About Spiral Skills

Spiral Skills Tutoring and Academic Coaching was founded in 2019 by Diane Talbot – a former teacher frustrated at her inability to provide the services that her students truly needed to be successful in a classroom setting.

After 13 years in public and private schools, Diane finally took the plunge and opened a full-time tutoring center. The need for services quickly outstripped Diane’s capacity, so she began the search for amazing tutors to further our goal of helping kids and young adults be successful.

At Spiral Skills, providing individualized instruction and support for students is our passion. We provide private tutoring and academic coaching at our Boulder, CO office or online.

We provide creative, flexible, individualized and assessment-based, research-based, multi-sensory, explicit, and emotionally sound methods to teach children with learning difficulties.

Click here to learn more about the services we offer.

Our Tutors

Diane Talbot

My name is Diane Talbot. I have 15 years of experience working with special needs, twice exceptional, and gifted students. I am LGTBQ affirming.

I can provide enrichment for gifted and curious students who need a challenge, twice exceptional students, and students who are struggling academically for whatever reason.

I support students who need help organizing academic belongings, assignments, and adjusting to a new setting (such as high school or college) as well as with study skills. I can help them access the resources available on campus.

I specialize in working with bright, creative children and young adults who have/are:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Twice Exceptional
  • Gifted and Talented

I also work with students who struggle with:

  • Math Anxiety
  • Low Number Sense
  • Poor Handwriting
  • Poor Written Organizational Skills
  • Poor Executive Function

I also provide professional development for teachers and tutors. Some of my recent credits include:

  • “Systematizing word study into your Orton Gillingham Sequence” – Literacy Nest Online Conference: Building Readers for Life, 2020
  • “Online Tutoring” – Guest presenter for Tutor Success Academy Member’s Club, 2020
  • “Online Tutoring” – workshops, 2020
  • “Supporting Students and Families during COVID” – Ladder Learning Services, 2020
  • “Adding Word Study to your Orton Gillingham Lessons” – Literacy Nest Online Conference: Building Readers for Life, 2019
  • “A Short History of the English Language” – Ladder Learning Services, 2019

I have also been been a guest Blogger for The Literacy Nest and

You can learn more about my work on my YouTube channel.

On a personal note, I am the mother of five gifted and/or twice exceptional adult children and the grandmother to four. I am a serious ceramic artist, gardener, and yogi. I love to read and in 2019, surpassed my Goodreads reading challenge goal of reading 50 books by finishing the year with 77 books.


  • MA in Education, Western State Colorado University, emphasis in literacy
  • Associate Level certification with AOGPE (Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators)
  • Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) level with Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
  • Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist with Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI)
  • Math Interventionist certificate from Adams State University
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement from Colorado Department of Education
  • Special Education Generalist from Colorado Department of Education

I am committed to continuous professional development and individual learning. Here are a few of my ongoing efforts and affiliations:

  • Currently working toward Certified Level of Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE)
  • Completed Coursework in Multi-sensory Math through ASDEC
  • Studies Structured Word Inquiry with a variety of teachers and mentors
  • Professional Member of the International Dyslexia Association
  • Member of The Reading League
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Michaele Griffey

My name is Michaele Griffey (Michelle) and I am presently in my twentieth year of teaching, providing highly effective, caring and friendly instruction. I currently teach 3rd grade math, science, social studies, and STEAM.  My goal is to make sure everyone loves math!

I meet and or exceed academic goals with excellent communication and teaching skills that have resulted in above district and state average CMAS score 3 years in a row.  I guide my students with motivating, encouraging, and challenge tasks to help them reach their highest potential. I help my students by thinking on my feet and adapt my teaching to fit any learning style.  If a student is not understanding a concept, I am able to teach it in another way until the student is able to “see” or visualize the idea being taught.  I try to make learning fun and engaging for every student.

I specialize in working with low performing students who are struggling academic or have low motivation.  Having learning difficulties as a child drove my passion to learn how to help others with like difficulties know that there is always a gift in any “difference” they may have and that can be used not only succeed but also thrive.  I integrate growth mindset vs fixed mindset into my teaching to illustrate the only failure is in giving up.  The most powerful word is the word YET!

I am the mother of two boys, the stepmother to three girls, have two cats and two dogs.  I need coffee to get me through the dirt and hair left from my furry friends.  I enjoy being outside and listening to books on audio.


  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in Math & Science, University of Colorado, Denver
  • M.A. in Psychology-Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University, Boulder
  • Elementary teacher 20 + years
  • International Baccalaureate-Level 2 trained
  • Lindamood-Bell Trained
  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Trained