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520 NW 1st Ave, Grand Rapids MN 55744

Phone: (218) 999-5525  E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.gmlc.co

ATTENDANCE & PAYMENT POLICIES

Setting up your schedule:  

  • All sessions are scheduled in advance.  You will be assigned a day(s) and time(s) that will be held for you each week.

  • You will receive a schedule confirmation by email a week before a new month begins.  Please review this schedule and alert us to any changes you need to make before the 1st of the following month.  Check your calendar for vacations, summer camps, appointments, field trips, school programs, games, etc.

  • If your tutor cancels a tutoring session it will appear on your schedule confirmation and invoice as “canceled” Mark your calendar so that you don’t come in when your tutor won’t be here.

We will be open:

  • Days that there is no school due to teacher workshops, etc.

  • During the summer months

We will be closed:

Major holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and all of Christmas vacation.

Payment for sessions must be made in advance:

  1. Invoices are emailed out at the end of each month for the following month.

  2. Payments are due the 5th of each month.

  3. Payment options:

    1. Pay online through the link on your invoice.

    2. Pay online through our website: https://gmlc.webpayments.co/

    3. Pay in person by cash or check.  Hand payment to the office assistant or place in the Dropbox on the office west wall.

    4. Pay by credit card at our office.

Late payment policy:

  1. Failure to pay your balance in full by the 10th of the month will result in a $20 late fee applied to your account.

  2. If full payment is not made by the 15th of the month, you will be removed from the schedule. You will still be required to pay your outstanding balance.  

Missed sessions:  

  • School Closings: When Grand Rapids school district is closed due to inclement weather or emergency we will also be closed and you will receive a credit to your account.

  • Tutor cancellation: In the event that a tutor is unexpectedly unable to attend a session, we will make every effort to notify you of the cancellation. You will receive a credit for the cancelled session.

  • Student cancellation: If you must miss a session, please notify your tutor as soon as possible. While we appreciate notification that you will miss your scheduled session,a missed lesson is a forfeiture of the lesson. No refunds, credits, or make-up lessons will be granted for any reason.  

  • Late: You will be billed for the full scheduled time.

  • No-Show: You will be billed for the full scheduled time.

 

No exceptions will be made.

 

Regular attendance is critical to student success.  Students who miss lessons often struggle more and take longer to reach their goals. Sustainability of programming and staff retention is also dependent upon consistent student attendance and timely payment.

 

Policy updated 10/01//2017

Reading Tutor

Excellent job opportunity for the right person!

Wage: Depends upon experience

Hours: 20 hours per week

Schedule: Monday-Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm September through May; flexible summer hours.

Duties: Teach fundamental reading, spelling and writing skills following scripted lessons in a highly structured progression. 

Requirements: Tutors must pass a simple auditory screening and a background check. Experience in education preferred.  Tutors will receive thorough training and ongoing support. 


To Apply: Email letter of interest and summary of work experience and educational background to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Reading Tutor

Excellent job opportunity for the right person!

Wage: Depends upon experience

Hours: 2 to 10 hours per week

Schedule: Monday-Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm September through May; flexible summer hours.

Duties: Teach fundamental reading, spelling and writing skills following scripted lessons in a highly structured progression. 

Requirements: Tutors must pass a simple auditory screening and a background check. Experience in education preferred.  Tutors will receive thorough training and ongoing support. 


To Apply: Email letter of interest and summary of work experience and educational background to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Math Tutor

Excellent job opportunity for the right person!

Wage: Depends upon experience

Hours: 2 to 10 hours per week

Schedule: Monday-Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm September through May; flexible summer hours.

Duties: Teach basic math skills to students in both one-on-one and group settings.


To Apply: Email letter of interest and summary of work experience and educational background to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

At Great Minds Learning Center, we help children and adults develop effective reading, writing, and math skills necessary to accomplish their educational and personal goals. 

But don't the schools do that? 

Yes and no. While our schools do an excellent job educating typical learners, students with learning disabilities like dyslexia often slip through the cracks.  A child who is behind in reading has to progress at a rate that significantly exceeds the norm.  This task is especially difficult for struggling students who share their teacher's attention with 25+ other students. 

We can help students by providing specialized, individual instruction in language and math. Our caring teachers follow proven instructional methods that are specifically tailored to students with learning disabilities. In fact, many of our students have seen a 40 to 50 percent increase in their reading skills as a result of our instruction. 

Your support of Great Minds Learning Center allows us to help students reach their academic goals and become successful, productive members of our community.  

Why do you need my help? Doesn't insurance cover the cost of tutoring? 

No.  Currently, health insurance does not cover the cost of our services. As a nonprofit organization, we strive to keep our overhead costs low and rely on donations from people just like you to keep our rates low.  We want to be able to help all struggling students regardless of their economic status. 

Why should I support Great Minds Learning Center?

Your donation is tax-deductible and you'll feel good knowing you are making a difference in students' lives.  We've helped more than 100 students improve their reading and math skills and with your help, we can reach even more. It's also really easy to support us. (We're very appreciative!) 

 

Have more questions?  

Please contact us!  We'd be happy to answer all your questions.

Homework struggles. Children who don’t want to go to school.  Teachers reporting that your child is behind in reading.

If you’ve dealt with these issues, it’s possible your child has trouble reading.

Studies show that as many in one in 5 people have difficulty reading. 

But could it be dyslexia?

Dyslexia is primarily associated with trouble reading, but it can also affect writing, spelling, speaking and math.

Just a few common warning signs of dyslexia:

  • Trouble memorizing address, phone number or the alphabet
  • A close relative with dyslexia
  • Inconsistent performance on school work
  • Letter and number reversals
  • Slow, choppy, and inaccurate reading
  • Skips or misreads simple words and word endings
  • Terrible spelling
  • Difficulty reading and spelling irregular sight words (does, said, off…)
  • Trouble memorizing math facts
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes

The best way to help someone with reading difficulties is through effective, systematic, multi-sensory instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. 

We help students with reading difficulties every day through a variety of services.  

The important work we do at Great Minds Learning Center could not be done without the generous support from the following people and businesses:

 

Champions (Donations of $500+)

Blandin Foundation

Communications Workers of America, Local 7202

Dollar General

Lake Country Power

Minnesota Power Foundation

Super One Foods

Bessie Bain

Terry & Margaret Matteson

Wayne and Verna Ford

Chris and Jill Somero

Mary "The Kayak Lady" Shideler

Cecilia Voight

 

Super Heroes (Donations of $100 —$499)

Mark & Judy Anderson

John & Josie Axelson

Jean Beauduy

Judy Doughty

Melissa Fairchild

Katie Hopkins

Jerry & Joanie Isaacs

Michael & Mary Ives

Dr. Lee Jess

Phil & Julie Johnson

Jim & Arlene Kauppila

Michael & Susan Lahti

Mike & Nicky LaValley

Abby Liubakka

Dave & Meegan Schaeffer

Amazon Smile Foundation

Fraternal Order of Eagles, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation

IRC Electric (Steve & Gina Oberstar)

Iron Range Plumbing and Heating

Paul Bunyan Communications

 

 

Heroes (up to $99)

Bruce & Linda Anderson/Grand Rapids Tire

Diane Bradt

Becca & Paul Colby

Kindal & Susan Cook

Matt & Nikki Ford

Kari Gordon

Jo Ann & Norman Heikkila

Steven & Kim Wikstrom Heikkila

John & April Hepokoski

Carrie Hepokoski

Sandra Hepokoski

Mindy & Ralland Hess

Katie Hopkins

Keith & Karin Isaacs

Linda Janson

Julianne & Robbie Johnson

 Nena Johnson

Kalin & Liz Kauppila

Dale & Loretta Kemp

Lorraine Kemp

Luther & Stephanie Kemp

Angela Lakanen

Lola Lindberg

Anna Mattson

Jenny McClure

Pamela Moos

Grant & Elizabeth Nettleton

Jason & Marsha Olson

Lisa Prusi

Rod & Nancy Prusi

William Prusi

Marilynne Rassier

Mark Riehle

Jakob & Jessica Rikkola

Jason & Kari Ritter

Richard & Susan Rohloff

Hillary Ropponen

Matt & Kathleen Ropponen 

Chloe Rosten

Jerome & Kathleen Rosten

Maiya Salmela

Melissa Salmela

Debra Showen

Susan Sixberry

Ashly Sokolosi

Amy Takkunen

Loren & Alicia Wikstrom

Catherine Wikstrom  

Jodi Wood

Absolute PCA, LLC

Bonner Eye Clinic

Anonymous

 

Friends of Great Minds (In-Kind Support)

These kind folks have donated their time and/or supplies to Great Minds Learning Center:

Lars Anderson

Linda Anderson

Rachel Arlt

Sam Arlt

Gretchen Bensen

Aaron & Christina Brown

Angie Clafton

Mark Fairchild

Verna & Wayne Ford

Chris Hamilton

Suzy Hepokoski

Brenna Holmstrom

Bret Holmstrom

Clara Holmstrom

Katie Hopkins

Al Jylha

Luther Kemp

Lauren Larson

Ryker Larson

Tammy Mattonen

Kasey McCarroll

Lindsay McCartney

Trent Nygaard

Beth Riendeau

Sara Riendeau

Jason Ritter

Kari Ritter

Kathy Ropponen

Ian Salmela

Janna Salmela

Mathias & Andrea Salmela

Eva Salmela

Olivia Salmela

CJ Shackleton

Jennifer Skaar

Carmen Sovada

Trent Weston

Brenda Williams

Samantha Williams

Carolyn Yoki

Will Yoki

 

Thanks to our supporters we are able to help students become better learners. 

You can help, too!

Please donate now!