Shari Vandervelde’s husband realized, as a school psychologist, that children diagnosed with ADHD were not receiving the proper help they needed. After receiving an ADHD diagnosis, many children were given medications, but nobody offered to teach them the skills necessary to become successful students. Shari, being an educator, knew she had to come up with a solution to this problem.
In 2013, Shari pulled together a team of amazing teachers, and along with Anna Breckenridge and Allice Dunnic, she opened the doors to Essentials in Learning (EIL); a business created specifically to offer the opportunity for students to attain those necessary skills.
EIL is now owned by retired teacher Anna Goetz (a long-time partner in EIL), elementary teacher and a D51 teacher leader Dionne Guddat, and D51 Instructional Coach and prior teacher Josh Guddat.
Unlike the typical math or literacy tutor, EIL specializes in coaching students on a one-on-one basis to tailor to their specific needs and provide them with the executive functioning skills in which they are lacking. While a tutoring session may include math and writing skills, children will also learn things like how to keep their bodies calm at school, how to re-focus their minds or how to break assignments down so they aren’t so intimidating.