Working with Cindy as the Sunnyside Micro-School takes shape has been a dream! Each week she brings a fresh and optimistic energy into our learning environment and skillfully navigates the needs of my students with intelligence and grace. I’ve seen my students grow in leaps and bounds thanks to her innovative approach to language arts and social coaching. She’s been a great support to me personally as well. She has worked in multiple education settings and has insights and experience to share with anyone leading an educational environment. I look forward to seeing her every week!
Cindy Miner is among the best educational therapists I know and always the top of my referral list. She is warm, thoughtful, and deeply understands complex learning needs. She is skilled at honoring the students for who they are while nudging them steadily toward their educational goals. Working with Cindy is a gift and I highly recommend her services.
For the past nine years I have had the pleasure of working alongside Cindy Miner Kapelke in her role as a consulting Educational Therapist. She is a highly trained, warm-hearted fount of knowledge, wisdom and expertise. Cindy sees the uniqueness of every learner; recognizing their challenges as well as their gifts and strengths equally. It is her positive, collaborative, creative, and engaging nature- along with the ability to conceptualize effective appropriate interventions to support each student’s journey toward their optimal academic success- that have made her indispensable to our team. Cindy’s approach to addressing a range of learning challenges is always informed by a keen understanding of the relationship between learning and the social and emotional landscape of the learner. Any parent with a child working with Cindy should pat themselves on the back, as they are doing their child a tremendous service.
As parents, we worried that our son’s reading difficulties would translate into him hating school. His reading struggle made school a struggle, too. Cindy has helped him immensely. Not only is he now reading at grade level, he also likes school. Cindy has taught him real strategies but his success also grew out of the real connection he made with Cindy.
Cindy was very highly recommended to us by the learning specialist at my son’s school. We sought her help because our son was struggling with reading, writing and focus issues. When I contacted Cindy, we immediately developed a strong rapport and I felt like we were on the same wavelength on many levels. It is not often you feel you can place your trust in someone before you meet or work with them. She was really patient with my son, especially when one day, because of something totally unrelated, he refused to get out of the car to work with her. Cindy gave him all the time he needed. She connected with him and managed to get him out of my car and into her studio to finish up their session. Cindy is a good listener, a thoughtful observer and a kind and patient teacher. She gave my husband and I an extremely thorough debrief of her observations and recommendations when we took a hiatus over the summer. My son is now continuing to work with her during the school year.
My family and I cannot recommend Cindy highly enough. She has worked with our 5th grade daughter since 2nd grade. Cindy is all the things you would hope for in an educational therapist and tutor, punctual, organized and an excellent communicator but most importantly she connects with and understands our daughter. Cindy recognizes when she needs to think outside of the box when working with her and adapts to her needs on any given day. She looks at our daughter as a whole child focusing not just on her academic needs but where she is socially and emotionally. Cindy has incredible insight into the way her brain works and has provided regular and valuable feedback as to how both we as parents and her school can provide support (including attending team meetings at school). Cindy has helped our daughter prepare for formal assessment and worked tirelessly to help her both in writing and reading and with executive functioning concerns including best practices in mindfulness. Without a doubt Cindy’s expertise has contributed towards our daughter’s positive attitude towards school and her determination to ‘dig in’ when moments have certainly got tough. Every child with a learning difference deserves to have a Cindy on their team!”