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Owner / Director

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. 




Hi! My name is Olivia, and I am a Math tutor. I’m currently going to school for Psychology and I am experienced in student teaching and have worked with children of all ages!

I have always loved working with children and seeing their progress, and love watching that spark when they grasp the concepts of what they are learning. I am very passionate in making sure each child has a coaching strategy unique to them and their needs, and will take all the time they need to make sure they feel confident in their developing skills! Being able to provide that extra support for students and reassure them that struggling is normal is one of the most important things to me. 




Hello! My name is Macie Ferre. I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor and I am currently studying Secondary English Education at Utah Valley University. I love to travel, cook, read, and eat pizza. 

I have a passion for reading and writing and I thrive being able to share that with others. I love watching students grow, excel, and build confidence in their abilities. I hope to build relationships and provide knowledge that my students will continue to cherish and utilize throughout their education. I feel very lucky to be apart of the Learn Joy Tutoring team - and I look forward to building students confidence along with their love for reading and writing!




Hello! My name is Makenna Bascom and I love teaching. I am a Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor. I graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's degree 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! My name is Whitney Cowley. I am a Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor. I am currently teaching in the Alpine School District. I graduated from SUU with a degree in Elementary Ed and a Minor in Reading. I have an Early Childhood Endorsement as well. From an early age I always wanted to be a teacher and I am proud to say that I get to fulfill my dream every day. These past 4 years I have been a Reading Interventionist working in small groups with struggling readers.

My favorite part about teaching is hearing statements like, “I love reading now,” or “I can read,” or “Reading is fun!” Those statements make my teacher heart so happy, especially knowing how hard students have been working to learn to read. It is so gratifying to know that students feel successful and confident in themselves as readers and are proud of themselves. I enjoy building good relationships with the students I work with. They need to know I believe in them and trust that I want what’s best for them. 

I am a mom to three boys/men. My oldest son is 27, my middle son is 21, and my youngest is 16 living at home with me. I enjoy spending time with them whenever I can. Crafting is one of my absolute favorite hobbies. I also like reading, game nights, traveling, and going out with family and friends. I am excited to be a tutor at LearnJoyTutoring and can’t wait to help your child learn to read!

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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. 




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! 

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