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Julie Rentz

Founder and Director, Mobile 

Julie Rentz founded Read-Write: The Learning Center in 2011. She has over 25 years of experience working with children with learning differences. Julie serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Julie was named an “Unsung Hero” in the International Dyslexia Association’s “Honor a Teacher Campaign.” Additionally, she is the founder of the Mobile Bay group of the Alabama International Dyslexia Association. She is also a member of the Association of Educational Therapists (AET) and the Learning Disability Association.  Julie has made presentations on dyslexia for local groups, including schools and the Bay Area Speech and Hearing Association.

Julie received a Master of Education degree from the University of South Alabama. Julie has also completed extensive additional graduate work in screening for dyslexia. She is a certified Barton Tutor and earned the designation of Dyslexia Consultant and Tester. She is trained in various Orton-Gillingham based programs for academic language therapy including handwriting, creative writing, and math. In addition, Julie received training from the Institute of Multisensory Language Education, AIM-Pathways to Proficient Reading and Writing, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, and Neuhaus Reading Readiness.     

Julie has a passion for struggling students.  Identifying why a student is struggling with certain areas of school and helping parents understand those struggles is her professional specialty.  Julie is a member of Dauphin Way Methodist Church.  She enjoys living in Mobile because the people are so friendly.  In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren, cooking, gardening, biking and boating.           


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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}     Katie Beckmann graduated from Spring Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education. Prior to joining Read Write in 2014, Katie taught fifth grade reading at Mary B. Austin Elementary School and resource at St. Ignatius Catholic School. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training, Institute for Multisensory Education, AIM Pathways to Proficient Reading, Neuhaus Reading Readiness,  Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals , Handwriting Without Tears and Shelton School Study Skills. Katie achieved certification as an Orton-Gillingham dyslexia specialist and has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as a certified dyslexia practitioner.  In her spare time, Katie loves spending time with her three kids.

Katie Beckmann

Katie Beckmann graduated from Spring Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education. Prior to joining Read Write in 2014, Katie taught fifth grade reading at Mary B. Austin Elementary School and resource at St. Ignatius Catholic School. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training, Institute for Multisensory Education, AIM Pathways to Proficient Reading, Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals, Handwriting Without Tears and Shelton School Study Skills. Katie achieved certification as an Orton-Gillingham dyslexia specialist and has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as a certified dyslexia practitioner.  In her spare time, Katie loves spending time with her three kids.

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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}     In addition to teaching at Read Write, Kathrine Butler taught third and fourth grade reading and Alternative Instruction Program (AIP) classes at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. She holds an Alabama Teaching Certificate and a Dyslexia Therapy Certificate from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. Kathrine has been a member of the International Dyslexia Association and International Reading Association for eight years. Her training includes Lindamood-Bell programs such as Cloud 9 Math, Seeing Stars, and LiPS,  Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals  and Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Education from Mary Baldwin College and has taken masters coursework at the University of South Alabama, the University of Alabama, and the University of Mobile. Kathrine’s favorite thing about teaching at Read Write is the positive environment. “The teachers, staff, and students are committed and dedicated to learning.”       

Kathrine Butler

In addition to teaching at Read Write, Kathrine Butler taught third and fourth grade reading and Alternative Instruction Program (AIP) classes at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. She holds an Alabama Teaching Certificate and a Dyslexia Therapy Certificate from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. Kathrine has been a member of the International Dyslexia Association and International Reading Association for eight years. Her training includes Lindamood-Bell programs such as Cloud 9 Math, Seeing Stars, and LiPS, Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals and Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Education from Mary Baldwin College and has taken masters coursework at the University of South Alabama, the University of Alabama, and the University of Mobile. Kathrine’s favorite thing about teaching at Read Write is the positive environment. “The teachers, staff, and students are committed and dedicated to learning.” 

 


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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Laurie Crane joined the Read Write team in 2012. Prior to teaching at Read Write, Laurie was a Reading Specialist and AIP Teacher St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Laurie holds a Class B certification in Special Education PK-12.  She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. Laurie is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training, Handwriting Without Tears, Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, and  Neuhaus Written Composition . She loves getting to know each student individually and helping them find their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. “I see them become more confident and watch them succeed in anything they set their minds to do!”  

Laurie Crane

Laurie Crane joined the Read Write team in 2012. Prior to teaching at Read Write, Laurie was a Reading Specialist and AIP Teacher St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Laurie holds a Class B certification in Special Education PK-12.  She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. Laurie is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training, Handwriting Without Tears, Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, and Neuhaus Written Composition. She loves getting to know each student individually and helping them find their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. “I see them become more confident and watch them succeed in anything they set their minds to do!”  

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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}     Martha Cook joined the Read Write team in 2011. An experienced teacher, Martha previously worked as an Alternative Instruction Program (AIP) Teacher and Reading Support Teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Martha’s training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, Neuhaus Reading Readiness,  Neuhaus Written Composition , Handwriting Without Tears, and Lindamood-Bell programs including Cloud 9 Math, Seeing Stars, and LiPS. Martha is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and has attended the annual conference. A University of Mississippi graduate, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in reading. Martha’s professional specialty is early intervention. She loves living close to the beach, and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, baking, sewing, and traveling.

Martha Cook

Martha Cook joined the Read Write team in 2011. An experienced teacher, Martha previously worked as an Alternative Instruction Program (AIP) Teacher and Reading Support Teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Martha’s training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Written Composition, Handwriting Without Tears, and Lindamood-Bell programs including Cloud 9 Math, Seeing Stars, and LiPS. Martha is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and has attended the annual conference. A University of Mississippi graduate, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in reading. Martha’s professional specialty is early intervention. She loves living close to the beach, and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, baking, sewing, and traveling.



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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}     Meg Finkbohner joined the Read Write team in 2013. She is a Louisiana State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. Meg was a Resource Teacher at Wilmer Elementary School for eight years and holds a Class B Learning Disabilities certification. She has received Neuhaus Reading Readiness,  Neuhaus Written Composition  and Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor training. Her professional specialty is remedial reading, and her favorite thing about teaching at Read Write is working with students individually and watching them improve. She enjoys living in Mobile and being close to the beach and bay. In her spare time, she likes to fish and hunt with her family. 

Meg Finkbohner

Meg Finkbohner joined the Read Write team in 2013. She is a Louisiana State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. Meg was a Resource Teacher at Wilmer Elementary School for eight years and holds a Class B Learning Disabilities certification. She has received Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Written Composition and Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor training. Her professional specialty is remedial reading, and her favorite thing about teaching at Read Write is working with students individually and watching them improve. She enjoys living in Mobile and being close to the beach and bay. In her spare time, she likes to fish and hunt with her family. 

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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Downing, a graduate of the University of Alabama, began teaching at Read Write in 2012. She is a certified Barton Tutor, and her training includes Barton Reading & Spelling System Tutor Training, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, Neuhaus Reading Readiness,  Neuhaus Written Composition,  Shelton School Study Skills, and Handwriting Without Tears, K-5 Handwriting Workshop. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and attended the International Dyslexia Association Conference in New Orleans in 2013. Downing’s professional specialties are math, writing, and reading readiness. Her favorite thing about teaching at Read Write is helping students reach their goals in reading and math. “Seeing my students make progress is the best part of my job! Nothing is more rewarding!” 

Downing Bronenkamp

Downing, a graduate of the University of Alabama, began teaching at Read Write in 2012. She is a certified Barton Tutor, and her training includes Barton Reading & Spelling System Tutor Training, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Written Composition, Shelton School Study Skills, and Handwriting Without Tears, K-5 Handwriting Workshop. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and attended the International Dyslexia Association Conference in New Orleans in 2013. Downing’s professional specialties are math, writing, and reading readiness. Her favorite thing about teaching at Read Write is helping students reach their goals in reading and math. “Seeing my students make progress is the best part of my job! Nothing is more rewarding!” 


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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}     Sydney Milling began teaching at Read Write in 2016. An experienced teacher, Sydney previously taught Lower School French and science at UMS-Wright Preparatory School as well as Pre-Kindergarten at Ashland Place Preschool in Mobile. In addition, she taught third grade at Martin Luther King Elementary School and Kindergarten at Central Elementary School in Tuscaloosa, AL. Sydney holds Class A and Class B Early Childhood teaching certifications and has received Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor training and  Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals . She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. 

Sydney Milling

Sydney Milling began teaching at Read Write in 2016. An experienced teacher, Sydney previously taught Lower School French and science at UMS-Wright Preparatory School as well as Pre-Kindergarten at Ashland Place Preschool in Mobile. In addition, she taught third grade at Martin Luther King Elementary School and Kindergarten at Central Elementary School in Tuscaloosa, AL. Sydney holds Class A and Class B Early Childhood teaching certifications and has received Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor training and Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. 

     
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}     Genny Fain began teaching at Read Write in 2016. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama in 2010. Genny is a certified Class B Elementary, K-6 teacher and currently teaches fourth grade at J. Larry Newton School. Her training includes the Alabama Reading Initiative, Comprehension Toolkit, Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative, Neuhaus Written Composition, and Barton Reading and Spelling System certified tutor.  Genny achieved certification as an Orton-Gillingham dyslexia specialist and has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as a certified dyslexia practitioner.   Her favorite thing about working at Read Write is the warm and welcoming atmosphere that allows her to get to know each student individually. “I am able to focus and concentrate on his or her specific needs and learning styles. I also love learning about their likes and dislikes and I love that they can’t wait to fill me in on what going on in their day-to-day life.” 

Genny Fain

Genny Fain began teaching at Read Write in 2016. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama in 2010. Genny is a certified Class B Elementary, K-6 teacher and currently teaches fourth grade at J. Larry Newton School. Her training includes the Alabama Reading Initiative, Comprehension Toolkit, Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative, Neuhaus Written Composition, and Barton Reading and Spelling System certified tutor.  Genny achieved certification as an Orton-Gillingham dyslexia specialist and has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as a certified dyslexia practitioner.   Her favorite thing about working at Read Write is the warm and welcoming atmosphere that allows her to get to know each student individually. “I am able to focus and concentrate on his or her specific needs and learning styles. I also love learning about their likes and dislikes and I love that they can’t wait to fill me in on what going on in their day-to-day life.”