Struggling or reluctant readers may present their frustrations as behavior problems, apathy and loss of confidence, however filling in the reading gaps and boosting confidence may bring that reader back to life!
— The Reading Gal

Many parents and teachers are feeling concern and frustration for students who are reading below grade level.  As parents, you may or may not have the time or knowledge to be able to help your child get caught up to their grade level in reading, and that is where I come in!

Nevada has consistently scored below the national average in Reading.  According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report which is conducted every two years, the average reading score for an 8th grader in Nevada was 259, the nationwide average was 264, however the proficiency score was 280.  Therefore, the struggling reading epidemic is nationwide, and statewide.  You are not alone.  

Through our tutoring sessions, I will build rapport with your child, hear their frustrations, their interests, and assess their abilities. Reluctant and struggling readers have been my passion for several years because I know how important reading is to being able to function in life.  Research shows that reading significantly below grade level can result in higher dropout rates  and higher incarceration rates than for those who are on track.  I firmly believe that being a confident reader opens doors to jobs and experiences that would not otherwise be an option for someone if they were insecure about their abilities.  We want to give our children the chance to have many opportunities in life, without the fear of their insecurities holding them back!  

I understand that reluctant or struggling readers will often do all that it takes to avoid this activity, therefore I will target these avoidance type behaviors and help create an atmosphere of inquiry around the exploration of reading.  Unlocking the power of imagination and creativity through reading is one of the most powerful experiences for me as a reading teacher and tutor!  

Please contact me today for a free 30-minute meet and greet, so I can talk with you and the reader to see how I can help him or her build their confidence and open the doors of opportunity!

Statistics about Struggling Readers

  • Nevada readers, at all grade levels, consistently score below the national average (NAEP, 2015)
  • Nevada readers score significantly below the proficient mark (NAEP, 2015)
  • In 4th grade, boys score only 3 points lower than girls (NAEP, 2015)
  • However, in 8th grade, boy score 10 points lower than girls  (NAEP, 2015

I am happy to provide scholarly, peer-reviewed research to support these statements and statistics, upon request.