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I am a graduate of Western Carolina University where I double majored in Sociology and Elementary Education (K-6) with a certification in teaching Reading (K-12). I also received a Master's degree in Reading Education from Appalachian State University and am certified in the Orton-Gillingham philosophy in teaching dyslexia students. I have worked in public schools for the past 26 years as an elementary school teacher, Reading Specialist, and an Academic Facilitator. I have also taught Reading skills, test prep, and vocabulary in the Adult Literacy Department at my local community college. I have tutored a broad range of subjects and ages of students. I am most passionate about Reading - all the parts of it (phonemic awareness to comprehension) and helping change students' lives. Watching struggling students learn to become better readers has been very rewarding for me. I have changed lives and opened doors to students that thought they were not able to go any further. I am a firm proponent of education, believing it to be absolutely necessary for an improved quality of life, and I try to impart this appreciation to all of my students. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, my two older children, reading, running, and watching basketball.

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Alicia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Western Carolina University - Bachelor of Science, Elementary School Teaching

Graduate Degree: Appalachian State University - Master of Arts Teaching, Reading Teacher Education


Reading, Running, Basketball,

Tutoring Subjects

Certified Reading Intervention

Elementary School English

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Learning Differences

Middle School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Orton Gillingham Reading



PRAXIS Early Childhood

PRAXIS Elementary School

PRAXIS English

PRAXIS Reading

Professional Certifications


Reading Intervention


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