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.
Amy Hines has over 15 years of teaching experience. Amy earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama and a Masters from Spring Hill College. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training, Neuhaus Grammar, and Handwriting Without Tears. She enjoys working with Read Write students because she feels like she's making a difference in their academic success. In her spare time, Amy enjoys boating, painting, sewing, going to the beach, and visiting her children in college (especially during football season).
Jana Barber has many years of teaching experience. Before Read Write, she taught at Baker High School. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training along with Information Literacy and Digital Literacy. She enjoys working one-on-one with students. Outside of Read-Write, Jana is involved in the Mobile County Public Schools Retired Teachers Association, Baker High School PTSA and Cottage Hill Baptist Church. Jana enjoys spending time with her husband and children in Gulf Shores.