Executive Director, Founder and Passionate Advocate following the dream to empower
all kids to read.
Elenn Steinberg is the founder and educational director for Every Child Reading. It is her long held commitment to serve students, parents and educators with education, information and support. In establishing this non-profit 501(C)(3) she is furthering her goal of supporting students with Dyslexia and all students who struggle with reading.
Elenn began her journey into the world of education and literacy sixteen years ago when the school informed her that her son was at risk for reading failure. At that point she had no idea that that journey would result in her becoming a passionate voice for students, a highly skilled reading interventionist, an advocate for families, consultant and a nationally known speaker in the areas of dyslexia, literacy, student self-advocacy and literacy legislation.
In her work as both a member of and the Co-Chair of the Colorado Special Education Advisory committee she was able to work with the Colorado Department of Education in various capacities including developing the Colorado Reading Summit and in the decision making process of the Response to Intervention implementation in Colorado. As a board member and then president for six years, of the Rocky Mountain Branch of The International Dyslexia Association, Elenn built parent, family and educator programs that have received acclaim local and national acclaim.
In addition to a thriving tutoring business, she currently is a co-director of Orton Gillingham International with Ron Yoshimoto, an organization devoted to training classroom teachers, interventionists, special educators and parents in the Orton Gillingham approach to ensure that all teachers are prepared to teach all students to read. In her spare time she tutors students with dyslexia and advocates for families. She was a founding board member and Vice President of Advocacy of Literate Nation, a national organization dedicated to literacy for all students and is a founder of Decoding Dyslexia – CO. She is a committed participant on the Colorado Department of Education's Dyslexia Task Force.
Shane Baxter, Speech Language Pathologist / Educator
Shane Baxter is an east coast transplant to the Denver area from Baltimore, MD. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of MD and later a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. He is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Shane has worked as a speech language pathologist for 4 years in various public school settings in both Maryland and Colorado. Currently, Shane is a full time speech language pathologist in the Cherry Creek School District. Shane also provides private speech therapy and tutoring for students with various articulation, language, and reading difficulties.
Shane enjoys working with students of all ages; supporting development of expressive and receptive language skills, literacy skills, writing, and social language skills. He has a strong passion and focus on the connection between language and literacy. He is a strong proponent of having more systematic and structured reading programs in place to support our students within the education system. Shane has both basic and advanced training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading.
When Shane is not working as a speech language pathologist he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and Labrador retriever. He enjoys anything outdoors like playing sports, hiking, running, fishing, and snowboarding.
I am a passionate educator as well as a parent of three amazing daughters, one of whom is dyslexic. I currently live and work in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I hold a BA in History and a master’s degree in education. I have taught first grade and I am currently working as a Literacy Interventionist for Laramie County School District #1 in grades K-6. I am one of the first three educators in Cheyenne to receive Ron Yoshimoto Orton Gillingham training and I use this approach in all my small groups, with entire classrooms, and with my one-on-one tutoring sessions. Learning and executing the OG approach has been a powerful and emotional experience for me as I have been able to see how effective it is with struggling readers and writers. Having the knowledge to diagnose student needs, prescribe the right course of action, and witness the growth as a result has created an awakening in me as an educator and as a human being. I come to literacy interventions with passion and enthusiasm because I know that this approach really works. I am thrilled to work with the Every Child Reading staff this summer! My daughter, Lucy, and I will be staying in Denver for the duration of the program. We are excited for our summer adventure to begin!
I will be graduating with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from UNCO this May. I have completed both basic and advanced Orton-Gillingham international training. My passion for teaching has led me to this wonderful community here at Every Child Reading where it is our team's goal to help every student grow. I am an energetic, optimistic, and hard working individual that will do everything in my power to make sure your child’s experience here at camp is a positive one. I also am dyslexic and understand the whirl of emotions that follow not understanding something the first time around. I believe that when people compare mountains to educational challenges there is truth to it. Not just because of how hard one works during the climb, but because of how it feels like you can stand on top of the world when you overcome that challenge. I will meet you on whatever educational climb you are on this summer. Let’s conquer mountains together!
My name is Chantel, and I’m so excited to be working at camp this summer! I’m a former classroom teacher of 20 years, and currently private tutor for elementary aged kiddos. Literacy is my passion, and I have a knack for helping kids find their own love of reading. I have a MS in Literacy, and experience using OG in my classroom and with individuals, and man, it’s a game-changer for so many of my students. This is going to be a wonderful experience getting to have fun learning and growing with the kids!
I'm Kim Smith. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master's in Special Education. I have been teaching mild/moderate needs students with Individual Education Programs for 10 years. This will be my 4th summer at Every Child Reading! I love teaching and finding the individualized instruction that will spark a child's interest and long-term love for learning! When not teaching, you can find me walking, hiking, biking, or reading a really good mystery!
This is my 12th year teaching Special Education and 2nd year at Littleton Academy. I previously taught at an elementary and middle school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I also teach college level communication classes (public speaking and interpersonal communication) here in Colorado and previously in Utah, Ohio and Arizona. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communications from Brigham Young University (Go Cougars!!). I also received my Special Education Generalist Licensure and training from Metropolitan State University.
When I am not at school, I love to be outdoors: skiing, hiking, playing Pickleball or just spending time with my husband and our adult kids.
One of my adult kids was diagnosed with Dyslexia in 4th grade. We went through hours of tutoring during and after school. She is now a successful cosmetologist working at a high end salon in downtown Denver.
I was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, and am 29 years old. I went to school at my local university and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance studies (Voice) in 2016. After this, I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, and graduated with my Master of Music in Musicology at Northern Arizona University in 2018. Following this, I moved to the United Kingdom and spent a year studying at the University of York, England, for a PGCert in English Church Music before moving to Boulder, Colorado, to begin my PhD in Historical Musicology. After completing two years of doctoral work, I transferred to Regis University and am finishing up my M.Ed. in Social Studies.
Throughout these years, I have had the opportunity to teach as a graduate assistant and full-time, recitation instructor at CU Boulder where I taught three sections of Viking History and Norse Mythology, as well as writing courses for students. I currently teach at the Logan School for Creative Learning for the past year, working as a full-time Associate Teacher for 3-4th grade. This coming year, I will be working in the middle school grades at Logan.
I deeply believe that every child should have the opportunity to succeed which for me means meeting the students where they are and helping them find what works best for them. For students and teachers alike, this can be accomplished well through project-based, experiential learning. For example, project-based learning helps foster community, research, evaluation skills while developing both sides of the brain (i.e. theoretical and kinesthetic understandings) through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics activities. All in all, I am so excited to be working with your students this summer!
My name is Aubrey Rule, and this will be son Arlo and I's second summer with Every Child Reading. We are so excited to be back! I am a licensed teacher here in Colorado, with 7 years experience teaching 5th and 3rd grade. I have been tutoring with Orton-Gillinham for the last two years, and am currently working on my Associates level practicum. I tutor privately, and I also tutor with Westwood Reads, a program that provides tutoring for struggling readers in three low income schools here in Denver. I'm passionate about helping kids read, and excited for another opportunity with ECR!ector
My name is Angela Martinez and I am excited to be joining the tutoring staff this summer! I just completed my 20th year as an educator. I spent 17 years teaching 4th grade but for the last three years I have been a Reading Interventionist for Aurora Public Schools. I love my job and am so glad that I am able to help kids who have the same struggles I had growing up. Two years ago my son was diagnosed with dyslexia and I began to search out ways to better support him at home. I enrolled in an Orton-Gilligham course and was so inspired that I took another course. Last fall I began a practicum to become a certified OG instructor and should be done with summer. I am looking forward to using my OG knowledge to help the campers blossom into readers! When I am not teaching or tutoring students, you can find me curled up with a good book on my front porch, taking long bike rides with my family, renovating old furniture or making and preserving homemade fruit jam.
Mykela J. Rankins
Greetings, my name is Mykela J. Rankins. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. While attending Jackson State, I was president of the Women's Council Student Philanthropy Ambassador. We did philanthropic events on campus and around the Metropolitan Jackson area. Prior to my current position, I worked as a Pre-K paraprofessional for The Early Learning Center at Terry Mill in Atlanta, Georgia.
During October 2021, I married my college sweetheart and recently moved to Denver from Lithonia, Georgia. I absolutely love Denver. When I'm not busy, I love spending time with my family and friends. I have been working with kids for over seven years and I have enjoyed every single moment. So, I'm very thrilled and grateful to be a part of the Super Stars Summer Camp team and look forward to making many fun memories with the campers.
I am a Wisconsin native with a BS degree in Education from Marquette University and a MA in Special Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. I have taught as a special education teacher for 7 years throughout Denver Public Schools. I have supported students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. I am currently an elementary school interventionist supporting 2nd grade students in literacy and math. I am passionate about helping students achieve their goals and adapting learning environments so that all students can feel successful. For the past 4 years, I have been tutoring students through Every Child Reading using the Orton-Gillingham approach. I love seeing students overcome obstacles and develop love of literacy with the support of Orton-Gillingham practices. This will be my 4th summer at our Super Star Summer Camp. I am excited to continue being a part of this special and unique community, where students build life-long connections with peers and find a new-sense of confidence in literacy. When I am not teaching, you can find me spending time with our three dogs or working on our new fixer-upper home!
I am a Denver native with a BA degree in Spanish from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and MA in Urban Education from the University of Denver. I’ve taught as a teacher for 18 years; the past 10 years in Denver Public Schools. I am currently an interventionist working with students in grades Kindergarten thru Fifth. Anyone who knows me would tell you how passionate I am about teaching and especially about helping the underdog! I have used my Associates Level Orton-Gillingham training for tutoring for the past 6 years and taught at the Super Stars Summer Camp for 4 summers. I’m excited to be part of this exciting experience again this summer! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy gardening, taking walks in the park, watching live theater, traveling with my son and of course, spending time with my family and friends.