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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