Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had an amazing winter break with a lot of relaxation and rest. I am feeling rested and excited to get back to work at PRIDE. I love this company so much and I love working in it and on it every single day. In this January issue of our newsletter I want to share the story of PRIDE and how it all began…
Many of you know that both my children are in Special Education. My son was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at age 5 and my daughter, who was born 2 months premature, was equally diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at age 4.
I was a 2nd grade teacher by profession and an avid reader myself. I would read and read to my son in Kindergarten and First Grade and try to teach him the letters and sounds, just like I had been taught to do in all of my teaching credential coursework and school district core literature training. He just wasn’t getting it. I would have conferences with his classroom teacher, and she would say, “he is just immature, he will get it sooner or later.” I wasn’t convinced. So, I had him tested and I learned that mother’s intuition is always right. Sure enough, he has a learning disability and was eligible for special services at school starting in 2nd grade.
The services began. He would get pulled out of class and go to a Resource Classroom and receive reading help. The school assured me that he was getting the right help and was in the right place. After a year of this, he still couldn’t read. These programs obviously weren’t the answer to his problems and I was starting to get frustrated and discouraged with the school’s intervention program. I was getting desperate for help and I did not know how or where to find it. It was consuming all of my time. I began to investigate and research reading programs determined to figure out how to help my child, I just wasn’t trusting the school anymore to help him.
During this time, I came across the Orton-Gillingham method. I was fascinated by this program and decided to become certified in it and practice it with my son. Being a teacher myself, I caught on quickly and I was highly motivated to master it. I soon found out that it was the answer to my son’s reading struggles. He started reading. I finally figured it out.
The Orton-Gillingham is a very structured, sequential, cumulative and step by step program. It has a very unique scope and sequence meant for children with dyslexia and reading disabilities. It is multisensory, meaning the children need to use their eyes, ears, voice and hands to read. I became extremely involved with the Orton-Gillingham and active in many learning disability organizations worldwide.
When I first began PRIDE Learning Center, I started out as the only teacher in a small space with a handful of students. As the years evolved, PRIDE Learning Center has gone from 1 teacher (me) to now having over 125 teachers all over Southern California that we hire, train and manage!
In 2015 we decided to try our first on-site summer reading camp in Yorba Linda, California. The students came to the reading camp for 4-6 weeks from 9:00 – 12:00 Monday – Friday. We rented a space from a Chabad Jewish Center in Yorba Linda. It was a huge success and this summer we will be running 14 summer reading camps using the same model as we did in Yorba Linda, renting spaces from local churches, temples and schools.
Over the past 12 years I have worked hard and made relationships with psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, neurologists, speech and language therapists and other professionals who help kids everyday in our communities. I have worked with teachers and staff members of many public and private and special needs schools throughout Southern California.
The success of PRIDE Learning Centers has been in large part due to our ability to attract and maintain a dedicated staff of qualified teachers and who are using what I consider, the perfect reading program. Our teachers have credentials and Master’s Degrees in Special Education, Literacy, Linguistics, Reading, Psychology and undergo extensive training at PRIDE Learning Center in the Orton-Gillingham methodology. They are supported with weekly mentoring sessions and ongoing training so that we can provide our students with the very best learning experiences possible.
PRIDE Learning Center continues to grow and respond to the needs of the Southern California communities. I am so proud of the success of this company and what all the PRIDE Learning Center teachers have accomplished in the past years.
This January, 2017 we turn 12 years old! Thank you to all of our wonderful staff, students, parents and professionals who have made these past 12 years an amazing experience. And most importantly, Thank you Orton-Gillingham! Without you, my son wouldn’t be on his way to college right now to become a teacher. Yes, you read that correctly, a teacher.
Thank you all for your ongoing support.
Karina Richland, M.A.
PRIDE Learning Centers
Is it Back to School already? New teacher, new friends, new material, and a new classroom! While many of us are excited about the new school year, others are anxious and nervous and even dread the return back to class. If a student is well prepared, their classroom performance and grades will reflect that strong confidence.
Many kids have not practiced reading or writing over the summer and may have forgotten a lot of important reading comprehension and writing skills. At PRIDE Learning Center, our goal is to get these kids prepared before they return to the classroom and then support them throughout the school year. Feeling confident is extremely important for a child when entering their new grade level.
Tutoring at PRIDE Learning Center is a wonderful option for kids who feel that they may fall behind early on in the school year as well as for those looking to get ahead in reading and writing and comprehension skills.
The beginning of the new school year is the perfect time to change learning for your child! At PRIDE Learning Center we want to help you save BIG, too! Enroll your child between August 1 – September 16th and receive a $100 off coupon!
Offer is for new clients only and coupon must be presented at time of registration. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Limit one coupon per household.
BACK TO SCHOOL SAVINGS:
- $100 off Coupon
- One-on-one instruction
- Two hours minimum per week
- Register between August 1-September 16th
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Call PRIDE Learning Center TODAY and start your child on the path to success:
Toll Free: 866-774-3342
PRIDE Learning Center announces the opening of its seasonal location in Pasadena, California. PRIDE Learning Center Pasadena will be the eighth summer location opening this year for PRIDE.
PRIDE Learning Center, which specializes in tutoring students with learning disabilities and special needs, will provide instruction this summer at a Seasonal Learning Center in Pasadena, located at 1434 N. Altadena Drive.
Summer instruction for children at PRIDE Learning Center Pasadena will be available 9:00am – 12:00pm Monday – Friday from June – August.
This summer program at PRIDE Learning Center Pasadena is designed for children of all ages who are struggling with reading, writing and comprehension due to the diagnosis of dyslexia, auditory and visual processing disorder, autism, speech delays and other learning difficulties. The PRIDE Learning Center program is based on Orton-Gillingham research, which uses the multisensory elements of seeing, hearing, touching and moving.
“The Pasadena Learning Center is an extension of our Orange County Learning Centers which allows more families in the Pasadena community to get the help they need for their children,” states Karina Richland owner of PRIDE Learning Centers. “Our goal at PRIDE, as it has been at all of our locations, is to deliver the highest level of instruction possible and help every child out there, even those that many teachers have given up on.”
“PRIDE Learning Center has helped so many students learn how to read,” says May Dabbah, director of the Pasadena Seasonal Learning Center. “I see students improve dramatically in just one summer. I am so excited for the Pasadena community to experience and be a part of our wonderful program.”
Individuals interested in the PRIDE Learning Center Pasadena summer instruction can call (866) 774-3342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come to our Open House in San Diego to learn about our specialized reading, writing and comprehension camp in San Diego this summer.
Our summer reading camp at PRIDE Learning Center will run weekly from June – August to accommodate busy schedules and traveling families. Children can attend from either 9:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 3:30pm Monday – Friday. All teachers are credentialed and deliver one-on-one Orton-Gillingham language and reading lessons.
We will be in San Diego on Wednesday, April 13 from 3:00 – 6:00pm at the Chabad Center of University City, 3813 Governor Drive, San DIego, CA 92122. Join us to learn more about our program, meet our staff and register for our summer camp. We will also be offering reduced rate assessments if you would like to bring your child in for this special event.
Individuals interested in the Open House and Reduced Rate Assessments in San Diego can call (949) 484-0230 to RSVP or email email@example.com.
Come to our Open House to learn about our specialized summer camp in four Los Angeles locations.
Our summer reading camp at PRIDE Learning Center will run weekly from June – August to accommodate busy schedules and traveling families. Children can attend from either 9:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 3:30pm Monday – Friday. All teachers are credentialed and deliver one-on-one Orton-Gillingham language and reading lessons. We will have locations in Redondo Beach, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks and Pasadena.
We will be in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 2 from 12:00 – 3:00pm at Trenholme Pediatric Speech located at 2346 Westwood Blvd in Los Angeles. Join us to learn more about our program, meet our staff and register for our summer camp. We will also be offering reduced rate assessments if you would like to bring your child in for this special event.
Individuals interested in the Open House in Los Angeles can call (949) 484-0230 to RSVP and schedule an assessment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET Lauren Katnik, Regional Director
PRIDE Learning Centers is growing rapidly and we are pleased to announce the addition of Lauren Katnik as our new Regional Director for the PRIDE Learning Centers in Los Angeles and Orange County, California.
Lauren Katnik is a graduate of Chapman University with a BA in Elementary Education and Teaching. Lauren has an immense amount of experience teaching literacy and working in elementary education for Irvine Unified School District and Oakland Unified School District. She currently holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and is Orton-Gillingham Certified.
Lauren began her career with PRIDE working in the Mission Viejo Learning Center as the Center Director. As the Regional Director at PRIDE, Lauren manages the day-to-day operations of all four PRIDE Learning Centers. She works with PRIDE instructors to help students achieve their educational goals; conducts student progress meetings with parents and teachers; selects, trains, and manages staff members; and plans and participates in events that increase community awareness.
“I’m very excited to have Lauren join our team,” says Karina Richland, Founder of PRIDE Learning Centers. “Lauren has a proven track record of commended performance and an unwavering commitment to optimizing student and school success. I am just thrilled to add Lauren to our amazing team here at PRIDE.”
Lauren is ready and willing to answer any questions parents, teacher, professionals or community members have. Give her a call at 866-774-3342 ext. 1 or e-mail Lauren@pridelearningcenter.com. Or check out the website at www.pridelearningcenter.com