Meet Our Tutors

We are an expert team of tutors working together to deliver personalized, virtual tutoring in reading, writing and phonics to your child. Every member of our team has years of experience teaching young children both in school settings and on-line. Each tutor brings expertise in cutting-edge strategies backed by research and time-honored approaches that work.

We will help your Sprouting Reader bloom!

Taryn Shea LaRaja

Founder and Director

Since graduating from Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Taryn has taught kindergarten – third grade students as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and literacy coach for over 30 years.

Taryn works with each tutor at Sprouting Readers to create an individualized plan with proven, effective lessons and monitors each student’s progress.

As an avid reader, Taryn is passionate about developing a love of books for all her students. She looks forward to talking with you to learn how she and the Sprouting Readers team can support your family and tend to your sprouting reader.

Kerry Crosby

Tutor

Kerry has been teaching children literacy in grades K-8 for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and Spanish and earned her MS in Education from Northwestern University. She specialized in literacy through her work at Lesley University where she also served as adjunct faculty, teaching courses focused on how to use assessment to plan teaching in reading, writing, and phonics and word study.

A strong believer in responsive teaching, Kerry won First-year Teacher of the Year in Fairfax County, VA, based on her ability to differentiate instruction for a variety of learners. She works with teachers and administrators in schools throughout the country to help children develop independence in literacy and discover the joy of reading and writing. When she is not teaching, she loves reading with her book club, traveling, and spending time with her family, including her own three children.

Dee McWilliams

Tutor

Dee has been teaching young children to read for over 30 years. She has worked as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, reading specialist and graduate course instructor. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from Fitchburg State University.

Dee loves working individually with young readers. She finds it genuinely rewarding to design a learning plan that builds on each child’s unique set of skills and to foster a trusting and engaging relationship with her students. Her goal is always to nurture a love of learning and a love of books. When not teaching, Dee enjoys spending time in the woods with her family and her dog.

Gina Moulton

Tutor

Gina graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught kindergarten for over fifteen years and is the author of All Tied Up, a picture book highlighting the importance of having a growth mindset.

Gina encourages her students to focus on progress and see failures as opportunities to learn. When she is not teaching, Gina enjoys surfing in Mexico and developing her own growth mindset.

Jennifer Timilty

Tutor

Jennifer has taught in the Boston Public School system for twenty-one years and currently teaches ninth and tenth grades at Boston Latin Academy. She graduated with a BA in English from The College of the Holy Cross and received a Masters in English Education (7-12) from New York University, as well as a Masters in Language and Literacy with Licensure as a Reading Specialist (K-12) from Harvard University. She holds licenses in English 8-12, English as a Second Language 5-12 and as a Reading Specialist for students in grades K-12.

Jennifer loves working with children of all ages to bolster their academic and overall confidence.  

Interested in Virtual Coaching?

Taryn also offers virtual literacy coaching for teachers.

Contact her at tlarja@sproutingreaders.com for more information.

Testimonials

The progress our son has made has been awesome to witness. Over the summer before first grade he would get frustrated and hardly even read a page. Within a week of starting tutoring you could see his confidence and excitement to read grow. We are forever grateful for your time spent helping our child.

Bryan, parent

“We can’t thank you enough for all the reading support you give to our son. He is excited to show us his new books and that passion was planted by you. Thank you for all you do!”

Megan and Keith, parents

“You helped me figure out words and now I can read very long books!”

Charlie, age 6

“Thank you for helping David love to read!”

Susan, parent

We are so happy to see the changes that have come when our son is with you in class! The ‘struggles’ seem to fade and his confidence soars. We appreciate all you have done to help his progress with reading.

Stephanie, parent

“Taryn is an exceptional reading teacher. She has a wonderful, positive rapport with children and easily connects with her students. With her skillful, explicit instructions she is always able to take a striving reader to the next level.”

Michele Dufresne, Author and Co-Founder of Pioneer Valley Books