Working with struggling students is our passion.

Building confidence, skills, and opportunities is our mission.

Corey Pollard

Hey There, I’m Corey

an Educational Consultant and Diagnostician with a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I have experience assessing, treating, and consulting with families in supporting children with autism, specific learning disabilities, speech-language disorders and neurological issues. I have had the incredible opportunity to work with several leading research and treatment centers including Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University, Children's Hospital Colorado, and the University of Denver. I have received training in Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, the Barton Reading and Spelling Program, and several other evidence-based literacy intervention programs. I also have specialized training in Special Educational Law and I love working with families and schools to come up with a collaborative plan for success. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my boys (6 and 8…and my husband of course), running, and listening to podcasts.

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I’m Kelly

I am an Educational Therapist & Consultant. My experience spans twenty years as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, Differentiation Coach, and MTSS Coordinator. I have a Masters of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading and am certified by the Orton-Gillingham Academy as a classroom teacher instructor. I am a freelance writer and teach at Regis University as a graduate program level instructor in the Masters of Education Reading Program. I understand the unique challenges that come along with learning how to read. While there will certainly be bumps in the road, I works with students to make these stepping-stones instead of stumbling blocks. My hobbies include building model rockets with my two boys (8 and 10), reading historical fiction, and spending time outdoors with my family.

Mikayla Storey

I’m Mikayla

I am the Program Director here at Ascend SMARTER Intervention. Basically, I make sure all of our programs are running smoothly and that our clients and the educators we serve are well taken care of. I oversee ongoing curriculum development and take care of everyone enrolled in our signature SMARTER Intervention program. I have a degree in Psychology and Special Education from James Madison University in Virginia. I thoroughly enjoyed supporting students with special education needs during my time at JMU. I am incredibly passionate about giving students everything they need to be successful and absolutely loves spending time supporting students so that they can feel confident in their abilities. I love finding ways to make learning literacy engaging and fun!


I’m Abbie

I’m an Educational Therapist and Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) with a Masters in Arts in Reading Education. I have my Colorado teaching and reading specialist licenses. I have a diverse background working as a classroom reading teacher, English language instructor, test administrator and interventionist, and RTI coordinator. I have extensive OG training and am currently a member of the International Dyslexia Association and Colorado Council International Reading Association. I love forming connections with my students and being able to help them grow their confidence and literacy skills.

Allied Professionals

It is our goal to support your family with all of your learning support needs.

We have the following service providers available to support you in our office suite

Ellen Rigg

Ellen Rigg, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist with Specialty in Dyslexia & Language Disorders

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Language & Literacy Specialists

Timothy Pasternak, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist with Specialty in Psychological Assessment & Counseling

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Dr Timothy Pasternak

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We want to make sure you get exactly what you need and will make sure to get you to the professional best suited to meet your needs!