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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 Tier 3 Level II certification with International Dyslexia Association® (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 her field has provided her opportunities to serve on local and state committees and server on boards representing special education needs. She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Tennessee International Dyslexia Association (TNIDA) and on 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 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 has 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®). She has completed and continues active Virtus® training as provided by the Knoxville Dioceses. With these credentials, she provides direct instruction with students of all ages not only at the Center but within area schools.

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

Willeata obtained her Master of Science in Psychology and began working for Hamilton County Department of Education in 1984. After more than 30 years of service, she retired as a supervisor the district. 

Willeata's Dyslexia training began in 2017.  She is currently working to complete her Wilson Level I practicum and is scheduled to complete this work October 2019.  Willeata works part-time instructing K-5 students at the Center.

Grace Monk
Candy Cornelliussen
Samantha Greco-Bishop