Learning Skills Center
The Philosophy:The Learning Skills Center (LSC) is the foundation of Brandon Hall's mission. Focusing on the strengths of the individual, Brandon Hall provides personalized college preparatory classes for students who desire a more intensive educational setting and whose strengths and potential have yet to be fully realized and celebrated.
The LSC provides a supportive academic environment to all students who, by past achievements and/or observations, will benefit from additional content-specific and skills-based professional intervention. The Director of Academics bases the placement of students in the Learning Skills Center upon a comprehensive academic review.
Members of the faculty serve as a liaison between students and their teachers, partnering with students to establish attainable short and long-term goals and develop higher order thinking skills. Students are helped with determining the appropriate compensatory strategies with present academic assignments, to review and reinforce skills and concepts in understanding content, and in remediating specific learning discrepancies in reading, written expression, math, organization, receptive and expressive language.
The faculty builds on BH's broad curriculum through the application of evidenced- based intervention and the enhancement of self-actualization and problem solving methodologies. Students benefiting from the LSC receive support during a designated class each academic day.
Helping to guarantee that each student receives the support and guidance needed, classes in the Learning Skills Center are designed to be small. The class size for students needing extra intervention and/or remediation in Math and or Reading is limited to four students. Students needing less direct instruction will work with the content specialist; the class size for that group caps at eight students.
Our Goal:The goal of the Learning Skills Center is to provide students who require additional content specific and skills based professional support. Our specialists work in tandem with the students’ other teachers to insure the best possible collaborative environment. In addition to reinforcing content, the Learning Center Specialists help their students set long and short-term goals and learn to develop appropriate compensatory strategies. Our specialists focus on remediating specific learning discrepancies in reading, written expression, math, organization and receptive and expressive language.
Who May Participate:Placement in the Learning Skills Center is a joint decision between parents and the Director of Academics. Students who participate in the Learning Skills Center go to the center one period per day and receive credit for their participation.
Meet Our Staff:Our Learning Skills Center staff has, combined, 81 years of experience working with students and providing individualized instruction. Each member of the staff brings a unique and diverse set of skills to the Learning Skills Center.
Audrey Sturick is the Director of the Learning Skills Center and Brandon Hall's Reading Specialist. She earned her BS and MS in Reading Education from State University of New York at Oneonta and holds a permanent teaching certificate for grades K – 12 from the state of New York. She has also earned over 100 hours in Orton Gillingham training. Mrs. Sturick has taught reading for 17 years. Her experiences range from working with at-risk Pre-K students to teaching reading and study skills to adults to tutoring students in parochial elementary school. Mrs. Sturick has been teaching Reading at Brandon Hall since 2006.
James Murphy serves as Brandon Hall’s Math Specialist. He earned his BS in Finance from Auburn University and his MS in Education-Mathematics from LaGrange College. He holds a Georgia T-5 certificate in Mathematics for Grades 7 – 12. Mr. Murphy taught Mathematics and Economics in the public school sector for twenty-nine years and has been at Brandon Hall since 2005.
Marie-Michele Dessables (Ms. Dee) is Brandon Hall's Content Specialist. She earned her BA in Natural Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Alabama. Ms. Dee has been teaching for the past 28 years at various private schools in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Atlanta. Her experiences range from working with foreign and American students preparing for the TOEFL and/or SAT to various core math, science, and foreign language classes in a variety of settings. She is a three-time recipient of the Star Teacher award and was chosen for the Michael J. Cooper Award - outstanding teacher for the 2003 - 2004 academic year.