Meet the Founder
After trying to conceive and suffering many losses, I was finally a mom! Like all moms, I vowed to be the best parent possible and to give my children a great life and a great education. My husband and I decided that being present for our children was important, so I left my career as a Judicial Clerk Typist to become a stay at home mom. We were trying our best to get this parenting thing right! However, it was no secret that our eldest child was struggling with speech. She did not pronounce words well at all. In fact, if you weren't family or a close friend, odds are you didn't understand a word that she said! After waiting and realizing she wasn't going to just outgrow it, we decided to get her speech therapy. I had no idea that this decision would not only change the trajectory of her life but the lives of many others.
The speech evaluation process included a hearing and developmental assessment. After receiving the results, I was floored to learn that my daughter was severely delayed. She was not progressing and developing at the same rate as other children her age. I couldn't believe it. How could this happen? We were involved parents. We were good parents. We were doing the very best that we could. It just didn't make sense. Immediately, I was overcome by guilt. I felt like I had failed as a mom. I was embarrassed. Actually, it wasn't until many years later that I began to tell anyone our story. How could things have gone so wrong? How could I let this happen? I was upset, depressed and most of all, unsure of what to do. I cried for days. After feeling sorry for myself, my child and my situation, one day I decided to get up, brush myself off and get to work! I was determined that this would not be how our story ended. I knew my daughter was very smart and I had to find a way to get things back on track. I didn’t know how, but I knew I would do it!
I decided to follow the therapist's recommendation and enroll her in preschool. I wasn’t thrilled about this idea because frankly, I didn’t trust anyone with my child. However, I was willing to do whatever I needed to do to get her the help she needed. The time in school provided her the opportunity to interact with children so she would have a better understanding of the English language. However, that time in school also was a source of pain. The schools did not seem to be open to working with children that learned differently. The expectation was for all children to get things the same way, at the same time and that simply wasn't happening for my child. She learned differently and that should have been okay. On the contrary, I was questioned and drilled about everything. Why does your child prefer to read instead of play with the kids in the kitchen? Why does she do this differently? What does she do that differently? I saw the writing on the walls. They were building a case to label my child. That was not going to happen on my watch! I was willing to fight for my child! Actually, I now know that I was born to lead the fight for my children and all children!
I decided to study! I had to equip myself with as much knowledge as possible. I had to learn about the process of teaching and learning. I had to learn about how the brain works and the different learning styles. I had to learn strategies and techniques to reach children that learned differently. I had to educate myself so that I could teach my child. Her bedroom became her classroom. Let’s make no mistake about it, there were definitely areas of struggle. There were definitely areas of weakness. She had a long road ahead of her. Sometimes it was overwhelming, sometimes it was frustrating, sometimes I cried, but I was determined not to give up!
After completing the kindergarten, we decided to remove her from traditional school and homeschool. It seemed like the most logical decision, so we made the leap! In fact, we went on to homeschool not only her but all of her siblings. It was the best decision we could have ever made! It was a tremendous amount of work but our children blossomed. Our daughter became an exceptional student. She not only worked on grade level but above grade level. Family and friends became intrigued by her progress. They saw the difference in how well our children were doing and began to ask for assistance with their children. We began to homeschool countless children and helped them overcome their struggles. This led to the beginnings of the SCA Tutoring Center! After years of hard work, our eldest child graduated high school at 15 years old and started her college career at 16. She is extremely smart, gifted and talented. She is now 21 and a freelancer coder, programmer and web designer.
For years I could not understand why things happened the way that they did. We tried to do everything right, yet our child did not learn like everyone else. I now understand the divine plan. I have walked the path of the parents I serve today. I don’t stand before my parents as a know it all, I stand with my parents as one that can speak from experience. I understand the pain of a struggling child, but I also know how exhilarating it is to fight and win! Our method is tried and proven. For over 14 years, we have helped countless children along their journey. We have helped countless children overcome the struggle. I will never tell you that it is easy, but I will tell you that it is absolutely possible! Let me show you how!