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Phone Number: 801-901-0811


I am the owner/director of Learn Joy Tutoring and a Dyslexia Specialist in Utah County. I am an experienced Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. I majored in Special Education and minored in Autism Studies. I have taught Life Skills Special Education at the High School level and I have taught Resource Special education at the Elementary School Level. 

I have an immense passion for helping students Learn Joy through their ability to read. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a student fall in love with the joy that comes from learning. I have decided to dedicate my life to creating light bulb moments for children. 

My whole life I have been drawn towards children, specifically children with special needs. I pride myself in my ability to connect with these individuals and for making a difference in their educational experiences. The Barton system has enabled me to make an outstanding difference in so many students lives. This program is phenomenally designed and extremely effective. My goal is to touch as many lives as I can, using the Barton Reading and Spelling system. 

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I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, I taught ESL online for over 3 years, to children ages 3-14. I have worked as a summer camp counselor for both youth and elementary aged children. Aside from being a tutor, I am a mother and the owner of a home bakery.

When I was a recreation management student, I discovered my passion for experiential education and learning. I believe the most significant and memorable learning happens through experiences and action, so I’m always looking for ways to incorporate activities in my teaching. Along with experiential learning, I find value in creating a relationship with each of my students, so that they feel safe to express themselves and their educational needs. I want to use their strengths and individuality to help them learn, so that they can build confidence in themselves and their learning abilities!




Hello Y'all! My name is Dallas O'Halloran-Maynor, and I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor.  I am originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I was born and raised there. I was always working with kids growing up, especially kids with special needs. I worked at a high school as a paraeducator for about a year and a half working in the special education room helping kids who had IEPS, intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injuries, and nonverbal. I am very big on working on life skills but also helping each kid find their potential in learning. Each kid learns differently so I love being able to build a relationship and help them find the joy in learning. I also worked at a middle school in the affective needs room, so I was working with kids who have behavioral and mental challenges. I am huge on mental health and making sure kids know how to communicate with others but also with themselves. I was at Liberty University working on my bachelor's degree in Special Education, but I have recently transferred to UVU to get my bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies.

I absolutely love education and learning. Education can be seen as this terrifying, boring thing, but education is beautiful. Learning is so beautiful and it's absolutely amazing to be a part of each students learning journey. I get the opportunity to see them grow and see them find their potential, become comfortable, and find joy in learning and growing their skills not just in education but also in life. I look forward to meeting your family and being a part of their growing, educational journey but also their life journey.

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Hello! My name is Maryanne Nelson. I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor. I have a degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University - Idaho. 

I have always had a love of working with children and have worked with children since I was young. I have worked in daycares, preschools, elementary schools, and a middle school in several capacities over the years. I am a homeschooling mom going on three years, with three children of my own: a preschooler, tween, and teen. 

I love supporting people to find their individual potential, talents, and worth in an engaging learning environment. I thrive in helping others see connections around them to find joy in their learning and growth. 




Hi everyone! My name is Kelsea Reed. I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor and am experienced in elementary education, student teaching and child development. I have developed strong communication skills and patience while assisting and teaching children for over six years.

I have had a constant desire to work with children since I was young and aspire to become a teacher. I find it most rewarding when a child begins to recognize their strengths and grow confidence in themselves using their unique minds and creativity. As a student, I often felt discouraged when I didn’t pick up on lessons quickly and believed I could never be good at something if it didn’t come naturally at first. I had teachers and mentors who took time to guide me and instill confidence to keep working hard to achieve my goals. These experiences inspired me to be that cheerleader for my own students one day. I felt an expectation that if I wanted to overcome something difficult, I had to push myself to do it alone. But I found that while it is always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can make all the difference. I hope to be that support for students and allow them to believe in all the possibilities they can achieve. 




Hello friends, I’m Sierra Noftle! I am a Special Education major at Utah Valley University, with a minor in Autism Studies. I have had the opportunity to substitute teach in Alpine School District and enjoyed the variety of students and classrooms I was able to experience. I am working part-time as a Peer Mentor in the Wolverines Elevated program for students with Autism, at UVU.

My mom is a Special Education teacher and has been teaching on and off in my hometown since I was born. Watching her teach in Lifeskills, Resource, and Regular Ed. classrooms in our community throughout my childhood, and witnessing the relationships she builds with her students, inspired me. I have always had a passion for working with children, and a love for the learning process. My personal goals as a tutor, and future teacher, are to be an advocate for my students and inspire them to realize their potential. I believe that everyone can increase their knowledge and learning skills and that it is my job as a tutor to help students find their individual learning styles, and boost their identity as a successful student.




Hi! I'm Sarah, and I am so happy to be joining the tutoring team! I have a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University. I am a retired elementary teacher of 17 years. I'm currently a certified substitute teacher for Alpine School District, and I'm an assistant at my sister-in-law's amazing preschool. I'm also a proud mother of four awesome kiddos.

I love working with children! I learn so much from them. I love to watch  children thrive and build confidence. I was primarily a reading/language arts teacher (I love to read!), and reading to my students was my favorite part of the day. My biggest challenge in the classroom was to help every student develop a love of reading. I strongly believe that every child is capable of not only learning to read, but to enjoy it as well. Reading opens so many opportunities and adventures. It's a superpower I want every child to develop for themselves. With the right tools and support, I know your child can thrive too. I'm here to help!