Sunday, October 19, 2008


This article ran in the Lockport US&J a few days ago...

GASPORT: Learnabilities tutoring business finds a new home

Mindy Schreiner needed a little space. Tutoring since November 2006, Schreiner was meeting and teaching her students at her home. But after having a child, she needed a new place for her tutoring service, Learnabilities. Then one day she came to Gasport Chiropractic & Wellness for an appointment with Dr. Aaron Pazik. Pazik had some space open in his building at 4437 Main St. in Gasport.

“I noticed the sign,” Schreiner said. “I wasn’t ready, but then I thought, ‘now we need to move.’ He has been great.”

Schreiner moved into the building in February. Both Learnabilities and Gasport Chiropractic & Wellness will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. Schreiner said community members are invited to meet the practitioners, enjoy tours of the office, and receive information for both services. Residents will also be able to take advantage of same-day discounts for new clients, and a raffle will be held offering items from some local businesses. They include: Becker Farms, Canalside Inn, Chop’s Shop Pizzeria, Maria’s Pizzeria, N.E.S. Food Outlet, Rosie’s Deja Vu Salon, Standish Jones Building Supply and Talk of the Town.

Learnabilities tutors students to their individual strengths. Schreiner said she finds something students are good at, even if it is something outside of school, such as sports, and tries to use that to help them learn.

“Every client that comes in, it’s something different,” she said. “So, we do interviews and questionnaires and talk about what they are good at.”

That strategy helps Schreiner develop a profile of the student. The profile is based on multiple intelligence theory, which basically says we all learn differently. Each student gets a folder with information on Schreiner’s teaching belief, her resume and goals of the program.Schreiner tutors students from as young as first grade all the way up to college students. She takes all kinds of students, from those who have a disability to those who need help in one or more subjects.

Her background in education started with tutoring in Ithaca. Soon, she became a tutor at Tompkins Cortland Community College and began working with students who had learning disabilities. She said had no idea what to do, but soon learned.

“I found out that’s what I liked,” Schreiner said.

Schreiner’s own education includes a master’s degree in English from Binghamton University. She is working on a doctorate in special education from Syracuse University. She also has a bachelor’s in biology and one in psychology from the University of Rochester.

Schreiner said the biggest benefit of being tutored at Learnabilities is that the student figures out how to learn, which builds self-esteem and confidence. But she said success depends on how much the student is willing to work with Schreiner.

“The goal is that they can do the stuff on their own,” she said. “Most of it depends on their motivation. They have to be willing to try things.”

College student Laura Slack was at Learnabilities on Wednesday for an appointment with Schreiner. Slack said working with Schreiner has been beneficial.“She helped (me) pass psychology,” Slack said.

Schreiner said Slack was one of her original students from when she still tutored from home.

For more information, contact Pazik at 772-2200 or Schreiner at 870-5296.