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Experienced, Knowledgeable, Competent

I provide intensive, systematic instruction.

I use programs that address phonics, phonemic awareness. fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Instruction is systematic - building skills gradually, introducing them in isolation and then integrating them with the other skills. I  provide frequent opportunities for practice and provide specific feedback that is positive and helpful.



What I Provide

I will start by giving your child a comprehensive reading evaluation that will pinpoint your child's strengths and weakness. I will use this information to develop a personalized learning plan. This plan will be tailored to meet your child's specific needs and allow them to learn at their own pace. At the same time they will be building the skills and confidence to become readers for life.



To help you better  understand how I will be helping your child

phonics- the connection between letters and their sounds

phonemic awareness-the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds

fluency- the ability to read with speed, accuracy and proper expression

vocabulary- knowledge of words and word meanings

comprehension- the understanding and interpenetration of what is read

Student Writing

Ellen is a dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic educator. She implements effective research based activities with rigor and students make incredible gains amidst her teaching. Students of all ages connect to Ellen easily and embrace her enthusiasm for reading, thus seeing themselves as life long successful readers !

Noelle Garneau - School-wide Early Intervention Coordinator and Reading Specialist- Discovery Academy


Satisfied Clients


I highly recommend Ellen May as a reading tutor. She is knowledgeable regarding the implementation of several scientific research based intervention programs , including Wilson Fundations. However, Ellen's true gift is her ability to connect with her students. She concuders the whole child when working with her students : she meets children where they are with their skill development , and she determines what is needed to help them progress. Children succeed with Ellen because they know she cares about them , and she helps them grow their confidence in their abilities. Ellen is an excellent tutor for students at any level seeking to improve their reading skills.

Betsy Bergman
Associate instructor - CREC Discovery Academy





Monday -Thursday 3-7pm
Sunday 3-7pm
50 minute session - $40.00
I can meet in your home or at the local library.
I am willing  to have conferences with your child's teacher to discuss their success.

Happy Student


  • Reading Interventionist at Discovery Academy

  • Springfield Teacher Pre-K to second grade

  • B.S. in Elementary Education

  • A.S in Early Childhood Education

Teacher and Student