About Designed with a Purpose
Every individual has been designed with a purpose. The key to success is understanding and equipping students based on their unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Designed with a Purpose was created as a private tutoring program focused on meeting the needs of students from elementary through high school with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, weak executive functioning, and anxiety.
Our process includes a parent interview and a careful assessment of the student's needs. Dr. Irwin then recommends a program and tutor best suited for the student and crafts a structured approach to tutoring with an emphasis on the remediation of weak processing and academic skills. Tutoring sessions are held at the Designed with a Purpose's facility and, pending permission, on the campus of the student's school. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of the child in either one-on-one or small group settings. In addition, resources and updates are provided to parents on a regular basis.
Strategies are determined individually and can include:
Wilson Reading instruction
Math instruction (from beginning number sense through high school algebra and geometry)
Homework help and study skills
SAT and ACT exam preparation
Beginning in August 2022, Designed with a Purpose began offering a hybrid homeschool for a limited number of students. The Hybrid Homeschool meets twice a week during the school year for in-person instruction and includes curated content for the other days of the week. If you are interested in learning more, we invite you to read about this program and reach out to us about availability.
Meet Dr. Debbie Irwin, Founder of Designed with a Purpose
Dr. Debbie Irwin is the founder of Designed with a Purpose. Her experience includes working with preschool to college-age students in the areas of reading, math, written expression, and executive functioning. Debbie has spent most of her career working with students with various learning needs including learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and anxiety. In addition to developing and overseeing support services and programs for students with learning needs within K-12 Christian schools, Debbie has served as a consultant for numerous private schools and provided workshops for parents, faculty, and administrators both locally and regionally.
Debbie has co-authored the book Serving Students with Learning Disabilities in Christian Schools: A Program Management Manual for Teachers and Schools (ACSI, 2007, available on Amazon) and published Teachers’ value beliefs and usage of one‑to‑one devices for students with dyslexia: A descriptive study (2022). Debbie has a B.S. degree in Special Education, a M.S. in Reading, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction - Learning Design & Technology.
Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.
Our Private Tutors
Tammy Goodlett is a multi-categorical special education teacher with more than a decade of experience at the secondary level and also taught preschool students for many years. In her current position at Hughes Academy of Science and Technology, Tammy instructs students with intellectual, learning, and emotional disabilities with a focus on life and supported employment skills. She collaborates with other educators and school leaders to ensure an equitable learning experience for all students. She is serving as a curriculum coordinator. She earned her B.S. in psychology and M.A.s in special education and educational leadership.
Before joining Designed with a Purpose, Pam Irwin taught at and was the Director of the Learning Differences Program at Shannon Forrest Christian in Greenville, SC for 28 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Speech and Language Pathology and a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities. She has teaching experience in Speech and Language Pathology, articulation, and language remediation and has worked with a diverse range of students from elementary through high school.
Richard Mitchell recently retired after teaching middle schoolers for 25 years, first in Maryland, then in South Carolina. His main teaching subjects have been History and Bible. Richard strives to help students better understand the world and come to know the God who made and runs it. He is a private tutor as well as the high school history, science, and Bible teacher at Designed With A Purpose.
Bethany Weir graduated with a B.A. in Communication and minor in History from Clemson University. After college, she worked for over 10 years at a marketing agency before transitioning to teaching. She primarily works with private tutoring students in reading, as well as teaching history at Designed with a Purpose's Hybrid-Homeschool group.