About Us


Providing both parents and their children with resources to enhance communication and literacy development

  • Personalized

  • Pediatric  

  • Speech

  • Language

  • Literacy

  • Executive Functioning

  • Social Skills 

  • Orofacial Myology

Courtney Overton

Owner, Founder, and Speech-Language Pathologist

Mrs. Overton meets with students age 5 and up in our office at 8101 Hinson Farm Road, Suite 118 Alexandria, VA 22306.

Courtney Overton, MS, CCC-SLP is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist. She is licensed in Virginia and has extensive experience in the public school system at the primary and secondary levels. Courtney is also an adjunct professor at Emerson College.


Courtney is currently a doctoral student in literacy, culture, and language education at Indiana University with a minor in educational leadership. She earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Courtney earned a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology, minor in linguistics, and certificate in American Sign Language at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 


Courtney regularly attends the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention to remain abreast on evidence-based practices in pediatric speech-language pathology. She is also a member of the International Dyslexia Association, International Literacy Association, the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing, and the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, Inc.


Courtney is trained in PROMPT, Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs), Tongue Tips, Thumbs Up!, Story Grammar Marker, Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, Lucy Calkins, Reading Mastery, Corrective Reading, Read Well, Language!, Wilson (FUNdations), Qualitative Reading Inventory, Dyslexia Fundamentals, The Logic of English, Social Thinking, and Unstuck and On Target. She specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating orofacial myofunctional disorders, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, reading/writing disabilities, language disorders, and social skills. Courtney is a 40 Under 40 recipient in both Alexandria and Northern Virginia!


Co-founder and 

Special Education



Ms. Hutchison meets with students age 4-10 in their homes.

Leigh Hutchison, M.Ed., is a Virginia state-certified Special Education teacher. She completed her graduate studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia to earn a master’s degree in Special Education. Leigh earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina. She began teaching as a first-grade teacher at an international school in Brussels, Belgium. Leigh then moved to Virginia and taught as a second-grade teacher in a public school. After a few years as a general education teacher, she decided to become a special education teacher.


Working with children is Leigh's passion and she has experience helping children from kindergarten to sixth grade in the areas of reading comprehension, fluency, spelling, writing, math, and study skills. Leigh enjoys working with children with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Intellectual Disabilities, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, and Emotional Disabilities. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham, VMath, Qualitative Reading Inventory, Dyslexia Fundamentals, Lucy Calkins, Step Up to Writing, Reading Mastery, FUNdations, Connecting Math Concepts, Read Well K-2, Number Worlds, Corrective Reading, Responsive Classroom, and Unstuck and On Target.   

Ms. Byrd meets with students age 4 and up in our office at 601 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314.

Arynn Byrd joined the Speech of Cake team in 2019. She received her MA in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Georgia in 2018. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include language development, code switching, dialect instruction, and non-mainstream dialects. She is particularly interested in African-American English and the educational impacts of code switching. Arynn enjoys working on speech, language, and literacy skills with elementary age children. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham methodology. 


Ms. Reichelt works with students during the summer enrichment program.

Mia Reichelt joined the Speech of Cake team in 2018. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree at the University of South Carolina in elementary education. Mia loves to work with children of all ages. She especially enjoys teaching students about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Mia believes these activities encourage children to explore, play, and try new things for a truly fun experience!

Summer Associate
Jacqueline Greenman
Summer Associate

Ms. Greenman works with students during the summer enrichment program.

Jacqueline Greenman joined the Speech of Cake team in 2021. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with minors in Language Sciences and Disabilities Studies at Virginia Tech. Jacqueline is passionate about helping children communicate so they can advocate for themselves, build social connections, and succeed in academic settings. She believes in focusing on children’s strengths to build confidence. Jacqueline is enthusiastic about finding fun ways to incorporate language and articulation goals into games and activities! 

Mandy McClelland
Client Happiness Specialist

Mrs. McClelland is our Client Happiness Specialist.

Mandy McClelland joined the Speech of Cake, Inc. team in 2019 as a Client Happiness Specialist. For several years, she has worked virtually for small businesses assisting them in growth and administrative tasks. 

Mandy holds degrees in English and Business Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She takes care of a wide variety of tasks for Speech of Cake including client outreach, scheduling, social media management, graphic design, and more. 

Mandy loves working for Speech of Cake for many reasons, but she especially enjoys working with clients. She always looks forward to hearing from you and lending a helping hand!

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