Our goal at All Saints is to further develop a school-wide framework that supports all learners. Our program includes teacher training, the early identification of reading challenges, a multi-tiered system of support, and a team of professionals who work together to understand each child’s learning profile. 

Early identification of reading and learning challenges and a targeted intervention program is key to developing a student’s areas for improvement. One step in building this program has been the administering of the CTOPP-2 (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Awareness) to all EC Elders and new students in grades 1 and 2. The CTOPP provides data that allows for the early identification of reading challenges.

Once students are identified, Linda Paul, Learning Support Teacher, and Linda Popp, Learning Specialist, will create an evidence-based learning plan for each child. Our learning support team will use the data from the CTOPP to work closely with the classroom teachers to capitalize on a child’s strengths and affinities to develop areas of weakness.

Students in our EC Younger Program and our preschool students have the opportunity for one-on-one screenings with Brittany Kalinowski, MS, CCC-SLP, a local Speech Pathologist from the Monterey Bay Social Language Center. 

Significant speech and language developmental milestones are met during the preschool and kindergarten years, specifically in the areas of speech articulation and language comprehension. Language comprehension includes auditory-verbal memory, syntax and grammar, semantics (word meanings), and understanding social rules such as taking- turns and early nonverbal communication skills. Measuring phonological awareness skills during the preschool and kindergarten years is a way to screen for issues that may arise later when a child learns to read. 

Elisa Pollard-Gensberg, an Occupational Therapist, partners with All Saints and parents to do classroom observations and one on one student screenings. Her advanced training and experience working with children with difficulties with self-regulation, poor executive functioning, and fine motor delays allows for her to identify areas of challenge for students and provide recommendation for strengthening those skills.

Brittany Struve Kalinowski, Elisa Pollard-Gensberg, and Linda Popp are all part of our plan to provide continuing education opportunities for both teachers and parents.

Learning Support Team

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  • Linda Paul

    Linda has been teaching young children in Carmel, California for the past 22 years. 
    She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Child Development and Teaching. Linda is certified in the Orton-Gillingham instruction method and has received extensive training in Structured Word Inquiry. As a third grade teacher and resource specialist at All Saints Day School, Linda is able to pursue her passion for educating young children in an environment that supports and honors all learning styles.
  • Linda Popp

    Linda is an Educational Therapist who has been working with students for over twenty years.
    Her passion is helping students who struggle with learning. She has a Master’s Degree in Reading and a postgraduate certificate in Educational Therapy.  She has received extensive training in multi-sensory language and math instruction including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, Structured Word Inquiry, Handwriting without Tears, and Making Math Real. Additionally, for the past five years, she has been studying orthographic linguistics to better understand the English writing system.
  • Brittany Struve Kalinowski

    Brittany, MS, CCC-SLP is a local Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of the Monterey Bay Social Language Center located in Monterey, CA. 
    She holds a Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences and Psychology and a Master’s degree. With over 17 years of experience, Brittany specializes in social cognitive individual and group therapy for students to support students with improving self-regulation, holding reciprocal conversations, using flexible thinking, and strong executive function skills. She is recognized locally as an expert in this area of Speech and Language Development. 
  • Elisa Pollard-Gensberg

    Elisa is an Occupational Therapist who has extensive experience providing pediatric-based occupational therapy in a wide range of settings, including in schools, homes, and clinics.
    She has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, holds certifications in Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT), and the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration. Elisa embraces a child and family-centered, developmental approach to treatment. She has advanced training and experience working with children with difficulties with self-regulation, poor executive functioning and organizational skills, fine motor delays, and handwriting difficulty. Elisa loves working with teams and families to best support each child.

All Saints Day School

8060 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923
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All Saints Day School, in Carmel, CA, is the only independent, private school on the Monterey Peninsula that focuses solely on educating students in Preschool through Grade 8, and has been doing so, with a reputation for excellence, since 1961.

All Saints Day School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sex in the administration of its educational and employment policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.