BY JESS CLAWSON
Showing in Wellington for the winter is a dream for so many young (and not so young) riders. Parents of those lucky equestrians that get to go have to make many arrangements to pull it off, one of the most important of which is keeping their child on track with school work.
Enter Jill Abrams, owner of Jill Abrams Tutoring Inc., South Florida’s best-rated tutoring service. A competitive equestrian herself, Jill started tutoring 20 years ago. She has dyslexia, and saw a need for people to help dyslexic kids get comfortable with reading. She has only grown from there.
Jill now employs six tutors at two locations, Wellington and Palm Beach, to help elementary and middle school students with any manner of educational support in reading, writing, spelling, and math. She specializes in students with learning difficulties, but can help all students.
“I can meet the needs of the family who needs help designing a homeschool curriculum, or give students homework support,” Jill explained. “I love working with students who come to Wellington for the winter season, and because I’m also competing, I know how their schedules work and can ensure that we meet their needs.” Students like seeing her at the horse show where she rides her young hunter, R&R.
Students coming to Wellington for the winter can benefit a great deal from Jill’s programs. Once they’re enrolled, Jill has continuous contact with their school to ensure the expected curriculum is met and so each student may return to school on track with their peers. She organizes everything so parents and students don’t have to stress about it. The student can just come to her office for a few hours and complete their curriculum and homework in a one-on-one setting less than 10 minutes from the horse show.
“It’s ideal for my students, after spending a few hours with us, all of their homework is complete and they’re free for the rest of the day to focus on showing,” Jill said. “And because I know how tricky horse show schedules can be at times, I am able to adjust accordingly.
Jill appreciates how much the kids like attending, “All of my tutors have masters degrees in education, and they’re young and fun,” she emphasized. “They’re relatable to the students and enjoy working with them, so the part of the day that’s about school is fun for them. They’re happy to be here, and that takes the stress off the parents having to drag their kids away from the horse show.”
Furthermore, because her program emphasizes becoming sound, independent students, the kids leave each session with a sense of empowerment that carries into the rest of their lives, including the show ring.
Jill Abrams Tutoring is founded on Orton-Gillingham and Wilson Reading System techniques—proven multisensory approaches to teaching and solidifying concepts for students in ways that are fun and engaging. They use similarly engaging methods for teaching math. “Each session is filled with so many different learning techniques that the students often don’t realize how hard they’re working,” Jill laughed.
These methods, combined with Jill’s approach, also take the stigma out of dyslexia and processing disorders. “Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence,” she emphasized. “It’s just a different and exciting way to learn.”
Jill loves the opportunity to work with the horse show community and always looks forward to the winter season in Wellington. “It’s exciting to get to be a part of these kids’ experience here, it’s special for all of us,” she said.
Parents interested in enrolling their children with The Reading Tutor should get in touch with Jill via her website or by calling 561-333-7202.