Learning Support

2016-17 TUTOR LIST


  Mrs. Kelly         Mrs. Reap       Ms. Goebel

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The mission of the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools' Learning Support Program is to identify and facilitate a successful learning environment for each student experiencing learning difficulties in the classroom. At St. Gabriel, we believe that every student deserves to reach their full potential. Some students may require assistance beyond the classroom to meet that potential. The St. Gabriel Learning Support Team is a part of the MACS program and is made up of three Learning Support Teachers who are specially trained in working with specific learning needs. This group strives to provide support to the student, the teacher and the parents. Grades K-3 are supported by . Grades 2, 3, and 4 are supported by Mrs. Aimee Reap, M.Ed. Grades 4 & 5 are supported by Mrs. Molly Kelly, M.Ed.

The Learning Support Program operates in conjunction with the St. Gabriel Student Assistance Team (SAT).Classroom teachers, specials teachers and parents may refer students to the Student Assistance Team (SAT). Concerns may include academic, behavioral, social, medical or other issues such as attention, speech articulation, language processing, motor skills, handwriting, etc. At that time, a SAT consisting of an administrator, counselor, and Learning Support teacher will be formed for that student. The team works with the teacher and/or the teacher and parent to develop strategies and interventions that address any concerns that are interfering with school success. Services may include:

  • Consultation with the teacher and/or parent
  • Evaluation of the child's current status which may include but is not limited to: classwork, school records, academic assessments
  • Classroom observation
  • Academic assessments
  • Referral for further comprehensive evaluations
  • Development of an individual Accommodation Plan for children diagnosed with a specific learning disability
  • Direct instruction

If you have concerns regarding your child you can:

  • Schedule an appointment with your child's teacher
  • Work with the teacher to bring about a change
  • Refer your child to the SAT (Student Assistance Team) for further help by contacting the Learning Support office

Possible interventions may include:

  • The Learning Support teacher will consult with the classroom teacher and design alternative strategies
  • Additional classroom modification may be made
  • Assessments may be made by the Learning Support teacher
  • Your child may be offered direct Learning Support services
  • Assessments by outside agencies may be recommended
  • Individual Accommodation Plan may be implemented

We also recommend the following websites for additional skill building at home:



Parent Resources:


Fine Motor Skills

Signs of Dyslexia

General Information:

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) - Provides resources to the families of children with disabilities in North Carolina.

Schwab Learning - An online guide to the landscape of learning disabilities, developed by the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation especially for parents of children who are newly identified with a learning disability.

The Rankin Institute - The Fletcher School parent institute sponsors programs to help parents understand the nature of learning problems.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction



ADD (National Attentional Deficit Disorder Association)

ADD Resource - Search engine and directory for attention and learning sites on the web.

CHADD of Mecklenburg County - (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders).

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -- National Institute of Mental Health


Learning Disabilities:

Learning Disability Association of America (North Carolina)

Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) - An international group of teachers, university professors and researchers who work to improve education for people with learning disabilities (part of the Council for Exceptional Children).



Autism Society of America

Autism Speaks


TEACCH Autism Program



Signs of Dyslexia

International Dyslexia Association - Provides research and fact sheets regarding learning disabilities and dyslexia. Has a state-by-state listing of tutors trained in multisensory reading.

LD Online - Easy to use resource for learning and attention challenges.

Learning Disabilities Association of America - Provides information on learning challenges for all ages.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) - Develops and delivers research-based programs for teachers and parents, shapes public policy and maintains an online database of learning disabilities resources.

NCDPI Division of Accountability Services/Testing Section

US Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) - Provides guidance in response to frequently asked questions by parents, teachers, state education agency staff, and other policy makers about the administration of student assessments.

Wrightslaw (Pete and Pam Wright) - Information for parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys about effective advocacy for children with disabilities.

Assistive Technology - Provides information on assistive technology devices.

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

NCDPI Division of Exceptional Children