Kate Fulling-O’Donnell, M.Ed.

Kate Fulling-O’Donnell, M.Ed. is the founder of Learning with Vision, Inc., a Chicago- based tutoring company. Since 2003, she has worked individually with students between the ages of six and twelve to help them overcome a wide range of academic challenges; collaborated with parents, teachers and diagnosticians to develop learning strategies to address these challenges; and provided remedial math tutoring and literacy support.

Fulling-O’Donnell—who holds a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in Naperville—began her teaching career in 1994 as a kindergarten and first-grade instructor in the western suburbs.

In 1998, she relocated to Chicago and spent the next decade as a first-grade teacher and reading specialist at the Francis W. Parker School. During her tenure at Francis Parker, Fulling-O’Donnell also served as a member of the board of Cabrini Green Tutoring (since renamed Tutoring Chicago), a nonprofit with a mission to help economically disadvantaged children grow academically and personally by providing free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring.

In 2008—five years after founding Learning with Vision, Inc. as a part-time business—Fulling-O’Donnell left Francis Parker to devote herself full-time to the growing learning resource company. She currently lives in Roscoe Village with her husband, four children and two dogs.

Posts by Kate Fulling-O’Donnell, M.Ed.

Itty Bitty Problems in Math

Let’s keep them itty bitty. My first thought about this article came from number reversals (Numbers written backwards). See the picture to the left. This picture comes from an assignment my kindergartner completed recently. Reversals are really difficult for him, however, he is wholly unaffected, unaware of them at this point. He loves to write […]

Parents: Your Young Child is Struggling with Math – What to Do?

posted by Kate O’Donnell Struggling: As a parent, there is nothing worse than watching your child struggle. The awful truth is that every child, including my own, struggles. So, what do we as parents when our child is having a difficult time comprehending Math? Some thoughts: The help is at home. It will take some […]

In Math, Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

by Kate O’Donnell Math can be hard, but don’t panic. Not everything comes easy to us. This is true for all people. Being an educator for over twenty years, I have worked with many students who have struggled to conceptualize mathematics. Each individual brings a different story. While some truly do have issues that need […]

From Misery to Magic: Building the Young Math Brain in Everyday Life

posted by Kate O’Donnell Math really is fun. It can be misery trying to teach it, but magic when you integrate it into your child’s everyday life. It’s a mystery to me why some children have a natural affinity for numbers while others show no interest or may even resist them. It may be no […]