About Us

We are the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin but serve children in the entire greater Chippewa Valley from as far as 2 hours away.  Dyslexia, which is a language-based learning disability,  affects as many as 1 in 5 people – many of whom are of average or above average intelligence and excel dramatically when given the resources to do so.

The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin is a locally funded, non-profit organization that provides multisensory, direct-instruction tutoring services to children 18 years and younger who struggle with the challenges of dyslexia at no cost to the families.

Based on the Orton-Gillingham methods of instruction, the Masons have chosen to support this worthy cause by providing training to individuals interested in helping children succeed; then further supporting the Children’s Dyslexia Center through development, funding, and on-going physical support.


Information About Dyslexia

Dyslexia is an inherited neurological disorder that affects the way people learn to read and speak as well as how they process things mathematically. Famous dyslexics include Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Leonardo DaVinci, Walt Disney, Channing Tatum, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Dyslexia affects one out of every five people, and affects boys and girls in equal numbers. Children left with untreated dyslexia often suffer devastating personal consequences. It is the number one reason teenagers drop out of school, and is a primary factor in juvenile delinquency. Research reveals that children with untreated dyslexia can become underachieving adults unable to contribute to society at their fullest capacity.

Dyslexia is, however, a treatable condition. Children with dyslexia need professional help, and the earlier they receive it, the greater their chances of achieving normal, fully functional lives.



Meet Our Tutors

Tutors at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin are an amazing, dedicated, and highly qualified group of people who have a passion for helping kiddos learn to read!

All Certified Tutors have completed a minimum of 50 hours of coursework and more than 100 hours of practicum training where they perfected their skills through observations, supervision, and practice!  The Center begins a new Tutor Training course once a year, typically in the late spring/early summer.  It is never to early to apply for the training as there are limited positions available.  To learn more about becoming a tutor Click Here!

Certified Tutors

Lauri Gullotta             Tami Koxlien            Amelia Spielman          Dr. Tammy Tillotson          Margaret Brunn        Jennifer Taylor           Allie Coen                 Leigh Dobberstein        Ellen Stabenow                    Lesley VanZee          

Tutors-in-Traing     John Berthold              Amanda Jiskra             Kelly Schroeder


Tutor Memories

Our wonderful tutors have contributed their fondest memories and experiences from throughout their years at the Children’s Dyslexia Center, and allowed us to post them on our website for visitors to enjoy!

    Allie C.

My most memorable tutoring moment was when I was teaching my first student that both “ge” and “dge” say the sound /j/ at the end of a word. I asked my student when she should spell a word with “dge” or “ge” , and she looked me dead in the eyes, slammed her hands down on the table, and screamed, ” I DON’T KNOW BUT I’M WILLING TO LEARN!”

2015-06-22 13.58.31 (2)   Tami K.

I have been blessed with wonderful students while tutoring, and have had fun working with them. My most memorable tutoring moment was when I was given a thank you note from a parent explaining the change in her child after his time at the center.  It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it, knowing what a difference we make.

2015-06-22 16.55.55 (3)  Lauri G.

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a tutor is seeing how what we are providing is building confidence and positive self-worth into our students, who often struggle not only with reading but also with feelings of shame, inadequacy, and failure.  I will never forget when one of my first students, after persevering through almost two years of tutoring, finally was able to say “wait, I CAN get this”–and not just once, but twice during that day’s lesson.  I knew we’d reached an important turning point, and actually teared up right there.  Sure enough, this student started soaring after coming to this realization–and I will always be grateful for being part of making a difference in this student’s life.

2015-06-24 09.55.14 (3)   Margaret B.

Tutoring has proven to be an excellent retirement project. I continue to learn and I’m engaged in a community of caring and committed people. Best of all, I get to work with incredible children who are eager to learn. I can see the results of my work and feel the appreciation of the children and their families.

  DSCN0358 (3)   Kelly S.

Recently my student asked me if she could be the ‘tutor’ during our session. As our roles switched and perspectives changed, I think we felt a stronger mutual respect for each other and this process simultaneously. The rush of confidence and critical thinking was fantastic to see.

   Jennifer T.

 I love watching and listening to students use the tools they have learned to correctly read a word they haven’t encountered before. The surprise on their face when I say, “Yes! That’s it!” is priceless.

     Leigh D.

I love coming to see students make a great effort to learn and see their awesome personalities shining through.

    Amelia S.

     Ellen S.

I love seeing how much my students’ reading skills and confidence have grown.

      Lesley V.



Meet the Board Members

At the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin, we have an outstanding Board of Governors who work diligently to ensure the sustainability of our unique Center.  Enjoy meeting our Board….

Randy Ellifson, Board Chair
Randy Ellifson, Board Chair
Lyle Koerner                     Board Vice-Chair
Wayne Franson      Board Member
Gerald Berg             Board Member
Sterling Standiford Board Member
Guy Wood               Board Member
Becky Wurzer         Board Member
Jeanne Szepieniec Board Secretary
Patricia Huse       Board Member
Donald Schwartz     Board Member


Heidi Olson, Board Member

Jeff Clark, Board Member 

Tom Stevens, Board Member



Contact Us

You can contact Tammy, the Center Director, at (715) 598-4986 for additional information on becoming a certified tutor, receiving tutoring services for a child, volunteering at the Center, or contributing financially to the sustainability of the organization.

You can also stop by the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin at:
616 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

The Center is generally open Monday through Thursday 3:00pm-7:00pm.

Or by Email:

cdcuwd@gmail.com ~ Director, Tammy T.

cdcuwassistant@gmail.com ~ Administrative Assistant, Allie C.

cdcadmasst@gmail.com ~ Administrative Assistant, Kollette M.