Jennifer Sands

I am a creative elementary school teacher with diverse experience in education. I grew up in NYC, moved to Colorado in my 20s and never left the West. The lifestyle in the Rocky Mountains is much better suited to my spirit. I have well over 10 years experience teaching students with diverse needs. I have  been a classroom Elementary, Gifted and Talented and English as a Second Language Teacher.  I transitioned to supporting students as a private tutor in all subjects, specializing in early literacy instruction. I am committed to fostering a safe learning environment where risk-taking is nurtured through empathy and structured support. I have my Professional Colorado Teaching License and am trained in Orton-Gillingham. I weave many strategic and engaging approaches to teach and foster a love of reading! I also have a M.S in Wildlife biology. I studied wolves in Yellowstone National Park, living there for 3 years. When not teaching kids, you will find me in nature with my animals and friends, hiking and traveling.


Executive Function Coaching

Writing Tutoring

Reading Tutoring

Math Tutoring

Reading Disorder



Elementary School

Middle School





What was your path to becoming a provider?

It has been a winding journey as I am always learning and growing as a teacher. I began as an environmental educator, connecting kids to nature and then a lower elementary classroom teacher, then an ESL teacher and then a reading specialist focused on emergent literacy. I worked for myself for many years and was looking for a company to join to work as part of a larger community and found Parallel and am so excited to learn and grow with them!

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

I am passionate about helping all students because I love getting to know each individual child and celebrating their unique gifts.

What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?

I would encourage them to learn more about the process and acknowledge that starting anything new can feel a bit scary. I think they will feel the encouragement once they enlist support from Parallel become part of a team working together to help their child.

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