Literacy & Learning
Director / Founder
Literacy specialist for over 10 years
With a background in psychology and counseling, Sydney Burns has dedicated her career to helping each child reach their fullest potential. She has spent many years studying learning differences and the methodologies used to treat them while working with students.
Early in her career, she spent several years at a Lindamood-Bell Center in the Bay Area. At the same time, she attended countless conferences and workshops for learning differences. As she became more specialized, she helped a mentor manage a Literacy Center that was extremely successful for the next five years of her life. That was an exciting time because she was able to customize programs for students and manage their progress.
After relocating to AZ, she continued her passion in helping each child reach their full abilities and goals as a private tutor. Her success in AZ, along with her extensive knowledge and experience, inspire her to open Arcadia Literacy & Learning where she has developed a learning environment unlike any other. Her center utilizes top techniques to make each child feel confident, comfortable and supported.
Meet Your TUtors
Sydney is working towards her Master's Degree in Child and Adolescent Counseling. After she received her undergraduate in psychology, she began her 10+ year career as a dyslexic specialist.
With her Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics/TESL, Chelsea's work with students is unparalleled. In addition to tutoring, Chelsea is the Learning and Curriculum
Manager. She is an experienced educator, certified ELA teacher, and incredible behavioral management coach.
Erica works as the Center Director. She earned her Masters in Literature and Writing Studies. She offers students an organized, knowledgeable, and fun learning environment.
Lexi is working towards her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her education in psychology helps her to keep students encouraged and involved throughout the class while making each student feel confident and successful. She goes the extra mile to help students get the most out of every lesson.
Sydney's experience with children lends itself to vibrant and creative tutoring sessions. As a graduate student of behavioral health sciences, she truly understands children and how to best motivate them to learn. Children leave her sessions feeling like they played the entire time, without realizing just how much work they had accomplished.
Mei's teaching experience in addition to her emotional intelligence, knowledge of different learning styles, and superior behavior management skills come together to make her an bright, adaptive tutor. She holds her bachelors degree in sociology and experience in education.
Liz is dedicated to her work and her students. She makes every session impactful, providing students with creative, thoughtful, and carefully crafted lessons. Her students have fun in her sessions while learning complex concepts. Liz goes the extra mile to connect to her students.
Vanessa has her Masters of Ed. in Montessori Teacher Education. Her vast knowledge of teaching methods and behavior management translates directly to her sessions as she easily adjusts her plans to meet the need of each and every student. Her intuition, compassion, and education make her a wonderful teacher for all students.
Elizabeth is working towards her Masters degree in Elementary Education and Teaching. Her gentle, authentic approach to teaching allows children the space to learn difficult concepts while still feeling independent and successful. Her rigorous education background makes for thoughtful and creative lesson plans.
Emily has vast experience in Special Education, working with Autism, and Behavior Management. She holds her masters in special education which carries over wonderfully into her work. She takes the time to truly understand the needs of her students and adjusts her plans to meet their goals.
Sury is finishing her masters in counseling and works with children to support their needs. She is an extremely compassionate tutor, taking the time to make each child feel seen, heard, and safe. This allows even the most anxious students to be open to learning.