About the Founder, Owner & Director


  • Ph.D. Reading Education, Minor:
    Early Childhood Education
    Texas Woman’s University
  • M.Ed. Reading Education, Focus:
    Reading Intervention
    Texas Woman’s University
  • B.S. Early Childhood Education
    Texas Woman’s University


  • Dr. Kim Southwell’s background includes 22 years of teaching
  • Pre-K, Kinder, and Elementary Reading Specialist. Dyslexic Tendencies specialist.
  • College Professor (Literacy, Language – Reading & Child Development)
  • Language Therapist/Reading Tutor
  • Literacy Consultant
  • Teacher Trainer
  • Reading Coach
  • Parent Literacy Trainer
  • Family Literacy speaker
  • Guest Speaker “Reading Intervention”
Dr. Southwell initially began a reading improvement program for elementary students operating out of her home. She then rented nearby portable classrooms for over a year and then moved to a larger church facility. The continued popularity and growth of the program required Dr. Southwell to obtain her own space exclusively for Reading Ranch. Her Ph.D. research study was based on the curriculum developed for Reading Ranch Tutorial Centers.

The Reading Ranch has 13 Dallas area locations and recently opened an Austin location.

Kim’s family background

Raised in a small farm town, a mother of 3 daughters and married 35 years to my childhood schoolmate (yes, we’ve known each other since kindergarten). Brian is a sales engineer for a major high-tech company. We live in the country and enjoy our dogs, horses, donkeys and cats and greatness of a small town life.

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