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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.           


  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, a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction, 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, a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction, 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.

  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.”

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.”


  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!”

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!”

  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.

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.



  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.

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.

  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!”

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!”


  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.

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.

  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. She is also certified through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. Genny’s 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. She is also certified through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. Genny’s 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.”


  Caroline Montalban   Caroline Montalban has over 32 years of teaching experience. Before Read Write, she taught Second Grade at E.R. Dickson Elementary School, Kindergarten at W.D. Robbins Elementary School, and First Grade at Tanner Williams Elementary School. Caroline has Class A and Class B certifications in Early Childhood Education. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Alabama and a Masters at Spring Hill College. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training, Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals, and Handwriting Without Tears, Six Traits Writing, Alabama Reading Initiative, and Mobile Math Initiative. She enjoys Read Write’s warm, friendly environment that encourages student growth and confidence. In her spare time, Caroline likes to garden, sew, and read.

Caroline Montalban

Caroline Montalban has over 32 years of teaching experience. Before Read Write, she taught Second Grade at E.R. Dickson Elementary School, Kindergarten at W.D. Robbins Elementary School, and First Grade at Tanner Williams Elementary School. Caroline has Class A and Class B certifications in Early Childhood Education. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Alabama and a Masters at Spring Hill College. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling Systems Tutor Training, Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals, and Handwriting Without Tears, Six Traits Writing, Alabama Reading Initiative, and Mobile Math Initiative. She enjoys Read Write’s warm, friendly environment that encourages student growth and confidence. In her spare time, Caroline likes to garden, sew, and read.

  Hartley Little   Hartley is a University of Alabama graduate. She holds a Class B certification in Elementary Education. Hartley began teaching at Read Write in 2017. Her training includes being a Barton Reading and Spelling System Certified Tutor, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, Handwriting Without Tears, Neuhaus Reading Readiness and training with The Academy of Orton Gillingham. Hartley loves the Mobile weather and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes being outdoors and crafting. Hartley's favorite thing about Read Write is having the opportunity to positively impact a student's learning experience.

Hartley Little

Hartley is a University of Alabama graduate. She holds a Class B certification in Elementary Education. Hartley began teaching at Read Write in 2017. Her training includes being a Barton Reading and Spelling System Certified Tutor, Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar, Handwriting Without Tears, Neuhaus Reading Readiness and training with The Academy of Orton Gillingham. Hartley loves the Mobile weather and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes being outdoors and crafting. Hartley's favorite thing about Read Write is having the opportunity to positively impact a student's learning experience.


  Lucy Williams     Lucy Williams began teaching at Read Write in 2013. Lucy previously worked as a first grade assistant teacher at St. Ignatius Catholic School and a Pre-Kindergarten a teacher. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina- Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and is pursuing a Master of Education in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training, DuBard Association Method, and Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Grammar, Neuhaus Written Composition, Handwriting Without Tears and the Shelton School Study Skills course. Lucy is also certified through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. Lucy is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and attended the International Dyslexia Association Conference in 2013. Her favorite thing about teaching at Read Write is working one-on-one with students to help them progress, improve, and become able to accomplish more in school.

Lucy Williams

Lucy Williams began teaching at Read Write in 2013. Lucy previously worked as a first grade assistant teacher at St. Ignatius Catholic School and a Pre-Kindergarten a teacher. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina- Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and is pursuing a Master of Education in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training, DuBard Association Method, and Neuhaus Reading Readiness, Neuhaus Grammar, Neuhaus Written Composition, Handwriting Without Tears and the Shelton School Study Skills course. Lucy is also certified through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. Lucy is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and attended the International Dyslexia Association Conference in 2013. Her favorite thing about teaching at Read Write is working one-on-one with students to help them progress, improve, and become able to accomplish more in school.

  River Rentz   River is the newest member of the Read-Write team. Her passion is hanging with her friends at Read-Write. She especially likes sitting on the blue chairs and getting lots of happy hugs.   River's favorite thing about Read-Write is helping students not be anxious about reading. She also enjoys getting treats when she learns new tricks!!  When she's not working at the Read-Write office, River loves watching pelicans dive in Mobile Bay and playing on the pier.

River Rentz

River is the newest member of the Read-Write team. Her passion is hanging with her friends at Read-Write. She especially likes sitting on the blue chairs and getting lots of happy hugs.

River's favorite thing about Read-Write is helping students not be anxious about reading. She also enjoys getting treats when she learns new tricks!!

When she's not working at the Read-Write office, River loves watching pelicans dive in Mobile Bay and playing on the pier.

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Amy Hines

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).  

  Jerrie Quina   Jerrie Quina has nearly 30 years of teaching experience. Through the years, she has taught students from kindergarten through high school. Jerrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in ESL. Jerrie's favorite thing about teaching at Read-Write The Learning Center is seeing a student transform from struggling to successful. With that success comes greater student self-confidence. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training, Handwriting Without Tears and the Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals course. Jerrie is a member of the Alabama International Dyslexia Association and St. Ignatius Catholic Church. In her spare time, Jerrie loves to read, sew, hike and entertain her family and friends.

Jerrie Quina

Jerrie Quina has nearly 30 years of teaching experience. Through the years, she has taught students from kindergarten through high school. Jerrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in ESL. Jerrie's favorite thing about teaching at Read-Write The Learning Center is seeing a student transform from struggling to successful. With that success comes greater student self-confidence. Her training includes Barton Reading and Spelling System Tutor Training, Handwriting Without Tears and the Neuhaus Written Composition Fundamentals course. Jerrie is a member of the Alabama International Dyslexia Association and St. Ignatius Catholic Church. In her spare time, Jerrie loves to read, sew, hike and entertain her family and friends.

Jana Barber

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.