Kari Hayden, the founder of TLC has first hand knowledge of how dyslexia can affect a child. Having children herself that have struggled with dyslexia she began a mission to not just help her children, but all the children in our area by creating TLC. A registered nurse for 25 years and the owner as well as fitness instructor of Palm Studio, Kari brings an extensive wealth of information to the center. She decided to transfer her clinical knowledge of healthcare into a more holistic expression guided by her tutors as she created TLC to help children with dyslexia. It is Kari’s belief that kindness matters above all else and it is her intention that students leave feeling inspired and loved. She is happily married to her husband Dave, of 20 years and has 3 children.
Tammy Tieu is the co-director of TLC (The Literacy Center for Dyslexia). This non-profit organization was born out of the great need for specially trained dyslexia interventionists and practitioners to service students who have language-based learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia. TLC strives to make tutoring affordable for all families as well as support teachers who wish to pursue certifications in dyslexia therapy and intervention. Born and raised in North Smithfield, RI, Tammy attended Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Special Education.
She has always had a heart for children and a passion for teaching. She taught for 15 years in Massachusetts at a school that trained its teachers to implement an intervention for students with dyslexia called the Wilson Reading System. Tammy moved with her husband and 4 children to Florida in 2008. After a 5-year hiatus from teaching, she taught first grade at The Island School in Boca Grande. The Island School also uses Wilson Reading, which once again sparked Tammy’s passion for assisting struggling readers. When she realized how great the need was, she made the decision to leave The Island School in 2019 and start a tutoring business specializing in dyslexia intervention. Tammy is proud to be a Wilson Certified Dyslexia Practitioner and is excited about the grand opening of TLC in October of 2021.
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