A partnership of St. Francis School and the Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers, The Learning Center began in 2012 on the Goshen Campus and expanded to the Downtown Campus in 2014. The WHAS Crusade for Children supports The Learning Center.
Langsford was co-founded by SFS Goshen alumnus Stephen McCrocklin G‘80, and has at its core a skill set in reading and learning that is unmatched in this region. This partnership allows St. Francis to offer services to its students unlike anything offered at any other school in town. Langsford’s other co-founder, Claudia McCrocklin, serves as the Director of The Learning Center at St. Francis School. Claudia’s role is to assess the needs of any students with learning difference profiles and recommend, in conjunction with The Learning Center Team on each campus (Head of School, Campus Head/Lower School Dean, Counselor), what services might be used to address a need. Parents will then determine what, if any, services they would like to use. The Director of The Learning Center and The Learning Center staff then monitor each student’s progress, communicate that progress to the The Learning Center team and parents, and work with each student’s teachers to ensure seamless integration of The Learning Center work into the classroom.
Summary of Services
- Accommodation Plans: written and managed for all students with evaluations that document individual learning differences/needs
- Academic Remediation: daily work with students develops the fundamental processes for reading, spelling, comprehension and writing
- Academic Support: coaching to build executive function skills, including planning, time management, organization, task-initiation, goal-setting, and problem-solving for all school assignments
- Content Tutoring: specific subject support, primarily in math and world language, to build skills for greater classroom success
- Homework Hall: after school from 3:15-5:00 for support in completing homework, long-term assignments, and studying for tests
- Organizational Support: for students who need help developing an individualized system for managing assignments, paper flow, and time.
- Stop For Success: daily after school check-ins assist students in developing the habit of using their planners, as well as a weekly homework sheet to ensure they are current in all of their classes
Claudia McCrocklin, M.Ed. (Director of The Learning Center)
Claudia is co-founder and co-director of Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers. Claudia earned her B.A. in special education from Bellarmine University and an M.Ed as a reading specialist from the University of Louisville. She leveraged her 25 years of experience in exceptional childhood education and leadership to establish The Learning Center at St. Francis. As Director of The Learning Center, she is active on both campuses.
Goshen Campus-Specific Staff
Ann Mundt (Academic Support)
Ann pursued her lifelong dream of becoming an educator by receiving her BS in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. Since that time she has spent more than 20 years helping students find academic success by connecting with each child individually. With student specific instruction in reading, writing, and math, she helps them realize their potential and gives them the confidence to excel.
Polly N. Guffey, M.S., CCC-SLP
Polly is the founder of Integrated Therapeutic Solutions, LLC, which provides screening, evaluation and therapy of articulation, language, fluency, voicing, and pragmatic differences. Originally from Glasgow, Kentucky, Polly earned a B.S. in Communication Disorders and a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kentucky. With twelve years of experience, she has been employed as a therapist and rehab manager in a variety of settings and loves a challenge, big or small!
Katie Graves, OTR/L
Katie, a native of Wisconsin, is a seasoned Occupational Therapist with 18 years of experience in a variety of settings. Katie is an enthusiastic and creative therapist who has adapted to many populations over the course of her career and loves new adventures, both professionally and personally! Katie is thrilled to start a new chapter in her Occupational Therapy career at St. Francis, helping students achieve great things using the talents they have been given to the fullest!
Bobby Forst (Academic Support)
Bobby is from Fairfax County, VA outside of Washington DC. He majored in English and earned an M.Ed. in Secondary Education at James Madison University. He spent 10 years teaching Middle School Language Arts and High School English and coaching High School basketball in Fairfax County public schools. He left the teaching profession in 2010 to begin a career as a proposal consultant for Leidos, Inc. and moved to Louisville in 2011. He is excited to return to education providing part-time academic support in The Learning Center.
Gemma Newland (Langsford Remediation)
Gemma originally worked as a Respiratory Therapist for 12 years at Norton Children’s Hospital. As her children grew, two of them struggled in school. These difficulties lead her to Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers. Langsford’s work with Gemma’s dyslexic son and daughter sparked her search for knowledge on how the dyslexic brain works and how to reach and teach those students. Gemma read books and attended seminars and workshops to further her understanding. Gemma joined the Langsford team as an instructor in 2008, where she has continued training and learning the best methodologies for reaching struggling students.
Margaret Tuttle (Langsford Remediation)
Margaret began her teaching career in Utah after acquiring a B.A. degree in English with a Secondary Teacher’s Certificate from the University of Utah. She earned an M.A .from U of L. After teaching for a number of years in the classroom, she has spent the last ten years instructing students one-on-one at the Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers and at St. Francis School. Nothing prior to being at St. Francis has been as meaningful or enjoyable.
Paul Johnson (Langsford Remediation)