The Learning Center At Groves Academy®

When a student is struggling in school, it’s hard to know where to turn. You see their potential and their desire to succeed. But despite all their hard work and best efforts, nothing seems to come easy. The Learning Center at Groves Academy is here to help. We offer an array of specialized services for all students throughout the community who are struggling to learn or may be diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or attention disorders. We work with each student to determine why they are struggling in school and help work toward individualized solutions.

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  • Diagnostic Services

    Is your child having trouble mastering skills such as reading, writing, or math? Do they have difficulty with memory or following directions? Are they easily frustrated or can’t seem to pay attention in class? A learning disability or attention disorder may be at the heart of their academic challenges. The Learning Center is here to help. Our professional psychologists will conduct psychoeducational evaluations and will work with you to recommend specific educational interventions, services, and accommodations to help your student overcome these challenges and succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

  • Tutoring

    For students with learning disabilities or students who are behind on their studies, one-on-one tutoring can be the lifeline they need to improve academically. We provide tutoring in reading/comprehension, writing/spelling, and study skills. Our tutors are literacy experts with the experience to provide a flexible, customized approach to tutoring that meets the unique needs of each student.

  • Speech-Language Therapy

    Some students have difficulty understanding language or putting words together to communicate. Speech-language therapy can help these students learn to express themselves more clearly and improve their comprehension skills. Therapy can also help students understand reading material or express themselves in writing. Speech-language pathologists at Groves also specialize in supporting students who have difficulty with executive functioning. Throughout intervention, they become more confident and less frustrated, especially in the academic setting. If your student has trouble with communication, comprehension, or writing, we can help. The Learning Center offers comprehensive speech-language assessments for children and young adults, along with individualized treatment plans and therapy. Our specialty areas include receptive and expressive language, articulation, reading comprehension, writing, and executive functioning.

  • Summer Programs

    Groves summer programs are a unique and intensive opportunity for students and families to enjoy a positive school experience where they will begin to build the skills they need to feel smart and capable in school, often for the first time. Our small class sizes, individualized instruction, and engaging curriculum help students gain confidence over the summer.

Meet the Learning Center Team

Bailey Decker
School Psychologist - MSEd, EdS, NCSP
School Psychologist B.S., University of Wisconsin-River Falls M.S.Ed, Ed.S., University of Wisconsin-Stout NCSP Bailey is a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) working in the Learning Center. She provides assessment services to both current Groves Academy school students and students from the community. She loves seeing students grow not only academically, but also personally. Bailey feels it is rewarding for all involved when students find success in things that they may not have before, they build confidence, learn to self-advocate, and develop a joy for Learning.
Jenn Ehalt
Licensed Clinical Psychologist - Psy.D., LP
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University B.A. in Psychology, University of Minnesota Jenn provides clinical assessment of learning and attention concerns as a member of The Learning Center's Diagnostics Team. After working as a therapist in college counseling for 8+ years, Jenn is excited to engage in full-time assessment as a way to help younger students proactively identify learning concerns, embrace their neurodiversity, and more readily access resources that will help them as they grow. Prior to working at Groves, Jenn was a full-time therapist in the Counseling Center at Gustavus Adolphus College for eight years. She worked with students experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, adjustment and identity concerns, grief and loss, and disordered eating. Jenn is a member of the Minnesota Psychological Association. Her Favorite Book is "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Jennifer Hall-Lande
Psychologist - Ph.D., LP
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/School Psychology; Minor in Child Psychology Master’s in Educational Psychology//School Psychology Bachelor’s in Special Education in Learning Disabilities Dr. Hall-Lande is a psychologist who certified as both a Clinical Psychologist and a School Psychologist. Dr. Hall-Lande started her career as a Special Education teacher for students with Learning Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Hall-Lande then went on to earn a Masters’ and Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus on educational psychology and child psychology. Since 2007, she has gained a wealth of experience working with children and young adults in a variety of settings and capacities such as leading special education assessment teams, teaching University courses, mentoring graduate students/interns and professional development seminars for local colleges and school districts, and completing comprehensive clinical evaluations. Dr. Hall-Lande also has clinical expertise in Developmental Delays and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Disabilities. In addition to working directly with children, families, and school personnel, Dr. Hall-Lande has significant research. She has presented her research work at local, national, and international conferences. Dr. Hall-Lande has additional research interests in early developmental delays, early identification of developmental delays, and learning and cognition. In 2016 she was selected to be CDC’s Act Early Ambassador to Minnesota promoting early developmental screening and early identification of developmental delays. She has authored and co-authored numerous academic manuscripts and has been a guest speaker on local radio shows such as Mom Enough.
Danielle Heyerdahl
Psychometrist - CSP
Danielle has been working as a psychometrist for 15 years and currently supports the diagnostic team at Groves Academy in conducting psychoeducational assessments. She earned her Certified Specialist in Psychometry (CSP) designation in 2015 and she is a member of the National Association of Psychometrists. She is fully trained to administer and score cognitive instruments and record behavioral observations under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. With a passion for working with children, Danielle started her professional career as a youth counselor, helping adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders in a residential treatment setting for two years. She then joined the Pediatric Neuropsychology Department at the University of Minnesota, where she worked for four years assessing children with complex medical and psychiatric diagnoses. She moved to Washington State for a year to work as a research technician for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She then returned to Minnesota to conduct neuropsychological evaluations with both children and adults at Hennepin County Medical Center, where she worked for over 9 years. She currently enjoys working with students referred through The Learning Center. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.
Alaa Houri
Psychologist - Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota B.S. in Child Psychology, University of Minnesota Alaa assesses and supports the academic and social, emotional, and behavioral development of children, adolescents, and adults as a member of the Learning Center's Diagnostics Team. Alaa is excited to help clients and their families advocate for their educational needs, and to identify strategies and supports needed to develop strong academic and social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Alaa is also passionate about identifying best practices in the prevention and early intervention of social, emotional, and behavioral functioning, with a focus on enhancing universal screening procedures. Alaa is a current member of the National Association of School Psychology and the Minnesota School Psychology Association. Alaa’s favorite children’s book is “Happy Hippo Angry Duck: A Book of Moods” by Sandra Boynton.
Laurie Kincade
Psychologist Intern
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato B.S., in Psychology, University of Minnesota Laurie assesses and supports the social, emotional, behavioral, academic, and psychological development of children, adolescents, and adults. She is passionate about helping clients and families advocate and find their voice in their lives and about bringing knowledge and services to communities and families who otherwise may not have access to such support. She is trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy. Laurie is a member of National Association of School Psychologists Member and of grassroots advocacy groups in the metro area that advocate for legislative changes related to education and mental health. Her favorite children's book is "The Rabbit Listened" by Cori Doerrfeld.
Nancy Knight
Psychologist - MEd, LP
Minnesota Licensed Psychologist Master of Education, Sam Houston State University B.A. in Special Education, Augustana College Nancy Knight has been working with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention disorders for more than thirty years; including twenty-five years in a medical setting conducting evaluations in pediatric departments. She has been a psychologist with The Learning Center at Groves Academy for more than two decades, providing diagnostic testing services to hundreds of students each year. Through her work, Ms. Knight provides psychoeducational assessments of children and adults and consultation services for parents and educators. Her professional career includes experience as a learning disabilities and special education teacher in school districts in Montana and Texas, and as an educational diagnostician in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district in Cypress, Texas. Ms. Knight is a graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where she earned a masters of education. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she majored in special education and elementary education.
Sarah Kupfer
Psychologist - Psy.D., LP
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University B.A. in Psychology, University of St. Thomas Sarah Kupfer is a Licensed Psychologist at Groves Learning Center where she provides assessments as a new member of the diagnostics team.  She's looking forward to helping students identify personal strengths and weaknesses related to their learning, as a way to identify interventions to build confidence and skill. Her favorite children's book is The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.
Meghan Miller
Speech-Language Pathologist, ADHD Certified Educator - M.S., CCC-SLP, ADHD-CE
ADHD-CE Speech-Language Pathologist, ADHD Certified Educator B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, St. Cloud State University Meghan has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2014. She is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health, certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and a Certified Educator for ADHD. Meghan started her career working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and, through that work, found an interest in literacy instruction. As the clinical lead of the speech-language department, Meghan conducts speech/language assessments, develops curriculum focused on executive functioning and writing, collaborates with classroom teachers, and provides one-on-one and small group therapy to support students in reaching their full potential. In addition to providing services to students, Meghan has presented at the national ASHA convention, University of North Dakota, and at Groves as part of the Community Workshop Series.
Jane Nilsen
Administrative Assistant LC & Admissions
Jeannie Parker
Speech-Language Pathologist, ADHD Certified Educator - M.S., CCC-SLP, ADHD-CE
B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Jeannie has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2016. She is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Education, certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and certified a Certified Educator for ADHD. Jeannie's professional career began in the public schools where she worked with middle school students. In 2018, Jeannie joined the Groves team to focus on helping children with learning disabilities and ADHD build confidence and improve their speech and language skills. Her day-to-day at Groves includes completing speech/language assessments, planning intervention, collaborating with teachers, conducting one-on-one/small group therapy, and teaching summer school courses. In addition to her speech and language work, Jeannie also serves students with executive functioning needs. Outside of work you may find Jeannie at the dog park with her dog Nova or playing the piano.
Marie Plourde
Summer Program Administrative Assistant
Clare Roney
Career Counselor
M.S.E. in School Counseling, University of Wisconsin-River Falls B.A. in Political Science, Creighton University Clare has been working as a school counselor for eleven years. She started her career teaching in the classroom and helped students stay in school by finding their passions and connected those passions to careers. Clare moved to South America where she spent a year as an elementary school counselor. When she returned to Minnesota she was a secondary counselor for five years before joining the Groves Academy Post-Secondary program. While at Groves Academy, Clare developed a Career Exploration program designed to help young adults find their interests, passions, and skills and connect those to potential future careers.
Catherine Ruekert
Speech Language Pathologist - M.S., CF-SLP
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, Rush University B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison Catherine diagnoses and treats Groves Academy students with speech and language difficulties, including executive functioning deficits. She’s passionate about serving students and families who experience learning differences and empowering each person to achieve their highest potential. She has a special interest in literacy-based language approaches and classroom collaboration to shape student's skills and passions around language and learning. Catherine is an American Speech-Language Hearing Association member. Her favorite book is the first book she read by herself, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle.
Kristina Schatz
Tutor and Summer Program Manager
Ethan Schwehr
Psychologist - PhD, LP, NCSP
Minnesota Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. in School Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Psy.S. in School Psychology, Minnesota State University-Moorhead B.S. in Child Psychology, University of Minnesota Dr. Schwehr is a psychologist who is dually licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Minnesota Department of Education. He is also a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). Dr. Schwehr started as a school psychologist in southern Minnesota before pursuing his doctorate degree. Since 2010, he has gained experience working with children and young adults in a variety of settings and capacities such as providing therapeutic services in outpatient clinics, conducting neuropsychological evaluations at the Medical College of Wisconsin, teaching courses and professional development seminars for local colleges and school districts, and completing comprehensive evaluations for adolescent boys in residential care. Dr. Schwehr has worked for multiple school districts in Minnesota and Illinois where he guided them through comprehensive evaluations, applications of Response to Intervention (RTI), and special education law. In addition to working directly with children, families, and school personnel, Dr. Schwehr has presented research at regional and international conferences. Dr. Schwehr has research interests in dyslexia, learning disorders, utilizing systems-level intervention strategies, the effects of children's identified disabilities, and providing professional development that promotes efficacy and knowledge. He completed an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited internship in rural Illinois in 2014 and post-doctoral supervision in 2015.
Nancy Segreti
Director of The Learning Center
Nancy Segreti is the organization’s first dedicated director of The Learning Center, which serves students in the community who do not attend the school, but benefit from the expertise of the Groves staff through diagnostic testing, tutoring, assistive technology training, career and postsecondary coaching, summer school, and other services. Nancy relocated to the Twin Cities from Washington D.C. where she was the Center Director for the Lindamood-Bell Learning Center. She is originally from Edina, Minnesota and a graduate of St. Olaf College.
Meagen Sundstrom
Office Manager
B.S. in Finance from Minnesota State University, Mankato Meagen worked for 15 years in the Business Office at Groves Academy. She is currently the Office Manager at The Learning Center handling client care, scheduling, and payments.
Erica Sutton
Learning Center Admissions Coordinator


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