Mom & Dad
I live in your shoes. I am not only a trained educator for children with learning disabilities, but I experience it every day with my own two sons.
I understand the fear & anxiety, and I also know how heartbreaking it can be to watch your child struggle in school. Both of my boys (now grown) have challenges to learn themselves.
I know what it is like to have my heartbreak because my child was struggling. It was especially hard for me because I was a teacher for kids just like my own. I know what it’s like to want to wave a wand to magically make it all go away for them and help them learn without it being such a struggle.
I see you.
I hear you.
I especially understand how you feel.
My goal is to help both you and your child feel success
in their educational journey.
Nate, Mason, my dad, and I
Hello, my name is Kathy Cousineau. I am a mom of two young men and 2 kitties (I never thought I’d be a crazy cat lady – but here I am!).
I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher - I even made my brother "play school" while we were growing up! Starting right from high school and college, I worked in various positions helping children with the most severe learning disorders in specialized schools. After college, I found my first teaching job and I remember being SO excited to finally be living my dream!
For over 20 years I have been a Learning Disabilities Specialist. I really love figuring out what a student's strengths are and to teach them strategies to overcome their challenges. I also love helping students become as independent as possible and help them to learn to advocate for themselves.
For nine years I was given the honor to be our city's LD classroom teacher for grades 5 & 6 (A language-based learning disability classroom). In the classroom setting, I incorporated a holistic approach to learning that was unlike other traditional classroom settings. Things I included were:
Use of multiple assistive technology tools
Taught with a multi-sensory approach in all subject areas.
As with my classroom experience, I work with the parents, not just the child. Many of my online students and their families become like members of my family. We get to know each other and develop a relationship, rather than just an exchange.
I also provide many resources to families to help them engage and learn outside of the tutoring sessions such as access to other resources to use in-between our sessions as requested by families.