WHEATON – As a former teacher, Joan Treland knows all children learn differently.
Treland is the owner and director of Joan Treland and Associates, a locally owned clinical practice offering individualized help for educational needs. After founding the business in 1971, she continues to see success today.
Before starting her business, Treland, who is in her 80s, taught at public schools in Glen Ellyn, including Hadley Junior High School. Her practice is in the Danada West Professional Center at 1776 S. Naperville Road, Building B, Suite 105 in Wheaton.
The practice offers special education, general education and advanced education for students from preschool through college and adults.
"We have a very comprehensive program," Treland said. "We're trying to teach the kids how to learn and to be more confident. We do coaching with the parents in terms of trying to help them help us help their kid and get them more engaged."
State accreditation allows Treland the opportunity to offer private lessons and homeschooling. In some cases, the parents choose to take their children out of public school because they are being bullied, she said.
In addition, her practice also offers coursework for credit along with tutoring.
"When we're tutoring kids, we're not just going over their homework with them," said Deidre Popolis, a mentor-teacher at Joan Treland and Associates. "We're trying to work with them so they don't need to be tutored. A lot of kids who are really smart suddenly get to a point in eighth grade or the beginning of high school where they have to learn. The really smart kids are like, 'Yeah, I know how to do that.' And all of a sudden, there's something that they don't know, and they've built up these not so hot habits. What we try to do is help them to establish adult habits."
That includes setting up a time to do homework, she said.
"A lot of what we do is self-discipline in organization," Popolis said.
Popolis also has an extensive background in education, including being an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago and teaching sixth to 12th grade special education students at Indian Prairie School District 204.
Some of Treland's students face the challenge of a learning disability like dyslexia. In order to properly diagnosis the student, her practice offers dyslexia testing.
Treland said she still has a passion for teaching and helping people overcome any challenges before them.
Go to trelandeducation.com to learn about Joan Treland and Associates.