Vesta Gillette is one the Academy’s certified Educational Therapist. Vesta Gillette received her diploma from Moody Bible Institute, her BS in Elementary Education and her MS in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University. She has specialized training of Levels I, II, and III from the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), qualifying her as a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist to evaluate and provide academic intervention for individuals struggling with learning difficulties. Vesta has training from NILD in Search & Teach (evaluating and providing intervention for pre-school children vulnerable to learning difficulties), as well as RX for Reading, RX4 Math, and Group Educational Therapy—three training courses to use the NILD techniques with academic groups. She also has Level I training from Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment in order to provide cognitive stimulation to help individuals improve their thinking skills and learn better. She has been an instructor of workshops and courses for NILD. She and her husband, Mel, served 30 years with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), teaching missionary children at two schools in Venezuela. The Gillettes retired in 2009 after 35 years of missionary service. As a continuing ministry in retirement, Vesta provides diagnostic educational evaluations, pre- and post- testing for students, as well as educational therapy to individuals and small groups part time at Lydia Urban Academy. Vesta has three adult children and four grandchildren.