GMLC Hibbing Tutoring 1


Great Minds Learning Center has recently opened a new office in Hibbing’s Howard Court.

“We began working with a handful of students in Hibbing in 2012. Our tutors worked from tote bags, meeting at the library,” said Marianne Jylha, executive director of Great Minds Learning Center (GMLC). “While the work space was nice, there were many frustrations with scheduling due to holidays and unexpected closures.”

“I am thrilled to have a home for our Hibbing tutors and students. They have done so well making do with what they had,” Jylha said. “Now they have access to private workstations, educational games, books and and other teaching resources.  The Howard Court Management has been wonderful and generous in lending furniture and providing signage. We are grateful to Hibbing for the warm welcome!”

Great Minds Learning Center is a non-profit organization that offers specialized individual instruction in reading, spelling, writing and math.  Jylha founded Great Minds in 2011 in Grand Rapids after seeing how the Barton Reading System was able to help her own daughter, who has dyslexia.

Since then, Great Minds Learning Center has served more than 200 students within a 60 mile-radius of Grand Rapids.  In addition to the new Hibbing office, GMLC recently moved to a new larger location in Grand Rapids to accommodate its rapid growth.

“We really appreciate the work Marianne [Jylha] has done with Great Minds Learning Center,“ said Linnea Walli, a parent of two boys who have received tutoring at GMLC. “She started something to support her own child, but then took it a step further to help other children.  Her passion is awesome to see. She really does want the best for all these kids.”

Walli said she saw such a positive transformation in her oldest boy Rex, that she didn’t hesitate to return to Great Minds Learning Center when his younger brother Mac needed help.

“Rex can read so well now, that teachers sometimes forget he has dyslexia,” said Walli. “He’s on a normal playing field now.  The help he received gives him the tools to have the confidence to be a strong reader. The school has been really great in supporting our kids, but I know we would not be where we are at without the tutoring at Great Minds.”  

Mac has been at Great Minds Learning Center since last summer, and is also making progress.

“We’re still getting there,” said Walli. “But I recently saw some reading scores that show he’s made huge leaps from the beginning of the year.”

Walli said Great Minds Learning Center is a good place for struggling learners looking for an alternative way of learning.

“We knew our kids are super smart, they just learn things differently. We knew we had to figure out how we get those reading skills where everything else is at,” Walli said.  “The Barton System is a whole new approach to reading and is a great way for any student to learn - not just those with dyslexia. So many kids could benefit from learning this way.”

The Hibbing office, which is located at 302 East Howard Street, currently has four part-time tutors helping students develop their reading and math skills.  Great Minds Learning Center offers scholarships in the form of discounted tuition to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“We believe everyone should have access to the help they need,” said Jylha. “We’re excited to be able to reach so many struggling learners.”

Visit www.gmlc.co to get help today!  You can also sign up for helpful emails, make a donation and learn about becoming a Great Minds tutor!