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In December, 2006, Cheryl Hoffmann´s daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. Seeing the impact it was having on her daughter´s schooling and self-esteem, as any loving parent would do, Cheryl sought treatment for her child. After a long search Cheryl was dismayed, frustrated and discouraged at the lack of acknowledgement and local resources that were being offered for dyslexia and its treatment. After doing much research Cheryl discovered the Bright Solutions Organization of San Jose, California, and its Barton Reading Program which was devised by renowned dyslexia expert Susan Barton.
Cheryl spent a few weeks studying the Barton system and decided to tutor her daughter herself since local resources in Manitoba were non-existent. Within a few months of starting the program Cheryl´s daughter displayed remarkable improvement, and soon her daughter was on track with her studies.
Appreciating the profound impact dyslexia had on not only her daughter but on herself, and the remarkable change to her daughter´s self-esteem and studies once they applied the Barton Reading Program, Cheryl was eager to share her experience and tutoring skills with other families who are dealing with the same issues. As a result of her success – and her daughter´s dramatic improvement – Cheryl was inspired to launch the KC Dyslexic Learning Centre in 2007, to fill the local void which exists in Manitoba for people with dyslexia and their families. As a tribute to overcoming the odds, and to act as an inspiration to clients studying at the institute, Cheryl decided to name the learning centre after her daughter´s initials, KC
Cheryl Hoffmann - Founder
Cheryl is a graduate of the Computer Analyst Programmer curriculum at Red River College. She is a Certified Barton Tutor at the Masters Level and a Certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist.
In her spare time she enjoys golfing, playing baseball, camping, travelling, and spending time with family and friends. As a single mom Cheryl balances her duties at KC Dyslexic Learning Centre with home life but she remains intensely loyal to her daughter Kersten and son Deonté.
I am not an educator nor a psychologist, I am simply a mother of a 12 year-old child who has severe dyslexia.
We have made it through frustration, crying, anxiety about having to read aloud in class and the embarrassment of not being able to. Not knowing what street signs, commercials and billboards say. We endured through hours upon hours of homework together because she didn´t want to do it, since it was almost impossible for her to read the instructions - never mind writing the actual answers. I recall her stomach aches and anxiety the night before tests, and the painful embarrassment her mark caused when the test result came back. I remember the sense of frustration and hopelessness as my daughter doubted herself, thinking she was stupid because she couldn´t read, and me as her mother knowing how brilliant she actually was.
Finding this program and using it has been a miracle. My daughter can read now and our lives have changed forever. Her personality is lighter, spunkier, she is confident, she feels smart, and she feels she can accomplish anything. The sky is the limit for her now, and as her mother it makes my heart sing to know that she can read and that she is proud of herself.
Kersten Cadotte - Senior Tutor
Kersten is a Marketing Graduate from Red River College. She is a Certified Barton Tutor at the advanced level and Dyslexic.
In her spare time Kersten loves to paint larger scale paintings, golfing in the summer and curling in the winter. She is a cat mom to her two fluffy cats. Her family and friends and student are very important to her and loves to inspire people to be the best vision of them self's.
Marie Hopp - Senior Tutor
Marie Hopp Is a Certified Barton Tutor at the Masters level. She is a Dedicated Grandmother and cares deeply about her students.
In her Spare time she enjoys playing golf, curling and pool. The best part of her day is knowing that she has helped guide a student to success. One of her quote that she lives by is "To teach is to learn, to learn is to learn for a life time.
Clea August - Senior Tutor
Clea is a Senior Certified Barton Tutor at
KC Dyslexic Learning Centre. She has previously worked as a Chef but has leaned towards Education as she is also a Math Tutor.
In her spare time she loves to crochet and make delicious meals. She is loved by her two dogs James and Pearl whom she loves dearly. As she was training, Clea had a hunch that she might be dyslexic. She struggled a lot in school, but never found the solution, until she trained to be a Tutor.
Clea has an outgoing, bubbly personality, that a lot of students gravitate towards. She is inspired everyday by her students and has found her passion as a Tutor.