Kate Bertoncello worked as a primary teacher until 2016 when she retrained in Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) through the Australian Dyslexia Association. This resulted from her frustration with the lack of support available for her newly assessed dyslexic son, as well as her own inadequacy in knowledge and awareness about dyslexia.
Very quickly Kate realised that there was a need for qualified intervention and structured literacy within the community and her business developed rapidly. Since then, Kate has completed Ron Yoshimoto’s Orton Gillingham course and frequently attends professional development opportunities around literacy, including attending conferences and workshops.
Kate works to support students who have been officially identified as having learning differences as well as those who are casualties of the educational system. Her passion and drive around the importance of teaching literacy to those who are experiencing difficulties, developed into The Learning Creative (formerly The MSL Club), a not-for-profit organisation that supports students and their families to reduce the sense of isolation that comes with learning differences in a system that does not support them.