OUR STORY

"At Abba’s Child Learning Center, we believe that every person has been created with a unique set of talents, strengths, and personal attributes, with the potential to make an important contribution to society."

Directors Judith and Roberto D’Amico

 

Director Judith D’Amico has a BA in human development and an MA in counseling psychology. She has devoted over 45 years to working with children and families in various roles, including child and family counselor, teacher, parent educator, home school mom, foster parent, children’s librarian, tutor, and host of a radio call-in parenting talk show. From 2002 to 2016, Judith worked in Redding, California, with children with learning problems, including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, visual and auditory processing problems, speech delays, and autistic spectrum disorders. She and her husband now live in Mesa, Arizona.  

  

Assistant Director Roberto D’Amico has an MA in counseling psychology. He has spent over 25 years providing counseling and social services to children, adults, and families, working to improve family functioning, especially in the area of child abuse/neglect prevention and intervention. He is a Listening Professional trained in using Integrated Listening Systems to help people with auditory processing disorder, sensory integration problems, speech delays, autistic spectrum disorders, and other learning problems.

Jerry Coker – Developer of Quick Steps To Reading

 

Jerry Coker devoted over 40 years to teaching every type of learner from age 4 to adult.  He served as principal and superintendent in various public schools, consultant for school districts throughout the United States and Canada, in-service trainer and workshop leader, and the founder of his own K-12 private school.  He holds 6 lifetime credentials to teach every subject at every grade level, including special education.  Jerry has taught students with a variety of reading skills and deficits, including incarcerated adults.  He has a lifetime of major achievements and professional recognition in the field of education.  Jerry administered schools that improved their standing in statewide reading scores from 22% and 28% up to 95% and 98%.  Another school he administered was recognized by the National council of English Teachers of Right to Read as one of the top 25 schools in reading from 15,000 schools investigated in the U.S. and Canada.  More recently, Quick Steps to Reading (originally called Read Quick - Learn Quick) was recognized by a leading university as having a "revolutionary approach for decoding, based on new technology".