"Know Your Madisonian" honors Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison tutor, John Mathis.
Robbie G. speaking at the 2016 NFL Alumni Association kick-off banquet.
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The Children’s Dyslexia Center - Madison is pleased to announce that one of its tutors, John Mathis, has received the Tutor of the Year Award from Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
John will receive the Award at the STRONG INSIDE: A Celebration of Literacy luncheon on Monday April 11, 2016, to be held at Monona Terrace in Madison. Through his strong commitment to learners, John has made a significant contribution to Children’s Dyslexia Center – Madison.
John was a professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for 36 years. In retirement John completed a year of Orton-Gillingham training at the Dyslexia Center from 2009-2010 in order to become a volunteer tutor.
Dyslexia is a specific neurologically-based learning, spelling, and reading disorder that affects 17% of all Americans. Thanks to the generous support of the Masons and the Madison community, The Children’s Dyslexia Center - Madison provides quality, one-to-one, personalized Orton-Gillingham tutoring for children with dyslexia, free of charge. It is the only such service in South-Central Wisconsin. John received his certificate in 2010 from the Center’s accredited program and has faithfully tutored a full case load of students, at his insistence, every Monday and Wednesday evening since then. As a volunteer, John has given over 1,500 hours of one-to-one tutoring sessions, and double that in volunteered time to write individual lesson plans, meet with parents and document student progress. He takes great interest in his students and strives to help them understand the concepts of the English language that are the foundation of the Center’s teaching. John is 85 years young and has been a remarkable volunteer tutor for the cause of literacy.
Our very own, recently-graduated, Lauryn Radke spoke to over 400 retired NFL players and donors at the NFL Alumni banquet at the Concourse Hotel on July 26, 2015, and she did a marvelous job. She is shown above with Bob Landsee, NFL Alumni Madison Chapter Board Chair. Nineteen representatives from the Children's Dyslexia Center- Madison were present to enjoy the lovely evening. Again, thank you everyone for your help to make this a successful fundraiser for our Center!
Above: Reps from the Children's Dyslexia Center - Madison paid a visit to Madison Community Foundation offices to present a certificate of appreciation for recent support for their $20,000 grant to expand our current facility and launch a pilot partnership with local schools to train classroom teachers in the research-based, Orton-Gillingham method of phonics instruction. This grant was from their Community Impact grantmaking program.
Pictured are L-R: Bill Johnson, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for the Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison, MCF VP of Community Impact Tom Linfield, Dr. A.D. Anderson, CDC-Madison board member and passionate advocate for dyslexia treatment (and an MCF fundholder), and MCF Stewardship Director Darcy Kobinsky.
Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of our new classrooms was held January 14, 2016. We were pleased to acknowledge our generous donors that evening and again say, "Thank You" to:
Madison Community Foundation
Irwin & Robert D. Goodman Foundation
Jeanne & Joe Silverberg
Finnian, 2018 Center graduate (top), and Casey (bottom), mother of Kennedy who also graduated in the 2018 class, share their stories at the May 1, 2018 Celebration of Success.
Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison's Executive Director, Kelly Kuenzie received an award in August 2016 from Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin (GHC). This award recognizes Kelly as a "GHC Champion" and is well-deserved, as anyone who has worked with Kelly knows. Congratulations, Kelly, for being recognized for your hard work and dedication to the Center. Pictured here from the left are Deb L., Kelly Kuenzie, and Logan L.
In July 2016 the Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison was again a highlight at the NFL Alumni Association-Madison Chapter's kick-off banquet.
On Sunday, July 31, 2016, Robbie G., a center student, did an excellent job sharing his personal experiences of before and after receiving tutoring at the Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison. A dozen representatives of the center were there to support Robbie, his family, and the center. The NFL Alumni Association-Madison Chapter has been a loyal sponsor of our center for nearly a decade.
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Past Celebrations of Success
Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin Honors Kelly Kuenzie, Center Director
Kelly Kuenzie, Center Director, and Robbie's father Matt at the banquet.
Lauryn Radke, CDC-M speaker at the NFL Alumni banquet on July 26, 2015, with
Bob Landsee, NFL Alumni Madison Chapter Board Chair
Celebration of Success, May 6, 2014, held at the Madison Masonic Center, Madison Wisconsin.
Joe Whitt, Jr. cornerbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers, knows about persistence both on and off the field, having struggled with dyslexia his entire life. He shared words of praise and encouragement for the graduating students, their parents and supporters at the Celebration of Achievement on May 6th. Whitt gave some sage advice that reflected his coaching prowess when he pointed out that each of us is given the same 24 hours every day to do with as we choose -- advising that we can, and should, choose to be our very best every day.
Madison4Kids awarded two $500 scholarships during this fun event at a UW Badger basketball game on January 15, 2015. Representing the Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison was Nate W. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was also represented at the event by Will H.
For the Dress Like A Badger contest both Nate and Will had to dribble across the court while wearing oversized basketball uniforms. Nate won! And both Nate and Will were awarded the prize which was a $500 scholarship AND an Bo Ryan autographed basketball!
The Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison thanks Madison4Kids for these gifts that will help open up the world to both these kids and offer them more choices in their future.
Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison Tutor
Wins Wisconsin Literacy Award
In April, 2014, Kimberly Chan, a tutor at the Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison (CDC-M) was awarded honorary mention as Tutor of the Year by the Wisconsin Literacy Organization. Winning one of only two awards presented was an honor to both Kim and the CDC-M.
(Pictured below are Kim Chan, her parents Edith and Keith, as well as Ann Malone, CDC-M Executive Director and Kelly Kuenzie, CDC-M Associate Director.)