As a trained special education teacher with over twenty five years of teaching experience, I have worked in both public and private school settings as well as within the homeschool community.
In 2010, I began my tutoring practice working specifically with children with learning disabilities, focusing primarily on providing reading and spelling instruction to students with dyslexia. I have Advanced Certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program, which is a program designed specifically for teaching children or adults with dyslexia.
In another capacity, I am a testing consultant with Lighthouse Educational Services, and provide annual testing to homeschoolers using the Woodcock Johnson IV Achievement Test.
I provide tutoring primarily from my home office, located in southern Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina. But I also tutor online and off-premise, if my schedule allows. You may contact me through this website, or call me at 919 539-6950.
As with other learning disabilities, dyslexia is a lifelong challenge that people are born with. This language processing disorder most often causes problems with reading, writing, and spelling, but can also impact speaking, memory function, and math ability. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness. It is also not the result of impaired vision. It is a neurological disorder that causes a person’s brain to process and interpret information differently.
Dyslexia occurs among people of all economic and ethnic backgrounds and can range from very mild to extremely severe. Since it is an inherited condition, quite often more than one member of a family will struggle with it. According to the US Department of Health, as many as 15 percent of Americans have dyslexia.
Since so much of what happens in a classroom is based on reading and writing, it's important to identify dyslexia as early as possible and provide appropriate intervention.
NOTE: Reprinted with permission from Susan Barton of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, www.BrightSolutions.us.
The most difficult problem that students diagnosed with dyslexia have is learning to read. Unfortunately, most reading curriculums that are found in classrooms are ineffective for these struggling learners. Students with dyslexia need an Orton-Gillingham or Structured Literacy approach to learn to read. This approach provides instruction that is explicit, direct, cumulative, intensive and focused. Multisensory learning is an important aspect of the instruction. This uses visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactile pathways to encourage learning and retention. Research shows that by using a structured literacy program by a well trained teacher, children with dyslexia can successfully learn to read.
Dyslexia Tutoring and intensive reading & spelling instruction in a one on one setting (in person or remote) for a minimum of two 45 minute sessions per week. Instructor carries advanced certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. Overview of skills taught is given after each session and detailed progress reports are provided as a child completes a level.
The following links will lead you to other trained OG tutors from across our country who provide on-line tutoring. They are offered as information only, it is not a referral or endorsement of any particular provider, nor does it make any recommendation or representation about the ability, quality or competence of the resource providers listed here. Use of this website implies consent to this disclaimer.
Our child grew tremendously working with Lisa. Our child completed the Barton program and gained confidence and accuracy in reading and spelling. Lisa is kind, patient and knowledgeable when working with students with dyslexia. We are incredibly thankful that she was our child’s tutor.
Art & Aimee
I wanted to let you know that Conner graduated high school last week with over a 4.0 GPA from Wake Christian Academy and was accepted to both Virginia Tech and NCSU in their School of Engineering and has accepted a place in the Honors Program at NCSU where he plans to study Mechanical Engineering this fall.
He would have never accomplished this without your faithful service and help to our family. I just wanted to reach out and give you a BIG THANK YOU! What you do matters, and it changes lives and we are so blessed by God that He brought you to us when He did.
I watched Conner go from a struggling frustrated student who often lashed out in anger because of his dyslexia. Your teaching techniques and positive influence made a world of difference. Now Conner is a well-adjusted, well behaved and confident student with good marks in all subjects.
Blessings to you and many thanks again!
During a time when I was at a loss for how to help my son, Lisa Durham was a beacon of hope! From the first day of tutoring, she took the time to learn about my son, his personality, and his learning differences. She met him where he was at, and helped re-build his confidence.
With the Barton Method, she gave him solid tools that he could understand and build on. And, when he needed encouragement, she kept him engaged with many different activities.
Now, my son is in 8th grade and reading without difficulty. It took time and effort, but the payoff was so worth it. I am thankful every day for Lisa’s expertise, patience, and encouragement. She is a wonderful teacher, a great partner to parents, and a true advocate for her students.
When we brought our son to Lisa several years ago, we were at our wits end as to how to help him overcome his reading difficulties. His dyslexia was affecting everything in his life, especially his desire to learn and work on his education. He was struggling and his test scores put him several grades behind in almost every subject.
Over the 3 years that Lisa worked with our son, his test scores improved dramatically and his ability to read, write and communicate jumped up significantly. At the end of last year, our son was at or exceeding his grade level in verbal, reading and writing categories, but more importantly - he was confident in his ability to learn.
His writing teacher commented on how our son has become one of the best writers in her class, and has leaped past other students who formerly wrote circles around him.
Lisa is patient, wise and relational. Our son really enjoyed going to her peaceful house each week and working with her. Tutoring with Lisa has been the single best educational investment we have made with our dyslexic son to bring him to a place of achievement and confidence with reading, writing and communicating.
After having great difficulty throughout kindergarten with phonics, reading and writing, our daughter, Jennifer was diagnosed with dyslexia the first month of first grade, September, 2010. It was recommended that she immediately start tutoring with a specialist. Jennifer attends a private school that does not offer the staff qualified to help her like public school systems do. School administrators suggested that Jennifer may not be able to stay in the school, because they could not help with her learning disability. Lisa Durham’s name was recommended to us as a possible candidate to assist Jennifer with her learning disabilities. We were and continue to be so grateful to find Lisa due to our lack of knowledge to appropriately assist our child to excel in school.
Jennifer began tutoring sessions with Lisa in October, 2010 and by the end of first grade, she had completely surpassed all of our and her teacher’s expectations. Jennifer has continued with Lisa through second grade and is now testing on a fourth grade reading level, been taken out of the slow reading classes at school, and is a solid A / B student. Lisa has given Jennifer the skills she needs to learn in her own way and the self-confidence she needs to succeed in her academic career and she has helped us to better understand dyslexia and be able to work with her at home. Jennifer will continue to have her tutoring sessions with Lisa and is now starting third grade at the same private school in which she began and loves.
I highly recommend any parent that has a child with dyslexia to take them to Lisa for tutoring. Lisa Durham is a true blessing to our family and we are eternally grateful for all she has done to help Jennifer succeed.
Jeff and Leslie H.
We found out about Lisa though a Yahoo group. Prior to that, our son struggled for several years as we spent money and time on programs and methods that didn’t help him overcome his severe dyslexia. I wanted so badly to see him enjoy reading but more than that, I wanted to see him gain confidence when it came to school assignments. When we met Lisa, I immediately felt a sense of relief. It was evident to me that she was very knowledgeable and experienced in her work with struggling readers.
It only only took a few months of tutoring with Lisa and the Barton Reading & Spelling System, for my husband and I to see the progress and growing confidence in our son. She has helped him overcome so much; not only is he a good reader now, he actually enjoys it and often reads to his little brother, something I had always hoped to see. We are forever grateful for Lisa and her work that helped get our son where he is today.
My son struggled with reading all through elementary school. He was consistently 2-3 years behind his peers. We tried so many tutors over the course of 4 or 5 years without really seeing any progress. When it came time for Middle School, we realized there was no way he'd be able to keep up with the curriculum and he just seemed to get more and more stressed out over school. We made the decision to try home schooling and had him educationally tested, which confirmed our assumptions that he was dyslexic. Realizing that he needed specialized tutoring not available in the school system, we sought out help from someone familiar with dyslexia and the Orton Gillingham approach.
Lisa was recommended to us by some friends who also have a dyslexic son. We met with Lisa and instantly knew she was the one to help him! After three years with Lisa, and completing 9 levels with the Barton Reading and Spelling program, I'm happy to say my son is heading off to high school with way more confidence that I ever could have imagined! Lisa was truly a God send and we are so very grateful we found her!
We have been working with Lisa Durham for several years, and my children have progressed beautifully under her experienced tutoring. She has taken my daughter all of the way through the Barton program, and now my daughter is excelling in reading and writing as she enters 8th grade. My son has made steady progress with her as well.
Lisa is always pleasant with the kids and builds a caring relationship with them as they work through Barton materials. Lisa incorporates many games, methods, and approaches that are unique to each learner and their learning style. She supports and encourages me as a parent in the challenges of parenting and teaching kids with learning differences. Her years of experience tutoring numerous children with challenges gives her a perspective that is invaluable. For tutoring children with learning differences, I recommend Lisa wholeheartedly!
I tutor and provide testing out of my home office, which is located in southern Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I am near the intersection of Highways 401S and 1010 near the main campus of Wake Technical College.
You may contact me through this website, or call me at 919 539-6950.