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Welcome to Ready, Set, Read!

From the Owners
After seeing the need for quality, evidence-based reading instruction, Jen Pettey and Sarah McQueen created Ready, Set, Read! Their mission is to help students of all ages achieve their full potential in reading and language development. Them, along with their team of knowledgeable educators help develop the skills your child needs to gain confidence and meet all of their reading goals!


About Jen

Hello!  I’m Jennifer Pettey, the founder of Ready, Set, Read and a former primary school teacher turned professor of education at Loyola University.  I am an academic language therapist that specializes in building foundational reading skills. 

Certifications include:

  • Certified teacher in the State of Maryland with certifications in early childhood, elementary, and special education

  • Dyslexia therapist

  • Trained in Orton-Gillingham based instruction


About Sarah

Hi!  I’m Sarah McQueen, a former primary school teacher, who left the classroom to stay home with my own children.  I continued to stay in the education field as an Educational Consultant, Executive Functioning Coach, and Tutor with Baltimore Family Therapy. I am so excited to be the proud co-owner of Ready, Set, Read! and to see your student reach their full potential! 


Certifications Include:

  • Master of Education

  • Certified teacher in the State of Maryland with certifications to include early childhood education and elementary education

  • Trained in Orton-Gillingham based instruction 


We were fortunate to find Jen Pettey for our son, Jackson, in July, and the journey since then has been nothing short of transformative. Jen's expertise in sound In syllables tutoring has not only significantly improved Jackson's reading skills but has also remarkably boosted his confidence—a change that extends beyond the pages of any book. Jen possesses a unique blend of patience, skill, and understanding that makes learning accessible and enjoyable for Jackson. Her tailored approach caters to his specific needs, ensuring that each session not only enhances his academic skills but also nurtures his love for learning. The progress he has made under her guidance is impressive, reflecting in both his academic performance and his self-assurance. More than just a tutor, Jen has become a valued partner in Jackson's educational journey. Her commitment to his success is evident in every lesson, every encouragement, and every stride Jackson makes. We are incredibly grateful for the positive impact she has had on our son and our family. For any parent considering a tutor for their child, we cannot recommend Jen highly enough. She not only brings out the best in her students academically but also empowers them to believe in themselves. Jen Pettey is truly exceptional, and we are so thankful to have her in our lives.

“Sarah is an amazing tutor and an incredible person! In a short time, she established exactly what our son needed in order for him to be truly successful. She genuinely cares about our son's progress and celebrates every victory with him. The academic growth, confidence, and comfort in learning we see definitely make us happy parents!” -Matt

Our Approach

At Ready, Set, Read!, we believe that every student has the potential to become a confident and skilled reader. Our team of experienced and certified language therapists works with students individually to identify their unique strengths and weaknesses, and develop a personalized program to help them achieve their goals.


We use evidence-based practices and innovative techniques to make learning fun and engaging. Our approach is based on the latest research in language development and reading instruction, and we continually update our methods to ensure that our students receive the best possible care.

Certified Language Therapists

Our language therapists are certified professionals with years of experience in helping students improve their language and literacy skills. They have advanced training in the latest research-based techniques, and are dedicated to helping every student succeed.

At Ready, Set, Read!, we are committed to providing our therapists with ongoing professional development to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest research and techniques. Our therapists attend regular workshops and conferences, and engage in ongoing training to stay on the cutting edge of language therapy practice.

Meet Our Team!

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