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 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 preschool aged 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

Jennifer Plank

Chief Executive Officer

Martha Gore


Rebecca Bates

Chief Operating Officer 

Dawn Dosh


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 with CLAD

Certified Barton Tutor

Mentor teacher and Education  Consultant Coach

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

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