Specialists

 

Navigating the academic world can be challenging. Sometimes you may need a little extra assistance. Whether you need an Academic Coach, Educational Therapist, Private School Admissions Consultant or College Counselor --we’re here to help.

Meet Our Staff

Lisa Marfisi

Private School Consultant

University of Pennsylvania, BA
Philadelphia College, BS

Lisa has been a professional in education in Los Angeles since 1991. She was the Director of Admissions K-12 at Wildwood School and Echo Horizon School. She also worked at the Archer School for Girls, PS #1, and Westside Neighborhood School. Lisa’s experience has given her an understanding of what schools are looking for and enables her to help parents navigate the admissions process from an insider’s point of view. Lisa has been helping families with the admission process as a Director of Admission for 14 years. She is a former steering committee member of ESAD (Elementary School Admission Directors).

Jane Gutman

College Counselor

University of Pennsylvania, MA
Antioch University, MA
Dartmouth College, BA

Jane is a former Associate Dean of Admissions for the University of Pennsylvania and has been the Director of the Western Regional Office for the University of Pennsylvania. She has been working with westside students as a college counselor for over 25 years. Jane holds Master degrees in American Studies and Clinical Psychology. Her insider knowledge of what really happens in the admissions office, as well as her background in psychology makes her a perfect choice for the complex needs of families during the college application process.

Rob Stone

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. Bibi Pirayesh

Educational Therapist

Loyola Marymount University, PhD Ed
Columbia University, MA, Psych.
University of Pittsburgh, BA, Neuroscience

Bibi is an Educational Therapist and Learning Specialist with over 10 years of professional experience. She provides one-on-one services for students with a wide range of learning disabilities and differences including dyslexia, ADHD, Pervasive Development Disorders as well as the development of individualized educational and treatment plans. Dr. Pirayesh also offers a Cognitive Brain Training Program which addresses Attention, Memory, Logic/Reasoning, and Processing to ensure students are working at the top of their abilities.

Angela

Assessment Specialist

City College of New York, MFA
Fordham University, BA, MA Ed
Teaching Certification General/Special Ed.

Angela provides academic assessments in reading, math, written and oral language. She also measures progress towards developmental benchmarks and develops curriculum and content materials for our students. Angela has published and presented educational development topics ranging from literacy instruction, components of guided reading, balanced reading to writing workshops. Angela is also an education editor and writing consultant for a highly regarded educational publishing house. She helped develop the Common Core Standards with the progressive/constructivist inquiry-based curriculum for the NY Public Schools. Angela has also taught 2nd and 3rd grade for many years.