About Us

At Online Reading Tutor we hire for passion and personality. All of our tutors are mothers of children who have graduated from our program and are now reading at grade level. They will ensure your child has the same success.

Our Mission

We ensure every student achieves grade level reading fluency by providing intensive tutoring in the six foundation skills of reading. We harness the power of technology to deliver truly individualized instruction that diagnoses and then closes the skill gaps of each individual, thus ensuring every student becomes a fluent reader.

Our Vision

To be the most cost effective, and convenient solution for struggling readers in United States, Canada and beyond by providing the most effective solution for improving reading fluency and comprehension for both dyslexic and reading delayed readers. We strive to be excellent by exceeding our parents and students expectations by living our core values.

Our Values

In our relationships with parents, students and ourselves we will exemplify: Complete honesty and integrity Exceptional customer service to all our parents and students, Professional excellence Innovation through knowledge sharing and teamwork, Lifelong learning, Embracing diversity, Passionate educators who have a deep commitment to the success of each individual student

Bob being presented with the Durham District School Board’s Bruce Mather Outstanding Teacher Award

Bob Almack, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT


Bob Almack graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science. He obtained his Bachelor and Masters of Education from the University of Toronto. He holds a Specialist in Special Education through the Ontario Ministry of Education. He is member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Bob taught his first dyslexic student to read in 1990 using a hard copy of the Orton–Gillingham Structured Reading Program. Since 1993 he has been using Orton-Gillingham based software to help struggling readers.

Bob is a recipient of the Durham District School Board’s Bruce Mather Outstanding Teacher Award. This award is presented annually to a teacher who has made an exceptional contribution to the growth of others. In presenting the award, Board Vice-Chair Sherry Croteau recognized Bob’s pioneering work with struggling students. “I want you to know what an outstanding person he is,” said Trustee Croteau. “These are kids that are sitting on the edge of not making it. He pulls them back into the education system so they can graduate from high school.” Throughout his teaching career Bob has shared his passion for helping smart kids who struggle with reading. Bob has presented ” Why Some Smart Kid’s Can’t Read: The Science of Dyslexia” to educators in New York, Arizona, British Columbia, Ontario and Newfoundland & Labrador. He has also presented to numerous chapters of the Learning Disabilities Association.

In 2009 Bob retired from classroom teaching and continued his passion for helping students by spending four months in 2010 as a literacy consultant for a school district in British Columbia, where he worked extensively with non-reading primary students. Bob is continuing his passion for teaching through Online Reading Tutor Services Inc.

Bob and his wife of 34 years have two children in their early twenties. He enjoys gardening, running and bicycle touring. In the winter months Bob is an avid cross-country skier and participates in cross country ski marathons.

Stephanie Cranfill

Stephanie graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a Bachelors of Science in History. She went on to obtain a Post- Baccalaureate Teacher Certification from Abilene Christian University. She is a certified teacher in the state of Texas. Stephanie taught Middle and High School Social Studies early in her teaching career and then later taught preschool and Kindergarten. Through all of her teaching experiences she has discovered a love of teaching students of all ages and the importance of reading and comprehension through every step of a child’s learning experience.

Stephanie joined the Online Reading Team because of the positive results she witnessed with her dyslexic son. Before finding ORT she tried many programs with her son; however, they failed to achieved the results and fit their family schedule like ORT. She looks forward to sharing the joy of reading with her students and building student’s confidence through obtaining grade level reading fluency.

Michelle Arnold

Michelle graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Psychology. She proceeded to obtain her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. Currently Michelle is a part-time primary specialist employed by Durham Catholic District School Board. As a primary specialist, she has always been very effective at teaching children to read.

Michelle began working as a staff member with Online Reading Tutor after seeing her own daughter’s remarkable improvement with Bob Almack. Her daughter, who had been diagnosed with dyslexia, successfully achieved grade level comprehension over the course of a year. Michelle is passionate about having other struggling readers experience the same success as her daughter.

In her leisure time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, and supports their three children in numerous extracurricular activities including hockey and dance.

Janice Kadowaki

Janice Kadowaki graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at Brock University. She has a specialist in English as a Second Language and is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.

Janice’s teaching experience includes three years at an international school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she was able to pursue her passion for teaching elementary students. Since returning to Ontario, Janice has joined Online Reading Tutor Services Inc. and is enjoying tutoring students in order to improve their reading skills.

Mary Sobota

Mary obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Norbert College.  She went on to work in the field of Environmental Science as a chemist and research scientist.  She developed a passion for tutoring students with reading difficulties after watching her own son overcome his dyslexia with the help of Online Reading Tutor.

“After watching my son struggle through his middle elementary years it was a revelation to know that there is help available for kids like him.  My son’s Online Reading Tutor was a kind, caring person who was knowledgeable in Orton-Gillingham based instruction. She motivated Sam to persevere through the challenging coursework. I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children who struggle with reading”.

Heather Vincent

Heather has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She has spent time volunteering in New Orleans, LA teaching in an all-girl’s high school and volunteering in her children’s school. 

Heather joined Online Reading Tutor after seeing her own dyslexic son’s reading improvement. Heather is excited to bring that confidence and reading improvement to others.

Millie Hull

Millie is a mom of 3 kids, 2 of which have learning disorders, including dyslexia. She is dyslexic herself, and after finding out that her 5th grade son was also severely dyslexic she began homeschooling him. Through the process of extensive research she found several Orton Gillingham methods that were helpful, but not effective enough. Then she found Online Reading Tutor.  After her son’s reading fluency improved substantially, she put her daughter through the program and saw even more improvement. She asked to join the Online Reading Tutor team and loves helping other children achieve the same success as her own.

She also volunteers with a local non-profit, Decoding Dyslexia Utah, and is passionate about spreading dyslexia awareness to parents and teachers alike. Millie has a wealth of experience with IEP’s and accommodations that she is happy to share with other parents.  Sharing solutions, as well as celebrating the unique abilities that come with dyslexia has become one of her greatest passions.

Katrina Elchami

Katrina graduated from University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Statistics.  Katrina has volunteered extensively in her children’s school board over the past 22 years. As the mother of a severely dyslexic son, she can empathize with the struggle that parents face within the school system and strives to change the education system so that  all children get the opportunity to learn and thrive. Katrina has a wealth of experience with IEP’s and accommodations that she is happy to share with other parents. 

Katrina joined the Online Reading Tutor team after her son learned to read using their Orton Gillingham based software.  Learning to read changed the trajectory of his high school courses as well as his entire life.  Katrina understands the difficulties that these students face. She believes that all dyslexic children can learn to read.

Marina Larson

Marina is the proctor for the credit recovery program at a local high school. She also manages the ELL/LEP program. For the past five years she has tutored struggling readers and has seen the difference an evidenced-based Orton-Gillingham program can make in helping students improve their reading fluency and comprehension. When her two grandchildren improved 3 grade levels with Online Reading Tutor, she was inspired to become part of our team. Marina is passionate about helping struggling readers succeed.

Holly Thal

Holly received her Associates Degree from Ricks College (currently BYU-I) and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. Holly’s youngest daughter was diagnosed in 1st grade with Irlen Syndrome (a visual processing disorder) and Dyslexia at the beginning of 2nd grade. Since then she has become passionate about helping her daughter and others who have learning differences. Holly wants to help other dyslexic children, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with other parents. Holly and her husband of 20 years have four children ages 16, 14, 12, and 10. They reside in Utah.