Our Team

It is our love  to TEACH....We pride ourselves in doing whatever it takes to help our students reach their potential.


Karen Griffel
 Karen began Learning Connections  in 2002.  She was motivated by her desire to offer more choices to individuals coping with learning difficulties. With a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, she has over 20 years of experience working with children and adults.  She is experienced in helping students  cope with many different issues such as ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, Autism, mental health and behavioral issues.
You can contact Karen directly at kgriffel@gmail.com.



 Patty Putnam

Learning Connections of Missouri 

Patty holds a M.Ed. in Special Education and is  a Certified  Reading Specialist. She has over 20 years experience teaching individuals with Learning Disabilities, Autisim, Asperger's, PDD,ADD/ADHD and Behavioral Disorders. She is highly trained in differential instruction, assitive technology and multi-sensory planning in order to meet individual needs. She is very excited to bring Learning Connections to the Saint Louis area. 

 "My years of experience have taught me the value of patience and encouragment, while my dedication to helping those with learning challenges has kept me on a constant course of professional development. I've truely appreciated and learned from every child and family I have worked with; I cannot imagine having a job in any other career field and I am excited to be a part of the Learning Connections team!"

 You can contact Patty directly at  Learning Connections.pp@gmail.com 



 Joanne Anibarro, MA
Program Development
  Joanne has her Master's degree in Education and has spent several years teaching in the public school system. She also has her certification in applied behavioral analysis and has many years experience working with children with various skill levels.
You can contact Joanne directly at joanne@learningconnections-kg.com


Ginny McMillen,MS
Program Facilitator
 Ginny is a former Orange County Public School teacher, with a Master's degree in Special Education, and certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary, Special, and Gifted education. Ginny is an excellent teacher and is committed to challenging each of our students to reach their highest potential. She can be reached at:





Mary Rajchel

 Program Facilitator

Mary has been with Learning Connectinos for over 3 years. Mary has been trained in all programs offered by Learning Connections and she is a fantastic addition to our team.She homeschooled her 3 children all of whom are now grown and are successful happy adults.Her two sons both attended Military Academies and are proudly serving our country.