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

Andrea Bender
Education & Experience: Andrea earned her certification at Groves in 2017 and has been working there ever since. Prior to that, Andrea spent two years volunteering with Minnesota Reading Corps after navigating the public school system with a child with dyslexia. Hobbies: Andrea shares her winter tutoring time as a ski instructor at Hyland Hills.
Laura Brandys
Education & Experience:  Laura holds a bachelor's degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in Community Education from the University of St. Thomas. She received her Orton Gillingham Certification from The Reading Center at the Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota in Rochester. She has worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional and a Reading Specialist in a variety of educational environments with students of varied ages, learning styles, and neurological differences. Hobbies:  Laura enjoys staying active and fit by hiking, biking, swimming, and walking her dog.
Bailey Decker
Education & Experience:  Bailey attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she received her BS in psychology. She then continued on to receive her MSEd and EdS at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Bailey has worked in both public and private school settings as a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). Currently, she provides testing and other various supports to the psychologists and Learning Center team as a psychometrist at GLO. Hobbies:  Bailey enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cat. She also enjoys movies, shopping, traveling, and creative projects.
Melanie Engelking
Reading Tutor
Education & Experience:  B.S. and M.S. Degrees from the University of Wisconsin Stout. Completed introductory, intermediate, and extended practicum courses with Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota. Melanie has experience tutoring students online and in person from early elementary through high school. Melanie has been a reading tutor with Groves Learning Center since 2020 and a reading teacher for the Groves summer academic program in 2021. Hobbies:  Melanie previously worked in the hospitality and tourism industry. Melanie has traveled extensively domestically and internationally.
Sally Goddard
Education & Experience:  Sally has been in education for 30 years, with a specialization in literacy. Sally is a K-12 reading specialist and currently working with students in the Minnetonka School District. She has been a tutor at Groves since 2018 and always enjoys the students, families, and relationship building while teaching. Hobbies:  Sally enjoys golfing, biking, and spending time with friends and family.
Amelia Hejna
Education & Experience:  Amelia received her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. After teaching for four years in the South, she returned home to MN to teach at Providence Academy and pursue a Master's in Educational Studies with a concentration in Special Education. She served as an Upper School English teacher and Learning Specialist there for five years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Hobbies:  Amelia enjoys cross-stitching, drinking coffee, playing with her son, and cheering on her husband at his softball games!
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
Education & Experience: Alaa went to the University of Minnesota where she received her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology. She is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology and is a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). She has experience completing comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults in various settings. She 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 in schools to provide early intervention supports and strengthen students' functioning. In addition, she has published peer-reviewed research articles and has presented her research at regional and national conferences. Hobbies:  Outside of her career, Alaa enjoys baking and biking with her family.
Molly Iwaskewycz
Education & Experience:  Molly graduated from the University of Minnesota with an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Molly has several years of experience working in the field of traumatic brain injury with both children and adults as an educator and case manager. She is also trained and certified as an Orton Gillingham Reading Specialist. Hobbies: Molly has two children and loves spending time with my family and friends. Molly loves to travel and be outside. She also has certification as a yoga instructor and enjoys being active.
Tim Jandro
Licensed Psychologist
Education & Experience: Tim received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas. He completed his master's degree from St. Mary's university and received a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Tim completed his doctoral internship at Fraser, with a focus on assessments. He also had a practica at the U of M Pediatric hospital in their FASD department. Hobbies:  Tim enjoys playing golf, baseball, and hockey. He loves traveling, coaching, and hanging out with his four children and wife.
Hannah Jensen
Speech Language Pathologist
Missy Keveles
Education & Experience:  Missy holds a Master's Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Learning Differences and Leadership from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has MN teaching licenses in birth to grade 3 and parent & family education. She has over 20 years of experience in early childhood education, early head start, and supporting children & families experiencing poverty or homelessness. Hobbies: Missy enjoys reading, traveling, concerts, and all things breakfast. She enjoys exploring the Twin Cities with her husband and dog, Bandit.
Laurie Kincade
Psychologist, Ph.D. LP NCSP
Education & Experience:  Laurie obtained her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She completed her internship and post-doctoral experience at Groves Learning Organization specializing in psychoeducational evaluations and leading their Psychoeducational Assessments for All (PAA) program. Her areas of interest and specialization include topics of equity, accessibility, training and mentorship, relationships, and educational policy reform. Hobbies:  Laurie enjoys running, hiking, playing and watching soccer, baking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, son, and two Persian cats.
Cindi Koopmeiners
Virtual Tutor
Education & Experience:  Cindi has taught K-6 for 27 years as a classroom teacher and as a Title 1 teacher in North Dakota, Arizona, and Minnesota. Cindi currently teaches education courses at Ridgewater College-Hutchinson. The highlight of her teaching career was helping children overcome anxiety with reading by using social-emotional learning strategies by having children read to horses. Hobbies: Camping, swimming, kayaking and spending time with family.
Kris Kulevsky
Education & Experience: Kris went to Gustavus Adolphus College where she earned her BA degree in Environmental Studies. She went on to earn her MA degree in Elementary Education at St. Catherine's University, and also holds a K-12 Reading License from Hamline University. Kris has spent time as an elementary classroom teacher, an interventionist, and an instructional assistant in early childhood classrooms. Hobbies:  Kris loves spending time with her grown-up kids. When she's not at work she likes to get outside to enjoy our beautiful changing Minnesota seasons.
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, CCC-SLP
Education & Experience:  Christina attended the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where she received her BS and MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then began working as a speech-language pathologist in 2021. Christina 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, and collaborating with teachers and parents. Hobbies: Christina enjoys being in the outdoors and hanging out with friends and family.
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.
Jeannette Peterson
Lower School Teacher & Tutor
Education & Experience:  Jeannette has more than 25 years of classroom experience teaching in both public and private elementary schools as well as 1 year of teaching abroad in Honduras. She attended St. Catherine University and graduated with a degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. Jeannette began tutoring early on in her teaching career and has worked with students of all ages including adult learners at the Hubbs Adult Education Center in St. Paul, MN. She has a passion for helping struggling students build confidence in their abilities and find ways they learn best. Hobbies:  Jeannette enjoys spending time with her family, biking, hiking, gardening, reading and making digital photo books. Her newest adventure is learning to play Pickle-ball.
Diane Peterson
Education & Experience: Diane attended the University of St. Thomas where she received a BA in International Business as well as an MBA. Diane enjoyed a 30-year career in the corporate world in a variety of roles including marketing communications, corporate responsibility, and human resources. Diane fulfilled a goal of early retirement and became an Orton-Gillingham tutor - a career she enjoys every day! Hobbies: Diane, her husband, and their dog spent 3+ years living in England for Diane's career. Travel and reading are her favorite hobbies.
Marie Plourde
Summer Program Administrative Assistant
Julie Ripplinger
Education & Experience: After graduating from Minnesota State University - Moorhead with a BS in Elementary Education, I moved to California, and have 32 years of experience in public education as a classroom teacher, Instructional Literacy Coach, and Intervention Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hobbies:  I enjoy all forms of the Arts, spending time with friends and family, and continued professional development. My talented son Jackson will be attending Cal Poly Pomona this fall.
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.
Gloria Scoonover
Reading Tutor
Education & Experience:  Gloria's bachelor's degree is in psychology from Hamline and has an M.D. from the University of Minnesota. Hobbies:  Gloria has three children and three dogs. Gloria loves reading, taking walks, movies, and hanging out with friends and family.
Nancy Segreti
Director of Growth and Enrollment Operations
Education & Experience:  Nancy began her career in the classroom 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. She spent ten years working for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes opening centers and supporting families across the US. Nancy's current focus at GLO is 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. Hobbies:  Nancy and her wife, Tiffany, live in Linden Hills and love spending time at the lake with their son Elio and two dachshunds Jeff and Dieter.
Meagen Sundstrom
Director of Learning Center Operations
Education & Experience:  Meagen has a B.S. in Finance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Meagen worked for 15 years in the Business Office at Groves Academy and now supports the learning center for Groves Learning Organization as the Director of Operations handling client care, scheduling, and payments. Hobbies:  Meagen enjoys camping, decorating, and spending time with family and friends.
Eric Thompson
Learning Center Program Coordinator
Education & Experience:  Eric earned a B.A. in Communication at Pacific Lutheran University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Hollins University. He previously taught and coached middle school boys for five years in Virginia and has also worked coordinating study abroad travel for college students and managing the guest services department at a cruise line. He moved back to the Midwest in 2021, after many years away, and joined the Groves team. Hobbies:  Eric is a passionate reader. When not lost in a book, he spends a lot of weekends hiking with his family, playing board games, or watching the Twins!
Catherine Van Dell
Tutoring Program Manager
Education & Experience:  Catherine has worn many hats in her 12+ years as an employee of Groves Learning Organization. She began her career as a Lower School Teacher serving the youngest students at Groves Academy. In her last few years as a Lower School Teacher, Catherine also held the position of Co-Division Director of The Lower School, providing guidance, support, and leadership to the Lower School faculty. Catherine eventually moved away from the classroom to join The Learning Center team as a Wilson Reading Tutor. From there, Catherine took on the role of Tutoring Program Coordinator and now serves as the Tutoring Program Manager for The Learning Center. Hobbies:  Catherine and her husband, Robb, live in the Excelsior/Chanhassen area and enjoy spending time with their three children, Dylann, Ashlynn, and Ryker, and two dogs, Cocoa and Luna.  


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