It is official. Summer is over, and fall is around the corner. That means it’s back-to-school time, and I am so excited! I can’t wait to see all my students and their sweet smiles as they walk through the door. This is going to be a wonderful year with new adventures for ALL of us.
We are truly blessed to work with so many amazing students of so many different capacities. We would like to personally thank ALL of our families for entrusting their precious children into our care. The staff at Kn.I.L.E. Center is dedicated to working with these children to develop strong learning techniques and self esteem so that they can conquer anything that is put in front of them both academically and otherwise.
As one example, we just enrolled a precious young lady who has been in our EduCoachNow program for over a year. I am so honored that her family chose us for their daughter’s school. This young lady has so much potential, and we at Kn.I.L.E. are so excited to be given the chance to continue to make a difference in her education and life.
Her mother had these very sweet words to say about our center, and I wanted to share this with you.
“For the last year, I have watched KNILE Center work wonders. We knew we had a very bright child with visual learning issues but were stumped on how to help or where to even begin. We started there because the school wanted to hold her back a year, but we knew the problem was deeper and insisted we would privately tutor her back to grade level so they would pass her. We began with the bad news that she had about 15 diagnosis visually, but 20/20 vision. Homework had always been an all consuming battle of wills. Teachers would easily dismiss the problems as attention issues.
Betsy and her team brought my little Helen Keller out of her shell. They didn’t just focus on her weaknesses, they redeveloped her lost self esteem. With their help, she became convinced she’s a math/science genius. Navigating the school process for learning issues was overwhelming and Betsy showed up at every ARD/504 meeting, holding our hands and having samples of her work. We were novice to the school interventions, but Betsy was always at our side advocating for her and clarifying what we couldn’t articulate as well as interpreting the process.
Recently, she underwent another advanced vision test which revealed three forms of dyslexia, no surprise, but missed by the public school testing. The developmental vision specialist and vision therapists comments were that they could not believe she had made the progress that she had within a year especially with her improved visual motor skills or that she made A/B honor roll in a public school considering the extent of her vision issues. The improvements in many areas were so remarkable that they completely changed her therapy program from what they expected, while at the same time just shaking their heads.
Betsy and her staff are masters of cognitive games that develop the motor skills critical to a dyslexic. It was amazing to hear her come home so happy about how she “shaved off 30 seconds” on her challenge in a game like that. What I loved the most was that they were not confined to a program, they helped her with homework, etc. so that we had so much of our family time back as well as a kid with confidence again. They designed their time around her school curriculum and specific needs. It was not an “out of the box” program. Because they are right beside Iron Cross Gymnastics, she was able to train there and was accepted into competitive cheerleading this year.
The doctor has recommended intensive visual therapy this year and we’ve pulled her out of public school to the KNILE Academy because we know they have the environment where she can thrive despite her challenges. Last summer, we had a very disheartening situation and hours each night of remediation. This year we ended up with a very self confident girl due to the staff at KNILE Academy genuinely caring and building her back up.”
This is exactly why I opened Kn.I.L.E. Center. I have surrounded myself with the best staff ever! With their help, we will do everything in our power to help students succeed in school and ultimately in life!
Here is wishing you many accomplishments for this upcoming school year!
Betsy de Vega
Executive Director of Kn.I.L.E. Center