Southeast Reading Center Chattanooga, Tennessee

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

As a special education teacher, Allison has provided 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 certification. She is Orton-Gillingham trained and is a certified Wilson Language Trainer® and Wilson Dyslexia Therapist®. She has most recently obtained Tier 3 Level II certification with International Dyslexia Association (Structured Literacy Dyslexia Therapist®).


Allison champions the professional education services for Southeast Reading Center. She has delivered numerous public and school-based workshops and seminars on topics related to literacy instruction. Her strong and successful reputation in her field has provided her with numerous opportunities to serve on local and state committees and boards representing special education. She is currently on the board of directors for the Tennessee International Dyslexia Association (TNIDA) and on the Tennessee Dyslexia Advisory Council.


Allison also directs all curriculum used at the Center and provides

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

Scarlet Farr is a 32 years veteran of business technology. She holds degrees in both general business and human resources from the University of Tennessee. She obtained Tier 3 Level I certification with the International Dyslexia Association® (Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist®) and has achieved certification with Wilson Language® (Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner®). Ms. Farr not only provides direct services with our students at the Center and within areas schools. But she also gives direction and leadership with the Center's day-to-day operations.