Northwood School's Learning Center

Northwood School’s Learning Center is designed for students who are capable of meeting the standards of our curriculum but require or seek an additional layer of academic support in order to do so. The Learning Center is staffed by a team of Academic Coaches trained to assist students with academic anxiety, ADD/ADHD, executive function deficiencies and minor to moderate diagnosed learning disabilities. Learning Center services are fully integrated into our daily schedule in order to allow students to take full advantage of all academic and co-curricular offerings.

Our Academic Coaches use students’ strengths as the foundation to build individualized plans that increase self-awareness and knowledge of learning styles, establish strong academic habits and behaviors and allow students to become more independent learners. The goal of the Learning Center is to help students establish the skills and confidence to find success at and beyond the collegiate level.

The Learning Center has tiered offerings that meet the varying and changing needs of Northwood School students. Support for students ranges from four individualized meetings a week during the class day with an Academic Coach to small group meetings four or two times a week with an Academic Coach. Additionally, all students enrolled in the Learning Center are provided with regularly scheduled meetings with Academic Coaches during our evening study hall.

While students can engage the Learning Center’s services at any point during their time at Northwood School, enrollment in the Learning Center takes place at the start of each semester with a commitment for the remainder of the term. An appropriate level of support for each student entering the Learning Center will be recommended or required as a result of information and testing submitted during the admission process or based on knowledge gained from working with students after enrollment. New Northwood School students seeking Learning Center services will be asked to commit to participating in the program for the duration of the academic year.

Northwood School’s Learning Center Leadership Team:

Brenda Cotton, Director of the Learning Center/Academic Coach

Brenda Cotton came to Northwood School with over thirty-five years in education. Brenda received her Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a primary focus on teaching students with learning differences and other learning disabilities. Brenda has worked in a variety of capacities including teacher in general and special education classrooms, resource teacher and consultant teacher.  Brenda retired from the Lake Placid Central School system in 2009 after serving as the Chairperson for the Committee on Special Education where she developed and directed programs for students with disabilities who had Individual Education Programs (IEP) and 504 Accommodation Plans.

Lisa Wint, Coordinator of Learning Services/Academic Coach

Lisa Wint joined the Northwood School in the fall of 2015 after previously serving as the Head of School for National Sports Academy. During her time at Northwood School, Lisa has served in a variety of capacities including Spanish Teacher, Sophomore Class Form Dean, Study Skills Teacher and Learning Center Coach. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College of Rochester, in addition to spending time studying abroad. Prior to serving as Head of School, Lisa was a member of the faculty at National Sports Academy from 2003-2015, where she taught Spanish for twelve years and enjoyed many other roles including Chair of the Foreign Language Department, Academic Dean, Registrar, Testing Coordinator and Director of College Counseling.

Jill Walker, Dean of Academic Affairs/Academic Coach

Jill Walker has been a member of Northwood School’s faculty for over twelve years. During that time she served as a science teacher, International Student coordinator, Head of Faculty and now as the Dean of Academic Affairs. Jill earned a Bachelor of Science from Luther College, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Carolina. During her time in South Carolina, Jill taught courses in behavioral science and also conducted research under a grant from the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining Northwood School, Jill was a Department Chair and instructor at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester, NY.






92 Northwood Rd
Lake Placid, NY 12946
518.523.3357
admissions@northwoodschool.com
92 Northwood Rd
Lake Placid, NY 12946
518.523.3357
admissions@northwoodschool.com