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Cynthia Moses, M.Ed.

NILD Certified Educational Therapist


Children fascinate, delight, and challenge me. I am drawn to them like a magnet. I am especially attracted to the ones who are having invisible trouble. Almost no one would hesitate to risk all to rescue a child in obvious danger. Few people can see that the children with whom I work are in grave danger – danger of social, emotional, relational, academic and vocational failure. All. Their. Life. They are at great risk for drug abuse, crime, accidents, prolonged dependence on parents, divorce, unemployment, under-employment, and the list goes on. Their personal struggles become unresolved community issues. These children have become my life’s work.

My work with them is not a job, it is a calling. The work is both difficult and joyous. Difficult because of the intensity of the learning exchanges and joyous because the mediated learning experience offered by NILD Educational Therapists absolutely works! I remember well the years when I recognized the needs of these students and despaired not knowing how to help them. Now no words are adequate to describe the heady experience of enticing a discouraged, defeated youngster to a place of confidence and competence.

After more than twenty years of success with my students I am equally delighted to be teaching others to take up this work. It seems to be the best way to reach more children and…adult learners are exciting students too!

  • M.Ed. Cross-Categorical Special Education, Regent University, Chesapeake, VA

  • BA Christian Education, Messenger College, Joplin, MO

  • Executive Director, Integrated Learning Institute, Palm Desert, CA

  • NILD Certified Educational Therapist, National Institute for Learning Development, Chesapeake, VA

  • Instructor/Consultant National Institute for Learning Development, Chesapeake, VA

  • Former elementary classroom teacher

  • Former Children’s Ministry Director, Family Life Church, Rancho Mirage, CA

  • Former Director, Epilepsy Association of Colorado, Denver, Co

  • Member International Dyslexia Association

  • Member National Institute for Learning Development

  • Member Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

  • Member Association of Educational Therapists


Judy Topolinski

NILD Certified Educational Therapist


I have worked with children almost all of my life. I love their perspective on the world and being part of their learning process. I have the desire to help children learn HOW to think, not just WHAT to think. I began working with ILI (then The Discovery Center) in 1997 after seeing how it mirrored my philosophy of learning.

Each child that I work with is unique. I love studying how each of them learns and designing programs to strengthen them as learners. Stimulating each child’s learning is what drives me as a NILD Educational Therapist. I continue to look for ways to further my understanding of how my students learn. Being trained through NILD and Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment has expanded my understanding of how children learn and given me ways to help them develop into independent thinkers and learners.

I spent 12+ years homeschooling my own children and served as a co-op instructor and president of our local home school association. I am uniquely qualified to offer valuable instruction and encouragement to parents who have opted to school their struggling learners at home.

I have over twenty years of experience directing and teaching children’s clubs such as AWANA, Vacation Bible Schools, Sunday school, and summer camp programs. I am currently the AWANA Commander at a church in Palm Desert.

In my free time I teach a weekly Bible study for women at a local retirement community and also serve as an instructor monitoring correspondence Bible study courses for prisoners from all across the country.

My husband, Gary, and I have been married for thirty-eight years and are the proud parents of four adult children and ten grandchildren.

  • Bachelors of Science in Organizational Leadership, Biola University, Panorama City, CA

  • NILD Professionally Certified Educational Therapist, National Institute for Learning Development, Chesapeake, VA

  • Feuerstein FIE Standard level 1

  • Member of National Institute for Learning Development

  • Member of International Dyslexia Association

  • AWANA Commander Cornerstone Covenant Church, Palm Desert

  • Former President of Desert CHEA (Desert Christian Home Educator’s Association)

  • CBI- Cornerstone Bible Institute Instructor

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