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.
Ginny McDonald, Tutoring Supervisor
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.
José F. Alonso
José F. Alonso earned a BA and an MA degree in Economics from The Catholic University of America. He also completed the course requirements for a PhD in International Trade and Applied Mathematics at Catholic University. Prior to joining TLC, from 2011-2017, José taught at Montgomery College in the Adult Education Program Reading/Writing, Mathematics and Social Studies. From 2009 to 2011 he taught and tutored math at the elementary and middle school level at Paint Branch ES and in the GED evening program of the Literacy Council of PG county. He also taught for four years at Albert Einstein HS classes in Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry.
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.
Danielle Falco went to the University of the District of Columbia where she graduated with a degree in Education. She is certified in Special Education and is currently teaching social studies and reading at the Katherine Thomas School. She has a wide range of the ages that she can tutor, and tailors her lesson to each student’s needs. With younger students she often works on attention span, counting, and math skills, as well as reading and comprehension. With older students, she often works on reading and studying skills, as well as executive functioning techniques.
Jaime Fuller has a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Maryland College Park with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also certified to teach Special and Primary Education in Maryland and Georgia. Jaime completed her graduate work and student teaching with the U.S. Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools while living overseas in Germany. Jaime has over ten years’ experience teaching regular and special education students in both public and private schools systems from pre-K though middle school. Jaime tutors pre-K through adult reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, writing, and elementary math skills; in addition to time management, organization skills and test preparation.
Janice Jones has a B.A. in English from Kansas State University and a Masters of Education with a specialty in Learning Disabilities from the University of Maryland. She has taught high school English, and reading comprehension and writing courses at Montgomery College. She was an Academic Therapist at the Center School in Chevy Chase and has training in Orton-Gillingham reading methods, Wilson Reading System, Phonographix, and Read Naturally. She taught tutor training courses at TLC and has been tutoring at TLC for 25 years. She has worked with students of all ages in reading, writing, Executive Functioning, and study skills.
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.
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.
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 received her M.S. degree in Mild to Moderate disabilities from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. She has worked as a tutor for TLC over the past 13 years she has been employed as a Special Education high school teacher with The Katherine Thomas School since 2004. Candace currently continues to work with high school students as well as younger students in reading comprehension in the content areas, decoding, grammar, spelling, and writing skills. In addition, she teaches time management, organizational and study skills. Candace has worked with students with ADHD, high functioning autism, dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties, speech and language deficits, hearing impairments, visual impairments, learning disabilities, other health impairments, and intellectual disabilities. Her approach to working with students with special needs are to provide a very structured quiet environment with hands-on activities to engage students of all ages in the process of learning.