• Susan Hallam

    Specialized Reading Tutor

    Learning to Read. Reading to Learn.

    An Integrated Approach.

    “Susan was able to keep the sessions fluid and our daughter’s attention keen to participate. Susan was always upbeat, which resulted in a positive response in our daughter’s attitude toward her own reading potential and progress.”

    -Roye S

  • The personal attention that makes a difference.

    If your child is experiencing difficulty reading or struggling with diagnosed reading disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia or LD (learning disabilities), you are in the best of hands. Unlike most reading tutors with only public school teaching experience, my credentials include years of working closely with children and their families through Learning Disabilities Association Minnesota.


    My approach is based on 1 on 1 individual attention and 18 years of experience in helping K-6 students achieve reading confidence:

    Warm, assuring, positive manner that keeps kids engaged and encouraged

    Best-practice strategies for working with learning disability challenges

    Certification in Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to reading/writing

    Preferred reading tutor for Breck private school

    Progress tracking and reporting via periodic emails

    Suggestions for home practices to enhance tutoring sessions when applicable

  • Schedule your free, 30-minute consultation or book an appointment.

  • About Susan

    “Susan is a committed professional who is self-assured when working with children and youth, many with extreme and complex learning, social, and emotional challenges.”

    –Mike Piersak, Manager of Educational Services, Learning Disabilities Association Minnesota

    Credentials and Specializations

    Beyond teaching in the Twin Cities public school system, my professional background includes a wealth of experience working directly with children and their families as a Learning Specialist tutor and Program Manager for Learning Disabilities Association Minnesota.

    • Provided early intervention in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts
    • Implemented prevention/intervention strategies for reading, writing and math
    • Promoted the Raising a Reader program, an early literacy initiative
    • Hosted Academic Family Involvement Nights and developed Parents as Partners program to engage parents in their children’s success
    • Served as speaker and presenter on learning disabilities at Education Minnesota Professional Conference
    • Authored the “ADHD Home and School Checklist” published in ADDitude Magazine

    Associations and Education

    Minnesota Council on Family Relations, Education Minnesota, Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE), Learning Disabilities Association Minnesota, Children and Adults with Attention Deficits (CHADD), PACER Center, Inc.


    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

    Certification in Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading and writing

  • About Orton-Gillingham

    Leading-Edge Intervention Strategies

    Developed by the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE), the Orton-Gillingham Approach equips educators with strategies for every tier of the Response to Intervention model, enabling at-risk students to develop into successful readers, writers, and spellers. Orton-Gillingham is astoundingly powerful when used for reading remediation because it capitalizes on an individual’s strongest learning modality to strengthen the learning pathways. This multi-sensory approach incorporates the five critical elements of an effective reading program: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension strategies.


    For more information, visit the IMSE website.

  • Pricing


    Two tutoring sessions per week are highly recommended to establish and reinforce educational therapies.

    Per Session Cost

    $85/hour for one-on-one tutoring sessions tailored to your child’s unique needs (includes ongoing parent email progress updates and suggestions for at-home reinforcement). Payment prior to booking.

    New-Client Introductory Offers

    Free half-hour consultation and initial tutoring package of five sessions for $340 (one free session). Payment prior to booking.


    Call or email today to discuss a tutoring package or schedule your free new-client consultation.

    Summer Tutoring Specials

    10 sessions $850 (5 weeks, 2 times/week)


    10% discount available for summer session packages of 12 or 14:

    12 sessions $918 (6 weeks, 2 times/week)

    for a savings of $102

    14 sessions $1071 (7 weeks, 2 times/week)

    for a savings of $119


    Payment prior to booking. Summer tutoring begins June 10 and ends on August 16 for a total of 9 weeks (July 4th holiday week excluded)

  • Contact

    Call or send an email today to book an appointment

    or to schedule your free new-client consultation.