Hi, I’m Rebecka

 

Certified teacher, administrator, speaker, writer & MOM of a struggling learner!

 

A former struggling student turned Doctor of Education, I am passionate about every child unlocking his or her highest level of God given potential. Education has been the catalyst for empowering me to believe in my dreams, apply myself, live my goals and encourage others to do the same.

 

As a kid, I was the awkward, skinny, long legged, red-haired girl who loved school, but was demoted from the highest “reading group” to the middle because I was struggling, which left me intimidated and feeling inferior to others.

 

Fast forward to my college years where I found my niche, elementary education, where I thrived and seriously loved every minute of my college experience. I learned varied learning styles, brain based learning, child psychology, reading strategies and the how and why behind struggling readers like me, and how to help. I became president of the International Reading Association, wrote my first children’s book, and landed a graduate assistant position in the Reading Department.

 

Little did I know this would be the beginning of my educational journey where the road would eventually take me to write and defend an ever-long dissertation on…Reading, and start a private school that embraces the varied learning styles and teaches brain based integration therapies for struggling learners.

 

After teaching struggling leaners in my classroom as well as my own children; one dyslexic and another hearing impaired, I began to learn through professional workshops and seminars how to get kids to learn just by understanding HOW they learn best. I wanted to know more, so I attended every workshop, read every article, and took every class I could on the matter.

 

After completing my doctorate degree, which included interviewing struggling students and hearing from them personally how they really enjoyed learning when teachers would help them make meaningful connections in their own areas of interest, and their reading fluency increased when new connections were made, I knew I had a mission. Sometimes educators just do not have the tools needed for all the different intricately designed little humans in their classrooms or homeschools.

 

Every student, no matter if they are public schooled, home-schooled, private schooled, or unschooled; no matter the grade level, ALL students should seriously enjoy learning. The process should include learning how to exercise the brain, to think deep and how to make meaningful connections. THIS can be done when we understand HOW these kids learn best.

 

I began to construct brain integration strategies and lessons including the different ways kids learn in all of my lessons and allowing opportunities for varied settings.  I really started understanding how the brain works, including exercise and strategies that would help my children and students with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and autism learn to their greatest potential. I allowed for diversity, uniqueness, individuality, and at the end of the day when parents ask why their student suddenly loves learning (even if concepts are not fully mastered yet), I can honestly say we have FUN in all of our differences!

 

I believe understanding how kids learn best is the vehicle to bridge learning styles to lifelong learning. Coming alongside fellow homeschool moms and educators, helping them understand how to get kids excited about learning, teaching varied learning styles along with dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD are some of the things I help my clients learn, but in order for them to see the big picture, I encourage and equip them to find purpose for what they are doing, the why behind it, and master the strategies to help unique learning styles, even with struggling learners.

Hi, I'm Dr. Rebecka

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