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KinderPrep™: Teachers

Marissa

University of California, Santa Cruz, M. Ed
University of California, Santa Barbara, BA, cum laude
UCLA TEFL Certificate/California Teaching Credential
Gesell Assessment Certification

Marissa has been a Kindergarten and Early Elementary educator for 15 years.  She has presented at Growing Educators for their Literacy Program and has designed units of study in American History for the California Charter School Association.   Marissa has also led programs in STEAM for math and science. Because Marissa has studied and taught in Spain and South America, she brings multicultural perspective to all her teaching. Marissa is the Director of our KinderPrep and Early Elementary division and administers all KinderPrep and Early Elementary Assessments.

Laura

California State University, M Ed
Southeast Missouri State University, BA
California Teaching Credential

Currently teaching in a German immersion classroom, Laura has taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.  Laura has also been a middle school remediation teacher.  Her multi-talented background includes being the Musical Director for Cafe Kids Musical Theater, KinderPrep Camp coordinator, and one of Academic Achievers international traveling tutors.  Laura's professionalism, attention to detail and fun personality has made her a popular KinderPrep and early elementary teacher.

Michelle C

University of Southern California, MFT, summa cum laude
University of Arizona, BS, magna cum laude

Michelle is a child and family specialist and has worked with children and their cognitive development for 8 years. She encourages their intellectual development, and she also addresses child wellness, stress tolerance, study skills, and executive functioning. Michelle's specialization has led her to work with children of all abilities and learning differences. She works 1:1 with children using a play-based platform and mindful approach to introduce vital social skills, behavioral support and educational growth.

Tara

Wheelock College, Boston, MS, Elementary Education
Northeastern University, BA, Psychology
Elementary Teaching Credential
Orton-Gillingham Certification

Tara was the Academic Coordinator for an Education and Enrichment Services program in Massachusetts.  She was also the Director for Holbrook High School Extended Learning Program.  Tara is a Reading Specialist trained in the highly effective Orton-Gillingham Method and has also worked with deaf children assessing their individual reading progress. She also works for World Speak, a multi-lingual school where she teaches reading and math.

Susan

California State University, M Ed
University of California at Riverside, BA
CA Teaching Credential

Susan has worked with kindergarten and early elementary school children for over 8 years.  She values the gift of education and is committed to ensuing her students grow up to be independent and confident young learners. Susan wants to make a difference in the lives of her students.  She has also volunteered her skills in Japan and India. Susan has worked one-on-one with students as young as 3.5.  She is also one of our KinderPrep Camp teachers.

Alissa

Montclair State University, BA
New Jersey K-3 Teaching Credential 
Florida ElementaryTeaching Credential
CA Multidisciplinary Teaching Credential

Alissa has been immersed in the field of education for 13 years.  She has worked in the classroom and one-on-one with children ages 1.5-7 years old.  She believes in taking a hands-on approach and using innovative and creative techniques to keep her students excited about the learning process. Having spent years as a classroom teacher, Alissa is knowledgeable about the common core standards. Alissa focuses on the whole child and has the ability to quickly identify a student's needs, as well as their strengths, and differentiates her curriculum accordingly.

Elizabeth

California State University, Northridge, M.Ed.
California State University, Northridge, BA cum laude
California Specialist Teaching Credential

Elizabeth has been a kindergarten to second grade teacher for LAUSD Harvard Elementary School for several years. She is adept at developing individual learning plans and differentiated lessons for the appropriate grade, level and ability of each student and incorporates multi-sensory modalities into her lessons. Elizabeth supports her students educational growth by using technology as well as manipulatives to address individually developmentally appropriate needs. Elizabeth enjoys working one-on-one with children and is one of our KinderPrep Camp teachers.

Keri-Ann

Florida International University, MS
Florida International University, BA cum laude

Keri-Ann is a K-3 teacher and she is passionate about nutrition.  She has created standardized education curriculum in nutrition and taught cooking classes for children and teens. Keri-Ann has also provided one-on-one private tutoring to children in reading, mathematics, study skills and homework help. As a classroom teacher, Keri-Ann developed and implemented lesson plans based on state standards and created an effective and successful learning environment using behavior management techniques.  Ker-Ann's students not only love to learn, they also learn the importance of good nutrition.

Angelica

St. John's University, New York, MA
St. John's University, New York, BA

Angelica has worked as a one-on-one behavioral and learning interventionist for children with special needs and unique learning profiles such as processing speed, working memory, and visual and auditory processing differences. She has been trained in specialized programs such as PACE, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and ST Math.  Angelica's background in general and experimental psychology has given her an empathetic and patient demeanor to see her student's struggles and give them a map to succeed. Angelica especially likes to work with children from 2 to 6 years old.

Biljana

College for Pedagogy Education, Germany, BA
Santa Monica College, Early Childhood Education Certification

Biljana has worked with children at Westwood Presbyterian Preschool, Voyages Preschool, and Palisades Preschool. She has developed a hands-on math curriculum and excels in preparing children for kindergarten.  She has developed emergent curriculums tailored to each child utilizing the Reggio approach and applied social-constructivism. Bijana enjoys recognizing and encouraging a child's freedom of expression and is intentional in supporting cognitive development in children.

Kathie (Pasadena)

California Polytechnic State University, BS, Child Development
ABA Credential

Kathie was a kindergarten teacher at the Children's Center at Caltech and the Stratford School where she taught beginning literacy, STEM based learning and Saxon math.  She has provided behavior therapy (ABA) to children with autism and conducted child/family interventions. She has also written and directed musical programs and individual art projects.  Kathie is a dedicated educator and has worked wth children ages 3 to 8 for nine years.

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