About Online Reading Tutor Services Inc.

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

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

Bob Almack

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.

Bruce Mather Award

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

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.” Through out 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 Learning Disabilities Associations.

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 33 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 xc ski marathons.

 Stephanie Cranfill, B.A., B.Ed.

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 Online Reading Tutor after seeing dramatic improvement in her own dyslexic son.

Stephanie joined Online Reading Tutor after seeing dramatic improvement in her own dyslexic son.

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.

 Lis Lam, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.

Lis graduated from the University of Washington with a double BA in Art History and Political Science.  She received her Master’s in Education at Teachers College Columbia University and later on, a Master’s in Theological Studies at Regent College.

While serving as a public school teacher in NYC, Lis received extensive training and staff development from Lucy Calkins and the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project.  She led workshops, collaborated with other teachers in city-wide leadership groups, wrote summer school curriculum for the Board of Education, and opened her classroom to visiting teachers from around the country.  Her passion as a classroom teacher was to create lifelong learners who loved to read and write.  However, it was not until Lis discovered her own daughter’s struggle with reading and writing that she began to learn more about dyslexia.  She was stunned to learn that education boards and teacher training programs minimally address the needs of Dyslexic students, although researchers report twenty percent of the population struggle with dyslexia.

Lis Joined Online Reading Tutor after seeing remarkable improvement in her own dyslexic daughter.
Lis Joined Online Reading Tutor after seeing how tutoring with ORT  led to remarkable improvement in her own dyslexic daughter.

Now, as part of the Online Reading Tutor team, Lis loves to help families and their smart but struggling children succeed.  She has seen her daughter’s remarkable progress while using Online Reading Tutor and knows first-hand the difficulty and joy of helping a Dyslexic child learn to read.  Lis is also a full-time homeschooling mother to three children.  She loves to read, run, and cook.

Michelle Arnold, B.A., B.Ed., OCT

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.

Because of her daughter’s experience, Michelle is passionate about helping struggling readers.

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, B.Ed., B.A., OCT

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 has her reading specialist in ESL

Janice’s reading specialist in ESL has helped her improve the reading comprehension of struggling readers.

 

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.