Ms. Jepson has 35 years of experience within the field of Special Education. Upon graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Science (Rehabilitation Medicine) from Queen's University in 1979, Carol moved to California for 3 years. During that time she provided ESL support to Vietnamese immigrant children in Pasadena, worked in a classroom at the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, and completed her Masters in Special Education at the University of Santa Clara. In 1982 she moved to Toronto and spent time teaching at 2 different private schools for children with learning disabilities. She developed a keen interest in evaluation of students' learning profiles and subsequently enrolled at the University of Toronto (OISE), completing a Masters in Applied Psychology (School Psychology) in 1988. Carol then gained valuable experience conducting psychoeducational assessments during her time at Boston Children's Hospital, Scarborough Board of Education, Peel Children's Centre, and the Halton District School Board.
In 1994, Carol embarked on an exciting independent venture, offering private assessments to clients in the Oakville-Burlington area. The majority of her clients were referred because they were struggling with reading, spelling, and writing skills. Upon completion of the assessment, their parents were interested in finding specialized remedial tutoring to address their children's deficits. In order to meet the needs of these clients, Carol opened The Centre for Literacy & Learning in 1995.
The Centre for Literacy & Learning has provided assessment and tutoring services to families in the Oakville, Burlington area for 20 years. It was opened in 1994 by .
Carol Jepson - Director
Irene Lembesis - Associate Director
Our team of professional tutors are either: a) qualified teachers who are members of the Ontario College of Teachers and/or b) Communicative Disorders Assistants who have extensive experience working with language and literacy-based issues. They are chosen for the following qualities:
Strong interpersonal skills - warm, patient, and positive. Our students often lack self-esteem with respect to their academic performance, and they respond best within a safe, nurturing learning environment.
Excellent ability to teach/instruct - able to provide 'explicit', direct instruction and naturally use techniques such as 'scaffolding', modelling, inclusion of multi-sensory cues, etc.
Enthusiasm for 'lifelong learning'.
Well-developed communication skills - able to communicate effectively with clients, parents, and with the Director (with regards to student goals & progress). We value ongoing, open dialogue at all levels.
Our Talented Tutors
Since 2001, Irene Lembesis has worked with children who have a variety of different learning and developmental disorders. She has experience with Learning Disabilities, Hearing Impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities. Irene has an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Exceptionality in Human Learning and Psychology (University of Toronto) and a postgraduate diploma - Communicative Disorders Assistant (Georgian College). Upon graduation, Irene worked within the private practice of Express Yourself - Speech, Language & Communication Services. During her time at Express Yourself, she developed a special interest in literacy-based issues in school-aged children. Subsequently, she moved to the Centre for Literacy & Learning - where her strong background in language was an immediate asset for her role as a remedial tutor. In addition to providing remedial services for children within the centre, Irene also assists with program planning and a wide range of administrative duties.