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. All of our teachers are background checked and vaccinated for Covid, and Learning Specialists working in person can wear masks if requested. 

I started the Joy of Learning because I am passionate about supporting students who learn differently.

As a classroom teacher, it broke my heart to see students struggle with frustration and low self esteem because they couldn't access the classroom curriculum, and I became dedicated to learning how how to support these students. I got a Certificate in Educational Therapy through the University of California Riverside, trained in Orton Gillingham through IMSE, and pursued my Masters in Literacy and Dyslexia through the International Dyslexia Association Accredited program at the University of Central Arkansas. 

The other Learning Specialists on the team and I have devoted our careers to effectively teaching students with learning differences, and approach our work with genuine enthusiasm, expertise, and warmth.

Providing your child with the tools they need to succeed academically is a gift that will last them a lifetime. Speak to us today about setting your child up with a learning specialist who can help them thrive. 

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Marci Sorenson

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.  

Brenna Blazis

Brenna Blazis is a passionate educator who loves to utilize her experiences and tools to develop successful lifelong learners. Brenna will work alongside your child's strengths and interests to create engaging virtual lessons to address their learning needs to build all content area skills. 


Her career in education stemmed from her own successes and struggles in elementary and middle school. To better serve the needs of all students regardless of setting, Brenna received my bachelor's degree in Special and Elementary Education from the University of Evansville.

As a continual learner, she has refined her practices through programs like Reaching All Reader, PilotEd Curriculum Fellowship, Rollins Center for Language, and more. Brenna worked in different capacities within education over the last 12 years in both the United States and abroad.She especially loved sharing her passion for quality education for all, as a curriculum writer and teacher trainer with the Peace Corps Liberia and the Dominican Republic. In the United States, Brenna holds multiple teaching certificates from the state of Georgia in both elementary and special education P-12. In the US, Brenna has taught all subjects in various inclusive and self-contained special education settings. As an educator, she works with her students to build not only social, emotional, and academic skills but also self-advocacy.

 

Brenna's lessons are rooted in self-advocacy, a growth mindset, and research-based practices to best meet the needs of each learner. Over her time with Joy of Learning, she has developed a skill set to work with older learners, especially on spelling, reading, writing composition, math, and organizational skills. Brenna currently has  availability to work with students during the day. Brenna is excited to  work with your child to build their skills together through virtual lessons! 

Jo McMahan

Jo is a former classroom teacher with 30 years of teaching experience. For the past 10 years, she has worked at Camp Spring Creek as a Dyslexia interventionist and has loved every minute of it. Jo teaches in person sessions in the Boulder CO area, where she gets to be near her almost 1-year-old granddaughter. 

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Christie Welsby

Christie Welsby is an elementary reading specialist with over 25 years experience in sparking the joy of reading in her students. She has been an elementary reading specialist near Buffalo, NY for 25 years and has a Master's Degree in Reading, Language Arts and Literacy from The Ohio State University. She has received Orton-Gillingham training at the Classroom and Associate Levels, and is currently in a practicum to receive certification at the Orton-Gillingham Associate Level. She enjoys music, theater, and spending time with her big, blended family.

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Cassidy Holman

I'm Cass! I'm currently in school for biomedical engineering through Red Rocks Community College, with plans to transfer to CU Boulder. I've been tutoring since 2015, and I've worked primarily with students who have learning autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and in intervention programs. I'm passionate about art, reading, and disability advocacy. 

Amy is an exuberant first-grade teacher with an expertise in literacy instruction. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, a certificate in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages, and is trained in Orton Gillingham. Amy brings an engaging and individualized approach to her instruction. She is available for in-person sessions in the Denver area! 

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Mari Reamy

Hello, my name is Mari Reamy. I’m a SPED teacher with seven years of experience. I’m based in Denver and hold a Colorado professional teaching license. I have worked with students with various disabilities over the years (ASD, OHI including ADD/ADHD, ID, SLD including dyslexia, DD, SLI, TBI, etc.). I hold a Master’s Degree in SPED from the University of Colorado and the following postgraduate certifications as well as content-specific trainings from a number of universities/institutes: IMSE Orton Gillingham, Yoshimoto Orton Gillingham, Structured Literacy, Effective Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners, Language Development of Multilingual Learners, LETRS Basic Reading Skills, LETRS Reading Comprehension, Differentiated Educational Strategies for Exceptional Children, etc. I also lead the MTSS process at my current school and coach teachers on assessing students, determining the root cause, and designing Tier 2 differentiated instruction. I absolutely love working with children, supporting them in increasing their self-confidence through academic growth coupled with positive reinforcement. Thank you! 

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Donna Ewig

I am a Colorado native who grew up in the metro area. I taught for Boulder Valley Schools for over thirty years as a special education teacher. I hold a master’s degree in special education and an endorsement in early childhood special education. I have a passion for teaching literacy, language and mathematics using a multisensory approach that solidifies concepts. I am trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to facilitate literacy development. I have been married 29 years and have one son.  My hobbies include classic cars and playing with my dachshunds.

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Rebekah Vincent

Hi, my name is Rebekah and I'm a former special education teacher who's been tutoring for over 15 years. I work with students with all sorts of learning profiles, including Dyslexia, AD/HD, and Autism. I'm a certified dyslexia tutor and offer Orton-Gillingham tutoring, K-8th grade math, and homework support. I live in southern California and enjoy jiu jitsu, hiking, and cooking.