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We strive to equip educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to implement effective reading instruction in their classrooms.


Our tools and professional learning experiences are grounded in research, easy to implement, and designed to improve literacy instruction.

Our Leaders

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Mary E. Dahlgren, Ed. D
Founder and President

Since founding Tools 4 Reading in 2010, Dr. Dahlgren has focused on developing practical tools and training opportunities to bridge the gap between the science of reading and classroom practice. These tools include Kid Lips™ and the Kid Lips™ Instructional Guide, Sound Wall Solutions™, Phoneme/Grapheme Cards, and sound wall classes.

Dr. Dahlgren has over 25 years of experience in the field of education, having served as a dyslexia therapist, elementary classroom teacher, international literacy consultant, and author. Additionally, Dr. Dahlgren served as a national LETRS trainer for 18 years until her retirement in December 2021.

Dr. Dahlgren’s longstanding interest in early childhood and elementary education has compelled her to spend much of her career working directly with classroom teachers to embrace the science behind reading. She provides training on how to provide the best first instruction along with implementation of effective interventions for struggling readers.  

Antonio A. Fierro, Ed.D. is a national trainer of the distinguished teacher curriculum Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS).  


As a former Texas State Teacher of the Year, Dr. Fierro brings over 25 years of experience to the field of education.  He has served as an early childhood ESL/Bilingual teacher, a district ESL/Bilingual specialist, a state master trainer of the Texas Reading Academies, a senior analyst with the national Reading First initiative, and reading director of a major urban Texas school district.  


Dr. Fierro's areas of interest include early childhood education and, because of his own experience as an English learner, research and practices that impact students learning English as a second language.  Antonio is also dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of dyslexia and other reading disabilities, inspired in part by his 15-year old son, Antonio Jr., who has dyslexia.

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