If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation meeting with a S.O.A.R. representative, please call 336.462.9344 or email Donna, Melanie, or Mary Beth.
C O N T A C T U S :
Donna Siegle is the Executive Coordinator of S.O.A.R. Tutoring & Advocacy. She graduated from East Carolina University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Her NC Teaching License includes certifications in Special Education K-12, Reading K-12, and Regular Education K-6. She is currently in the process of obtaining further training and certification with the Orton Gillingham Approach to teaching. She has been a teacher for 22 years. Her experience includes teaching in public schools, PRTF’s (Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility), and one-on-one tutoring in the states of North & South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. She has extensive training in working with children who have behavioral and emotional needs. Donna is passionate about teaching students with learning disabilities. She was diagnosed with dyslexia in her early 20’s, after struggling from elementary school through college. Her own experiences as a learner with dyslexia gives her insight and abilities to work with students who are frustrated with traditional instructional methods. When not teaching, Donna enjoys being with her family, friends and dogs, photography, and collecting sea glass from beaches around the country.
Educational Consultant/ Advocate
Melanie Holtzclaw has a Masters in Special Education K-12 and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She currently is completing requirements for Masters in School Administration. Melanie has extensive background in communications, Special Education policies and procedures and educational consulting. She is a former Exceptional Children’s Compliance Specialist and Case Manager for WS/FC school system with over 20 years of experience. Melanie has worked with schools and families in developing extensive plans to address specific needs of children with disabilities and assisting parents in advocating for the rights of their children. Melanie’s consulting and advocacy encompasses extensive knowledge of the IEP process, attention to detail, strategic thinking and genuine compassion for families navigating the world of Special Education.
Mary Beth Brandon
Mary Beth has over 18 years of experience teaching in a variety of public and private classroom/program/tutoring settings. She has worked in child development, teaching, running private school programs and being a part of school administration teams. She earned a B.S. from the University of Hawaii in Family Resources. She has worked with children of all ages and has a true passion to help each individual child. She is also a mother of 3 children who she is currently homeschooling due to multiple reasons; but mainly due to her children’s individual needs not being met. Each of her children has one or a combination of learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, anxiety and more. As a community resource specialist Mary Beth has been on all sides of the equation; parent, teacher and special education specialist. Due to this she is extremely committed to meet the specific needs of each family and child. She is committed to helping guide families in the right direction to receiving evaluations, treatments, early interventions, medical needs, academic needs, school options, homeschool curriculum options and so much more. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and family, adventuring in the outdoors and playing an active roll in supporting her husband (and community) as a police officer/military vet through different volunteer organizations.
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