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Skills For Learning, formerly known as Learning Facilitators, was founded in 1997 by Linda Hutchins-Knowles, M.Ed. The central mission of Skills For Learning is to maximize learning potential in children, teens and adults. To help students learn to their full potential, three types of services are offered:
tutoring and educational therapy in mathematics and in learning Spanish as a second language;

workshops for parents and educators in helping students learn how to learn and study effectively;
bilingual (Spanish/English) family math classes in basic math, pre-algebra and algebra.

Skills For Learning is located in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Clients come from throughout the South Bay and mid-Peninsula. Past and current clients include:
students at Silicon Valley's top private schools including The Harker School, St. Francis High School, Archbishop Mitty High School, Valley Christian Schools and St. Christopher School;
students in local public schools including Blue Hills Elementary, Miller Middle and Prospect High;
public school districts including East Side Union HS, Cupertino Union and Fremont Union HS.

 
About Our Director

Ms. Hutchins-Knowles is a Board Certified Educational Therapist (BCET) with fifteen years of experience as an educator. She has a B.A. in Spanish and Philosophy and a Master's degree in Educational Therapy. As a certified teacher and tutor, Ms. Hutchins-Knowles has taught students in every grade from second through college, including general education students, gifted students and students with learning differences such as dyslexia, AD/HD and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD). For her Master's thesis, Ms. Hutchins-Knowles extensively studied metacognition (thinking about one's own thinking) and developed an innovative model (the SUPER Problem Solver) to strengthen children's skills in solving mathematical word problems.

In her one-on-one work with clients, Ms. Hutchins-Knowles teaches effective learning strategies in two content areas: mathematics and Spanish. Fluent in Spanish, she gives parent and educator trainings in both English and Spanish on helping students to learn how to learn. She has twice appeared on the television program Parent Talk and pioneered the Amigos del Algebra bilingual family math program. In 1997, she received the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers. In 2000, she earned the "Professional Achievement Award in the Teaching of Mathematics" from the University of California Extension, Santa Cruz.

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