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My name is Melinda Franz and I am a reading specialist. I have taught for over 30 years and tutored over the past several years. I have enjoyed working with all levels of students in grades K-8. My passion has been to help the struggling student succeed in the classroom.

I received degrees from Ball State University and the University of Arizona with certification to teach elementary education. I also acquired specializations in reading and special education. My experience includes teaching language arts in grades K-8. I taught over 20 years in Title I reading providing 1:1 and small group instruction to students who experienced reading or language difficulties in in the classroom. During this time I used the Orten-Gillingham system of teaching reading which has proven effective and used widely in working with students who exhibit characteristics of dyslexia.

As a reading specialist I am able to identify individual strengths, weaknesses, and current levels of performance. I am happy to work closely with parents in devising a plan tailored specifically for their child to meet his/her individual needs.

I enjoy working with children and sharing in their successes. Each student is special and it is my desire to help each one shine.

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Melinda’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Ball State University - Bachelor of Science, Elementary School Teaching

Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - Master of Arts, Education of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs


I enjoy music, piano, creating through arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and research.

Tutoring Subjects

Certified Reading Intervention

Elementary School English

Elementary School Reading




Reading Intervention

Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

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