Groves Learning Center®

When a student is struggling in school, it’s hard to know where to turn. You see their potential and desire to succeed. But despite all their hard work and best efforts, nothing seems to come easy. Groves Learning Center is here to ignite their confidence. We offer an array of specialized services for all students throughout the community who are struggling to learn or may be diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or attention disorders. We shine a light on each student to determine why they are struggling in school and help work toward individualized solutions.

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  • Diagnostic Services

    Is your child having trouble mastering skills such as reading, writing, or math? Do they have difficulty with memory or following directions? Are they easily frustrated or can’t seem to pay attention in class? A learning disability or attention disorder may be at the heart of their academic challenges. Groves Learning Center is ready to illuminate the path that leads to a child’s full potential. Our professional psychologists will conduct psychoeducational evaluations and will work with you to recommend specific educational interventions, services, and accommodations to empower your child to discover their brilliance, overcome these challenges and succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

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  • Tutoring

    For students with learning disabilities or students who are behind on their studies, one-on-one tutoring can be the lifeline they need to improve academically. We provide tutoring in reading/comprehension, writing/spelling, and study skills. Our tutors are literacy experts with the experience to provide a flexible, customized approach to tutoring that meets the unique needs of each student.

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  • Speech-Language Therapy

    We care for the needs of students who have difficulty understanding language or putting words together to communicate. Speech-language therapy can be the spark that empowers these students to express themselves more clearly and improve their comprehension skills. Therapy can also help students understand reading material or express themselves in writing. Speech-language pathologists at Groves Learning Center also specialize in empowering students who have difficulty with executive functioning. Throughout intervention, they become more confident and less frustrated, especially in the academic setting. If your student has trouble with communication, comprehension, or writing, we can help.

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  • Summer Programs

    Groves Summer Programs are an intensive opportunity for students and families to enjoy a positive school experience where they will begin to build the skills they need to feel smart and capable in school, often for the first time. Our small class sizes, individualized instruction, and engaging curriculum helps students gain confidence over the summer.

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Meet the Groves Learning Center Team

Stacey Brandjord
Psychology Intern
Stacey is passionate about helping children, particularly those who may challenge typical caretakers and educators. This first led her to a career in speech-language pathology, with degrees from Augustana College and Wichita State University. Stacey began her career as an elementary school speech-language pathologist in Wyoming, where she was first introduced to the wide variety of learning and behavioral difficulties students experience. This led to Stacey’s research interest in both autism spectrum disorders as well as the co-occurrence of language and behavioral difficulties in children that may be overlooked. Since returning to school, Stacey has been able to combine her skills and backgrounds providing assessment and intervention services to children with social/emotional behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and a wide range of other diagnoses. Stacey is a member of the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) and is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and has presented at both local and national conferences.
Bailey Decker
School Psychologist - MSEd, EdS, NCSP
Bailey is a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) working in the Learning Center. She provides assessment services to both current Groves Academy school students and students from the community. She loves seeing students grow not only academically, but also personally. Bailey feels it is rewarding for all involved when students find success in things that they may not have before, they build confidence, learn to self-advocate, and develop a joy for Learning.
Jenn Ehalt
Psychologist - Psy.D., LP
Jenn provides clinical assessment of learning and attention concerns as a member of The Learning Center's Diagnostics Team. After working as a therapist in college counseling for 8+ years, Jenn is excited to engage in full-time assessment as a way to help younger students proactively identify learning concerns, embrace their neurodiversity, and more readily access resources that will help them as they grow. Prior to working at Groves, Jenn was a full-time therapist in the Counseling Center at Gustavus Adolphus College for eight years. She worked with students experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, adjustment and identity concerns, grief and loss, and disordered eating. Jenn is a member of the Minnesota Psychological Association. Her Favorite Book is "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Danielle Heyerdahl
Psychometrist - CSP
Danielle has been working as a psychometrist for 15 years and currently supports the diagnostic team at Groves Academy in conducting psychoeducational assessments. She earned her Certified Specialist in Psychometry (CSP) designation in 2015 and she is a member of the National Association of Psychometrists. She is fully trained to administer and score cognitive instruments and record behavioral observations under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. With a passion for working with children, Danielle started her professional career as a youth counselor, helping adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders in a residential treatment setting for two years. She then joined the Pediatric Neuropsychology Department at the University of Minnesota, where she worked for four years assessing children with complex medical and psychiatric diagnoses. She moved to Washington State for a year to work as a research technician for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She then returned to Minnesota to conduct neuropsychological evaluations with both children and adults at Hennepin County Medical Center, where she worked for over 9 years. She currently enjoys working with students referred through The Learning Center. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.
Alaa Houri
Postdoctoral Fellow - Ph.D.
Alaa assesses and supports the academic and social, emotional, and behavioral development of children, adolescents, and adults as a member of the Learning Center's Diagnostics Team. Alaa is excited to help clients and their families advocate for their educational needs, and to identify strategies and supports needed to develop strong academic and social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Alaa is also passionate about identifying best practices in the prevention and early intervention of social, emotional, and behavioral functioning, with a focus on enhancing universal screening procedures. Alaa is a current member of the National Association of School Psychology and the Minnesota School Psychology Association. Alaa’s favorite children’s book is “Happy Hippo Angry Duck: A Book of Moods” by Sandra Boynton.
Laurie Kincade
Psychologist, PhD LP NCSP
Laurie assesses and supports the social, emotional, behavioral, academic, and psychological development of children, adolescents, and adults. She is passionate about helping clients and families advocate and find their voice in their lives and about bringing knowledge and services to communities and families who otherwise may not have access to such support. She is trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy. Laurie is a National Association of School Psychologists member and of grassroots advocacy groups in the metro area that advocate for legislative changes related to education and mental health. Her favorite children's book is "The Rabbit Listened" by Cori Doerrfeld. Interview with Lauire Kincade
Sarah Kupfer
Psychologist - Psy.D., LP
Sarah Kupfer is a Licensed Psychologist at Groves Learning Center where she provides assessments as a new member of the diagnostics team.  She's looking forward to helping students identify personal strengths and weaknesses related to their learning, as a way to identify interventions to build confidence and skill. Her favorite children's book is The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.
DeeDee Lee
Speech Language Pathologist - M.A., CCC-SLP
DeeDee received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She will be completing assessments and interventions with students to support their speech and language skills in collaboration with teachers and families. She is passionate about identifying best practices to support cultural and linguistic diversity to meet the needs of all her students. As a prior early childhood special education teacher, she appreciates the importance of coordination and perseverance to help students shine. She is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Education and an American Speech-Language Hearing Association member. One of her favorite books is The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston.
Christina Miller
Speech Language Pathologist - MS, CF - SLP
Meghan Miller
Director of Learning Center Individualized Programs
Meghan started her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 2014. She is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health, certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and a Certified Educator for ADHD. Meghan began working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and, through that work, found an interest in literacy instruction. As the Learning Center Director of Individualized Programs, Meghan leads the Tutoring, Summer, and Speech-Language Programs. She has experience evaluating and providing one-on-one and small group support for students, teaching classes, providing professional development, and developing curriculum focused on executive functioning and writing. Her passion lies with helping students reach their full potential by supporting reading, writing, and executive functioning skills.
Jeannie Parker
Speech-Language Pathologist, ADHD Certified Educator - M.S., CCC-SLP, ADHD-CE
Jeannie has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2016. She is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Education, certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and certified a Certified Educator for ADHD. Jeannie's professional career began in the public schools where she worked with middle school students. In 2018, Jeannie joined the Groves team to focus on helping children with learning disabilities and ADHD build confidence and improve their speech and language skills. Her day-to-day at Groves includes completing speech/language assessments, planning intervention, collaborating with teachers, conducting one-on-one/small group therapy, and teaching summer school courses. In addition to her speech and language work, Jeannie also serves students with executive functioning needs. Outside of work you may find Jeannie at the dog park with her dog Nova or playing the piano.
Marie Plourde
Summer Program Administrative Assistant
Catherine Ruekert
Speech-Language Pathologist - M.S., CCC-SLP, ADHD-RSP
Catherine began working as a speech-language pathologist in 2019. She is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health, certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and is a certified ADHD rehabilitation services provider. At Groves Learning Organization, Catherine works with students who attend Groves Academy and who receive speech/language services through the Learning Center. Her work includes conducting speech/language evaluations, providing one-on-one and small group therapy sessions to support speech, language, writing, and executive functioning skills, leading professional development workshops, and teaching summer school classes. Catherine especially enjoys collaborating with parents and teachers to help students reach their full potential.
Ethan Schwehr
Director of Diagnostics
Dr. Schwehr is a psychologist who is dually licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Minnesota Department of Education. He is also a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). Dr. Schwehr started as a school psychologist in southern Minnesota before pursuing his doctorate degree. Since 2010, he has gained experience working with children and young adults in a variety of settings and capacities such as providing therapeutic services in outpatient clinics, conducting neuropsychological evaluations at the Medical College of Wisconsin, teaching courses and professional development seminars for local colleges and school districts, and completing comprehensive evaluations for adolescent boys in residential care. Dr. Schwehr has worked for multiple school districts in Minnesota and Illinois where he guided them through comprehensive evaluations, applications of Response to Intervention (RTI), and special education law. In addition to working directly with children, families, and school personnel, Dr. Schwehr has presented research at regional and international conferences. Dr. Schwehr has research interests in dyslexia, learning disorders, utilizing systems-level intervention strategies, the effects of children's identified disabilities, and providing professional development that promotes efficacy and knowledge. He completed an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited internship in rural Illinois in 2014 and post-doctoral supervision in 2015.
Nancy Segreti
Director of Growth and Enrollment Operations
Nancy Segreti grew up in Minnesota and after graduating from St. Olaf College, she began her career in education teaching in the public school setting where she experienced first hand students struggling to read, comprehend, and attend.  This inspired Nancy to begin her training in Dyslexia and LD and she began working with students with learning disabilities at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. At Lindamood-Bell Nancy had an opportunity to bring research-validated instruction to students, opening and leading Learning Center locations from Seattle to Washington DC. Nancy joined Groves Academy in 2017 as the Director of Groves Learning CenterTM with a focus on expanding our reach across the community and ensuring that our teams are providing the best possible experience and guidance along a family’s journey through learning challenges. As the Director of Growth and Enrollment Operations, Nancy supports the growth of the organization by providing strategic and operational support to our Admissions and Enrollment Department. She is passionate about providing support to each and every family and student that seeks out Groves for support and guidance. Outside of Groves, Nancy lives in Minneapolis and can be found taking advantage of midwestern lake life with her wife and two daschunds.
Meagen Sundstrom
Director of Learning Center Operations
Meagen worked for 15 years in the Business Office at Groves Academy. She is currently the Director of Learning Center Operations at The Learning Center handling client care, scheduling, and payments.
Eric Thompson
Learning Center Program Coordinator
Catherine Van Dell
Tutoring Program Manager


Please contact Groves Learning Center by email at, call 952-920-6377, or complete the inquiry form.