New school in Tyler 'redefining the pathway' for learning
POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 5:53pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:44pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — A new school will open in Tyler this fall, but this one is different, being the first of its kind for our area. The Bridgemark Center will open August 21st at Calvary Baptist Church. It's specifically for children first through twelfth grades with learning disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder ,and many more. For Jaime Warren, teaching has always been a passion, Now, she will live out her dream...opening a school for children with learning disabilities. "I finally found what I wanted to be when I grew up," she said when asked about how this idea got started. Warren, along with Wendy Baker, wanted a place in Tyler where these children could receive the special attention they need to succeed in school. She added, "We can all learn, we just maybe need a different pathway, a different way of getting to the ultimate goal."
So far, 24 students with learning 'differences." All teachers will have specialized training, and help students learn in a non-traditional environment. Warren also said they wanted it to be a stress free place, in which children with those 'differences' wouldn't get down on themselves. "When you feel beaten down with curriculum and too much on your brain plate, and it gets overloaded and overwhelmed, we lose that joy for learning, and I'd love to see that re-instilled in them to love to learn again," said Warren.
"The stress of that in their elementary school can sometimes hinder their self-esteem," said Stacey Hiles. She would know, she's mother to three children, all diagnosed with dyslexia. "You think your whole world is crumbling, you hate to see your child suffering," said Hiles. However, through the hardships, she's confident in her youngest going to Bridgemark. "I've seen the benefit of early intervention with these kiddos, that have different things like dyslexia, and where they can come after they've gone through some intense therapy," said Hiles.
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