mission & overview
May Center for Learning empowers students with learning differences to be successful, confident learners who recognize the importance of communication, collaboration, and community. We accomplish this goal by focusing on four specific success attributes: Literacy, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Principles.
May Center is also committed to developing the understanding of learning differences within our community by providing information, consultation, and workshops to educators, families, and the greater community of Northern New Mexico.
May Center for Learning was founded in 2011 by Santa Fe educators Amy Miller and Karen Lindeen. The organization’s mission is to empower students with learning differences to succeed in school and in life. The first class, a summer school session with seven students, was offered in 2012. Since then, May Center has grown exponentially and now serves hundreds of students through its school, summer school, tutoring programs, and other activities.
May School serves exceptional students from pre-school through 8th grade, specializing in those having learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, and language processing disorder. May School’s student/teacher ratio is 6:1 (5:1 in the Early Childhood Program). Each student’s program is individualized to meet his or her needs, and is taught by faculty who have completed extensive training in multi-sensory language teaching, the “gold standard” for students with learning differences. May School’s Early Childhood and Elementary Campus is located at St. John’s Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail. The Intermediate Campus, Tutoring and Evaluation Center are located at 2019 Galisteo, Building B.
Skill-Building Tutoring is offered in academic subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as in reading and writing readiness and in executive function skills. Working in a 1:1 setting, every tutor develops an individualized program to build the skills necessary for each student’s academic success. May Center tutoring is available for all area students, no matter what school they attend.
May Evaluation Center offers psycho-educational evaluations conducted by licensed diagnosticians for those aged 5 and up, creating a comprehensive learning profile that will help determine the most appropriate types of instruction, interventions, and settings for student success. The assessments can be used in all private and public school settings to diagnose language based learning differences like dyslexia, and for testing to qualify students for 504 plans, IEPs, and other services and accommodations.
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Community Seminars on a wide variety of topics relating to learning differences are offered throughout the academic year. These seminars are free of charge and open to the public. May Center also collaborates with organizations such as the Southwest International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA) in extending the reach of its services.
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Teacher Training Institute programs are custom-designed for each participating school’s faculty, based on the needs of their students. May Center Teacher Training Institute also offers certification in multi-sensory language teaching, the gold standard for instruction for students with language-based learning differences.
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