Meet Our Tutors

Our tutors each have a college degree and specific training and experience working with students who have learning differences or who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability. This additional expertise sets us apart from others. Most tutors have been with TLC for many years.  In addition to general education experience, they have taken specific training courses through TLC or other agencies, including Read Naturally, Touchmath, and strategies for executive functioning. Our reading tutors have training in multi-sensory, structured phonetic reading programs supported by current reading research including Orton-Gillingham reading methods, Wilson Reading System, and Phonographix.

Dorothy Lange, M.S., Educational Diagnostician

Dorothy Lange has a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Southern California with a specialty in learning disabilities.  She completed her student teaching at the Southern California Diagnostic School which served students with severe language learning disabilities.  She has had over twenty-five years experience working as a learning disabilities specialist and educational diagnostician for school systems in California and Virginia.  In her role as the educational diagnostician for the Treatment and Learning Centers she is responsible for administering educational evaluations, writing diagnostic reports and making educational recommendations for students from kindergarten through adult ages.  In addition, as the Tutoring Supervisor she matches tutoring clients with an appropriate tutor with follow-up to insure that the match has been successful.  She also reviews the written goals and progress reports completed by the tutors and consults with them to provide recommendations for instructional programs, accommodations and strategies. Throughout her career she has continued to update her skills by taking university courses, attending conferences, and receiving in-service training.  She has teacher certification in general education, the special education areas of learning disabilities and severely handicapped, as well as reading.

TLC Tutors:

Leonard Breitstein

Ellen Cleaves
Ellen Cleaves has a BA in psychology and a graduate credential in student counseling. She has taught regular and special education students in MCPS as well as private schools. She completed the tutor training program at TLC in 2003 and has continued to tutor pre-K through 8th- grade students in phonics, reading comprehension, writing, elementary math, and study skills. She is trained to use the Wilson reading program and the Visualization/Verbalization reading program from Lindamood-Bell.

Janice Jones

Jennifer Joseph
Jennifer Joseph received her BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland. She has worked as a tutor for TLC for 12 years. Jennifer works with middle and high school students as well as adults in reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, and writing skills. In addition, she teaches time management, organizational and study skills, as well as test preparation for the Verbal and Essay portions of the SAT and ACT exams and the English/Verbal and Reading portion of Montgomery College’s Accuplacer Assessment Test. Jennifer has worked with students and adults with ADHD, dyslexia, executive function difficulties, and autism spectrum disorders.

Dorothy Lange
Dorothy Lange has a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Southern California with a specialty in learning disabilities.  She completed her student teaching at the Southern California Diagnostic School which served students with severe language learning disabilities.  She has had over twenty-five years experience working as a learning disabilities specialist and educational diagnostician for school systems in California and Virginia.  In her role as the educational diagnostician for the Treatment and Learning Centers she is responsible for administering educational evaluations, writing diagnostic reports and making educational recommendations for students from kindergarten through adult ages.

Judith Loeffler

Richel Lupkin

Ginny McDonald
Ginny McDonald earned a BS degree in business administration from George Mason University. She is a Master Tutor at TLC where she has tutored for 17 years. Ginny is certified to teach the Phono-Graphix reading system. She teaches preschool through middle school reading, writing, math, and study skills. Ginny has worked with students with diagnosed learning differences in math and reading (dyslexia), ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, and autism spectrum disorder.

Mimi Meltzer

Helen Raucher

Charlotte Rest
Charlotte Rest received her B.S. from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana and her tutoring certification from The Kingsbury Center in Washington, D.C. She has 10 years tutoring experience focusing on middle school, high school, and adult students. Ms. Rest’s area of expertise is mathematics, including statistics and pre-calculus. She also tutors for school admission tests and executive functioning coaching.

Ilene Rosenblum

Edythe Runett
Edythe Runett has a B.S. in Education from the University of Maryland, and a Masters Equivalency. She has taught elementary school in Baltimore County, Montgomery County, and overseas for the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Schools. She teaches all ages in reading, using phonics-based reading programs including the Wilson Reading System, Explode the Code, and Primary Phonics. Edythe has been with TLC for 19 years.

Candace Trostel