ELLSWORTH — A suite of rooms in the Luchini Building on Main Street is the home of a new educational option for Ellsworth-area students. Small group classes and one-on-one tutoring in person and online are offered for those in grades 2 to 12.
“I always wanted to open a school,” said Becky Boudreau, a longtime teacher with certifications in English, English as a Second Language and for grades 5 through 12. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in education.
Boudreau adapts her program and curriculum to her students, and also builds curriculums for home-schooled students, who may also attend classes or tutoring sessions, or just do a “check-in.” Her curriculums align with state requirements “and go further,” she said.
But it is the community aspect that Boudreau hopes to bring to Learning for Success.
“Relationships are important,” she said. “I’m not just their teacher. I care about [them]. [They] are my students and I want [them] in my life.”
Her program is aimed at students who may be educationally at risk, seek enrichment, want to supplement home school learning or feel uneasy in larger groups.
“The student who feels they can’t contribute to a large group but laying on the floor or the futon talking about Shakespeare — it doesn’t have to be in a stuffy classroom,” Boudreau said. “We live in a culture where kids get taught to sit there and do what they’re told and get the grade.”
She wants her students to ask questions and be free to share ideas and tailors learning to where their passions lie.
“I have two third-graders now who love the military,” Boudreau said. So, she connected them with her daughter’s Marine Corps boyfriend, who exchanges photos and videos with them. “It’s important for me to foster that interest. I think we have to be open to what they want and need.”
Boudreau plans to bring more teachers on board as needed. She already has a special education teacher with a specialty in dyslexia set for fall, and Boudreau also has experience working with special education needs like ADHD.
Born in Ellsworth, Boudreau graduated from the University of Maine at Machias and received her master’s degree at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. Her philosophy of education?
“I always fall back on a [Theodore] Roosevelt quote,” she said: “‘They don’t care what you know until they know that you care.’ I think that’s very telling of me as a teacher.”
Contact Boudreau at [email protected] or through learningforsuccess.net.