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Mariam, Learning Specialist

Antioch College, BA, M Ed
California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
California Educational Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential
Educational Therapist Credential
Lindamood-Bell Certified

Mariam is now entering her 8th year as an educator, tutor, mentor, and curriculum specialist. We all learn differently, and Mariam is passionate in her commitment to authentically inspire students to enjoy learning, regardless of their past experiences. Mariam works with students to improve the development of literacy, attention, sensory/perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, memory, and executive functioning. She specializes in working with both gifted students and students with learning needs, and incorporates mindfulness into her sessions to promote meta-cognition and stress-reduction.

Melissa, Educational Therapist

Pepperdine University, MA, Clinical Psychology
California State University, BA, Sociology

Melissa is an Educational Consultant and with extensive knowledge of principles and methods related to working with children and teenagers diagnosed with mental disorders. She also excels at formulating lesson plans and solid organizational skills.  Melissa implements behavior interventions and modifications to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum. She also provides one-on-one educational remediation services focusing on underlying processing skills to children in grades 1-8th.

Rob, Academic Coach

Harvard University, MA
Colorado College, BA

Rob has been working as a teacher/advisor for over 20 years. He has trained teachers, published articles in education journals, presented at educational conferences and lectured at graduate schools of education.  His primary focus has been middle school students, especially in developing skills and building work habits to prepare them for high school. Rob works with students on meta-cognition and understanding their own learning, building effective study habits, time management and organization skills and executive functioning issues.  He helps to empower students in a direct, but compassionate way, and serves as a sounding board and advisor to help parents understand their child’s learning, strengths and shortcomings, and school experience through an academic and social-emotional lens.

Dr. Maryna, Neurofeedback

Odessa Medical University, Ukraine, M.D.
New York Nursing Program, R.N., B.S.N.
EEG Institute, CA, Neurofeedback Practitioner

Maryna has been working in neurofeedback and health care for over 15 years.  She specializes in working with students to overcome test-anxiety and has helped countless students control ADHD impulses and improve concentration and learning differences. She uses Cygnet Infra Low Technology both for Awake State Training and Alpha-Theta Protocol which uses the body's own natural signals to cue its behavior and encourage self-regulation.  Maryna is also an experienced Russian tutor for children 3 and above.

Justine, Academic Coach (South Bay)

Pepperdine University, MA, Clinical Psychology
USCB School of Education, BA
Lindamood-Bell Certified

Justine has worked with students as a tutor and academic coach for over 5 years.  Her psychoeducational training has helped her work with mild-moderate learning differences as well as the highly gifted.  Justine has worked with the Beck's Depression and Anxiety Inventories to give feedback and documentation of emotional changes to help her students gather positive coping skills. Justine believes that Academic Coaching is where psychology meets education.

Casey, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consultant

University of North Florida, M Ed, Deaf Education
University of North Florida, BA, Special Education, cum laude

Casey Vinke is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and has been working with Hearing Impaired students for 13 years. She has worked in the classroom with oral Deaf/Hard of Hearing students ranging from ages 3-22 years old. Casey has worked with children with multiple disabilities including learning disabilities, deaf/blind and children on the autism spectrum. She believes in teaching students according to their personal learning modalities; as well as capturing their interest with hands-on activities and manipulatives.

Elizabeth, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Dietetics Association, RDN, MNT
American College of Sports Medicine, CHFS
California State University, Los Angeles, BS Food, Nutrition and Dietetics

Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Medical Nutrition Therapist and Certified Health and Fitness Specialist. For decades, she has worked with children, adolescents and families focusing on their nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and behavior to create better physical and mental fitness, mood regulation and self-esteem.  Her integrative style focuses on the biological, physiological, emotional and psychological elements that influence outcomes. In a personal, caring fashion she provides assessments, education, and counseling.  She has created curriculum for K-12 private schools and works individually with students helping them reach their greatest intellectual, physical and personal potentials through self-care.

 

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