Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success (CSS) is a program designed to support and enrich students through research-based methods proven to unlock student potential. We serve as a resource and as part of a collaborative team with teachers, parents, and outside providers.

St. Paul’s lower-school language arts curriculum (K-2) is highly structured and individualized. The lessons are anchored in multisensory language instruction that stimulates and builds auditory, visual, and kinesthetic pathways to learning. We teach the structure of language and the tools that strengthen reading, writing, and spelling. The CSS staff are credentialed as Certified Academic Language Therapists or Practitioners. All of our lower school teachers are trained by the CSS staff in the multisensory language approach. 

Meet the CSS Team

Lissa Whittington
Director of Center for Student Success

Serves as the point of contact for all learning services, bridges the gap between teachers, parents, and students when identifying needs and creates schedules.

Alli Simpson
Student Support Specialist

Provides specialized instruction in the lower-school classrooms and meets with small groups.

Lynne Walker
Director of Simultaneous Multi-Sensory Institute of Language Arts, Middle Tennessee

Provides multi-sensory language resources to faculty and students in classrooms and workshops.

Elsa Grude
Student Support Specialist

Meets with small groups and individuals to provide classroom and testing accommodations.