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celebrating faculty

Learning differences have nothing to do with a person’s intelligence, but involve a difference in the way brains process information.

Do you know what Walt Disney, Alexander Graham

KimMarie Suhr taught second grade for eight

Bell, and Winston Churchill have in common? They all

years before being appointed the grades 4–6 Learn-

had learning differences. Learning differences have

ing Specialist in 2009. She is a St. Andrew’s parent,

nothing to do with a person’s intelligence, but involve

a member of the Academic Council, a founding

a difference in the way brains process information.

member of our Student Support Committee, and the

This can make it difficult for an otherwise bright

Lower School Math Coordinator. She has completed

student to learn some subjects as quickly as others.

Academic Language Specialist training and is also

Some learning differences can affect a student’s

certified in Special Education.

ability to concentrate or focus while others can make it more difficult to read, write, spell, or do math.

Perrin Shelton has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University

St. Andrew’s recognizes that not all children learn in

and an MFA from University of Texas - El Paso. She

the same way and that it is important to identify and

taught English at the Upper School for four years and

work with learning differences so that each child has

returned to St. Andrew’s this year as the Learning

the opportunity to succeed. To support this effort, St.

Specialist for the Middle and Upper Schools.

Andrew’s has three learning specialists on staff available to help students in all three divisions.

All of our Learning Specialists serve as valuable resources for students, teachers, and parents. They help

Pam Craig has worked for St. Andrew’s for 25 years in

to identify students’ individual learning profiles and

many capacities, including parent volunteer, substi-

work with teachers to find ways to address learning

tute teacher, and Director of Beyond the Classroom.

needs in the classroom. They also work directly with

She is the founder and head of the Student Support

students, one-on-one or in small groups, helping with

Committee and is active in the International Dyslexia

issues such as test taking, time management, or cur-

Association. She has been a Certified Academic

riculum concerns. St. Andrew’s Learning Specialists

Language Therapist for 12 years and works primarily

are also available to meet with parents, providing

with our first through third grade students. Ms. Craig

information and recommendations as needed. At

and KimMarie Suhr have developed a highly praised

times, they also work with school counselors and our

cursive handwriting program, which they have pre-

Director of Social and Emotional Learning to help stu-

sented at several conferences.

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