Thinking and Learning Center
Welcome to the Thinking and Learning Center! We are here to help you with your struggling learner. Our consultations are to give hope and encouragement to parents! Do you homeschool? We can help bring life back to the home education process. Is your child in school? We can advocate for you. We also provide educational therapy and testing. See our services pages for more information about these processes.
Kimberly Vogel, PCET, CDT
Kimberly began her journey in the education field over 20 years ago as a teacher in the classroom. After staying home with her children, she went back to work in the preschool field. During that time, God lead their family to homeschool their children. After realizing her daughter had learning struggles, Kimberly began her search to find what she could do for her struggling learner. This journey lead her to the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) where she went through years of classes to become a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET) and a Certified Dyslexia Therapist (CDT) through IDA (International Dyslexia Association).
As a homeschool mom, Kimberly has a heart for homeschool families. After graduating her first homeschooler, she can help guide you through the entire homeschool process. She enjoys consultations with the goal of bringing hope and life back to the homeschool environment. Kimberly also speaks to homeschool groups, moms groups, or women’s events. Contact her for more information.
At the Thinking and Learning Center, Kimberly works with all students, not just those who are homeschooled. Last year, half of her students were traditionally schooled. Students enrolled in her Educational Therapy program receive free consultations and advocacy in meetings with the school, if needed.
Other than being an educational therapist, Kimberly is active in her church. She has been married to Kevin for 20 years and they have four beautiful daughters. Kimberly enjoys writing, you can find her children’s book, Ribbons of Rainbows in the store of her blog. Her blog contains more of her writings and encouragement for families. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys crafts and is often found with a ball of yarn as she loves to crochet.
Amy Vickrey is a mother of a six-year-old and almost two-year-old, yet her homeschool journey began over 20 years ago when she saw how homeschooling enabled her sister who had memory issues and fell through the crack at school, to graduate and go to college. Amy knew then she wanted to implement what she saw then – the love and individual attention – into her own teaching. She now homeschools her two boys and loves every minute of it! Having completed the first year of their homeschool journey, she is looking forward to many more to come!
Amy came from the world of public school where she taught with a focus in early childhood or special education in elementary however she has worked through all levels of education. Amy has also worked in a leadership role to help create the scope and sequence for a PreK curriculum in a major San Antonio area school district and spent many hours modifying curriculum and planning accommodations for students with various disabilities. She also helped improve the Alternative Elementary School program in the same district and began social skills instruction to help students return to their campus better equipped to deal with difficult situations.
Amy holds a Masters of Science in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction, from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. Also, she spent 2 years of college studying Interpretation for the Deaf and Deaf Studies and knows American Sign Language. Her teaching certifications include Special Education, English as a Second Language and Generalist (early childhood through fourth). She is now part of the Thinking and Learning Center and True North Homeschool Academy and loves the discovery approach to learning. Teaching children how to learn will help them reach their goals and dreams. Amy teaches Math, Phonics and Reading, and tutors. She also does special needs academic counseling.
Amy states, “My passion for learning and being a lifelong learner is something I want to pass on to the children I teach, as well as my own children. Making learning fun and engaging is important part of this process. My goal is to lift others up to help them achieve their own goals and dreams.”
Martha is a homeschool mom of two boys. Her oldest graduated at 16 and is now, at 19, a Senior at Liberty University. Her youngest son is a struggling learner and a student of the Thinking and Learning Center. She has homeschooled for over a decade.
Martha’s educational career began as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist in an in home program and she shadowed kids in school. She first heard about NILD through her work as a shadow and for 15 years wanted to pursue educational therapy, but God had other plans. Martha cheers us on as a coach for the Thinking and Learning Center.
In her quest for healthy living, Martha became a Certified Heath Specialist from Trinity School of Natural Health and is certified in homeopathy. She finds that God desires us to have a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Kelley is a homeschool mother of three, all who have struggled at some point. Her daughter is now a successful college student with dreams of writing. She also has a teenage son and a son who just began school.
Kelley began her educational career as a reading and handwriting tutor. In her quest to help her children, she began researching everything she could find about learning struggles and has tutored children with Dyslexia for over six years. She knows about homeschool curriculum and loves helping others in the journey of homeschooling. Kelley teaches Phonics and Reading through Spelling.
Kelley keeps Christ as the center of her home as wife and mother. In her free time, and to relax, she paints. Her joy in painting is as a landscape artist and sells her work, as well as teaches art to individuals.