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Welcome to Ms. Amy's Class

Individualized Curriculum

Are you looking for individualized tutoring from a highly experienced educator? Look no further. I specialize in individualized curriculum development, identifying then addressing areas of your child's greatest need. I am Orton-Gillingham trained at the Academy Associate Level, continuing to work under the mentorship of a Fellow. I am also a certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI).  For math, I follow my training in Montessori (AMI and AMS) to provide hands-on materials to aid in understanding. While I am thoroughly trained in well-established educational philosophies, I am also flexible and creative in my teaching methods, keeping student understanding and success at the forefront of my goals. Consistent tutoring support is one thing you can count on.


My Qualifications

A Highly Experienced Educator at Your Service

  • Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist certified through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction who verifies that I have passed the Knowledge and Practicum for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI Exam). ( 

  • Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Teacher which includes 60 hours of training and over 100 hours of scrutinized student practicum. This approach specializes in Direct Literacy Instruction for all students but has proven to be especially effective with students with Dyslexia. (

  • 20 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools in Hawai'i, Idaho, and the US Virgin Islands.  Department of Education Elementary Teaching Certificates in both Hawai'i and Idaho.

  • Certified Montessori Teacher for ages 3-12 years old (AMS and AMI), I have led Primary and Upper Elementary classrooms. I piloted Idaho's first Upper Elementary public school Montessori class.

  • Skilled in educational assessment using empirical data and formative assessments. Each student's challenges are identified and strengthened using positive and self-esteem building methods.

Lessons and Specialties

Helping parents and students feel more confident in their abilities.

I meet with students via Zoom or in person at schools or the students' homes.


Direct Literacy Instruction

For those with or without dyslexia

Direct Literacy instruction is for students of any age who struggle with reading, spelling, and writing. By following the Orton-Gillingham Approach, I teach students the rules of English in a multi-sensory, structured, and logical manner. I tailor each lesson specifically to each student each time. I continually assess each student's comprehension, slowing down when needed and moving forward when a concept is understood. I write each individual lesson after each session, incorporating any mistakes in the next lesson as a review. This approach sets students up for success. 

 $75/session which includes 55 minutes of tutoring and an individualized lesson plan that I write specifically for each student, each time.


Informal Assessments

Identifying Specific Areas of Challenge.

I perform informal literacy assessments that help identify specific learning challenges in the areas of:

  • Phonemic Awareness

  • Letter and Word Recognition

  • Reading Fluency and Comprehension

  • Handwriting

  • Spelling 

  • Writing Skills

I include a detailed report that can be shared with teachers, which outlines my findings. Teachers and parents have found the reports helpful when designing targeted supports for struggling students. 

$150 for the testing (which takes about an hour) and the written report. 


Parent Support

I can help you with:

  • How to support your child's learning at home. Quick tips!

  • Navigating your child's online learning platform.

  • Setting up your home to create a better learning environment.

  • Setting up and making Orton-Gillingham or Montessori materials and workspaces.

$40/ 30 mins 


Parent Testimonials

"Amy has masterfully guided our son (now 8) into literacy—  which is in and of itself incredible and exciting— but I’d say in this area of work arriving at the destination (while major!) is less impressive than how you get there.  Amy’s approach (custom-tailored all the way down to the finest detail) combines great expertise, warmth, and kindness with firm expectation and boundaries, all while keeping our child interested and engaged, feeling positive, and intrinsically motivated.  This high-level approach to teaching and navigating a social-emotional relationship with a child in a one-on-one setting is exceptional and uncommon and one which we continue to value very highly. We comment on it all the time, how lucky we feel to have this resource on Maui— and we continue our regular sessions now despite having reached the literacy goals we set when we started with Amy two years ago. If you’re considering Amy’s services and you’d like to chat, I’m happy to share our experience/context in more detail, please just request my contact from Amy."

—Jubilee, Ben, and Otis 

Kula, HI 

"Ms. Amy has been a teacher and tutor to my boys for three years. She has been a huge impact on their education especially with tutoring during these COVID times. She is very organized, conscientious, punctual, and always keeping it fun and engaging. I highly recommend Ms. Amy and I’m so grateful to have her as a mentor in my boys lives." -Sabrina


Contact Me

I’m here to make learning processes easier for you and your child. Please email me to start a conversation about tutoring at your home.


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