Learning Support

The purpose of the Learning Support program at LIS is to respond to the diverse learning needs of all students.  This includes students who encounter mild to moderate difficulties, as well as students who may require greater academic challenges than those provided within the regular curriculum.
Students experiencing a specific learning deficit need support in acquiring skills and strategies that will enable them to succeed with the regular curriculum. Through ongoing observation, assessment and evaluation, learning support specialists and classroom teachers work together to ensure that students' learning needs are met.  Learning support services may include withdrawal (individual and/or small group intensive instruction), in-class support by a Learning Support Specialist, differentiation by classroom teacher after consultation with Learning Specialist and monitoring student progress.

Meet the team

Julie Suciu

Early Childhood/Primary Learning Support Specialist

Julie earned a dual Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master's Degree from the University of Arizona in Educational Leadership.  Upon graduation from NAU, Julie travelled to Eastern Europe to work with youth organisations and other teachers from around the world. After her return to the USA, Julie taught special education in both primary and secondary settings for more than 20 years. As an Educational Leader she served as a Middle School Deputy Principal and as a Learning Support Coordinator/Dean of Students. She holds the foundational and fundamental belief that all children have equal capacity to learn and deserve the opportunity to reach personal success. Julie is married and has three children. She enjoys running, travelling, riding her bike around the city, and spending quality time with her family.

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Michelle Piluso

Upper Primary/Lower Secondary Learning Support Specialist

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, from Virginia Tech University, and a Graduate degree (MED) in Special Education, from George Mason University, Michelle was an educator in Northern Virginia for four years. Michelle has taught Special Education in both the elementary and middle school settings. Years learning in international schools as a child as well as various teaching experiences, have led her to her position in Student Support Services at LIS. Michelle is passionate about helping students recognise their strengths and giving them the tools necessary to achieve academic and personal success. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her dog, travelling, being active, and coaching basketball.

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Tim Padden

Upper Secondary Learning Support Specialist

Tim is from Washington State and has been teaching special education in Las Vegas, Nevada for the last six years. He has worked in a specialised classroom for five years. He has a Bachelor's degree in political science from St. Gregory's University in Oklahoma and in special education from Eastern Washington University. He earned his Master's degree in special education from Concordia University. Tim joined LIS in 2016 as a Learning Support Specialist. He enjoys running, hiking and being outdoors.  He also likes to read and travel. 

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