers are experienced professional educators who have dedicated their careers to effective reading instruction. They have classroom teaching experience, advanced degrees in education, and hold advanced training in Orton Gillingham Reading Instruction, which is the gold standard for teaching students with Dyslexia and struggling readers. 

Mandy Burress  (Accepting New Students)

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.

 

Jennifer Gresham (Accepting New Students)

is an Orton- Gillingham certified learning specialist for reading, spelling, and math, and has an AMI Primary Montessori teaching certification. She has been working with students ages 6-19 with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, and ADD in the Boulder, CO area since 2009. Jennifer offers in person and virtual sessions.

 

Rachael Crawford (Accepting New Students)

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 (Accepting New Students)

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.

Meet The Owner: Jordan Burns
(Currently accepting students for the waitlist)

Welcome to the Joy of Learning! My name is Jordan Burns. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and I love helping children develop confidence and find the joy in learning.

I am an Educational Therapist with 10 years of experience in the field of Education. I have long been fascinated by the similarities and differences in human learning and development, which led me to study Psychology and Teaching at Gonzaga University, and later to study Educational Therapy.  I've also pursued extensive professional development in reading and math instruction throughout my teaching career.

 

I grew up in Seattle and attended both public and independent schools, and have taught in a variety of settings as an adult. Over the past 5 years, I have taught students with a range of learning styles and needs including Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscaculia, Autism Spectrum, ADHD, and Developmental Delay. I also work with students who have no diagnosis but need academic support, or for whom the teaching methods used in school are not working.  

 

My teaching style is clear, supportive, relational, and adaptive to the needs of the student.  I often get the feedback that my calm, kind, grounded demeanor and fun, engaging teaching style make a huge difference for my students.

 

My favorite part of teaching is supporting my students to see their unique strengths and to feel confident about their learning. I truly believe that all students can learn to read, write, and be proficient mathematicians, and I delight in helping students succeed. I look forward to working with you!

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Professional Training and Experience

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  • Professional Certificate in Educational Therapy from UC Riverside.

  • Masters in Reading and Dyslexia from Arkansas State University (in progress)

  • Completed a 40 hour training in the Orton Gillingham Method for Dyslexia through IMSE. 

  • Member of the Association of Educational Therapy. 

  • B.A. in Psychology (Honors) from Gonzaga University

  • 10 years of experience in the field of Education

  • 5 years experience teaching students with learning differences in the classroom and one on one.

  • 3 years dedicated experience teaching gifted and twice exceptional students (students who are both gifted and have a learning difference).

  • Up to date with current best practices in learning differences and reading instruction through ongoing professional development.

  • Professional Development trainings such as Columbia Teachers College Reading, Writing, and Phonics, Orton - Gillingham, Structured Word Inquiry, Singapore Math, Bridges Math, Handwriting Without Tears, and others.