Congratulations to Concha Wyatt for receiving the 2014 International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) Innovative Professional Award. Concha is an outstanding educator and director of teacher training, curriculum, and professional development for Key School at Carolina Day in Asheville, NC.
IMSLEC promotes and ensures quality Multisensory Structured Language Education training for teachers and therapists of individuals with dyslexia and related disorders. IMSLEC's accreditation process supports essential standards and criteria for academic and practicum work that are crucial to the successful training of dyslexia teachers, therapists, and other specialists.
Wyatt began her journey in the world of multisensory education as a public school teacher who sought additional training in reaching her bright kids with language-based learning differences. A year after she took her Basic (Associate–Teaching Level) Orton-Gillingham training, she joined the Key School at Carolina Day faculty. She quickly gained expertise and continuously sought to increase her own professional development. Over the 12 years she has been with the school, she has achieved Teaching Level, Therapy Level, Instructor of Therapy Level through the IMSLEC accredited program and completed her Associate, Certified, and Fellow membership levels with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
As the director of teacher training, Wyatt has revolutionized Key Learning Center’s training program and developed quality teacher training resource manuals and materials. She is masterful in thoroughly planning her training courses and igniting enthusiasm in the folks who enroll in courses. The end-of-course evaluations that the trainees and teacher trainers complete each summer speak to her attention to all the important details as well as her ability to meet the global needs of the teachers who are seeking new tools for instruction. She builds strong professional relationships with trainees and supports them in their plans to utilize their training. She carefully manages the practicum program and maintains very high standards.
Wyatt draws from her 11 years of teaching experience at Key School and 12 years in public schools to bring meaning to the content she presents to others. This past summer, educators attended Key Learning Center’s training course from seven different states. Wyatt has directed ten summer training courses and served as a staff member for many others.
In addition to the training courses she develops, Wyatt is instrumental in planning and running Key Learning Center’s Saturday Seminars. In her role as the professional development and outreach coordinator with Key Learning Center, she has planned and successfully run more than 15 well-attended educational seminars. She serves on the North Carolina Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and gives her whole heart to expanding the mission of reaching and teaching others about the needs of dyslexic learners.
Key School was established in 1997 to provide a high-quality, innovative education for bright children with language-based learning differences. As a division of Carolina Day School, Key operates as a “school within a school,” serving the needs of Carolina Day students as well as those from other independent and public schools throughout western North Carolina and beyond.
Key Learning Center is a premier resource for educators, students, and parents regarding language-based learning differences/dyslexia. To learn more about Key Learning Center, visit keylearningcenter.org.