Debra Gawrys, Founder of Connections Learning Center, Releases New Book 

By Tim Moran  

 

Debra Gawrys has been helping Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood families for decades. She’s the founder of Connections Learning Center, which has provided one-on-one instruction from trained and skilled clinicians to children who struggle academically for even longer than they’ve been open at 2744 W. 111th Street. 

“We strengthen kids’ overall learning ability through a number of ways, including using the Wilson Reading system for kids who struggle to read or have dyslexia,” said Gawrys, who grew up in the neighborhood and graduated from Kellogg Elementary School and Mother McAuley High School.  

Connections Learning Center grew out of Gawrys’ own home, where she’d first help her own kids with their learning struggles and then assisted other kids in the neighborhood with similar needs.  

Now, Gawrys has a book published titled “Beyond Tutoring: A Guide for Parents Who Want REAL Answers to Their Child’s Academic Struggles.” 

It delves into many of the strategies and tactics used at Connections Learning Center, and covers Gawrys’ own journey of struggling to help her own kids with learning disabilities succeed in school.  

“I have a master’s in special education, but, as a parent, could not figure out how to teach my own daughter how to read,” she said.  

The book represents her 30 years of “gaining knowledge, and wanting to pass that along to other parents and help them.” It’s described on the Connections Learning Center website as “more than just a book.”  

“It’s a beacon of knowledge and guidance for parents seeking help. This book is written to give you the insights you need to understand the complexities of your child’s struggles and find the appropriate solution for the causes.”  

Gawrys added in a May interview with The Villager that “it’s important to know that there’s a lot more out there in the way of help outside the schools.” 

“Beyond Tutoring” is available locally at Bookie’s, and on Amazon. Paperback copies are available for as low as $9.99.  

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