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     I am the owner/director of Beautiful Mind Tutoring and a dyslexia specialist in the Salt Lake City area. I am a Certified Barton Reading & Spelling tutor and on the education committee for Decoding Dyslexia of Utah. Currently, I am the committee chair for the Wasatch Reading Summit, which is an educational, professional development seminar that focuses on the best practices for instruction in Utah. I am also a Utah State Board Of Education professional learning provider.

     I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and taught first grade until I had children and chose to stay home to raise them.  For the next 10 years, I volunteered in many capacities at my children's school.  I also spent time tutoring many subjects, but quickly realized that I wanted to focus more on reading.
     I have always been fascinated with the process of teaching children to read. While growing up, I often heard stories of the pain that not being able to read caused my father throughout his childhood. My father, who is profoundly dyslexic, is not able to read beyond a fourth-grade level.  My grandparents did everything they could to help my father, but they had no idea what was wrong or how to "fix" him.  
     As my children entered school I was pleasantly surprised when both my daughters began to read before kindergarten and continued to flourish in school.  I was a bit concerned when my son did not follow suit.  I noticed that he was not like his sisters even before he entered school.  I attributed it to the fact that he was a boy and young for his grade.  By second grade, he began having behavior issues, which was out of character for him. Then, in third grade, his teacher mentioned that she was a bit concerned.  I immediately jumped into action.  Because of our family history, I began to research dyslexia.  I was fascinated with all of the warning signs that he had but I had never recognized them. 
     My son has since been diagnosed with both dyslexia and dysgraphia.  I taught him using the Barton Reading and Spelling System and had so much success that I decided to teach other students struggling with similar issues.  While it is often a lonely, overwhelming road, I know firsthand that if given the correct form of remediation and accommodations, children with dyslexia can have very happy, successful, productive lives.


     I am a dyslexia specialist and a certified Barton Reading & Spelling tutor in Davis County and Salt Lake City. I have a Bachelor of Science in special education from Utah Valley University. I have a passion for helping children gain confidence in their ability to read and write. Having struggled as a child with oral and written language, I would have benefited greatly from a specialized program that focused on my deficiencies.  When I learned about the Barton Reading and Spelling System, I knew that I wanted to focus my education and career on helping others learn to read and write with confidence. I am passionate about this program and the ability it has to change the lives of those who have struggled with dyslexia. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me and my desire to help others through this program. 


I am a certified Barton Reading & Spelling tutor. I have a Master of Education in special education from the University of Utah.  I have always had a strong passion for helping children, especially academically. I have been working as a one-on-one Barton tutor for the past few years and I absolutely love it.  Working with kids brings me so much joy. I love building a relationship with my students and watching their confidence grow.  Seeing a child’s academic progress is an amazing thing, especially in reading and spelling. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the light in a student’s eyes when they finally understand a concept.  No matter what students struggle with, there is always a way to help them believe in themselves. I know that the Barton Reading & Spelling system can change lives. It has helped so many children and will continue to do so.  


 I am a dyslexia specialist and a certified Barton Reading & Spelling tutor. My educational background includes a BS in elementary education from the University of Utah and a MA in Teaching from Westminster College. I have a current Utah educator license and taught for 8 years in kindergarten and first grade. I am currently taking a break from teaching to be home to raise my two amazing kids. I find so much joy in helping students gain confidence in themselves as they learn they can do hard things. I am passionate about teaching children to be successful readers and writers so they can be successful lifelong learners.


I received my bachelor's degree at the University of Utah in Elementary Education. I taught first and third grade before I had my own children. The most exciting and rewarding part of my college education, teaching experience, and even role in motherhood was and is fostering the learning and love of reading.  I am thrilled to be a certified Barton tutor. Teaching children to read is a passion that was sparked in me by one of my college professors at the University of Utah almost 20 years ago. Her fascination and love for the learning to read process was contagious. My interest grew, and as I applied what she taught so did my love for teaching reading. It remains with me. I taught each of my four children to read. They each learned differently just as my students did. I believe all children have the ability to learn to read.  Reading is a building block for all other learning. Reading also provides great, life long joy. I am excited to be working with a great team of educators who share this passion.


I graduated from the University of Utah way back in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education with a Reading minor. I am also a certified Barton tutor. For the past 34 years, while I have been raising my family, I have been involved in teaching in a variety of circumstances. I am a certified teacher and have been employed with Granite School District in their Special Services department where I taught students in Home/Hospital settings when their abilities to attended regular school was limited. For the past 25 years, I have worked with at-risk populations in drug and alcohol rehabs. I have seen first hand how students who experience challenges either academically or behaviorally can benefit from smaller class sizes and one-on-one teaching. My experiences have been so rewarding when students who have been frustrated by the system and have considered themselves "stupid" and "unable to learn" have found success and learned to love learning. Reading really is the key and I am thrilled to be working with this team of dedicated teachers who are committed to opening that door of life-long learning for our students.   

Addie Ellis

I am currently a senior studying family science at Utah Valley University. I have worked in an elementary school as a paraeducator and have also volunteered as an aid to teachers in elementary schools. I have spent several summers planning, preparing, and carrying out kids’ camps for children in our community. I have also been a nanny for many years and enjoy being around children. I love helping children learn and grow and discover all that they can achieve.

Holly Peterson

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah with a minor in French. I have had the opportunity of teaching hundreds of students over the last 21 years as the owner of Bright Beginnings Preschool. The daily curriculum there includes pre-k reading and spelling skills and it is always exhilarating to feel the energy and excitement of students as they learn. I have also spent time as a one-on-one tutor and substitute teacher before I began working at Beautiful Mind Tutoring. I love to teach! I am extremely impressed with the Barton System. This program instills and improves skills in reading and spelling, and also boosts self-confidence through achieved success. I love being involved in the positive results this program brings and lucky to interact with awesome students in the process.

Melissa Rideout

I earned my bachelor's degree from Utah State University in Health Education and Exercise Science. I then became a Certified Athletic Trainer and worked in a Physical Therapy clinic treating primarily student-athletes. I spent many years on the sidelines of all kinds of high school sporting events providing care for injured athletes. 

While raising my 4 children I have spent many hours volunteering at their schools. One of my daughters is an elementary school teacher now and my favorite thing has been to volunteer in her classroom and at her school. I have tutored several of her students in reading. 

My husband struggled with dyslexia as a child and some of our children have had struggles with reading and needed supportive tutoring for many years. I have so much compassion for parents who can see their child struggling and for the child who feels overwhelmed and confused. I am so grateful to be able to experience this process with parents and see children achieve success and
 gain confidence. 
Alissa Hollberg

I am a certified Barton Reading & Spelling tutor and am thrilled to be a part of the Beautiful Mind Tutoring team. I graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah and worked at the University until I started my family. I am the mother of 4 children and loved staying home with them while they were young. When my youngest was in second grade I started substitute teaching. I have taught in several elementary and jr high schools for over 7 years. I returned to the classroom year after year because I loved the interaction and positive influence I could offer, especially to those in desperate need of patience and direction. I feel fortunate to have been associated with and contributed to their education experience. Engaging with these kids as they start their educational experience as wide-eyed 5-year-olds to graduating 5th & 6th graders has been a highlight of my experience. My time in the classroom has reminded me of the importance of being able to read well. I recognize a child’s joy and excitement when they “get it”. The self-confidence associated with reading is priceless and something that can make or break their experience through high school and beyond. I am so grateful to be working one-on-one with students as they explore the joys of reading. 

Diane Adair
I have spent many years in education, and I love working with children! I have my undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and my master’s in education from Utah State University. I taught for 15 years before choosing to stay home and raise my boys. Now that my youngest children, my twins, have left home, I have chosen to spend my time both in the special education classroom at Olympus High School and also tutoring for Beautiful Mind Tutoring. I love teaching children to read, but also enjoy being their biggest cheerleader. I understand the importance of loving my students and the impact that that can have on their entire life!
Kristin Jarman

      I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Education from the University of Utah, I am a certified Barton tutor and I love working with children!  One of my professors instilled a passion in me regarding literacy and I have since loved helping children learn, grow and develop confidence in this capacity.  Before I had my 6 children, I was an aide and preschool teacher.  Now I love volunteering and helping in my children’s classrooms as much as I am able. 
      I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Beautiful Mind Tutoring and developing positive and uplifting relationships with those I teach.  Helping them gain confidence is vital and nothing is more rewarding than seeing the light in children’s eyes shine as they accomplish new skills.  It is a joy for me to be a part of their journey. 

Kathy Hansen
Cathy Ipsen

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah. I taught school for one year before I began having children of my own. I am the mother of four children and loved being home with them while they were young and going to school. I’ve spent hundreds of hours volunteering in my children’s schools. I’ve done everything from teaching lessons, to PTA, to being a room mom. I was a reading tutor for one year at Driggs Elementary. I have always loved being around children and helping them. I am passionate about every child becoming the best reader they can be. I am excited to work for Beautiful Mind Tutoring.

I earned my BS Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah! I taught First Grade for 2 years in  the Murray School District.  I then chose to be a stay at home Mom to my five children.  During those years I spent some time working as a part time tutor for Sylvan Learning Center.  I also did some private tutoring for 4-6th grade students, in addition to helping my own children with their educational studies! I love children!  I love to see them learn and progress and feel proud of their accomplishments and hard work.  I believe that every child deserves a fair chance to master reading and spelling because it opens up endless possibilities for growth and learning that will last them throughout their life. I believe that children need many opportunities with positive, encouraging feedback as they learn.  I am so excited to be working as a Barton Reading and Spelling tutor and help children find success during their early years.  

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