Welcome to Pinecrest Virtual Academy and our Virtual Classroom Addlexcity
Hello,I’m Betty Klug, the creator of Pinecrest School and Learning Center. In 1987 I opened Pinecrest because of the difficulties my children were having in the public school. I am a dyslexic and so are two of my four children and one is ADHD. I understand the problems, frustrations, and difficulties that parents, teachers, administrators and the individuals themselves face every day.
I received my B. S. Degree from MSU in Human Ecology, Psychology and Education. I became a teacher because of my desire to help children with learning differences like mine. If children are taught properly and in the manner in which they learn best, I believe, they can experience success more rapidly and with less frustration. Once I started teaching in the public school, I found that I was expected to follow the school system’s methods and was often criticized for my methods. My objectives were often misunderstood but the students responded well and I succeeded with them when other teachers could not.
Finally, with encouragement from other parents, I started Pinecrest School in 1987. My mission was to provide students with an educational experience which teaches the” whole child” and prepares the student psychologically, socially, and physiologically to meet the world and become productive citizens. My goal was to accomplish this through an innovative individualized curriculum incorporating three elements: academics, “creative” courses and socialization activities. The specific goals to which all activities and relationships are directed to, are responsibility, respect, resourcefulness, and responsiveness. I believe, developing these skills will prepare the students for a meaningful life and desire for life long learning. I went on to receive my master’s degree in Educational Leadership ( Principalship & Central Office) from EMU. I am currently working on my PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning. I now offer seminars for teachers and parents in order to help them cope with and understand the learning styles of individuals with dyslexia, ADD or ADHD.
Pinecrest Has Over 20 Years of History
Pinecrest Fonder, Betty Klug, is currently attending Capella University working on a PhD degree in Instructional Design for Online Learning. Ms. Klug received a B.S. Education Degree “with Honors” in Human Ecology & Psychology and a Master Degree in Educational Leadership (Administration) from Easter Michigan University. Ms. Klug is a Dyslexic and through her personal experiences and passion to improve the educational system and remove the barriers often experienced by Dyslexic and AD/HD individuals, developed Pinecrest School in 1987 for AD/HD, and Dyslexic individuals. She teaches at and is Principal of Pinecrest School. Past experiences included teaching Home Economics, Gifted Education, Arts and Crafts for Adult Education, Home Economist, President of Jaycee Auxiliary & Regional Director of Personal Dynamics, Owned and operated a wholesale and retail Florist Business and managed a credit counseling business. Ms. Klug holds a Michigan Real Estate License and has been an instructor for beginning Real Estate courses. She has been an active member and board member of many business associations, including co-
Many of the students that attend my school and learning center are on or considering drug therapy. I believe most people can function without the aid of prescription drugs. My approach takes into consideration the whole person, their physical, mental, and emotional state. I develop programs that cater to the right side of the brain, which is the creative and emotional side. Since, right brain dominant individuals’ brains think 400 to 2000 times faster than most left brain individuals, they have a great deal more problems in traditional school systems or environments. If they are taught with multitask, creative projects their behavioral problems are less and their achievements are greater. Also, very few need the aid of prescription drugs. The key is not to form the individual to the environment but to mold the environment around the individual. This may sound difficult but once it’s done, all individuals seem to function better. If you know individuals with ADD, ADHD, or dyslexia, then you know they will spend hours doing projects, working on computers or electronic games. When presented with activities that stimulate their brains and use their fast pace thinking, they do not show the usual signs of frustration or distractions.
We teach time management, organizational skills, study skills, color coding and coping skills. We evaluate each individual and use the knowledge of their own personal insight on how their mind and body works. Then we develop a program to best suit their individual needs.
Meet Our Staff
Korey Klug: I am from northeast Michigan about 65 miles south of Alpena. Being from Michigan in these extremely difficult economic times explains why I am going to college. In addition, my wife is getting her PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning and transferring her private school for AD/HD and Dyslexic learners to the online virtual environment. She will need a technical support and web design person that can build the web site to meet the needs of AD/HD and Dyslexic individuals, also to help with technical issues that may arise in the virtual environment. We have already purchased virtual land (a sim) in Second Life's™ Reaction Grid a K-
I am the president of the board of directors of HERO.org a nonprofit organization. I am a licensed mechanic, owner/manager & head mechanic of a full service shop. My other job experiences include market research surveying, exit polling, and educational assistant. I am ADHD but find the extra energy helpful with many activities. I have four stepchildren, 11 grandchildren and enjoy spoiling the grandchildren whenever I can. I enjoy anything on the computer, hunting, camping, anything mechanical, fabricating, and quality time with my wife and grandchildren.
For additional information or questions, contact us at email@example.com
Principal: Betty Klug
Second Life and ReactionGrid Avatar name: Betzy Silversmith)
Technical Support: Korey Klug
Second Life and ReactionGrid Avatar name: MrK Grayman
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