The Bangor Masonic CHILDRENS'S DYSLEXIA CENTER is located at the Bangor Masonic Center. For directions click on Valley of Bangor and Directions.
MEET THE DIRECTOR
Laurie Marcotte earned a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s college in Standish, Maine and has worked in public schools for many years. She received three years of multisensory literacy instruction training through the Children’s Dyslexia Center’s teacher training program. Laurie holds both the initial and advanced level Orton Gillingham teacher certificates and has worked with children at the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Bangor for 6 years. She is also a certified Orton Gillingham trainer and is the lead instructor for the teacher training program at the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Bangor. Laurie is also a certified academic language practitioner with the Academic Language Therapy Association.
Laurie is married and has three children. She and her husband grew up in the St. John Valley in northern Maine and together they take full advantage our state’s beautiful outdoors. Laurie is an avid hiker, skier, biker and kayaker. She loves camping and along with her family has tented in eight states and two Canadian provinces.
Laurie’s passion is bringing the gift of reading to all of Maine’s children. She has devoted her career to teaching children and in her position of director she hopes to continue to pursue this goal by not only reaching children directly but also by training teachers and parents to become Orton Gillingham tutors.
ABOUT THE LEARNING CENTER
Millions of school children with dyslexia endure frustration and demoralization on a daily basis as they struggle to acquire skills that many of us take for granted. If your child is struggling with reading and writing, how do you know if dyslexia is the cause? Where can you go for help?
The Mission of the Scottish Rite Learning Center is to provide quality, state-of-the-art, remedial education to children with disabilities in reading, writing, and related scholastic skills, diagnosed as "dyslexia". In keeping with the commitment of 32° Masons to the children of our community, this service will be provided free of charge to children who have previously been tested, evaluated and diagnosed as dyslexics.
Children who have dyslexia view reading as a painful experience. As a result of the services provided by a Center, their attitude toward reading, and of greater importance, toward school and themselves, has been dramatically and positively changed. The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite is committed to providing programs to treat childhood dyslexia in individualized, cost-effective and clinically responsible ways.
Background & History
For over 20 years, the Scottish Rite Masons, Northern Jurisdiction, have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. At the Learning Centers in 15 states, the Children's Learning Centers tackle the challenge of dyslexia head-on, both by providing free tutoring for children with dyslexia and by training a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors.
The curriculum used for tutoring and tutor training at all Masonic Learning Centers is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach. The Orton-Gillingham approach, developed in the 1920's, uses a sequential, multi sensory, phonetic approach to teaching and spelling. Thus, a variety of sensory data is used to help children understand the written word.
As part of the Learning Center Program, hundreds of school teachers and other individuals interested in becoming certified tutors at the Centers have received free training. Children are tutored one-on-one twice a week after regular school hours. This allows for the curriculum to be tailored to each individual child as necessary, and progress is made in small, readily quantifiable steps. Services provided by the Learning Centers equip children with the skills and the confidence they need to approach learning with eagerness and without fear.