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 25 years. She taught reading for 13 years and is currently a 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

Lynn Lewis

A.A. / B.A. / Teaching Credential

Lynn has been with Chico Center for Learning as a tutor since 2009. She has been a dance and fitness instructor, community volunteer, and an Instructional Aide. She recently completed the credentialing program at CSU Chico. She is a valuable member of the CCL staff.

Linda Bates

B.A./Admin Services Credential

Linda is a retired Administrator and has worked as a teacher and administrator for 30 years. She taught reading as a Primary Teacher for 12 years. She is a certified Barton Tutor. She Co-Founder and Executive Director for Chico Center for Learning. She is a certified "Advanced Level" Barton tutor.

Jennifer Plank

B.A. / M.A. / Teaching Credential

Jennifer has been an educator since 1997. She holds a Multiple Subject teaching credential, a Physical Education credential, and a Master’s Degree in the area of Exercise Physiology. She’s taught both elementary and middle school and specializes in reading and K-8 math intervention.

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Chico, CA  95928

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