Dr. Carol Utay

By: Paula Green

       According to Dr. Carol Utay, people should “Stop worrying about bringing education to your child and focus on bringing your great child education.”

      Utay is the executive director of Total Learning Centers, which is a privately owned academic, brain-based learning facility in Pittsburgh.   Her husband, Joe, is the director of counseling services for TLC. 

       In July, Utay was selected as the winner of the Inspired Woman Award for 2012 by the Inspired Women in Business and Life organization.   She is also a two-time Athena Award winner – 2006 and 2011; she was nominated for this honor again this year, where she finished in the Top 25. 

       Last year the Pittsburgh Business Times presented her with the Diamond Award, and she was also honored with the Dr. Tom Baker Community Leader Award and Business Communicator of the Year.

       Utay has worked extensively with children with various disabilities such as dyslexia and executive functioning issues (ADHD, processing problems, etc.).  Her knowledge is so sought-after, that in March 2009, she was invited to speak on these topics in front of the Department of Education, Office of Special Education in Washington, D.C.

      “It was a fascinating experience.  I bought real-world examples from Total Learning and our community.  I think it is important that we continue to let those at the federal level see our successes as well as our needs,” Utay said.

       Utay earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh.  She also received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in special education from East Texas State University.

       Prior to opening TLC in 1999, Utay was a director of at-risk students and technology in Lexington, Ky.  She has experience as a principal, Orton-Gillingham reading therapist, teacher, consultant, international speaker, professor, author and mother (27-old daughter, Andrea).

       Total Learning Center has four locations – Wexford, Fox Chapel, Murrysville and the South Hills.   Over the next few months, they will be hosting several educational seminars – 4 Pillars of Brain Health, How to Handle Homework Stress, Weak Attention: Effects on Reading, Effective Communication, and Working Memory.  Times and locations for these events can be found by calling TLC at, (724) 940-1090 or visit them on the web at http://www.totallearningcenter.com.