Who We Are

Our teachers are highly qualified and trained. We take the time to invest in our teachers, because you take the time to invest in us and your families. We simply want to make a difference in our community and in our kids.


The difference is that we have the hearts that take us beyond skills and knowledge. We create the relationships that last a lifetime and that our kids understand. This fosters an environment that promotes a love of learning and confidence. 

Whitney Stein, M.Ed.
Owner & Dyslexia Specialist 

Certified Elementary K-8 Teacher in Arizona

Masters degree in Elementary Education

Bachelors degree in Marketing

Certified Barton Reading & Spelling Tutor

Certified Skype Barton Tutor 

Certified Dyslexia Advocate

Certified Dyslexia Screener 

Trained in Lindamood-Bell LiPS

Trained in Lindamood-Bell Visualize & Verbalize (V/V) 

Trained in Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars

Trained in Handwriting Without Tears 

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Kayla Garvais

Undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology 

Barton Trained Tutor (Certification coming soon!)

Trained in Foundations in Sounds

Trained in Handwriting Without Tears

Proficient Math Teacher

Private Test Prep & Study Skill Prep

As the owner and founder of The Dyslexia Connection, Whitney Stein is able to fulfill her passion of working with kids and changing lives. For the last ten years, she has been able to work with countless families, helping them achieve success. As a dyslexia specialist and certified advocate, Whitney is truly able to walk parents through the journey of dyslexia as it relates to a parent's general understanding and acceptance of a dyslexia, the initial diagnosis of dyslexia, and the facilitation of school accommodations and services. Dyslexia is a journey and her desire is to help parents understand the journey, appreciate the beauty of dyslexia, and help children reach their full potential. 


When she is not with her kids teaching them to read, she spends her time with her husband, her three boys, ages 2, 4, and 6, and her dogs. 

Kayla has her degree in Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology from the University of California. She has spent the last handful of years working one on one with students in an academic in-person and online setting, supporting students academically and emotionally to help them build executive functioning skills, confidence, and self agency. Kayla has provided hours of instruction to students in math, science, writing, language arts, test prep, and more. She is proficient in teaching multisensory math strategies, as well as generating sessions that teach material in an engaging and effective way, utilizing mindfulness practices to promote student well being and self regulation. Kayla is well versed in catering to the needs of our diverse learning population through the use of audio, visual and hands on kinesthetic strategies.

Mary Minton
Dyslexia Specialist 

Bachelors in Elementary Education

Barton Certified Tutor 

Trained in Lindamood-Bell LiPS

Highly qualified teacher 

Trained in Handwriting Without Tears

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Suzanne Castillo
Dyslexia Specialist 

Barton Certified Tutor 

Trained in Lindamood-Bell LiPS

Trained in Handwriting Without Tears

Mary brings 10 years teaching experience to Dyslexia Connection. Mary’s love for teaching kids started as a pre-school teacher, moved to teaching first graders and then on to working with home-bound students. After raising her children, Mary is back to teaching and loves her work with Dyslexia Connection and their families.

Mary has been married for 22 years and has 4 children from middle school through college.

Suzanne brings over 20 years in one-on-one teaching experience to the table at Dyslexic Connection. Having homeschooled her own children from pre-school through high school while also tutoring other homeschoolers with their own unique learning styles, she's a veteran at meeting individual needs. Her experience guiding her own child through dyslexia and into a high-achieving academic career is what drew her to help other children. Her greatest joy is helping children and families understand the learning environment that perfectly suits the child's needs and nurtures their self-confidence.


When she is not working with her students, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her children, crafting and antiquing.

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Joan White

Barton Certified Tutor 

Trained in Lindamood-Bell LiPS

Certified Teacher

Trained in Lindamood-Bell LiPS 

Trained in Handwriting Without Tears

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Leslie Knoll 

Barton Tutor 

Trained in Lindamood-Bell LiPS

Master's in Curriculum & Instruction

Certified Teacher 

Trained in Handwriting Without Tears

Joan has worked with learning disabled and emotionally handicapped students in kindergarten through 8thgrade in all subject areas.  She enjoys walking with students and parents through the often difficult process of diagnosis and remediation of learning difficulties.  Working 1 on 1 with students has always been her favorite area of teaching, and she loves seeing the growth that comes from this individualized approach.  She is married and has 3 college-aged children.  Spending time with family and friends, walking her dog, baking, and watching college sports are things she enjoys in her spare time.

Leslie Knoll received her bachelor's degree from Creighton University. She has twelve years of teaching experience. She received a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado.  Leslie has also worked as an educational consultant for several educational publishing companies which included creating nonfiction book sets and writing teacher resources. Leslie enjoys working with children because of their energy and excitement for learning!