About Our Team

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Alexa Imwalle


Hi! I'm Alexa, the Owner and Founder of Smart Start Tutors, LLC. I am a certified Reading Interventionist, wife, and mom to twin 5 year old girls and a baby boy who make me laugh every day. We live in Maryland, right outside of Washington, D.C. I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. After attending the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, my husband and I decided to return to the D.C. area to raise our family.

Working with students 1-1 in reading and language arts is my passion. From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. 

I hold a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and an endorsement in grades 4th and 5th. In addition, I hold a Masters in Education specializing in Literacy Instruction for grades K-12th. During my time as a classroom teacher, I was lucky enough to work with students in a variety of grade levels. After leaving the classroom, I went on to earn an additional certification as a Reading Interventionist where I learned how to assess children in reading, identify their exact areas of need and build customized intervention plans in order to close the reading gap quickly and efficiently.



Literacy Specialist

Taylor is a fifth grade English Language Arts & Science inclusion teacher in Dayton, Ohio. As an inclusion teacher, Taylor has students with a wide variety of abilities in her classroom. She works closely with an intervention specialist to meet the needs of all learners within her classroom. Taylor has experience working with general education students, students with identified learning disabilities, and gifted students.


Taylor is a graduate of the University of Dayton and holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as an endorsement in teaching 4th and 5th grade. She received an additional certificate in teaching students with Dyslexia and other reading challenges. Taylor is trained in the Barton Reading & Spelling System, which is a multi-sensory reading and spelling program geared towards supporting students with Dyslexia and a variety of reading and language challenges.


When she is not teaching, Taylor enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, walking her dogs, and spending time with friends and family. She loves building relationships with her students and helping them realize and reach their full potential. Taylor is available to provide intervention and enrichment for Smart Start Tutors students in reading, writing, and math.



Literacy Specialist

Bailey is a graduate of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. She holds a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Bailey currently teaches Kindergarten in Vandalia, Ohio. She is proud to have returned to teach at the elementary school where she attended as a child.

Bailey comes to Smart Start Tutors with several years of teaching experience and was raised in a family of teachers. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading approach as well as The Phonics Dance. Both are multi-sensory approaches to teaching reading and writing that are designed specifically for struggling readers and those with Dyslexia.

Bailey loves making learning come alive for her students by using fun, interactive activities that engage all of the senses. She truly believes that she is fulfilling her life’s mission as a teacher.

When not at school, Bailey enjoys teaching fitness classes at the local rec center and crafting on her Cricut machine. Bailey is available to provide intervention and enrichment for Smart Start Tutors students in reading, writing, and math.

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