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About the Instructors

Carol planned to become a teacher since childhood, and achieved this goal when she earned her Bachelor's degree and elementary teaching credential from San Jose State University.  She began her teaching career in Gilroy, California in 1979.  She was trained in the Slingerland® Approach (in 1980--Introductory Course, and 1981- the Second Level Continuum), and was one of the original staff (classroom) teachers to use this approach at Eliot School in Gilroy Unified School District. Eliot School became the Slingerland magnet school for the district in 1980.  Here students who struggled with the language arts were given the opportunity to learn, in a classroom of 24 students, using an approach that was designed specifically  for their learning needs.  While at Eliot School,  Carol taught fourth and first grades. During those years, Carol also had her own three children, and then taught first grade at Rod Kelley Elementary School, also in Gilroy.

In 1992, having moved to Oregon with her family, Carol was contacted by a parent who was in need of Slingerland training for her apparently dyslexic child.  The obvious success the child achieved, in a relatively short period of time, prompted the beginning of Carol's tutoring business, and word of mouth of the successes possible with this teaching approach led to Carol working with numerous children over the years. Working at home was ideal, as Carol could assist in her own children's classrooms, substitute teach on occasion, and tutor children in the afternoon from her home office.

The success that Carol's students achieved led to her being asked to teach a group of students at the local elementary school part-time. Word of Carol's skills also resulted in referrals from the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, where students are given psychoeducational assessments to investigate learning difficulties. Many more referrals came from satisfied parents and teachers who saw the progress their students had made with Carol's instruction.

In 2004, the state of Oregon recognized Carol as a (HQT), "highly qualified teacher", in accordance with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Federal Act.

Though Carol retrained and became a registered nurse in 2008, she missed her extremely rewarding work with students, and returned to her first love, teaching. It is here that Carol feels she can make the most important and life-changing impact, helping children (and adults) increase skill levels and  develop a  love of reading and learning.

Her own children now grown and out on their own, Carol moved to Highlands Ranch, Colorado in 2010 to be near her daughter, and has also relocated her home teaching business, Achieve Reading. She remains passionate about helping students overcome their reading, spelling and writing difficulties. 

Carol completed the Third Level Slingerland Continuum in 2013, and helped organize and teach the Introductory Level Slingerland Continuum in 2015.

Carol is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, and its Colorado branch (The Rocky Mountain Branch), and a member of the Slingerland® Institute for Literacy. She is included on the Provider Lists for both of these organizations, as well as the provider lists for Denver Children's Hospital and the Douglas County  Dyslexia Resource Group of Colorado. She is also a member of P.E.O. (a women's philanthropic educational organization), and volunteers time with a local community service organization.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family (which now includes two grandchildren), friends, and dog, gardening, home improvement projects, volunteeering, exploring CO, and of course, READING!  She exemplifies the belief that learning is a lifelong process!

Achieve Reading
264 Southpark Rd.
Highlands Ranch, CO   80126
Phone: (720) 328-9229

Carol Stather, owner/instructor of Achieve Reading

Kristen Rivera, tutor

Due to the growth and success of Achieve Reading, we added a second instructor, Kristen Rivera, in 2011. Kristen works closely with Carol, following our detailed and very structured curriculum, to provide additional opportunities and increased availability to our students and their families.

Kristen has a background of educational service to children ranging from preschool age through age 12, over a span of more than a decade.  She has taught students in general education, preschool, and those with developmental and emotional challenges.

Earning a psychology degree in 2006 with an emphasis on child and adolescent psychology, Kristen utilizes her knowledge, training, and experience to help her students succeed and enjoy learning!

Kristen completed the Introductory Slingerland training in 2015. She is an excellent teacher to our students!

Kristen is happily married, a mother of two, and resides in Highlands Ranch.  We are happy to have Kristen as a part of  Achieve Reading

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