WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Pat Brunner watched her daughter, Gina, struggle in school from the time she first learned to read.
"She could not sound out words," Brunner said. "She couldn't tell the difference between a long A and a short A. Her stomach started bothering her because she knew she was falling behind and couldn't do anything about it."
"I just remember crying through homework and it was awful," Gina said.
By fourth grade, Brunner tried to find a solution. She got tutors for Gina, but she also tried to determine the problem.
"I really looked at her Iowa Basic Scores Test," she said. That's how she learned Gina has a problem with auditory processing.
Then, in fifth grade, everything changed.
That's when Marquita Caberea (who later became Mrs. Nickell) became Gina's teacher.