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The Mother Seton Learning Center

It’s important to us to help all students achieve learning success. The Mother Seton Learning Center is an instructional program that provides academic, social and consultative support. The student assistance process centers around a core team of trained educators (teachers, a student support advisor and the resource coordinator). The Learning Center team meets with administration on a regular basis to monitor student progress and address ongoing needs.

This group works together to identify students who require instructional support, assess those students' instructional needs, and then respond in a coordinated effort using academic support strategies and scientifically proven intervention programs.

True to the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's first school in Emmitsburg, Mother Seton School operates and serves students through the Mother Seton Learning Center at no additional cost to families.

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Learning Center Staff

Ann Beirne, Director

  • B.A. Elementary Education and Social Sciences, University of Rhode Island
  • M.S. Counseling Education, Western Maryland College
  • Additional coursework in Differentiated Education, Reading, Writing Instruction completed at Trinity College and Maryland State Dept. of Education
  • Maryland Certification (Advanced): Grades 1-8, Reading, Guidance Counseling
  • 30 years of teaching experience, including elementary grades 3-5 and Middle School English

Brenda Hackley, Assistant

  • B.A. Cum Laude Elementary Education, Loyola College of Maryland
  • 90-Hour Certificate in Childcare
  • 22 years teaching experience in Archdiocese of Baltimore, including Computer and Middle School Math and Social Studies

Sister Patricia Dunne, D.C., Student Support Services

  • B.A. Mathematics, Marillac College, St. Louis, MO
  • MSW, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • ACSW Member
  • 10 years of counseling at Catholic Charities, Nashville, TN

Sister Margaret Ann Wooden, D.C., Primary Grade Learning Support

  • B.A. Early Childhood Education, Trinity, Washington, D.C.
  • M.S. Reading, University of Dayton, Ohio
  • Reading Specialist Certified
  • Certified teacher grades K-3

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Mother Seton Learning Center is to provide academic support, direct intervention, and guidance for children Pre-K through 8th Grade, The Mother Seton Learning Center will foster consultative support services through professional learning communities.

Learning Center Goals

  • Identify students who are experiencing academic and/or behavior difficulties which pose a barrier to learning success.
  • Provide assistance and intervention as a result of early identification.
  • Provide targeted instructional assistance to students and teachers to support and enhance the school curriculum including the differentiated teaching model.
  • Offer instructional support and accommodations to those who have Student Service Plans.
  • Communicate with teachers regarding student progress.
  • Make student referrals to appropriate educational agencies, if extended support is needed.
  • Provide guidance lessons to address grade level needs.
  • Provide and utilize materials to accelerate learning.

Who Can Attend

Students experiencing certain barriers to learning success are eligible for assistance from the Mother Seton Learning Center.

  • Reading, math, written language difficulties
  • Speech impairments
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention difficulties
  • Medical concerns
  • Family concerns
  • Social/emotional concerns
  • Students whose learning skills far exceed grade level norms are also eligible for assistance from the Mother Seton Learning Center.

Referral Process

  • Referrals can be made to the Learning Center by teachers, parents, students, and administrators.
  • Referrals are reviewed and an Action Plan will be implemented through a team process.
  • All interventions are recorded and are kept confidential.

Projected Outcomes

  • Students receiving intervention will show improvements on grade level assessments.
  • Students will score commensurate with their ability on the SAT test.
  • Students will show improvement on school based literacy assessments.

Quality, Catholic Education for Pre-K Through Grade 8  |  Near Frederick, MD