Meliesa Hawley Director

Meliesa Hawley, Director

Meliesa is an Educational Therapist, an Academic Coach, and award-winning writer and speaker.  

She got her license as an Educational Therapist and worked at learning centers in San Francisco and Seattle before moving home to open FocalPoint in Wenatchee.  

Meliesa has been honored for her many academic achievements as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, and has been honored at the American Academy of Achievement and the Banquet of the Golden Scroll.

She obtained a Bachelor's of Arts with High Honors from the Honors College of the University of Montana in 1995.

During the years Meliesa was being honored for her achievements in language arts, she was hiding a math disability and struggling with ADD.  Meliesa used the methods she teaches to overcome ADD and learn math.  

She was eventually able to “make her worst thing her best thing,” and is the author of Math Mapping.  Today, Meliesa would rather teach math than anything else, because she has been there.

If Meliesa looks familiar to you, it might be because she is the Red Clown of the Wenatchee Youth Circus.  FocalPoint is a proud sponsor of the circus, on the web at www.wenatcheeyouthcircus.com.

​Teresa Ladd, Academic Coach

Teresa has been coaching students at FocalPoint since 2004.  She has a degree as a teacher, but enjoys the effective, small group environment of a learning center.

She specializes in reading and math instruction, and has assisted many FocalPoint Kids to incredible improvements in reading fluency, comprehension and writing.

Teresa is a certified Math Mapping Instructor, and her students learn their basic math facts to 95% accuracy in just a few sessions.  Because she teaches math from Kinder through 8th grade, Teresa understands how to teach math to young kids for long term success.

She is kind to her students, keeps her sense of humor even when they get frustrated, and FocalPoint Parents tell us they think she is great.