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The Education Annex
Dyslexia Intervention ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN- Limited Spots Available
Why work with an Educational Therapist?
We are passionate about students thriving in academics, and our credentials and experience back that up. Is Educational Therapy different than “tutoring”? In a word: yes!
Tutors will teach the same thing over and over, using repetition to enforce learning.
An Educational Therapist will recognize that many children struggle with a variety of learning issues and need various modes of instruction to be successful. Our instructors can quickly impact those learning issues with differentiated instruction to help our students to catch up, close gaps in learning and/or to stay ahead.
EDUCATIONAL THERAPY & INSTRUCTION
Early Intervention Instruction (ages 3 and 4), English Language Arts (ELA), Reading, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, General Math, ACT Math, Algebra, Writing, Speech Language, Foreign Language (Spanish)
Homework Assistance & Guidance
1 on 1/Small Group
Individual Educational Suites
After Hours and Weekends
Parent Education and support groups.
Assessments, Evaluations, & Intervention Strategies Coaching and Design
Licensed Educators, Educators in Training (Student Teachers), and Consultants
Anchor School/Program Collaboration
Currently Serving Students from : Holy Trinity, St. Patrick Catholic Schools, Coast Episcopal Schools, Pass Christian Schools, Gulfport School District, Bay Waveland Schools, Harrison County Schools, Pearl River County Schools, New Orleans Public Schools, Virginia Public Schools, Pearl River Jr. College and Jones Jr. College.
Our purpose is to support and nurture a students' natural desire to be a life-long learner. We are also committed to the families we serve, providing needed support, encouragement, and guidance for struggling learners.
The Education Annex can provide supplemental instruction in all areas of curriculum including Reading, Math, Writing & Science
Remedial instruction, enrichment, learning and study strategies.
One-on-one and small group instruction in individual educational suites.
Long and short term in person or virtual instruction available.
The Education Annex team consists of Early Interventionists, Reading and Math Educators, Special Education Specialists, and Career and College Prep. professionals with over 50 years experience.
Our Commitment To Students
To foster a students' love for learning.
To encourage students to try new and exciting things, even if they are difficult.
To accept, embrace, and model a variety of learning styles and learning strategies.
To create a space where students feel encouraged.
To create a space where students build confidence and resilience.
To create an enthusiastic, creative learning space to foster positive intellectual, social, behavioral, and emotional development.
Parents and the Community
To be an extension of excellence and support for local academic programs.
To support parents who struggle to understand evolving and ever more complicated academic concepts.
To support parents who struggle to help their children with their academics after a long workday.
To supporting the local community and/or providers with supports for families who are faced with the new realization that their child may have a developmental or specific learning disability that may require intervention or support.
As COVID-19 and changes in the accessibility of traditional education, nationwide students have demonstrated increased anxiety towards learning, decreased academic progress, and increased academic struggles.
At The Education Annex, we are committed to working with local school districts, teachers, and families to "build the bridge and bridge the gap" in learning.
As licensed general and special education educators, we are skilled at our craft. We provide additional day, afternoon, evening, and weekend supports, guidance, and instruction. We can help build up academic strengths and remediate academic weaknesses.
At The Education Annex, we have the ability to explain abstract concepts in an engaging, interesting, and thought-provoking manner that can support struggling learners.
Dr. Rymsky Labat
Dr. Rymsky Graves-Labat is a resident of Bay Saint Louis. She is married to Brian Labat a graduate of St. Stanislaus. Together they have 2 beautiful children. Sydney, her daughter, was a previous student of Bay Catholic (now Holy Trinity) elementary school and is a Merit Graduate of Pass Christian School District. She attended Xavier University and now Tulane Medical School. Steven, her son, attended Pass Christian Schools and now attends Mississippi Gulf Coast Community and is currently in Respiratory Therapy School completing his clinical rotations. Both children received full or partial academic scholarships to pursue their education.
Dr. Labat received her Bachelors (1989) and Masters in Psychology (1990) with an emphasis in Psychometrics (Academics and Psychological Assessments) from William Carey University. She then completed her Specialist (2017) and Doctorate in Education Leadership and Instruction (2019) also from William Carey University. Dr. Labat currently is attending the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) pursuing National Board Certification in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Labat is certified in the following areas by the Mississippi Department of Education: Administration, Educational and Instructional Leadership, Psychology, Special Education (Mild-Mod), Hearing Disabilities, Emotional-Disabilities, and Psychometrics.
Dr. Labat has been a full time and/or part-time private instructor, interventionist, consultant, and advocate for schools and families for over 29 years. Areas of expertise: Mental health, psychology, behavior, special education, developmental delays, interventions, evaluations, and instruction at the PreK-12, Junior, and Senior College Level.
“I have observed the tireless work of our local teachers and parents through this pandemic. I observed the great need for building a bridge of support for those students and families who need more help outside the traditional classroom and/or the “virtual” classroom.
The Education Annex by Milestones, LLC, is committed to bridging the gap and supporting those students who need more academic and behavioral support to succeed. We are committed to be that extension of excellence for local academic programs. We are committed to supporting parents who struggle to understand the ever evolving educational concepts and who struggle to help their children after a long workday. We are committed to supporting all student desire to succeed but need extra attention to be successful. We are also committed to supporting local community and medical providers with supports for families who are now learning that their child may have a developmental, academic or medical disabilities that may impact them in the classroom.
“Building the Bridge and Bridging the Gap”
Early Intervention Child/Family Sciences
Now Taking New Referrals Starting, November 15th
Ms. Richardson works with children and families providing tools needed to overcome developmental delays from birth to five years old using play therapy and group therapy incorporating multiple methods, including but not limited to, the Montessori method. Sessions will consist of child-lead hands-on learning and collaborative play. Parents will be educated on how to play with their children naturally to promote development and opportunities for children to thrive.
Bachelor and Masters- Child and Family Sciences
Mild/Mod Disabilities (K-12)
Special Education (K-12)
Ms. Jessica Seal, B.S.
Pre-K 4 -Kindergarten Readiness
No Appointments Available
Ms. Jessica Seal is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Sciences. She was an assistant teacher at Coast Episcopal Schools. She is currently an academic interventionist/tutor for Bay Waveland Middle School. She is also currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching through Belhaven University. Ms. Seal has worked with children ages birth to 16 years old through teaching, behavior therapy, early intervention, and more. She grew up on the MS Gulf Coast and is excited to return home to continue her career at The Education Annex and BWSD. Also, worked with the Boys & Girls Club of America to pilot a PK4- Kindergarten Readiness Program across six coastal sites.
Bachelor of Science- Child and Family Sciences
Masters of Arts-Education - In Process-Belhaven
Applied Behavioral Analysis-Prior Licensure- Renewal in Process
Lora Toney, M. Ed.
English Language Arts (ELA)
Reading-Dyslexia, Math Interventionist
On-Site and Virtual Hybrid
Limited Appointments Available
Mrs. Lora Toney is a two-time graduate of William Carey University. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's in Elementary Education. Since 2011, Mrs. Toney has been an elementary reading and mathematics interventionist, taught Kindergarten through second grade, and has taught high school Psychology/Sociology, World History, and General Music. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham reading strategies through both Brainspring and IMSE and is pursuing a Level III Dyslexia Specialist certification. Lora has a husband and two children and comes to us from the Laurel-Hattiesburg area. She enjoys playing the piano and watching aerospace launches.
Specialist in Teacher Leadership (Ed.S.)
Master's degree in Education (M.S.)
Bachelor's (B.S) of Music Education
Elementary Ed. K-8
Music Ed. K-12
Vocal Music K-12
Social Studies 7-12
On-Site and Virtual Hybrid
No Appointments Available
Ms. Wright will meet and motivate students to discuss and go over their math coursework. She is committed to offering encouragement and support to keep students motivated and ready to learn. She is skilled at assisting with homework assignments and teaching students how to perform the calculations needed to complete their assignments. Ms. Wright will also teach students basic classroom skills such as note-taking, studying, and also test-taking strategies. In addition to teaching of various mathematical concepts, processes, and computations she will share individual student progress with parents, students, and their anchor school. Ms. Wright is a graduate of the prestigious Mississippi School for Math and Science!
Bachelor's of Science - Education
Certified- Mathematics - 7th-12th
Masters in Mathematics- In process
Leana Tran Bennett, B.S.
Mrs. Bennett is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in Applied Computer Science. She is very interested in helping students learn math beyond test-taking, though she likes taking math tests!
She hopes to instill the same confidence and competence with math in each of her students. Whether it is doing homework, studying for exams, or learning stronger studying skills, Mrs. Bennett is ready to lend a hand, especially in the areas of high school math.
Bachelor's of Science - Applied Computer Science (B.S.)
Certified - Mathematics - 7th-12th
Masters in Teaching - In Process - University of Southern Miss
Get in touch to find out more about this engaging Educator.
Shelby Abdul-Hadi Miller, M.S. SLP-CCC
Speech Language Pathologist
No Appointments Available
Mrs. Miller is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi Speech and Hearing Clinic. She was also trained at the prestigious. DuBard School for Language Disorders.
She is skilled at evaluating, planning and treating children and adults with a variety of communication difficulties including language impairments/delays, speech sound disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and hearing impairments.
Mrs. Miller is enthusiastic, kind, and patient. She not enjoys not only working with her clients, but also building relationships with their families. She is passionate and excited about working with and helping all of her clients reach their highest potential and communicate in the most functional and effective manner possible!
Masters of Science- Speech and Hearing
Certifications: Speech Language Pathology
Limited Appointments Available
Having a child diagnosed or even if you as the parent suspect dyslexia--this can be a traumatic experience. While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Many people with dyslexia have gone on to accomplish great things. Among the many dyslexia success stories are Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Schwab.
Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.
In some school settings where many teachers are not knowledgeable about this condition, students with dyslexia may be considered lazy. Parents who have children diagnosed with dyslexia should seek out reading instruction that is based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics. This reading instruction goes by many names, Structured Literacy, Orton- Gillingham, Simultaneous, Multisensory, Explicit Phonics, and others.
MEET Susannah Boos
Susannah has a passion for both educating the community about dyslexia and working with individuals of all ages who struggle with dyslexia. She has experience working with teens, elementary-age children, and adults personally and professionally.
Come hear her story!
Her Bachelor's in Applied Linguistics allows her a unique foundation and understanding of language allowing her to pass this knowledge on with the explicit and in-depth language instruction dyslexic individuals so often require. As a 2021-22 graduating Dyslexia Therapist in training, with Mississippi College, she leads children through a highly regarded and praised Orton and Gillingham-based program with decades of research and success. She has also instructed students using Foundation in Sounds and the Barton Reading and Spelling Program.
Dyslexia Consult and Screener
Parent Support Groups
Appointments Now Available
Teaching students how to speak, read, write, and understand foreign languages as well supplemental instruction to meet current public school, private school, and home school foreign language requirements.
Mrs. Nicki Villarrubia is a two time graduate from Mississippi State University. At MSU, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Spanish, and later received a Masters in Business Administration. She is currently attending law school. Helping others learn is a passion of Mrs. Villarrubia. During a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, she tutored local students in ESL. She has two years experience of teaching high school Spanish I-IV and almost a decade of experience with Spanish tutoring. In her spare time, Nicki enjoys exercising and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (B.A.)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Dr. Monique Graves-Galloway
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
College, Career Preparation & Testing
Dr. Graves-Galloway is skilled as a instructor of young adult basic education classes and a guiding force in achieving educational goals and objectives. She will prepare and grade student assignments and provide tutoring and hands on assistance to struggling students virtually and onsite. Dr. Graves- Galloway can administer diagnostic tests such as TABE assessments as well as the incorporation of Career Ready 101 lessons. She is also skilled at training and preparing students for work experience opportunities by providing individual and group career counseling to students to help them make informed career decisions through exploration of occupational choices and effective job searches. Dr. Graves-Galloway also has vast experience in assessing student academic capabilities by instructing students in reading, math, social studies, and science in preparation for high school equivalency tests including the GED , HiSET and TASC. She also works has experience in teaching ACT and SAT preparation courses. She has worked with students in all areas of self -improvement, financial literacy and high school equivalency achievement at the College Prep and College level.
Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education and Administration (Ph.D.)
Educational Specialist in Higher Education and Administration (Ed.S.)
Master's in Counseling Psychology/ Gerontology/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (M.S.)
Bachelor's of Science in Psychology (B.S.)