MC900353274[1]Tutor Eau Claire


Text Box: The literacy outreach of Eau Claire Shalom Ministries
A Key to Literacy for Struggling Readers



Tutor Eau Claire (TutorEC) is the literacy outreach of Eau Claire Shalom Ministries, a 501(c)3 organization established in 1995 to serve the Eau Claire community of Columbia, SC. Tutor Eau Claire was founded in 1999 by Tracey and Hap Ely to meet the needs of struggling students in their neighborhood. When they discovered that one fourth-grader had not learned to read in school because he was dyslexic, they became determined to find a way to help. Thanks to training and support from many Midlands non-profits and The Sandhills School, TutorEC now provides affordable tutoring services for students in the Eau Claire community of Richland One, and beyond.


Tutor Eau Claire’s primary mission is to raise awareness of dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and provide assistance for students with dyslexia, the leading cause of reading failure. Dyslexia affects ~20% of the general population, accounts for 80-85% of the students identified with a Specific Language Learning Disability (LD), and is a major factor in the high school dropout rate. Each year in the U.S., one million LD students will leave high school without a diploma. The diagnosis of dyslexia is medical; the treatment is educational; and early, ongoing intervention is critical. Clinical and research data have shown that dyslexia can be overcome at any age if a multisensory, structured language program, based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, is used. 

Tutor Eau Claire’s literacy program:

Tutor Eau Claire provides affordable tutoring for dyslexic students in Richland School District One, resources for tutors, information for parents, and opportunities for volunteers.

For Dyslexic Students:

TutorEC provides affordable, one-on-one, after school and summer tutoring for dyslexic students. We also provide parents with referrals for private tutors.

For Tutors:

TutorEC offers a support network and resource library for OG tutors.

For Tutors, Parents and Volunteers:

TutorEC training workshops using the Barton Reading System, (Levels 1 and 2 are currently available). We are seeking committed volunteers eager to teach a dyslexic student (child or adult learner) how to read with confidence.


Tutor Eau Claire’s literacy program goal:

Tutor Eau Claire’s primary goal is to provide affordable help and hope for dyslexic students in the Midlands.


Tutor Eau Claire is supported by volunteers, grants, and donor contributions. If you would like to volunteer to help or provide a financial contribution, please contact Tracey Ely at or 803-530-3216.

Checks can be made out to Eau Claire Shalom Ministries and sent to Tracey at:

601 Wildwood Ave.

Columbia, SC 29203


 Learn About Dyslexia

Print Dyslexia brochure

For more information about dyslexia and multi-sensory language instruction, see the following:

Learning Disabilities/Differences:

International Dyslexia Association -

LD Online -


Multi-sensory Language Training:





Multisensory Math              -



Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, Judith Birsh, Brookes Publishing Co., 2006

Overcoming Dyslexia, Sally Shaywitz, M.D., Vintage Books, 2003

Straight Talk About Reading, How Parents Can Make a Difference in the Early Years, Susan Hall and Louisa Moats Ed. D., McGraw-Hill, 2006.


Contact Information

Tracey Ely,  Associate, AOGPE

601 Wildwood Ave.

Columbia, SC 29203


 Dr. Bert Ely, Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC 29208