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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. 




Hey y'all! My name is Sydney McConnell and I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor. I spend my days as a 6th grade science teacher in Herriman, UT and I also run our junior high student council. I graduated from the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama in December 2018 with a bachelors in biology and a minor in chemistry. Shortly after graduating, I found myself here in Utah in my current teaching position and I love it!

My favorite part of education is building relationships with my students. It is no secret that I love my content, but I also take time to get to know my students on a more personal level. Me and my students are a team and this makes their academic wins so much sweeter! I look forward to meeting you!




I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor who is currently working on a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Western Governors University! I also work as a Para-educator and a substitute teacher which allows me to see a wide variety of ages and learning levels every day. I have loved teaching and working with kids my entire life but have always had a special inclination to children with disabilities because I grew up with a cousin who is blind and has autism.

I am a firm believer that building up a child's confidence is the most important role of a teacher/tutor because it is a critical first step in creating a safe learning environment. Having confidence allows a child to believe they can learn more and ultimately, allows them to do so. I am so excited to use the Barton program while I get the special opportunity to tutor your kids and teach them new skills!




I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor. I received my bachelors in Elementary Education at Brigham Young University, with a minor in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language).

I have been teaching second grade the last few years, and have loved every moment. Watching children develop a love of reading, and feeling empowered to tackle new reading material is incredibly satisfying. There is no better feeling of pride than watching a child dive into a book and love it! I am committed to helping students discover their love of reading by making learning applicable to them. I cherish building relationships with students, and watching their excitement grow as their confidence does!

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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!




 I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor! I graduated from the University of Mobile in 2017 with a degree in History and a minor in Intercultural Studies. Since graduating I have worn many hats in the education world. I have been a SPED paraprofessional, taught both elementary and middle school, and have coached middle school girls basketball.

Being in schools for the past five years, I love being able to experience the "ah ha" moments when something clicks for a student. Reading and spelling are two of my favorite subjects to teach along with seeing a student gain confidence as they grow in those skills and then run with them! Once a student gains confidence in one area, they start to gain confidence in other areas. I look forward to working with you and your student! 




Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa Russell and I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor! I am currently studying at UVU to receive my bachelor’s degree in elementary education. 

Ever since a very young age I knew that I wanted to one day be a teacher. I had a teacher inspire me to take this path and I hope one day I will be able to inspire others to do the same. Teaching has been something that has come naturally to me and has always been incorporated into my life in many different times and ways. Whether it was helping friends with homework, or tutoring students with special needs through my middle and high school years. 

I have always adored children and find it one of the most rewarding experiences to watch a child grow cognitively from my teaching abilities. I would have to say that my favorite part of education is the way you can see children progress in ways they thought they couldn’t and how it gives them excitement and confidence to learn something new. I am very excited to meet and help new students!




Hello! My name is Makenna Bascom and I love teaching. I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor. I am graduating this December from BYU in Elementary Education with a minor in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language).

I love reading and think literacy is so important! What encouraged me to become an elementary teacher were my teachers growing up that encouraged me to pursue the things I was interested in and helped to inspire me to believe in my abilities. I hope to be able to do the same for my future students and help them feel capable of reaching their potential. Over the years I have had experiences working as a paraeducator in a life skills classroom at a junior high, teaching at the BYU preschool, and working with individuals with disabilities as a direct supported living staff. I love helping people be able to accomplish their goals and seeing them succeed. I’m excited to continue to empower students to feel the success they deserve and have fun as we do it!




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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