Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Services included in Tuition
Consultation with parents regarding any academic concerns
Informal assessment of individual students highlighting their strengths and areas for growth
Assist teachers with supplemental instructional methods for individualizing and differentiating instruction
Screenings by speech/language and occupational therapists
Assistive technology (including text to speech, dictation, etc.) and related support
Liaison between parents, students, and faculty to provide guidance and expertise to help students reach their educational goals
Provide students with an extra line of academic support when necessary. Parents are encouraged to contact The Learning Center for guidance with their student's educational needs.
Suggest strategies and provide information on how to help students become more independent, active learners
Provide a lending library for various topics such as parenting, learning differences, and study skills
Offer testing accommodations for qualified students (see academic accommodation policy)
Work collaboratively with faculty in and out of the classroom
Coordinate team meetings
TLC and Literacy Specialists may provide differentiated small group instruction in conjunction with classroom teachers
Coordinate the referral process for educational evaluations:
Families requesting teachers to complete any observation forms required by an evaluation center must send the forms directly to The Learning Center for distribution to your child’s current teachers. (See Family Handbook for more information.)
Tracie Belt joined Shorecrest as a Middle School science teacher in 1996, and is now the Director of The Learning Center. Mrs. Belt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and a Master of Education from the University of South Florida. Her daughter Casey graduated from Shorecrest in 2002.
Assoc. Director of The Learning Center, Coordinator for Experiential and Lower Schools
Miriam Pardoll joined The Learning Center as Learning Center Coordinator for The Experiential School and Lower School in 2016. She has a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. She has over 20 years experience working in public and private schools in Massachusetts and Florida. She has worked as a classroom teacher and learning specialist in addition to developing a learning center. Mrs. Pardoll also teaches other educators through professional development and college students at St. Petersburg College. She is a certified Dyslexia Therapist and a certified ADHD Professional. Mrs. Pardoll is passionate about making sure diverse learners reach their potential and wants all students to be involved at Shorecrest, feel empowered and be proud of their accomplishments.The Pardolls have two children at Shorecrest in the Class of 2029.
Heather Vidal has been working in The Learning Center at Shorecrest since 2014, and transitioned in 2020 to be the Literacy Specialist for Lower School and Middle School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Tampa with endorsements in ESOL and ESE. She has completed extensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She is a published author and has written several curriculum guides designed for students with dyslexia and other learning differences. Prior to working at Shorecrest, Mrs. Vidal taught third grade at a local charter school. When she is not teaching, she enjoys hiking, cooking and gardening. The Vidals have two daughters, Juniper and Florence.
Shorecrest Preparatory School
5101 First Street Northeast St Petersburg, FL 33703 Phone: (727) 522-2111 | Fax: (727) 527-4191 [Map]