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Moving Little Minds

Educational Services

Helping schools and parents improve literacy instruction for young children using engaging, research-based practices, trainings, preschool classes, and materials.

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About Me

Professional Consulting

I am a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate with my BA in Elementary Education and my MA in Special Education from Western Carolina. Working as an elementary education teacher, special education teacher, an MTSS coordinator, tutor, and literacy teacher, I have a well-rounded background and expertise in delivering the most effective, research-based teaching practices for all types of learners.    I am currently pursing my passion of literacy as a preschool literacy teacher, an educational consultant, and parent literacy coach.  


I have a wonderful husband and two young children that I learn from every day.   I love traveling and long walks with friends! Want to learn more? Contact me today to set up a time to discuss how I can better support you!

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"These kits contain quality learning tools that engage children and allow them to express their creativity, enhance their confidence, and develop a lifelong love of learning."


“Moving Little Minds is based on the most recent research: the Institute of Education Sciences and cutting edge cognitive science about how the brain acquires speech and print. By following the research, the lessons will improve children’s ability to read both effectively and efficiently. It’s also super easy to use; as a parent myself, I found it easy to follow and fun for my child.”


"I am so thankful that we ordered the Moving Little Minds literacy kit this summer! I have seen so much improvement in my son’s letter recognition and letter sounds! The kit is fun and easy to use and I feel much more confident that my son will be ready for kindergarten this fall."


Preschool Professional Development

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One-on-one consultation with clients  to create a plan for the most effective professional development for staff.  Flexibility in delivery, including virtual trainings, to fit schedules and budget. Possible courses include but are not limited to:

  • Multi-Sensory Literacy

  • Learning Letter Sounds!

  • Phonological Awareness - Digging Deeper into Word Play

  • My Students Know Letter Sounds, What's Next?

  • Understanding Dyslexia - Signs and Interventions 

  • The Five Components of Literacy Overview

  • Developmental Writing

  • Making Center Time Meaningful

  • Purposeful Play

Literacy Consulting

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Year-long partnership with monthly check-ins to help build a strong literacy foundation within the school.   Services  are  individualizes and include, but are not limited to:

  • One-on-one interviews

  • Classroom observations

  • Modeling

  • Professional trainings

  • Coaching on the implementation of research-based practices

Small Group Coaching:
Teach Your Child to Read

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Is your child ready to learn to read but you are unsure of where to begin?  I am here to walk you through the process of teaching your child to read using research-based practices, while providing support, community, and enthusiasm!  Join my small group coaching session, where we work together to learn about the science behind learning to read and tackle the ends and outs of the process.  Click below to learn more! 

Preschool Academic Evaluation

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Setting our children up with a strong foundation is one of the greatest gifts that we can give our children.   As a parent, it is often difficult to recognize gaps in learning and understand how to best meet the needs of your child.  Help understand the unique needs of your child and with a one-on-one preschool academic evaluation.  Designed for children ages 3-5, the national screener will compare your child to same-aged peers.  There will also be an in-dept literacy assessment with follow-up and resources.  

Head over to my website for all of the details!


“Melissa’s seminar will refresh even the most burned out parent. She has a wonderful blend of scientific research and applicable tips for getting the most out of reading with your children. I felt reinvigorated to be more engaged in my daily reading with my children.”

“I have loved watching how the children in my classroom have responded to her “Moving Little Minds” letter cards.  They are excited about learning the names of letters and letter sounds.  This program is great for all learning styles- visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.   I’m thankful for her expertise and the way she has helped me grow in my teaching skills. 


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