Success Stories


Night and day. That describes the kinds of changes we have seen in our 15 year-old son since we began tutoring with Bev Menken just 8 months ago. He was struggling greatly with high school level work due to low reading comprehension levels. Desperate for help, we came to Bev, who recommended using the Visualization and Verbalization program with him. This curriculum and Bev’s patient and clear teaching style have revolutionized how my son reads and learns. He has also gained new levels of confidence, which affects everything he does. He enjoys going to tutoring every week and continues to grow in his skills.

Yvonne Brandon


My son Peyton was really struggling with his reading and comprehension skills which were reflected in his PSAT testing. I began inquiring with contacts within the Christian Youth Theater program in Rockford to locate someone to help. I was given Bev Menken’s name. She provided a whole new system for Peyton which used his memory and auditory skills to increase his comprehension as well as a new way to process and recognize the sounds of letters and the combination of letters. I have already connected other Rockford Christian parents with Bev Menken because I felt that she provided outstanding skills and character as well as her ease in connecting to each of her students, which directly affects the students self-esteem. Mr. Menken also provided outstanding writing skills, which he shared with Peyton on several school papers. I really appreciate and respect Bev and John Menken and would highly recommend them to any parent looking to improve their child’s skills in the classroom.

Michelle Gottfred


I’m typing this note to you while Devin is reading Charlotte’s Web to Bryan and Eric.  He is doing great, with lots of inflection in his voice. It’s the full novel version for their class. I wasn’t sure I was ever going to see the day when he would gladly take a chapter book to read to his brothers. Praise God! Four months ago, this would not have been possible. I can now say that Devin is reading chapter books and actually asks for books at the library. Huge leap from September!

Michelle Wright