It’s been a long tough road over the last few months, and although we’re not out of the woods just yet, we’re resilient, and slowly—under County and State re-opening guidelines—we’re opening our doors again to the public. Through this series, I’m excited to share the stories of our Island businesses—what they’ve been doing over the last few months and what they have planned going forward (please note: I’ll be featuring at least two businesses per article).
Per state health order 20-03, a facial covering must be worn in both indoor and outdoor public spaces (when you’re within six feet of people outside your household) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and our businesses open.
Island Educational Services (IES) celebrated their 25th year here on Bainbridge Island this past June. Owner, Lydia Harrison began the business in 1995 to support children and teens who learn differently, and this mission continues to be the foundation of IES’ support model.
Lydia, as well as her staff of tutors, support all learners from kindergarten through college level courses. Each client receives an individualized plan of support, including collaboration with school personnel and other professionals. IES also supports families who homeschool, both through curriculum support and supervisory assistance.
When our schools closed in March, Lydia and her staff immediately began supporting families virtually. During the past three months clients continued to receive one-on-one support, including curriculum support for elementary reading and math classes as well as content support for middle and high school level courses. Several of the IES tutors are trained to teach reading for struggling learners and were able to adapt materials to increase reading skills. The IES offices are reopening July 6th at 50% capacity; half of the tutors will continue to support families virtually and half of the tutors will provide in-person support. Washington State and CDC guidelines have been implemented, including cough/sneeze guards for desks and protocols for sanitizing.
In addition to Bainbridge Island, IES provides support to Poulsbo, Silverdale, and the greater Kitsap County area. Their tutors’ areas of expertise include many learning disabilities, and they also provide in-school learning support at several local private schools, including Hyla Middle School and Madrona (Waldorf) School.
Island Educational Services has an extensive website at IslandEducationalServices.com and Lydia Harrison is happy to answer any additional questions families may have.
They are located at 724 Ericksen Avenue NE, Suite 102, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, phone: (206) 842-8420
Janie Rose Burke, Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT has been a therapist for 35 years, and has practiced on Bainbridge Island for the past 32 years. Originally from Los Angeles, Janie also maintains her license in California as well as Washington. Prior to Covid, Janie had planned on dividing her time between Bainbridge Island and Santa Barbara, implementing a physical and virtual practice, however, like most of us, her plans were put on hold.
Janie has always practiced in-depth therapy, with an emphasis in mindfulness and self-awareness, and most of her clients stay with her for a prolonged period, as they are looking for deeper change and meaning in their lives. Since Covid began, she has been re-thinking her approach to better meet the needs and current feelings most of us are experiencing, such as the fear and uncertainty of these current times—she’s found that many people are overwhelmed and scared, and afraid to seek assistance in alleviating their concerns and stress.
“Sometimes people are paralyzed and need a guiding hand to take their next step!”
Although she prefers to meet with her clients in person, she’s shifted to meeting with them in a virtual capacity, or by telephone. Another change she’s made to her practice is Consultation/Coaching as well as in-depth psychotherapy. She offers phone and email consultations that can quickly help.
Her website is currently under construction, but you can contact her via phone: (206) 713-2771 or email: email@example.com
For more information on Janie’s areas of expertise and insurance acceptance, visit:
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*Images and logos used with permission by Janie Rose Burke and Island Educational Services (please note: most of the text for IES was provided by Lydia Harrison)