Center for learning and teaching
The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) serves all students and teachers in all divisions, and is the school's center of expertise for academic support, learning differences, and faculty professional development around learning and brain development.
The CLT is directed by Sarah Davies, who takes a lead role in supporting individualized teaching and differentiation in all three divisions. Sarah coordinates direct service to students with documented learning differences, manages SPA’s academic tutoring program, and provides counsel and support to parents. She also provides support and professional development for faculty around best practices in teaching, and helps teachers apply current research to improving their practices in the classroom. She works closely with Dr. Tim Elchert in the Lower School on academic support initiatives for students in Grades K-5, and oversees the academic tutoring staff in the Middle and Upper Schools. Sarah holds a B.A. from the University of Utah and a M.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Additional CLT staff include:
Wendy Eidem, Upper School Learning Resource Counselor: Wendy provides learning support to students in our Upper School, serves as the coordinator for the academic coaching program, and assists students in applying for accommodations on standardized college entrance testing.
Jennie Sorensen, Middle School Learning Specialist: Jennie supports students in their academic endeavors and helps them navigate the intellectual changes that are characteristic of the Middle School years. Jennie provides direct academic support to Middle School students both individually and in small groups, and teaches the Grade 6 Compass class, which is required of all students and focuses on developing strong academic habits. She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, an M.A.Ed. from Hamline University, and is an ADHD/Executive Functions Coach for adolescents.
Kate Yenni, Lower School Reading Specialist: Kate teaches literacy skills to students in grades K–5 in small-group settings. She employs a multi-sensory approach to teaching, using research-based methods and tailoring lessons plans to individual needs. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, holds a B.S. in elementary education from the College of St. Teresa and a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.
For more information about academic tutoring, learning differences, or the work of the Center for Teaching and Learning, contact Sarah Davies by email or at 651-696-1408.