Our Team


Kim Schulz, Executive Director

Kim provides instruction in reading, writing, and math, as well as instructional assessments.

She has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham and Framing Your Thoughts. Since 2001, she has had experience teaching first through eighth grades in a variety of school settings. In 2014, Kim founded Key to Learning, a private tutoring business providing intensive one-on-one support in reading and writing. In 2017, Key to Learning evolved into Steamboat Reading, which transitioned to a nonprofit organization in 2019 to better support the needs of students and families in Northwest Colorado.



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Joy provides evaluation and advocacy services. 

She received her Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Denver. She obtained her Certified Academic Language Practitioner certificate from the Academic Language Therapy Association. Joy is trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading and math approaches, along with several other reading intervention programs, such as Wilson Fundations, The Wilson Reading System, and Language!. She has been a special education teacher and interventionist in the Denver metro public schools and a learning specialist at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, Academic Language Therapy Association, and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. Her private practice, Thrive Educational Consulting, LLC, works in collaboration with Steamboat Reading to help students find academic success.   


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Sally provides reading instruction. 

She has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy and is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She has been teaching reading using this approach since 2018. Sally is a former middle school and high school business teacher. 


Alyssa Laliberte

Alyssa provides reading and writing instruction.

She received a Master’s in Education with an emphasis on Literacy Intervention. She has a certificate as an Academic Language Practitioner. She is trained in the Take Flight Program. Her major areas of focus include special education, language arts, and dyslexia therapy. Alyssa has been teaching in Colorado since 2010. She is currently an elementary special education teacher. She has experience teaching 3rd through 12th grade in every content area. 


Ann Huffsmith

Ann provides reading instruction.

She is trained in the Barton Reading and Spelling System. She attended a seminar by Susan Barton in 2006 and completed one of Barton's personally taught training programs. For five years, she worked with students at a private school in Maitland, Florida. She has been actively involved in reading education since 2006.

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Jessica Gantt-Shafer

Jess provides writing instruction.

She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication. She has a Master Tutor Certification from the College Reading and Learning Association. She is currently an Associate Professor of Communication at Colorado Mountain College – Steamboat Springs. Jess has been teaching at the college level for seven years. She has been tutoring, teaching, and providing writing instruction since 2010.


Kerry Kerrigan

Kerry provides instruction in math, problem solving skills, organizational study skills, and reading in the content areas of math and science.

She has a Master of Education and is a 35 year veteran teacher. Her teaching experiences range from second grade through eighth grade and teaching developmental math classes at Colorado Mountain College. She is retired from the Steamboat Springs School District. Most of her career was spent at the middle school level teaching math and science and enjoying the ever changing personalities of adolescents. She has traveled internationally teaching math, science, and early literacy acquisition skills. Most of her travels are to Uganda, where she does staff development to support teachers with building programs that provide a strong foundation for beginning reading and literacy skills.



Thomas provides peer perspective, insight, and support for the Steamboat Reading team and their students.

Thomas joined the Steamboat Reading team the summer before his junior year in high school. His personal experience with dyslexia and his “can do” attitude helps make him an excellent ambassador. He understands the grit and determination it takes to be successful. As ambassador, Thomas provides a student perspective towards reading and writing. He connects, supports, and inspires learners. He also brings his story and enthusiasm for Steamboat Reading to a larger audience by promoting dyslexia education in our community.