How We Began
Our story begins with the founder, Margaret, who began working with special education while still attending Thomas Aquinas College. She really enjoyed the work and loved watching the students begin to love discovery and learning. After working with students in a clinical environment, she saw the need to create a comfortable, safe environment for students. The environment of learning is very important, because it affects how the students psychologically approach learning. Creating an atmosphere that is within the comfort of students’ homes, in a non-clinical setting, is crucially important to relaxing the students so that they don’t feel like they are under scrutiny; it helps open up the path to learning. It is a safe environment, because the families will know who their specialist will be, what environment the students will be exposed to and the content of the classes. It was important to create this learning setting for students whose families wanted a safe and effective remediation therapy program.
The teachers at Secret Garden Educational Pathways are specialists in their field. They are trained and hold teacher certificates in research-based methods and curricula to give you the professional help you need.
The primary specialist and founder is Margaret Walsh. Margaret graduated with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College. She was trained and worked at Lindamood Bell Learning Processes during her summers between college. She pursued further specialized training and education with Equipping Minds and is a certified instructor of the Equipping Minds therapy program. More recently she completed a M.S. in Special Education and works constantly to provide the best help possible. She is a kind and understanding teacher, while at the same time encouraging high standards, and loves to have fun with and see her students succeed.
Greta McCann, one of our core teachers, is working on her Bachelor’s in History and Theology at Benedictine. Having been trained in Lindamood Bell Learning Processes and Equipping Minds, she is currently working on becoming certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling system. She understands the difficulties encountered with learning disabilities and the importance of patience and positive reinforcement when overcoming them. Greta is an optimistic teacher whose role is to see every student succeed.