In less than a year, Tara was able to help our son rejoin his grade level in reading. She helped him with decoding skills, spelling, reading comprehension, fluency, and even cursive handwriting. Tara has always been extremely kind and patient with him, even when he was frustrated.
— A.K. (Wheaton, IL)

About Tara

  • 30 years of experience in education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

  • Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction-Reading

  • American Montessori Society Elementary I Credential

  • Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)

  • Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT)

  • Certified Dyslexia Therapist (CDT)

  • Qualified Instructor in Training (QIT)

As a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), Certified Dyslexia Therapist (CDT), and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT), Tara is specially trained to use Orton-Gillingham methods that are individualized and unique to the specific learner.  Her instructional delivery involves using a multi-sensory approach to teaching language acquisition skills which develop a student's ability to learn to read, write and spell.  These language skills are taught in a manner in which the senses (visual, auditory, kinesthetic-tactile) are engaged simultaneously for optimal learning.  The teaching techniques and intervention strategies used are appropriate for all language learners and designed to help close the achievement gap. 

For those students with dyslexia and related learning differences, such as dysgraphia, dyscalculia, written expression disorders, and attention deficit disorders, Tara offers an intensive academic and therapeutic approach to remedial instruction.  Additionally, she works with students who do not have a diagnosis of dyslexia, but would benefit from additional academic support to manage specific school subjects.



  • Orton-Gillingham based Dyslexia Therapy:  Private, Semi-Private, Small Group (Take Flight:  A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia)

  • Take Flight Dyslexia Teacher Training

  • Academic Support for Students Who Need Help with Specific School Subjects

  • Dyslexia Screening

  • Handwriting Assessment/Dysgraphia

  • Dyslexia Simulation/Awareness Workshop (Parents and Educators)

  • Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies

  • Written Expression (Composition and Handwriting) 

  • Comprehension Skills

  • Executive Function Skill Development

  • Math/Dyscalculia

  • Instruction for English Language Learners (ELL)