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Lee Pesky Learning Center, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Special Education, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: Our mission at Lee Pesky Learning Center is to improve the lives of people who learn differently through prevention, evaluation, treatment, and research. For 15 years we have been providing high quality, effective services to individuals with learning disabilities. We are now ready to take the great work that we have accomplished, synthesize what we have learned, and share it with educators, clinicians, and school systems to advance the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of learning disabilities.

Target demographics: Individuals age 5 to 85 with learning disabilties

Geographic areas served: Southern Idaho

Programs: Counselors and teachers at the center work with approximately 90 clients per week, providing assessments, one-on-one specialized instruction or counseling to children and adults with learning differences. The typical student comes to the center twice a week for hour-long sessions. Group sessions are also held for social skills, study skills, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The center also offers services to parents giving them tips on everything from homework to discipline. Services are provided in four locations: boise, ketchum, hailey and caldwell, idaho.

training and consultation delivers a variety of classes and specialized training to teachers, schools, and school districts in research-based methods of teaching literacy. During fy13 the center taught classes to teachers and consulted with school districts and the idaho department of education working with approximately 1,200 teachers. The center's training and consultation services help idaho school districts as they work to implement the common core standards.

through grant funding, the center continues to provide training and resources to early childhood educators and parents. We train child care providers to use research-based early literacy instructional methods to better prepare preschoolers for school, and we distribte our book every child ready to learn to parents. The center is also contributing to research projects with professors from two universities. One project is looking for genetic links to different subtypes of dyslexia and the other is identifying and developing tools for early identification of math disabiliites.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an oustanding organization that provides education to those young students who are having difficulty with their reading and language skills. Their success rate has been outstanding.

The funds that are raised are not diluted by large executive salaries or overhead but are directed to the teaching and mentoring of the students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lee Pesky Learning Center through their research based training programs called "Building Blocks for Literacy" and "Building Blocks for Math" have been very critical in developing our instructional/curriculum maps for our three year olds and four year olds. Cristianne Lane and Mary Jo Sturges-Prokop assisted our team in increasing our knowledge base in these areas with on site training, follow-up and wonderful resources to use with our kiddos. The best part was it did not cost us anything because it was paid for by grants LPLC wrote and received from the Federal Department of Education. Nampa School District early childhood special education appreciates the leadership in early literacy and early math LPLC has taken to move our community's capacity to provide quality early childhood education for all preschoolers in our state of Idaho.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Education Coordinator for our program I have had the opportunity to both attend trainings and send teachers to trainings offered through Lee Pesky. We have been privelged to go through the Building Blocks for Literacy and the Math for All workshops over the past three years. These trainings have been comprehensive in planning, materials and subject matter. The cost has either been scholarshiped or quite nominal, remoing the financial consideration fromthe decision to attend. The hands-on resources included in the trainings have made implementing the strategies and follow through more likely. The staff representing Lee Pesky have always been experts of subject matter and knowledgable regarding the training details (registration, technology support, etc...). If there were any questions, they responded in a helpful and timely manner. Overall, every interaction with an event under the Lee Pesky umbrella has been a rewarding experience for all involved; administration, staff and ultimately- children receiving the benefit of the teachers' trainings.

Shauna S.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The LPLC's Cristianne Lane was so generous with her time and talent as she evaluated the reading skills of our preschool students. Christianne offered valuable suggestions for staff and has provided an ever-present resouce for future program building. The Building Block for Literacy and Idaho Early Literacy Project have proven to be wonderful tools for our pre-school program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have interacted with Lee Pesky Learning Center on several different levels. Last year my son received tutoring through Lee Pesky, free of charge at his elementary school. The staff provided an engaging and fun educational experience for my son, and we immediately saw results. His confidence and skills in reading improved a great deal through this experience. Then, this summer, we decided to enroll our son in one on one tutoring, and have been thrilled with his progress. Not only have we seen his skills continue to improve, he loves to go to tutoring as well. The staff was very thorough and thoughtful in their evaluations of our son, and have carried out an educational plan that not only targets the needs of our son, but uses his strengths to enhance his tutoring sessions.
In addition, I myself have benefited from Lee Pesky's education for teachers. As a director/ teacher of a preschool program I was appreciative of the opportunity Lee Pesky provided to attend their "Building Blocks of Literacy" and "Every Child Ready for Math" classes. I and my entire preschool staff attended the classes and acquired great hands on activities to use in our classrooms on a daily basis. Lee Pesky is an asset to our educational community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Center's staff and educators are incredibly knowledgable and professional in the field of learning disabilities. I have never met more dedicated and caring experts. They provide incredible training and expertise to help people of all ages learn "better" despite their learning disabilities. In addition to the individualized services they provide, they are helping out educators learn how to recognize and help students with LD. The Center has years of data and research that can be used to help people all over the world with LD.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lee Pesky Center has provided me with teaching materials and training that help me better to teach my preschoolers learn about reading and math. The trainings are fun, interactive, and applicable to my age group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We live overseas and were in Boise for 2 weeks over the summer. Lee Pesky set up a series of 9, 2-hour, one-on-one sessions for my daughter (dyslexia) and the results were fantastic. She enjoyed it and made great strides. Our own school's Learning Center Director was really impressed with the work she did and the report that Lee Pesky produced. We were able to pick-up where they left off without skipping a beat.

We also took advantage of the Social Cognitive work Pesky offers - again, excellant results and an enjoyable time for mey daughter.

Teri G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much to your center! The things I have learned are an invaluable too in my continued work in helping to strengthen and educate the children in our school in regards to math and reading. So many children fall through the cracks and you helped me learn better how to plug the cracks and keep those children learning with their peers at a level that will make them adults able to be in society in a productive manner!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandson had significant delays in reading and social functioning. The teachers at the Lee Pesky Learning Center were so caring and sensitive that this learning-averse child loved going there! His progress was amazing and he continues to use what he learned there both at school and at home. The professionals at the Center also included me by keeping me up-to-date on what he was doing so I could follow through at home. It was an excellent, productive experience for both of us.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Parent Educator working in the Parents as Teachers program with the Madison School District 321. Recently I attended the Every Child Ready for Math training through the Lee Pesky Center. It was a marvelous, FREE, hands-on training that has benefitted me greatly. I learned tips for teaching the early math literacy skills needed for all young children such as: counting; creating math stories; gathering as well as leaving stories; incorporating manipulatives; subatizing; and cardinality. The class provided a superb syllabus, explaining every skill in an easily understood manner, and a bag overflowing with teaching aids to help us be able to add enriching math activities to our curriculum. This was a marvelous opportunity to expand my knowledge and be able to pass it on to the parents we work with in Madison County. There was a lot of knowledge that was totally new to me. I had never heard of some of the literacy skills like subatizing. Since mathematics is a progressive skill, in order for children to become proficient in higher mathematics, they must first understand and master these foundational early learning skills. This method for teaching the early math literacy skills is fun, easy and engaging for young children and their teachers. If America is ever going to increase our students’ scores in math testing, it has to start with the foundation. This is the program that will really help!

marcialiebich

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donors to the Center for the past eight years. Our granddaughter was tested and received services from the center. We are impressed with the educational research they are doing and with the caring, empathetic way they deal with clients. We are impressed with their outreach in our state encouraging the importance of reading in early childhood and the value of attending college or other post-secondary education. Idaho is a rural state and these initiatives are critically important.

Donor

Rating: 5

Community Impact: That's the hallmark of LPLC. Thru their programming, they are enriching the lives of young people, and broadening the professional skills of Schoolteachers. They create opportunity wherever they serve. Idaho just wouldn't be the same without LPLC. As a donor, we are happy to continue to support them, as the Leadership continues to work with a very high ethical standard. Communication, Transparency, repect for donor base, financial integrity, committment to community. These are all hallmarks of the LPLC organization, from top to bottom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

before we began Soical thinking with the pesky center and Jaime Rivetts our daughter wore black, liked being alone, had narrow thinking and did not look people in the eye, she was on her way to becoming forgotten and a loner... NOW a year later she laughs , smiles and NO BLACK! is more open to new things and looks everyone in the eye. THe work they do at the pesky center is amazing! They helped our whole family. I tell anyone who will listen about the great things you do. Thank you.
The Shiners doug,Tammy and Abby.

Dana23

Donor

Rating: 5

The Lee Pesky Learning Center has made a difference in the Sun Valley Idaho area where I have a home. They are addressing the changing demographics and have a realistic approach to helping the growing community. The Board of the Center is focused and dedicated to first class operations of Center and know how to reach out to the people they help. As a donor, I enjoy their creative fundraising campaigns, newsletters and events.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Extraordinary teachers,trainers and educators are these women at LPLC!! They are passionate,so professional,dedicated and so well researched and knowlegeable. The quality of their work and presentations and what they bring to the education field is priceless.Their work should be 100% supported and constantly funded to allow continued access for ALL individuals!!!

Julie23456

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have benefitted by the training that the Lee Pesky staff have offered to early childhood educators in Idaho. Through a partnership with the Head Start agency that I work for, I have been able to receive further training in literacy and math. I have been able to focus my teaching in a more intentional way because of this training, and the materials that I received in the training. The Lee Pesky Center have been leaders in the early childhood field in our state. Mary Jo and Cristianne were also great supporters of a series of family literacy events that we had at our center. Our student's parents were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn literacy skills through these events. I am looking forward to the ED series of lecturers that Lee Pesky is helping to sponsor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach Early Childhood Special Education. I have attended 2 classes at the Lee Pesky Learning Center. These classes were to help educators teach mathematics in early childhood. I learned many new approaches to make math fun and attainable for my students. The center also provided materials and Ideas to create math games and activities.
After the class, the instructors asked us to report back about how the activities were working for us. We then had an opportunity to refine activities and materials with the instructors in order to improve them for ourselves, as well as for the next people who took the class.
The instructors were caring, patient, and concerned that everyone should be able to teach and understand mathematics. They have a real interest in furthering education, and are committed to their jobs. The Center also has so much information to give about learning and teaching - printed info as well as the ability to answer questions or refer people to the proper agencies for assistance.
I cannot recommend the Lee Pesky Learning Center highly enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot recommend Lee Pesky Learning Center highly enough. Dr. Anne Clohessy is fantastic. Respect is a big issue for our son and one that, because of his learning challenges (moderate attention deficit, processing speed, etc. issues) he has not always received from education providers. Knowing this, Dr. Clohessy went out of her way to make sure that he was respected and treated as an equal throughout evaluation and testing process--and even designed the report to be personally addressed to him. The entire process shed light on the unique ways that our son learns. It has helped us understand our son so much better--and has helped him understand himself. I wish all kids could have this type of caring evaluation--it would vastly help teachers, parents and children and make the educational experience a much more positive and fulfilling one for all concerned.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with professionals in the Pesky Center in collaborative training workshops. These professionals have been extremely dedicated, highly skilled, and possess cutting knowledge regarding meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities and other special needs.

One aspect of the Pesky Center work that is especially meaningful is their efforts to engage families. The Pesky Center folks have a sensitivity and respect for parents/families that provides value added to their services.