Aquinas Center for Learning

Mater Dei Catholic Offering More Options for Students with Special Learning Needs

The Aquinas Center for Learning (“Aquinas Center”) provides accommodations for students with learning disabilities. It is designed to promote academic inclusion of the MDCHS curriculum.

Cultivating a support network between families, teachers, and our program, we strive to nurture each student’s unique gifts while developing strong study skill habits, such as self-advocacy, effective communication, time-management, organization and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, and Timely) goal coaching. Enrolled students are offered study skills courses and tutoring, which allows for individualized re-teaching, revision, and strategy implementation for students with disabilities. In addition, we create individualized, appropriate accommodations crafted to support and enrich their education.

The Aquinas Learning Center helps students enhance their strategies for independence and learning, while teaching life skills. Students who have an IEP, 504 plan or any documented learning disability that interferes with his or her ability to learn in a general education classroom will qualify for the extra support, either through specific classes, extended time on assessments, or both. The program has two credentialed and experienced teachers working with students at all grade levels.

Brooke Abram grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio and received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from The Ohio State University.

After teaching for six years, she joined the faculty at Mater Dei Catholic High School to share her gifts in the English department teaching World Fiction as well as teaching at the Aquinas Learning Center. She finds her work with students extremely rewarding because she understands how to connect with them and is encouraged to see them grow and reach their academic goals.

Denise Lepard is a Navy veteran and comes to Mater Dei Catholic High School with a B.A. in Music, Masters in Education, and Special Education Clear Credential from San Diego State University. An educator of 12 years, Ms. Lepard has been working at MDCHS since 2019 as a Math teacher and teacher in the Aquinas Learning Center.