A teacher’s lifelong desire to help students led to 50 years in the teaching profession and the creation of a learning center located in Pipe.
Patricia Tyunaitis served as a middle school math teacher at New Holstein Elementary School for 27 years before retiring in 1999 and opening Miss T’s Learning Center. “I began my teaching career 50 years ago in Johnsburg Wisconsin. I have gone to Campbellsport and Whitefish Bay and then returned to the Holy Land.”
“When I was teaching at New Holstein I found that students were being tutored and it was a waste of money since the students were not helped,” she added. “I decided to open a Learning Center when I retired to provide a service to help more students find success.”
The goal of her center is to tutor and help students find success in school. “I use brain based teaching and training to help students,” Tyunaitis explained. “Brain based teaching is understanding how the brain processes information and looking at a student to see what part of his or her brain needs more development and then providing the activity that will enhance that part of the brain. The brain likes variety so taking notes should be done in color with definitions in one color and illustration in another color. When everything is in black and white the brain does not pay attention to the information and won’t retain it.”
Training the brain
“I tutor and train the brain how to learn. If students are having problems I will help them with their school work,” she said. According to Tyunaitis, her brain training program trains the brain on how to retain knowledge. “I also help students prepare for the ACT or SAT tests. Those who I have worked with and cooperate and try have improved several points.” Tyunaitis also enjoys helping college students understand math or any subject they are having problems with.
“Miss T’s Learning Center aims to guide students to become successful and happy when learning,” Tyunaitis said.
Tyunaitis is proud of her 50 years in the teaching profession and estimates she has helped 250 students in her learning center. “Depending on the year, I might have from 5 to 20 students at a time,” Tyunaitis said.
Offering one on one tutoring for all ages, Tyunaitis will help students with any subject. “I care about the success of my students,” she said. “They are not just clients, but special people.”
Joy in their successes
Tyunaitis enjoys watching students find success and enjoy school. “I had a girl failing in school come to my learning center and she graduated the top of her class,” Tyunaitis said.
Finding the right combination to open her students to learning can be challenging, but it’s a challenge Tyunaitis works to overcome.
“The most important service I have to offer is the brain training,” she said. “If you know how the brain retains knowledge you have your problems solved. The brain can work on math only for three hours at a time. Keeping this in mind will help find success by struggling students. Helping the students learn how to focus is also a big issue.”
Currently a full time teacher at Lakeshore Technical College, Tyunaitis graduated high school from St. Joseph’s in Kenosha and completed her undergraduate work at Alverno College in Milwaukee and her master’s degree was received from Webster University in St. Louis. “I have begun work on my P. H. D.,” she said. Tyunaitis has received the Presidential Award for excellence in teaching and the Wisconsin Math Educator Award.
“I help teachers obtain credits for re-certification and I have several classes for teachers in this position during the year,” Tyunaitis said.
Tyunaitis finds most students seeking her help for reading, but will work with any subject and any age student from Pre K to adults spending about an hour of one on one time with each student. Special education students are also welcome at the center.
Tyunaitis is proud to have worked in education for so many years and is thrilled when she sees former students bring their children to her for help. “Some indicated that they would not have completed high school if it wasn’t for my help,” she added.
In addition to the learning center, Tyunaitis also runs a poodle rescue with 25 dogs currently in her care. Students that wish to can choose a dog to accompany them in the learning center classroom for their tutoring sessions. “The dogs relax them helping them learn,” Tyunaitis said. “The dogs are great for therapy.”
Tyunaitis said some colleges are now bringing in
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