Chief Executive Officer
Jennie Roberts is a passionate educator who first developed her love of literacy instruction while teaching second and third grade in Charlotte, North Carolina. After earning a Masters of Education (2012) with a focus in literacy from Charlotte's Queen's University, her interest in individualized instruction continued to grow. She went on to complete more than 100 hours of Orton-Gillingham coursework, and she's certified at the Associate's Level. Additionally, she's recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) as a certified dyslexia practitioner. Determined to support as many students as possible, Jennie tutors full time using the Orton-Gillingham approach, teaches an undergrad course on literacy at her alma mater Queen's, creates and shares literacy materials, and conducts local professional developments for educators interested in learning more about dyslexia and multisensory education.
Jennifer McIntosh, M.Ed
Jennifer McIntosh has been tutoring for Open Mind Literacy for the past several years. Supporting students in various grade levels, Jennifer's vast range of educational experience makes her an incredibly valuable team member. With an undergrad degree in pschology and a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education, Jennifer's credentials precede her. Trained at the Associate Level in the Orton-Gillingham approach (and certified at the CE level), Jennifer is available to provide 1:1 remediation using the Orton-Gillingham approach. She's also keenly qualified to tutor K-5 content as she's a former lead teacher in various grade levels such as Kindergarten and 5th grade. Jennifer is a dedicated team member at Open Mind Literacy!
Mary-Forbes Arkwright, M.A.T
Mary-Forbes Arkwright is another valuable team member at Open Mind Literacy. Mary-Forbes has her Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT), as well as a BS from University of Florida. Her extensive experience in various grade levels, as well as her AIG Certification (Duke University) and Orton-Gillingham training (The Fletcher School), make her an exceptional tutor available for 1:1 individualized support. Mary-Forbes excels at tutoring students in the areas of K-5 content support (math, reading comprehension, organization, and homework support), and K-5 Orton-Gillingham remediation. When Mary-Forbes isn't tutoring, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her children and husband.
Jenny Robles, M.S.
Jenny Robles is available as a Middle School and High School Advanced Math Tutor with Open Mind Literacy. With a Masters of Science in Mathematics from Michigan State University, Jenny's extensive skill set and experience teaching math allows her to provide exceptional 1:1 support for our students. Jenny is available to tutor the following advanced math classes: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Math 1, 2, & 3. Jenny has taught math at the collegiate level and enjoys the "challenge" of the advanced math content. Jenny is available to tutor math out of her home in South Charlotte after school, and she also has some mid-day experience to support students being homeschooled. Jenny has dedicated many years to math education, and when she's not teaching, she can be found spending time with her husband and daughters.
Amanda O'Neal, M. Ed
Amanda O'Neal is a talented member of the OML team. Originally "scouted" by owner, Jennie Roberts, Amanda has a M.Ed from Queen's University here in Charlotte. Amanda has a range of experience in and out of the classroom, but she currently finds herself teaching math to 8th graders in North Charlotte. Skilled with both reading and math, Amanda is available to provide K-8 content support in the following areas: homework support, organization and executive function coaching, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, written expression, project support, and math. In her free time, you can find Amanda coaching volleyball and spending time with friends. Amanda is a talented and creative tutor, and we are lucky to have her!
Masters Certificate in Teaching
Shannon McNamara has been providing 1:1 support for OML for several years. A former classroom teacher with experience in various K-5 grade levels, Shannon's students love the way she breaks down the instruction into manageable chunks! With an undergrad in Political Science and a Master's Certificate in Education, Shannon's speciality is K-6 Math instruction. Shannon is available to support the following: K-6 Reading Comprehension & K-6 Math. When she isn't tutoring, Shannon enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and son.
Masters Curriculum & Instruction
Since I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. I grew up playing "school", and had my mind set at a very young age that I would teach kindergarten. I received my undergrad at UNC Charlotte in Elementary Education with a focus in Math. After teaching for a few years in various elementary grades, I decided to pursue my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Reading. I decided to leave the classroom setting in order to spend more time with my daughter, and since then I have worked one on one with students in various settings helping them with Language and Math. When I am not teaching, I am usually outside running around with my daughter, husband, and dog!