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 4-17 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 faculty member at the University of Maryland.


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, Fairfax County Speech-Language Pathologists 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, 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, developmental delays, reading/writing disabilities, language disorders, and social skills. Courtney was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Recipient by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce!


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 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 works with students during the school year and at the summer enrichment program.

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.


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
Irene Williams
Tutor and Summer Associate

Ms. Williams works with students during the school year and at the summer enrichment program.

Irene Williams joined the Speech of Cake team in 2020. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in linguistics at the College of William & Mary. She is especially interested in bilingual education and speech-language therapy. Irene has studied both Spanish and Chinese! Irene's research interests include the interaction between literacy and language in young learners. She enjoys finding fun and creative ways to engage children of all ages in the development of their communication and language skills, with a focus on building self-confidence and a love of learning!

Mandy McClelland
Client Happiness Specialist

Mrs. McClelland is our Client Happiness Specialist.

Mandy McClelland joined the Speech of Cake, Inc. team in May 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!

Feel free to email her at anytime at:


For the Summer Enrichment Program, Mrs. Overton,

Ms. Hutchison, Ms. Byrd, Ms. Reichelt, and Ms. Williams meet with students at our summer location:

601 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314.