Ann O.

Fayetteville, NC


Reading Specialist. Writing Consultant. Learning Disability Help

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50+ Hours
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About Ann

I have a Master's of Education from the University of Texas, with a concentration in Reading. I have many years' experience as an elementary classroom teacher, in addition to teaching small groups and individuals to improve reading skills. I believe in a comprehensive approach, correcting underlying causes of difficulties while addressing the student's immediate reading needs. Beginning and non-readers may have issues such as trouble remembering or sequencing letters, phonics confusion, difficulty sounding out words, and auditory or visual perception problems. Mature readers often have comprehension problems that can be compounded by a variety of factors, including difficulties processing written language, awareness of detail, reading speed, processing speed, and ability to see the big picture.
No matter the age or ability of the student, be assured that I will provide an enjoyable, innovative, comprehensive and successful treatment.

I am currently a professional writing consultant at a state university, assisting students with all aspects of the writing process. This includes grammar and punctuation, sentence structure and paragraph formation, organization, formatting, citations and research. I work with students whose writing skills may be weak, and also with advanced students who want assistance with master and doctoral level writing.

I am certified in diagnosis and remediation of developmental skills, and have years of experience as a cognitive skills trainer. Students who are experiencing difficulty with learning often have undetected lags or uneven development in these areas. Addressing them will remove barriers to learning, and have a profound effect on academics.
I have a Master's of Education from the University of Texas, with a concentration in Reading. I have many years' experience as an elementary classroom teacher, in addition to teaching small groups and individuals to improve reading skills. I believe in a comprehensive approach, correcting underlying causes of difficulties while addressing the Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Fayetteville, NC 28311
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In-person lessons

"Great Proofreading Tutor"

- Darryl, Fayetteville, NC on 7/26/14
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills

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I have a Master's degree in Education, many years' experience in the elementary classroom, and 11 years' experience tutoring students with a variety of learning disabilities, including ADD/ADHD.

ADD/ADHD is diagnosed based on the variety of symptoms displayed. There is controversy over the cause or causes of the condition, as well as the best treatment. Because it has such a significant effect on every aspect of a child's life, including educational success and family relations, I believe it is important to support the parent in every way possible in their efforts to help their child.

The first line of defense is to employ modifications to assist daily function, such as organizational aids, providing an environment free of distraction, use of positive reinforcement, and adjustments to academic assignments. If these do not prove sufficient, medication under a doctor's supervision is often the solution, eliminating many behavioral issues while enabling the child to be successful in school.

However, this is not always a good choice for some families. Often there are negative side effects, or medication simply does not work. In this case, or where parents choose not to medicate their child, there is a third option. This is to employ reasonable modifications while simultaneously addressing individual symptoms through developmental techniques.

An example of a developmental technique that may be helpful with ADD is ocular-motor and vision training. A variety of exercises can be employed to increase length of focus, improve horizontal tracking and peripheral vision, all of which affect reading and writing tasks. There are also exercises which will improve how the brain processes incoming sensory information, not only that which is considered academic but environmental data such as sounds, objects and movement.

This is a very limited example of approaches to treating ADD/ADHD, and only the visual aspects of the condition. I am certified through the University of Texas in diagnoses and remediation of developmental skills, and have had significant success in applying these methods. Many parents have been able to reduce the dosage of their child's medication, and some have been able to eliminate it completely.


I hold a Master's degree Education, with a concentration in Reading. There are differing schools of thought about the causes and treatment of dyslexia; however, I have had consistent success using a dual approach. First, I determine which areas of neurological function may be contributing to the problem, and prescribe a targeted program of motor and cognitive exercises to be carried out by the parent under my guidance. This will address the typical dyslexic symptoms such as reversals, letter confusion, omissions , etc. Second, I immediately build reading success by directly teaching reading at the level at which the student is proficient, using materials with which the student is comfortable, and gradually increasing difficulty as skills improve.
A typical hour long session consists of about 15 minutes of short, intense exercises, followed by reading instruction. Students notice an immediate difference in perception, and results are evident to parents and teachers in about 2 weeks.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have an B.A. In Early Childhood Education from Methodist College, as well as a Master's of Education with a concentration in reading from Methodist University. I have many years experience as a third grade classroom teacher, and have been consultant to many private and public pre-schools and kindergartens on the subject of motor and cognitive development.


I have many years elementary classroom experience. I also have a Masters degree in Education, concentration in Reading. I am certified in developmental skill diagnosis and remediation. I am a tutor specializing in learning differences; Consultant on developmental and cognitive growth. I also have experience as college Developmental English instructor. And I am a current professional writing consultant at FSU.

SAT Reading

I have a Masters degree in Education and three years experience coaching SAT Verbal with Huntington Learning Center. I have successfully assisted numerous students to significantly raise scores.

Special Needs

I have a master's degree in education from the University of Texas, with a concentration in reading. I am certified in assessment and remediation of motor and cognitive development through the University of Texas. I have over 20 years experience teaching developmental skills in classrooms and individually, and have been a presenter on the subject to many pre-schools and child development centers. I have many years experience tutoring developmentally delayed students. My approach is based on the findings of Piaget, and are based on the theory that all learning is based on experience, specifically that movement and mobility is the vehicle through which the brain develops. Motor skills are the foundation upon which cognitive development is built, and many cognitive limitations are corrected by determining underlying movement impairment issues. I screen a client to determine whether any motor deficits exist, and prescribe a plan to raise any low-functioning areas. When these areas begin to respond, cognitive deficits are addressed, and as progress is made, these new enhanced skills are applied to classroom learning.


Masters degree in Education.
7 years experience as writing consultant at FSU.
Experience teaching developmental college English.

University of Texas
University of Texas


University of Texas (Education)

University of Texas (Master's)

Great Proofreading Tutor

Excellent! Great response time and made corrections with explanations on subject matter. I would not hesitate to call upon her again. Great tutor.

— Darryl, Fayetteville, NC on 7/26/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Travel policy

Ann will travel within 20 miles of Fayetteville, NC 28311.