Karen Martin, M.A., Clinical Psychology
Karen Martin is the director for both the Learning Partners Program and the Office of Disabilities Services at Louisburg College. Martin began working part-time with Learning Services as an intern in January 2003, while also working as a disabilities coordinator intern with Peace College. From August 2003 to May 2008, Martin was employed as a full-time learning specialist in the Learning Partners program, where she specialized in coaching students with AD/HD on organization, time management, and self-determination skills. Additionally, Martin is interested in the relationship between psycho-educational testing and intervention strategy. Her past experiences as both a student and a financial aid counselor at Louisburg College give her a unique perspective.
Martin received her A.A. degree at Louisburg College, her B.A. in psychology from Peace College, and her M.A. in clinical psychology from North Carolina Central University, summa cum laude. As part of the practicum requirement for her master’s degree, Martin completed 750 hours at Whitaker School in Butner, NC, doing psychotherapy and psychological testing for troubled youth. Her master’s thesis focused on college students with learning disabilities and AD/HD, SAT scores, and the influence of academic supports on student outcome.
Kaye Yadusky, M.A.
Kaye Yadusky serves as both a learning specialist and as Coordinator of Development and Student Programming for the Learning Partners Program. Yadusky accepted a full-time position in Learning Services in January 2006. She specializes in reading and written language, but is also experienced with coaching students in Science, Math, and the Humanities. In recognition of the importance of relationship to learning, Yadusky has established several programs to build community and create more opportunities for students to feel enthusiastic about learning independently and collaboratively.
Yadusky received her B.A. in English from Campbell University, and her M.A. in English from the University of Maine, and has completed a number of graduate courses in Education and Ethics. She has taught college English courses for over twenty years and is skilled in assisting diverse learners to better comprehend essential writing and reading comprehension elements. Her career-long focus on conferencing with students as an essential element of instruction enables her to identify each student's unique set of strengths and offer strategies to further develop them as they work toward their academic and career goals.
Jane Middleton, Ph.D.
Jane Middleton serves as a Learning Specialist with 40 years experience in education as a teacher, supervisor, administrator, director, consultant, college faculty member and private tutor. She received her B.A. in psychology, and M.Ed. in special education from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon retiring from public education, Jane earned her Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Georgia in 2009. She has been inducted into several honor societies including Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Upsilon Alpha (past chapter president), Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. She was named Teacher of the Year for John Rolfe Middle School in Henrico County, VA in 1998.
Jane has enjoyed many opportunities for further development particularly in the use of technologies to enhance learning and promote independence. In 1995 she was named Virginia's Technology Teacher of the Year by Microsoft Corporation and Technology and Learning magazine. She has collaborated with the Center for Applied Special Technology (www.cast.org) and participated in their National Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Consortium. Other areas of special focus include studies of highly successful dyslexics, optimal practices in teaching and learning, and key elements in interpersonal relationships found to facilitate learning.
Jessica Anest, B.A.
Jessica Anest serves as the administrative assistant for the Learning Partners Program and the Office of Learning Support and Disability Services (OLSDS). Anest accepted a position at Louisburg College in June 2011. She manages reception and telephone inquiries, coordinates mailings, maintains student files, and offers the Director and Learning Specialists any support necessary for the OLSDS to run efficiently.
In May of 2010, Anest graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama, magna cum laude. She also completed the Honors program at her university, and was an officer in the National English Honor Society.
Nicole Capps, M.Ed.
Nicole Capps has served as a Learning Specialist for the Learning Partners Program since August 2011. Capps worked part-time during the 2011-12 school year, but with the growth of the program, she accepted a full-time position with the Learning Partners program beginning in the fall of 2012. She has experience working with students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, coaching them both academically and socially, and she has adapted these skills in her work as a learning specialist serving college students with Learning Disabilities and AD/HD. Nicole received both her B.A. in Sport Management and M.Ed. in School Counseling from Liberty University. Since then she has gained experience in the public school setting where she worked in multiple special education programs. Nicole hopes to continue serving diverse learners at Louisburg College through coaching, individualized instruction, and assistive technology.