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Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) supports the development of the neurodiverse learning profiles of all students, using their strengths to develop areas of growth. Research confirms that people learn in a variety of ways, and it is important to understand each student’s learning profile so that we can effectively prepare students to become successful, independent learners. Students working in the LRC are taught specific skills in all subject areas to thrive in the rigorous academic environment of LJCDS.

Those skills include:
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • comprehension (reading and language)
  • organization
  • self-regulation
  • note-taking
  • test-taking
  • higher-order thinking 

The program serves Tiny Torreys through Grade 12 and offers one-on-one and small group educational, speech-language and occupational therapy that is integrated into each student’s academic program; it focuses on advocacy and builds a strong relationship between student and specialist.

The LRC team includes educational therapists, speech/language pathologists and occupational therapists. Students work with LRC specialists during school hours, utilizing free blocks or arranged times based on students’ academic schedules. Locations include the Lower School, Upper School and on the second floor of the Jacobs Family Library/administration building. Services are fee-based.

Lower School
The LRC partners with the Lower School (K–Grade 4) to support classroom WIN (What I Need) time. During WIN time, all students are provided additional opportunities to build and challenge themselves in specific skill areas. 

Middle and Upper School
Torrey Mindful Learning (TML) is a course for Middle and Upper School students taught by LRC learning specialists. Students strengthen their executive functioning through neuroscience and psychology in order to “work smarter, not harder.” They learn about time management, organization, planning and prioritization, working memory, response inhibition, sustained attention, flexibility, persistence, metacognition, controlling emotions and task initiation. Each class includes a mini-lesson about an executive function and an application of the concept in parallel to the student’s current coursework. Students are taught how to use provided planners to boost their time management and planning skills. 

If students are eligible for classroom and/or testing accommodations, the LRC ensures that all reasonable accommodations are provided at LJCDS. 

If students would like to request accommodations for ACT or College Board (PSAT, SAT, AP) testing, this is a separate request. Upper School students who need to request these accommodations can contact Kristy King.

For more information about the LRC, contact Director of the Learning Resource Center Kristy King at kking@ljcds.org or 858-453-3440 x351.

Meet the Team

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Kristy King

    Kristy King 

    Director of the Learning Resource Center
    (858) 453-3440 x351
  • Photo of Amy Rohrbach

    Amy Rohrbach 

    LRC Coordinator, Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x253
  • Photo of Anna Becker

    Anna Becker 

    Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x768
  • Photo of Dani Bonfield

    Dani Bonfield 

    Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x402
  • Photo of Karen Frischwasser

    Karen Frischwasser 

    Speech-Language Pathologist
    (858) 453-3440 x311
  • Photo of Grant Gavin

    Grant Gavin 

    Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x155
  • Photo of Jessica Gentry

    Jessica Gentry 

    Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x136
  • Photo of Sydney Horanic

    Sydney Horanic 

    Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x205
  • Photo of Jessica Lacoff-Roberts

    Jessica Lacoff-Roberts 

    Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x318
  • Photo of Alyssa Oezer

    Alyssa Oezer 

    Speech-Language Pathologist
    (858) 453-3440 x764
  • Photo of Valerie Strocco

    Valerie Strocco 

    Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x156
  • Photo of Shannon Sturgeon

    Shannon Sturgeon 

    Learning Specialist
    (858) 453-3440 x278

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