Our Story

What is S.U.P.E.R.?

S.U.P.E.R. stands for Students Using Proven Educational Resources, and we are the area’s leading autism early childhood education and autism high school facility. Unlike most schools, S.U.P.E.R. Learning Center was born out of one family’s desperation and determination to provide their daughters with the best educational experience possible.

In 2000, founders Kirk and Lyn Goodwin’s youngest daughter Alyssa was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck and spent her first two years on life support. In the years that followed, the Goodwins focused their time and energy on Alyssa’s special needs and, fearing their older daughter wasn’t receiving the attention she deserved, they decided to homeschool both girls.

Alyssa suffered from cognitive learning delays and dyslexia, prompting Lyn to spend hours researching instruction methods designed to help students with special needs. As word began to spread of Alyssa’s exemplary progress, the Goodwins began receiving dozens of calls from parents of special needs children who needed her help. In 2004 Lyn opened her home to other families like hers, and S.U.P.E.R. Learning Center was started. In five short years, S.U.P.E.R. moved from the Goodwin’s basement into the former Lakemore Elementary School building. With 17 education rooms, a sensory wing, a library, a computer lab, a baseball field, a full playground, a Fast ForWord lab, a computer lab, a physical cognitive skills (PCS) training room, and outdoor recreation facility, S.U.P.E.R. is a fully-functional school offering a broad curriculum and …

In five short years, S.U.P.E.R. moved from the Goodwin’s basement into the former Lakemore Elementary School building. With 17 education rooms, a sensory wing, a library, a computer lab, a baseball field, a full playground, a Fast ForWord lab, a computer lab, a physical cognitive skills (PCS) training room, and outdoor recreation facility, S.U.P.E.R. is a fully-functional school offering a broad curriculum and a variety of extra-curricular activities.

S.U.P.E.R.  works with each student to find an individualized curriculum designed specifically for them. We use socialization, physical fitness, academic, and life skills to help each student uncover his or her unique heroic potential.

Learn more about Alyssa and our other S.U.P.E.R. Stories here.