The Learning Assistance Program services students who have identified learning difficulties or a special learning need that interferes with their success in the classroom. Services available include Remedial Reading and Remedial Maths programs, usually designed to match the needs of each particular student. The department also supports students who struggle to concentrate in class. Some of the students being served by the department have Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs). All the students attend regular mainstream classes. Learning Support is provided during specialist classes such as Library/Art/Drama/a second language. Special care is taken so that students are not pulled out of classes that they really thrive in. The department works very closely with regular classroom teachers to create an environment where each child is respected as a learner.
Mike & Mary Ellen Pesavento
Mike and Mary Ellen Pesavento come to Woodstock from the northwestern U.S., having lived in both Seattle, Washington and Whitefish, Montana over the last decade. They bring a varied background to their work in Learning Assistance. Mike earned a BS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been a consultant in electromechanical design and engineering, and has worked as an educational consultant as well as a private teacher. Mary Ellen earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Physiology, and an MA in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She has worked in regular and special education for twenty years. Mike and Mary Ellen are joined at Woodstock by their two daughters, enrolled in grades 7 and 11. When not working with students, they enjoy hiking, camping, taking pictures, and exploring the beauty of Mussoorie and the surrounding area.