- by Lisa Monti
Students who are struggling with learning and their parents who are trying to help them have a new resource where they can receive tutoring and encouragement from a team of education professionals.
The Education Annex opened March 1, offering tutoring and other assistance for students having a tough time with math, science and other subjects.
They collaborate with students and their local schoolteachers to make sure that they are augmenting learning and working on similar skills that will positively impact progress in the classroom setting.
“We want to make sure that our efforts will supplement local schools, classrooms and students to be successful,” said owner and academic director, Dr. Rymsky Graves-Labat.
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Dr. Labat, who holds a doctorate in education leadership and instruction from William Carey University, is attending Ole Miss, pursuing national board certification in applied behavior analysis. She also has worked as a school psychometrist for over 29 years, administering psychological and academic tests to children to determine educational disabilities such as specific learning disabilities (SLD) and attention deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD), to name a few.
Through these initial assessments, parent input and other shared data, the Annex will use this information to determine the best solutions and strategies for remediation of struggling learners.
The team of educators working with Dr. Labat consists of early interventionists, reading and math educators, special education specialists, and career and college prep advisors, with more than 50 years of combined experience.
“We want to support parents who don’t understand the evolving and complicated academic requirements in general, and new math concepts specifically, and who struggle greatly to help their children in the evenings after a long workday or on the weekends. We can help identify their children’s needs, intervene and create customized solutions,” Dr. Labat said.
The Education Annex was designed to support struggling learners and nurture their interest in learning by providing encouragement and guidance. The staff is also dedicated to working with the families of the students they are helping by offering parents classes on communicating with children and dealing with tantrums.
Instruction is available on an individual basis and in small groups of not more than six students. The Annex workspace consists of learning suites and common areas where tutors and other staff work with children from Pre- K through 12th grade and beyond. GED, ACT, and College Prep classes will also be held at The Annex and/or through a virtual platform.
Younger children with behavior or communication difficulties will also be served. The staff also will hold classes to teach parents how to communicate with their children and deal with tantrums or other challenges demonstrated in the home or at school.
The pandemic has amplified and worsened the difficulties parents and teachers face in the classroom and at home, so opening the Education Annex now is timely.
“I observed the great need for building a bridge of support for those students, teachers and families who need a little more help outside the traditional, or ‘virtual’ classroom or homeschool program,” said Dr. Labat.
The Education Annex by Milestones, LLC
736 Highway 90, Unit C
Bay St. Louis