Our Board & Staff

Chico Center for Learning was founded in 2005 by Linda Bates and Marlene Brenden. In 2009, CCL incorporated and applied for non-profit status. In the beginning CCL offered a very successful Transitional Kindergarten Class for 4 years-old students preparing to enter Kindergarten.  CCL ended the program when the public-school system initiated their own Transitional Kindergarten.


CCL’s current focus is tutoring with an emphasis on dyslexia and math. Linda Bates has been trained as an Advanced Level Barton Tutor using all levels of the Barton Reading and Spelling System.

CCL has always hired credentialed teachers and trains them to provide tutoring for children and adults with dyslexia and other special learning needs. 

Our Board

Marlene Brenden

President B.S. /  M.S. /  PPS

Vicki Perryman


Rebecca Bates


Marlene has been an educator for over 25 years. She taught reading for 13 years and is a recently retired K-12 School Counselor. She is co-founder and President of Chico Center for Learning.  

Our Vision

All educators will become aware that Dyslexia is Real, and provide instruction using proven, researched-based methods  to support students' needs.

Our Staff

Linda Bates

B.A./Master Level Barton Specialist Tutor/Administration Services/ Multiple Subject Credential

Linda is a retired Administrator and has worked as an elementary teacher,  principal, and assistant principal for over 30 years. She taught second grade for 12 years and is Co-Founder and Executive Director for Chico Center for Learning. She is specialized as a certified "Advanced Level" Barton Dyslexia Tutor.

Jennifer Plank

B.A. / M.A. / Multiple Subject Teaching Credential/Education Consultant/Supplemental Physical Education Teacher

Jennifer has been an educator since 1997. She holds a Multiple Subject teaching credential, a Supplemental Physical Education Credential, and a Master’s Degree in the area of Exercise Science. She taught sixth grade for 14 years at both elementary and middle schools. She currently specializes in dyslexia reading intervention and K-8 math intervention.

Lynn Lewis

A.A. / B.A. / Multiple Subject Teaching Credential/English Single Subject Teaching Credential

Lynn has been with Chico Center for Learning as an educator since 2009. She began her classroom teaching career in 2013 and has taught all grade levels Kindergarten through Eighth grades. In addition, she has been a dance and fitness instructor since 1981.