My name is Kate Novak and I am an Educational Therapist. I have had a private practice for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I now provide learning support for students in New Orleans. I believe in partnering with children, teens, and young adults so they feel relaxed and understood, helping to unlock whatever struggles may be holding them back. I educate students about their strengths and give them strategies for their challenges and, while I am first and foremost an advocate for my students and their families, I approach teachers with respect and warmth.
I have been in the field of education working with children, teens, and adults for over nineteen years. I was inspired to choose Educational Therapy as a career when my son was identified as dyslexic. My own struggles as a young student have provided me with empathy and compassion in addressing a student's critical needs. The right kind of support for a child can be life-changing.
I specialize in working with students kindergarten through adulthood. The Holy Names Educational Therapy Graduate Program provided me with training in assessment, intervention, and remediation for people with mild to moderate learning disabilities. In addition, I design individual plans focusing on a student's strengths and areas in need of growth.
I use a variety of assessments, materials, and assistive technology in my practice. My training includes multisensory methodologies such as Orton-Gillingham (for dyslexia), Wilson Reading System, the Barton Reading System, Making Math Real, Handwriting Without Tears, Read Naturally and SIMS. I regularly attend conferences that continue to develop a deep interest in how people learn. I am specifically interested in new research about dyslexia and executive function challenges.