The Loft is thrilled to announce the creation of The Loft Literacy Foundation! The Loft Literacy Foundation, which is a 501c3, will support individualized Orton-Gillingham tutoring sessions, as well as teacher training. It is a dream come true for us to be able to help the families in our community.
Melinda has been teaching and tutoring students for over 25 years, she has a Bachelor Degree from Auburn University in Early Childhood Education. She is a certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist through the International Dylexia Association (IDA). While tutoring at Greengate, she has worked with a range of students from elementary to middle school. With a multi-sensory approach she reaches all learning styles and gives her students the visual and hands on instruction they need. Melinda helps her students gain confidence by teaching them to find and use their strengths as they become more independent learners. Growing up in the Huntsville area and raising three children with her husband Rick, she loves spending her spare time helping in her church and the community.
Christie settled in Huntsville when her husband retired from the Army. As a military wife she has taught in a variety of public and private settings. Christie has a B.S. in History with an emphasis in secondary education from SUNY Brockport, and an M.S. in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement from Kansas State University. She is trained in the Orton Gillingham approach through AOGPE at both the associate and certified level. She joined the Greengate School faculty 9 years ago as a teacher and a dyslexic tutor. It was at Greengate School that she discovered her passion for working one on one with students who have reading and writing difficulties. Christie individualizes instruction to meet the needs of each student. Her greatest joy is watching her students gain confidence and persevere through their learning challenges.