Learning Specialists

As Learning Specialists, our primary responsibility is to work with students individually and in small groups to improve upon their learning, and to achieve better academic success in the classroom. In addition, we work with faculty and parents in order to assist our work with the students.

Learning Specialists

Rassmussen.jpgKaren Rassmussen
Grades 9-12
Mrs. Rassmussen has been with the Academy since 2006.
Her contact information is 651-683-1566 and krassmussen@cadets.com. 
Her direct fax number is 651-683-1558. 

 

Schultz-Katie.pngKatie Schultz
Grades 6-9
Mrs. Schultz has been with the Academy since 2016.
Her contact information is 651-683-1507 and kschultz@cadets.com. 
Her direct fax number is 651-683-1558.



Overview for the Specialists

Tasks Related to StudentS

We work with students who are not able to succeed via regular channels (classroom instruction and after school tutoring). These students are capable yet challenged because of an identified learning difference (Examples include but are not limited to: ADHD, Reading Disorder, Dyslexia, Math Disorder, etc). We are not a tutor of content or a remedial teacher. We work with students to develop strategies that will allow them to be successful in the classroom. In this regard, our primary role is to work with students with a diagnosed learning disability. Some of the challenges we address are with our students are:

  1. Diagnosed disabilities

  2. D's or F's in multiple subjects

  3. On academic supervision or academic probation

  4. Gathering student information to assist them in their academic success

  5. Working directly with students regarding their learning needs

  6. Monitoring the progress of students on our caseload

  7. Monitor a Middle School supervised study hall for students on our caseload

TASKS RELATED TO TEACHERS

We provide suggestions, insights, and resources to help teachers better understand how your son learns. We act as liaisons between the school psychologist, administration, parents, and students in collaboration with the teacher. In this capacity, we serve as a resource for all including teachers regarding teaching strategies, learning styles, and classroom environment.

TASKS RELATED TO PARENTS

We team with parents so they are knowledgeable of the expectations regarding Saint Thomas Academy. We help parents become partners in our efforts to bring about better academic success for their sons in these ways:

  1. Providing parents with sufficient counseling in order that they may help their sons.

  2. Facilitating/attending meetings with teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, and administrators to act as a resource person for those involved.

  3. We are available at conferences and open houses to answer questions or concerns regarding your son and his learning differences.