Southeast Reading Center Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Co-Founder Allison McAvoy, M.Ed, W.C.T., W.D.T., S.L.D.T.

Allison wears many hats at Southeast Reading Center. She is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She champions the professional education services and provides direct instruction with students of all ages.

Allison has many years experience working in special education. She has more than three decades of direct assessment and personal instruction for hundreds of struggling students.

Allison spent 11 years in the role of Lead Teacher for the Hamilton County Education Department. She served as a district-wide resource to special educators. Her passion toward the advancement of literacy has propelled her to attain literacy certifications. She is Orton-Gillingham® trained and is a Wilson Credentialed Trainer® and Wilson Dyslexia Therapist®. She has most recently obtained certification with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Therapist®.

Allison has delivered numerous public and school-based workshops on topics related to literacy instruction. Her strong and successful reputation in this field has provided her opportunities to serve on local and state committees and server on boards representing special education needs. She is currently serving as Area 3 Director for the Tennessee International Dyslexia Association (TNIDA) and as a member of the Tennessee Dyslexia Advisory Council.

Co-Founder Scarlet Farr, B.S., W.D.P., S.L.D.I.

Scarlet Farr has 32 years of business manage and technology experience. She holds degrees in both general business and human resources from the University of Tennessee.  She is the Director of Operations and provides leadership in the day-to-day operations at the Center.

Ms. Farr is a certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist® and a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner® both Tier 3 intervention programs. She has an active status with the Knoxville Diocese program known as Virtus®. With these credentials, she provides direct instruction with students of all ages not only at the Center but within area schools.

Ms. Farr is a member of the International Dyslexia Association® (IDA) and volunteers with the Tennessee IDA branch.

Denise Trantham, M.Ed., W.D.T.

Denise holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has twenty years experience providing direct instruction and advocating the needs of struggling students in Hamilton County, Tennessee.  

Denise started her Dyslexia training in 2009 and obtained her first certification in 2016. She has recently achieved her Wilson® Level II certification and as a Wilson Dyslexia Therapist® she provides instruction to upper elementary and middle school students at our Center.  


Other Interventionists
  • Candy Cornelliussen
  • Willeata Kendrick
  • Grace Monk
  • Samantha Greco-Bishop
Candy Cornelliussen

Candy has received both a Bachelors of Arts in English and American Language and Literature from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has served students in the Hamilton County District in both public and private schools for more than 20 years. She has worked with Southeast Reading Center students since August 2017. She has been trained in Wilson® Fundations Level 2 and instructs early readers well as middle and high school students requiring instruction with comprehension skills.

Willeata Kendrick
Grace Monk
Samantha Greco-Bishop