Online Reading Tutors

Struggling readers need superstar teachers. All teachers are trained to provide high-quality instruction and follow the Viva Phonics curriculum. We are a MIGHTY TEAM ready to teach your child how to read!

All of our teachers hold or have previously held teaching certifications, have experience in the classroom, and cultivate a nurturing learning environment. We collaborate with the finest in the field!

Ms. Angelica

Angelica created the Viva Phonics program. She continues to work on making the program the best reading option for kids.

Angelica is a former classroom teacher with experience in PreK-5th grades. To ensure that Viva Phonics provides accurate information on the English writing system, Angelica studies English spelling and has taken classes with linguists and the founders of Structured Word Inquiry.

Angelica holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University, along with an Instructional Design Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. She earned a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaching certificates from Texas, Hawaii, South Carolina, and Florida.

Angelica enjoys exploring new places and relaxing at home with her husband and two dogs, Niko and Luna.

Ms. Becky

Becky taught preschool and kindergarten in several Montessori schools and first grade in public school and served as a mentor to many student teachers. She guided other homeschooling families in meeting and exceeding school district expectations when she was homeschooling her son and has tutored all grade levels, both in-person and virtually, in all subject areas. Her favorite subject to teach is phonics because phonics opens the door to reading, and reading opens the door to the world!

Becky graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Elementary Education, is a certified teacher in Pennsylvania and Florida, and has been teaching for over 30 years. She can’t imagine doing anything else!

Becky likes to read, walk, roller skate, and spend time with her husband, her son, and their cat, Basil.

Ms. Allison

Allison has taught preschool and kindergarten. She is a Special Education Teacher and has worked with children in kindergarten to fifth grade. 

Allison graduated from The University of Montevallo with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as well as Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She went on to get a Masters Degree in Special Education from The University of Alabama! Roll Tide! Allison also has an Education Specialist Degree in Special Education from Jacksonville State University. 

During her free time, Allison likes to read, go to the beach, watch movies, and spend time with her fiancé, Anthony.

Ms. Nicole

Nicole has been teaching for over six years with most of her experience in first-grade classrooms. During her time as a first-grade teacher she developed a passion for reading instruction and helping young children achieve their reading goals.

Nicole attended Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She is a certified K-6 educator in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and their two dogs, Willow and Slate. In her free time, she likes reading, cooking, watching movies, and traveling to new places.

Ms. Shannon

Shannon is also a speech-language pathology assistant for a school district in Alabama and has 20 years in education, including being a Reading Specialist, ESL Specialist, and Elementary School Teacher.

Shannon graduated in 2001 from Troy University in Troy, AL with a Bachelors Degree in K-6 Collaborative Education and is a 2021 graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education.

Shannon has a 15 year old daughter and a 7 year old Maltipoo and enjoys spending time with her family, working out, reading and traveling.

Ms. Sarah F.

Sarah is a former classroom teacher experienced in the dual language school setting.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Child Psychology from the University at Albany – State University of New York. Sarah has also received a master’s degree in Childhood Education from City University of New York-Hunter College. She also has certifications in Early Childhood Education and Bilingual Education. Sarah has recently partnered with the organization, Support Utila, to help improve literacy rates on the island.

Sarah enjoys drawing, writing, singing, snorkeling, and spending time with her puppy, Charlie.

Ms. Cat

Catriona is a former classroom teacher with experience teaching kindergarten and first grade in South Side Chicago.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her passion lies in teaching reading and writing to those who are struggling with literacy.

She is certified to teach Elementary Education for K-6 students in both Illinois and North Carolina.

Catriona currently lives in Texas with her husband, young son, and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys caring for indoor and outdoor plants, reading and watching mystery stories, and most importantly spending time with her family.

Ms. Sarah S. 

Sarah has worked in education for more than 10 years. She has taught Pre-K and 1st grade at a Christian school. She has also taught Pre-K through 8th grade as a substitute teacher in public schools. She has homeschooled her 5 children for several years and has enjoyed helping them crack the code with reading!

Sarah graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She is certified to teach Elementary Education for K-9 students.
Sarah likes to sing, listen to music, play her ukelele, hike, help people in need, and explore new places with her kiddos.

Ms. Denise

Denise began her teaching career as a fourth grade reading and writing teacher. During this time, she developed a love of teaching struggling readers and writers, especially students with dyslexia. This led her to pursue specialized training to become a campus dyslexia teacher.

Denise graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education). She received training to help struggling readers and students with dyslexia from Neuhaus Education Center in Bellaire, Texas. In Texas, she is ESL certified and is certified to teach grades 1-8. In Iowa, Denise is also a licensed substitute teacher.

In her spare time, Denise likes to spend time with her family and her two rescue dogs. She also enjoys spending time with her neighbors, gardening, and puzzles.

Ms. Sarah B.

Sarah has taught for ten years (and counting). Her experience includes teaching pre-school, kindergarten and first grade. Most of her experience is in first grade which is where she found her passion for teaching reading! Watching her students catch on to targeted phonics instruction and then becoming more confident in their progression towards reading fluency impacted her deeply. In addition to classroom experience, she has taught students from the ages of 3-12 in an online setting for school districts across the United States, Canada, and taught ESL students in China.

Sarah graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. After teaching for a few years in the classroom, she decided to expand her expertise and went on to get a master’s degree in early childhood education from Auburn University.

During her free time, Sarah enjoys going to Walt Disney World, spending time with her husband and their two dogs (Buster and Ollie), traveling, going to the beach nearby, reading, and shopping.

Ms. Nona

Nona is a retired Special Education teacher with 27+ years of teaching experience. She has experience teaching students in kindergarten through 8th grade. She strives to help all students reach their fullest potential. Her classes are energetic and engaging while still meeting the goals of the class.

Nona has a Master’s Degree and an Education Specialist Degree from Auburn University in Montgomery. Both degrees are in Collaborative Education. She has also received training in LETRS and Orton Gillingham. Nona maintains her Alabama teaching certificate.

In her free time, Nona enjoys crafting and painting. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, adult children, and 6 precious grandchildren.

Ms. Amelia

Amelia has taught Kindergarten through 6th grade and has worked in both public and private schools. She loves to teach reading and has recently focused on teaching phonics and reading online to struggling readers.

Amelia earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Geneva College. She specialized in Reading and also pursued a minor in Spanish. She has held teaching certifications in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 

Amelia loves guinea pigs and enjoys reading mystery novels. She is also working on improving her Spanish skills and helping her husband with church ministry.  


Ms. Shannon B.

Shannon is a former classroom teacher, teaching Kindergarten for 12 years! During her time as a teacher, she developed a love for teaching reading and phonics. She gets excited to see the progress a student makes, no matter how small!

Shannon attended The University of South Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is a certified K-6 teacher in Florida. She also has endorsements for Reading and ESOL.

Shannon is currently in her second year homeschooling her 2 boys. She and her husband also take care of their small hobby farm in Alabama. She has goats, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, quail, and lots of chickens. She also has 3 cats and a German Shepherd named Charlie. During her free time, Shannon loves to read, craft, watch movies, and spend time with her family.


Ms. Mary

Mary has experience working with students in grades K-12 in various roles including: teaching English to speakers of other languages (K-12), teaching special education (1-6), and teaching Kindergarten in the general education classroom. Mary has traveled on humanitarian missions to India and Haiti. She studied at SUNY Geneseo earning her undergraduate degree in elementary education and her masters in English to Speakers of Other Languages at Nazareth University.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys singing, drawing and watercolor painting as well as walks with her husband, son, and dog, Piper, through the woods or by the lake.

Ms. Denyel

Denyel has over ten years of experience teaching in both online and classroom settings. She has worked as a literacy tutor, third-grade teacher, and online tutor. Additionally, she has been homeschooling her daughter for the past nine years.

Denyel has a Bachelor’s degree in English. She also graduated from the University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in Education. She is a certified K-6 educator in Connecticut and also holds a TESOL certification. 

She enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, their dog, two cats, and pet tortoise. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and having movie nights with her family.

Ms. Sally

Sally retired after 33 years of teaching in a small rural school in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She spent the first 9 years teaching first grade, and the remaining 24 years teaching reading and math to third through fifth-grade students. She finds joy in watching students discover the magic of reading and the thrill of learning.

Sally graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, with a Bachelor’s Degree in PreK through 8th Grade Education. She also holds a teaching certificate from the state of Virginia.

She lives on a farm in Virginia with her husband, where they raise sheep and border collies. They both enjoy training their dogs to compete in sheepdog trials.

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