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About Us

Company Background

READ Learning Educational Services, LLC was founded in 2011 by, Kelly Steinke. READ is an educational service company that offers solutions to those affected by dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning disabilities. Our learning center has a reputation for offering highly effective one-on-one private teaching interventions, using research based approaches, in reading, spelling and writing. We are also known in the community for our dyslexia testing, courses/training in executive functioning skills, educational consultations and professional development trainings.

READ Learning has locations in Appleton, Germantown and Minocqua and is open by appointment only.. All of our specialists are licensed teachers with specialized training to work with students who really struggle with reading, spelling, and writing. We offer remote and in-person services throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening hours.

Meet Our Team

KELLY STEINKE, M.A. Ed., NBCT 
Founder/President
Dyslexia & Learning Specialist
Kelly Steinke is the founder of READ Learning Educational Services, LLC. Kelly began her career as a special education teacher and taught for almost 20 years in the Midwest, East Coast, and Pacific Northwest. During this time she became a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Exceptional Needs, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education (Administration and Leadership), and founded her company, READ Learning Educational Services, LLC. 

Currently, Kelly serves full time as the president of READ Learning and Silver Moon Spelling Rules, LLC. Kelly is a certified dyslexia screener and interventionist and a published curriculum writer. Kelly also teaches part time in the special education department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on literacy assessment and intervention. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors with family, friends, and her Brittany Spaniels. Some favorite activities are seeing live music, hiking, biking, boating, family card games during thunderstorms and snowstorms, and campfires.
Sammi Block,
Dyslexia Reading Interventionist
A native of Appleton, Sammi loves working with children of all ages and has been teaching private vocal lessons, leading voice therapy, working in schools, with choirs, and theater ensembles for the past 16 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College and is a licensed K-12 music teacher. She spent 14 years in Chicago, furthering her education and vocal training at North Park University. In Chicago as a mezzo-soprano she served as a professional cantor, sang with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and Grant Park Chorus, as well as having various opera roles. In 2020, Sammi moved back to the Fox Cities, where she loves to spend time with her family, practice yoga, and sing whenever given the opportunity. Sammi is excited to join the READ team and bridge her love for music with helping students build stronger decoding skills and phonological (sound) awareness.
Margaret Hucko,
Dyslexia Reading Interventionist
Maggie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts in Special Education from Cardinal Stritch University. She has over 20 years of experience in rural, urban and suburban school districts. She recently retired from Cedarburg School District where she served as both a reading and math interventionist. Maggie is passionate about helping students learn in the way that works best for them. In her free time, Maggie enjoys reading, traveling, and walks with her husband, two sons and Cockapoo, Calvin.


Laura Kalinosky-Sanchez,
Dyslexia Reading Interventionist, BS – Secondary Ed (English/ESL), MA – Reading/Language Arts
Laura has 20 years of experience teaching across K-12 and adult education settings and is very happy to be a part of the team at READ. Laura earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Art degree in Reading/Language Arts from Cardinal Stritch University. While working with English language learners during her years teaching in the public schools, Laura became aware of the need for intensive reading instruction with struggling readers and those who are learning English. As she transitioned into adult education, she noticed continuing concerns with many adult readers and has made it her mission to help others reach their goals through improved reading and writing skills. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, exercising, spending time with her family, and watching music and theater performances.
Ann Sonkowsky,
Dyslexia Interventionist
Hi! My name is Ann Sonkowsky and I have been a professional educator for 30 years. I have mostly worked with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities but have experience with a wide range of learning differences. I have taught kindergarten through ninth grade. I also have a masters degree in school counseling. I was born and currently live in Appleton though I love to travel and have been to over 20 states in the last two years. I have two grown daughters and four cats that keep me entertained.
Dr. Kate Siekman, BSE / OTD
Dyslexia Reading Interventionist & Remote Learning Coach
Kate joins the READ Learning team with 6 years of experience in education, including special education, alternative education, and bilingual education. With teaching licenses in special education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and alternative education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Kate is passionate about creativity in education. Kate obtained her doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Mount Mary University where she continued to develop her skills in alternative access to functional learning with a focus on multisensory approaches. Although she’s pivoted from the traditional classroom, Kate is a champion for using lifelong learning as a means for empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential. Kate loves traveling, yoga, and game nights with family and friends.

Mindy Weichmann,
Dyslexia Reading Interventionist, BSE, O-G Training
Mindy earned a degree in Behavioral Disabilities from UW-Madison. She has over 30 years of teaching experience, including more than 25 years as a Learning Disabilities Teacher (K-12) in the Neenah Public School District. As an elementary teacher for students with learning disabilities she realized that working with dyslexic children was a passion. She acquired training in Orton-Gillingham, Auditory Discrimination in Depth, Nanci-Bell’s Visualization & Verbalization for Language Comprehension, Project READ, and initial training in Wilson Language. In 1994, she was honored to receive “Teacher of the Year” from the State of Wisconsin Learning Disabilities Association.

Mindy has two adult children, a son and a daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three young granddaughters, participating in outdoor activities, swimming, tennis, working at a local horse stable, and caring for her pets. She is excited to be a part of the team because READ provides research-based reading intervention that has proven to be exceptionally effective!
Jerry Weissbuch
Dyslexia Reading Interventionist
Jerry Weissbuch, B.A. in Liberal Arts, M.S. Mathematics from University of Illinois at Chicago, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), Golden Apple Teacher Nominee, 2011. He is a 22-year veteran middle school teacher who has taught in Chicago, Illinois and Racine, Wisconsin. He has a current K-8 teaching license in Wisconsin, additionally certified in Special and Gifted Education. Jerry makes his home in Appleton, Wisconsin. In his spare time, he enjoys the fine arts, classical music, and all the Wisconsin State Parks.
Lillian Wenzel,
Executive Functioning Skills Instructor
Lillian Wenzel is currently a second-grade teacher in Appleton, Wisconsin. She has a wide range of personal and professional experiences working with students who have different learning needs including twice exceptional. Lilian has taught bilingual special and regular education, EL, and ELA in monolingual classrooms, all ranging from grades K-6. Lilian is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
Katie Love, B.S.Ed. and M.Ed.
Online (Remote) Dyslexia Reading Interventionist
Katie earned a Bachelor of Science in English Education from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI and a Masters in English Education from University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For fourteen years, Katie has taught all ages, teaching primarily English in middle and high schools in North Carolina and Wisconsin and teaching English as a Second Language to children through adults in China. After teaching in China, she moved to Wisconsin to be near family, from whom she heard about READ Learning and Silver Moon Spelling. Having watched older students struggle with learning and not being able to help as a classroom teacher, Katie is excited to teach with READ Learning to help young people be able to grow as readers. In addition to teaching, she enjoys playing and singing classical music, writing adolescent fiction, and sewing historical clothing.
Karin Alvarez
M.S. CCC-SLP, Dyslexia Reading
Hello! My name is Karin Alvarez, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team at READ! I earned a Master of Arts degree in early childhood special education from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. I have worked in public schools with the youngest learners in early childhood classrooms, as well as with middle and high school-aged students in person and via teletherapy. In my practice, I have become especially drawn to the process of learning to read, and the essential components of reading instruction. I am grateful to be able to engage in this important work! In my spare time I enjoy exploring Wisconsin State Parks with my family, reading nonfiction books, working in my yard, and doting on my cat and dog.
Jill McLaughlin, M.Ed.
Dyslexia Interventionist
Hi! I'm Jill McLaughlin. I have been a Kindergarten teacher in the Slinger School District for the last 12 years and have worked with a variety of students with different needs and learning styles. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and my Masters Degree in Reading from Carroll University. I love teaching and working with children. I am passionate about working with children and supporting children as they achieve their goals. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children. I also enjoy walking, hiking, and reading.
Ann Myrold,
Dyslexia Reading Interventionist
BS - Special Education, MS - Educational Psychology, Certified Level 1 Wilson Reading Interventionist
Ann is excited to join the team at READ Learning! She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With over 25 years of experience as a special education teacher and guidance counselor, Ann has worked with students ages 5-21 in both private and public school settings and has a passion for helping students succeed in their journey to become better readers and writers. In her spare time, Ann enjoys spending time with her family/friends and 3 dogs, getaways to her family cottage in Door County, hiking, landscape projects, reading, and attending theatre/music concerts.
Natty B.,
Reading Coach
Natty is our reading coach. The best part of Natty’s day is when he gets to see students. Natty has a way of making students feel right at home. He enjoys getting treats and lounging on his dog pillow while students work.

In The News..

Podcast

Fox Cities Advice Givers: How to Overcome Learning Difficulties

Go Oshkosh Kids!: Let's Talk About Reading & Literacy

Fox 11 Living: With Amy Segment June 2023

Radio

BizTalk Radio Show, 1150 WHBY

Magazines

New North B2B Magazine, featured business in 2015-2016

March 2016 Article

February 2016 Article

January 2016 Article

December 2015 Article

November 2015 Article

Online

Learning Disabilities of America (LDA), Digital Publications, October 2017

Home Educator’s Resource National Directory (HERD) subject matter expert, 2015-2016

"Syllable Division Rules" September 2016

"Get the Facts" August 2016

"Executive Functioning Skills" July 2016

"Struggling Spellers: 7 Research Based Tips" June 2016

"Reading Comprehension & Dyslexia" May 2016

"Memory & Learning" April 2016

"Auditory Processing Disorder" March 2016

"Phonemic Awareness - Why is it Important?" February 2016

"But That’s Not Fair" January 2016

"Avoid the Pitfalls" December 2015

"What Is Dyslexia?" November 2015

"Imagine The Possibilities" October 2015

Newspaper Articles

  • October 2011, READ Learning Educational Services, LLC hosted Susan Barton’s Dyslexia Conference at Concordia University, Mequon, WI
  • The Columbian Newspaper, Clark County, Washington
    "Unscrambling Dyslexia" April 19th, 2010
  • Camas/Washougal Post-Record Newspaper
    "Camas Teacher Offers Hope for Dyslexic Students" April 20th, 2010
  • Camas/Washougal Post-Record Newspaper,
    Guest Columnist, June 21, 2010

Jodi A.

Special Education Coordinator and Parent
“READ Learning Services was the answer we were looking for! With Kelly’s professionalism, compassion, and teaching methods, our daughter made huge gains in her fluency, spelling, and comprehension. We were so thrilled with her success and boost in self-esteem, that we enrolled our son as well. I highly recommend READ Learning Services and Kelly’s expertise to others.”
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