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The Lake Superior Tutoring Center for Dyslexic Children and Adults, Inc. (LSTC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in February of 2012 in order to bring awareness to the issue of dyslexia in our area.  LSTC services are available for individuals residing in Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties in Wisconsin, at no charge and without discrimination.

Our objectives are three fold.  First we strive to increase awareness of what dyslexia is and how it may present so that it can be recognized not as a disability as commonly perceived, but as a strength if only the proper instruction is provided. People with dyslexia will benefit from increased awareness by not being categorized as having problems learning but instead being recognized for the strengths they bring to their communities and work places.

Our second objective is to work with the area school districts to create early intervention programs that help identify those children who may have trouble learning to read due to dyslexia in kindergarten, first and second grade with a highly reliable and accurate assessment. By receiving an Orton-Gillingham based approach that works best for the way they learn, these children will have a solid foundation to build on without waiting for them to start to struggle before they receive help.

Our third objective is to identify both adults and children who are experiencing difficulty in reading, writing and spelling, again due to dyslexia. We will utilize the Barton Reading and Spelling System and tutor them in a one on one setting, to allow them to develop to their fullest potential. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Lake Superior Tutoring Center for Dyslexic Children and Adults, Inc. is to educate the communities in Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas Counties
about dyslexia and actively seek out, evaluate and provide a scientifically proven, research based reading and spelling program to the individuals who need it.

Our Founders

Dr. Brilla is the heart and soul of our organization and handles all the behind the scenes activity that keeps our organization going.  Her son and her passion to find him the help he needed is what led to the creation of the Lake Superior Tutoring Center. 

Melissa has been working with area students using the Barton Reading and Spelling System since 2010. In the summer of 2011, Melissa attended Susan Barton's Screening for Dyslexia seminar and personally screens every student in our program.  In 2014, Melissa became a Certified Barton Tutor.  She is also the proud mother of a child with dyslexia! 

Our Board of Directors 

  • Monica Brilla, DVM

  • Melissa Miller

  • Arlyn Hunter-Jensen

  • MaryJane Snilsberg

Monica Brilla, DVM


Melissa Miller

Co-Founder/Executive Director

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