Karen Ostlund is the owner of Learning Designs Learning Center, her passion and contribution to the communities she lives in. She has been working in the educational field for her whole career, and holds a Masters of Special Education. Karen currently works as a Special Education Teacher in her hometown and manages the Isanti location of Learning Designs.
Karen is married, has three children and enjoys living the rural life.
Alyssa Ford is an Academic Coach here at Learning Designs! She has her bachelor's in psychology and Russian, which she speaks fluently! She teaches from a team approach, wanting to make sure her students feel heard, whether they need a break or help with comprehension. She loves getting to know each individual students' learning style and getting to know them as people. In fact, her superpower is being able to find common interest and connect with everyone! In her free time she likes to hike, paint, read, and play DnD.
Baily Zanish is a Literacy Specialist with Learning Designs. She is knowledgeable in many styles of teaching including Orton Gillingham Method. She holds a Master's in Literacy and a K-12 reading certificate. Growing up, her grandma owned a preschool, and she spent a lot of her time helping her teach. She couldn't wait to follow in her grandmother's footsteps! She takes an interactive approach to teaching and loves to see how kids think and make connections while they are learning. In her spare time you can find her crafting, thrifting, playing with her cat or practicing graphic design. Her super power is being able to connect with students and make learning fun for them!
Meet Mrs. Zanish!
Meet Mr. Kevin!
Kevin Quail is a College Prep Specialist and Academic Coach with Learning Designs. He has multiple certifications in special education (HI, DC, Board Certification in Special Education), ESL/TEFL certification, BS Psychology, and Post Baccalaureate in Special Education. He is incredibly well traveled, having visited over 25 countries! He describes his learning style as 'listen to, learn with' because the best learning happens through mutual respect and trust. He was brought to education by people who encouraged him to use his learning and communication skills to serve society, and now he enjoys bearing witness to student successes. His superpower is anticipating the needs of others! He offers his services virtually.