About Us

Gina Underwood

Dyslexia Practitioner,
Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist,
Spalding Certified Teacher

Certifications

Dyslexia Practitioner, International Dyslexia Association
Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist, The Center for Effective Reading Instruction
Spalding Certified Teacher, Spalding Education International

What I do

I help children who struggle with reading, spelling, and writing the English language. Research shows the majority of reading disabilities come about because of issues with phonemic awareness and decoding. Early language impairments are highly predictive of future reading impairment. If intervention is not provided before the age of eight, the probability of reading difficulties continuing into high school is 75%. (Straight Talk about Reading, by Hall and Moats.)

How I do that

By engaging all the senses in the learning process--visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. I follow the Alphabetic Phonics curriculum which is based on the original Orton-Gillingham method, developed in the multi-disciplinary Language Laboratory of the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas in the 1960's.

What are they taught

Elements and concepts up to a 7th grade literacy level are presented to the student in a multisensory way. Discovery Learning teaching method is employed (not lecture-style format). For some, it takes a bit more time and effort but I love seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they “get it”—when they understand the concept.

On a personal note, my husband and I have 3 wonderful children. I love reading books and enjoying the great outdoors with them. I look forward to talking with you about your child—give me a call.

Why I love what I do:

Passion! I believe that every child deserves the right to listen, talk, read, write, and communicate. I am determined to help your child overcome whatever road blocks are preventing them from enjoying a life of communication and literacy. Life is a journey, not a race. In my mind, failure is not an option and no matter how long it takes to achieve a goal, we will achieve it.


How I do this:

I work using your child’s strengths and preferences. Every tutoring session is designed especially for your child’s unique needs. Most of all, I believe children should have fun learning. One of my favorite quotes from Fred Rogers is, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Tutoring sessions are multi-sensory, as play based as possible, and fun. By the time children get to me, they are tired from school and countless other therapy and intervention sessions. I try to provide strategic relief from that as I teach important reading and language skills and improve your child’s confidence. My camps are designed the same way: to leave students feeling good about themselves and wanting to come learn more!


Results:

My most memorable student is a second grade girl who came to me with no reading ability at all. She ‘faked’ her way through reading by looking at pictures and memorizing text that had been read to her. She had NO desire to be in reading tutoring…In four short months, this sweet girl was no longer faking. She was reading and writing on her own, making A’s on spelling tests! She was finally confident in her ability and begged to come to tutoring and camps! Here are some testimonies from other parents:

“Ms. Cindy makes reading seem easy!” Joaquin, age 10

“My 10 year old is unaware that he is actually ‘working’ with Ms. Cindy” Rachel M

“Wonderful and engaging camp! We saw a difference in her reading abilities.” Parent of 8 year old girl

“He had a wonderful time with all the activities and was excited to come home and continue working on learning to read!” Parent of 6 year old boy

Cindy Vines


Who I am

Bachelor of Science, Utah State University Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Completed various continuous education courses in Listening and Spoken Language, Grammer for Writing and Comprehension, Reading Rockets, Orton Gillingham Multisensory Instruction.

Wendy Kim

Bachelor of Science, Geological Engineering,
Columbia University

Masters of Science, Environmental Engineering,
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology

Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction,
University of West Florida

Spalding Trained,
Spalding Education International

About Wendy: I am a stay-at-home mom to 4 children. My husband was in the U.S. Air Force and is now employed at USAA. Our family loves outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, skiing, and letter boxing. I love to bake, especially cakes. I am looking forward to working with your child.

Online Latin Tutoring and Homework Buddy Services by Jay:
Parents have told me:
"Thank You, Jay, for helping my son in Latin! He finally got an 'A' on a Latin test."
I enjoy helping others learn Latin. I have completed 4 years of Latin at Great Hearts and now am in the second year of Greek. To make it easy on you, I can do tutoring using FaceTime or Zoom.
Parents have also said to me:
"My son listens to you but not to me. Thank you for helping him with his homework! Such a load taken off my shoulders!"
I also help my Mom with Reading Camps. I have a younger brother and a younger sister. In my spare time, I enjoy riding dirt bikes and four wheelers. Let me know how I can help you.

Jay Underwood

Senior at Great Hearts Monte Vista, San Antonio, Texas