Stephanie Pitts, M.Ed., ET/P- Owner

 

A native of Los Angeles, Stephanie Pitts is an educational therapist who received her B.A. in Sociology from USC and a Master’s Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. She completed her Certificate in Educational Therapy at CSUN and has been trained as an Academic Coach.

Stephanie is a professional level member of the Association of Educational Therapists in addition to being a member of CHADD and the International Dyslexia Association.

Stephanie works with students one-on-one and regularly reads and interprets testing reports, conducts informal assessments, addresses remedial reading, writing, and math needs, attends IEP meetings, and communicates with parents and any therapists, educators, and faculty that may be part of a student's support team.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her two dachshunds, traveling, and spending time with friends.

You can connect with Stephanie at info@myedtherapist.com

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Alison Chang, M.A., ET/A

Alison always knew she wanted a career working with children. After graduating with a degree in Psychology and Education from UC Santa Barbara, she went on to work with students who have autism and realized her true passion lay in working with kids who learned a bit differently.

While tutoring at a private agency, she was introduced to the MA Educational Therapy program at Cal State Northridge. Upon completing the program and being trained in the Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs, Alison has culminated and put in practice a multitude of strategies for developing and implementing individualized psychoeducational goals in educational therapy. She is an associate-level member of the Association of Educational Therapists.

Alison has a background in working with students of all ages, including adults. She specializes in executive functioning skills and developing skills for self-confidence and self-efficacy. In addition, she works with remediating and supporting decoding skills, reading comprehension skills, writing skills, math skills, study skills, and metacognition and mindfulness-based skills. She believes students do their best work when they feel seen, heard and understood, so she works to connect with each student to create specialized learning methods that fit their strengths, interests, and motivators.

With experience as a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher, Alison is very passionate about being mindful in sessions. She is intentional about bringing awareness to each student, educating them on their unique learning profile and how to work with their individual skillset. She strives to create space to allow each learner to be as independent as possible. Alison brings together empathy, enthusiasm, and tailored instruction in order to create a supportive, fun and accepting environment for your child to learn, grow and succeed.

You can connect with Alison at alison@myedtherapist.com

Ali Guydan, M.A.,  Learning Specialist

Ali is extremely motivated and passionate about helping individuals grow and reach their goals by identifying and building on each student’s unique personal strengths. While completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UC Berkeley, Ali began her career working with a Non Profit organization providing mentorship and support to high school students struggling with psychosocial stressors affecting their ability to succeed in school. Through this experience, Ali realized her passion to help students reach both personal and academic goals.

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology, Ali worked for a private tutoring agency providing in-home tutoring and babysitting to elementary and middle school-age students. This experience motivated Ali to further her education as she recognized that there were additional factors affecting children’s ability to reach their goals in school and desired to gain clinical experience helping clients of all ages. Ali attended the University of Southern California and completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and worked clinically prior to transitioning to working as a Learning Specialist focusing on psychoeducational goals.

Ali develops individualized psychoeducational goals addressing issues affecting educational functioning such as ADHD, executive functioning, study skills, math, writing, and other academic challenges. Ali assists students in developing strategies both inside and outside of the classroom. Ali takes a person-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused approach as she works collaboratively with clients to help them overcome challenges and work towards their individual goals.

Ali demonstrates immense compassion and empathy with clients as well as brings an enthusiastic attitude to sessions to help make learning fun. Ali recognizes the importance of finding what benefits each client and helping clients increase internal motivation to achieve goals.

During her free time, Ali enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her dog, shopping, and practicing yoga. As well, Ali enjoys meditation and practicing mindfulness, which she brings in her sessions to assist students in increasing insight, being present, and self-awareness.

You can connect with Ali at ali@myedtherapist.com

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Daltrey Abney, B.A.,  Learning Specialist

Daltrey is an educational specialist hailing from Bentonville, AR. She graduated from Boston College with a dual-degree in Elementary Education and History and a minor in Arabic. She is a certified elementary school teacher, as well as a licensed English Language Learner instructor. After teaching at an international school in Japan, she returned to the US to focus on developing strategies to help students struggling to succeed in the typical classroom setting. She worked at a school in Los Angeles for students with learning differences as an interventionist and classroom teacher, where she developed a passion for teaching students one-on-one to help them develop strategies for success.

Daltrey is trained in reading programs such as the Wilson Reading System; Lindamood-Bell LiPS, Seeing-Stars, and Visualizing and Verbalizing; and Read Naturally. She is well versed in the CGI and Singapore Math methods. She is also trained in Step Up to Writing, PACE, Cogmed, and CAPDOTS. Though she is a licensed K-6 teacher, she has taught in classrooms and worked one-on-one with students in grades K-12 and in college as well. As a former teacher, she is very familiar with state and Common Core standards and how to help students develop strategies that work in the classroom setting. She has worked with students with ASD, ADHD, anxiety, CAPD, dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties, processing disorders, and more.

In her free time, Daltrey likes to watch movies, read books, and dance. She also loves to write stories and children’s books that help her students access academic and social-emotional curriculum in new ways.

You can connect with Daltrey at daltrey@myedtherapist.com

Jennifer Maslar, M.A.,  Reading/Intervention Specialist

Jennifer Maslar is an Intervention Specialist from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Intervention Specialist from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Jennifer moved to LA to complete the two-year PLACE Corps (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Schools) program while teaching in an under-resourced school. Jennifer then earned her Master's Degree in Reading Instruction from Loyola Marymount University. Jennifer has her K-12 Mild/Moderate Teaching License in both California and Ohio.

Jennifer has taught at both the elementary and high school level. She is the case carrier for students in grades 9-12 at a public high school in the South Bay. Jennifer teaches executive functioning in a Learning Center as well as Specialized Academic Instruction.

In addition to being a special education teacher, Jennifer has experience working as a behaviorist for children with severe special needs.

Jennifer writes and implements IEPs for all of her students. She works directly with School Psychologists to develop Behavior Intervention Plans. Jennifer also acts as an advocate for clients in IEP meetings.

In her free time, Jennifer loves to enjoy the beach, exercise, and play with her rescue dog, Pedro.

You can connect with Jennifer at jennifer@myedtherapist.com

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Joanna Hayman, B.A., Learning Specialist

A product of a family of teachers, education is a natural fit for Joanna. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2006. She has been in elementary education for 12 years, first with a charter and then with a public school district. She spent 11 years in the classroom and one year as an Intervention Specialist, designing and implementing remedial intervention materials for students in grades tk-6. She also served as her school's Response to Intervention Academic Lead, acting as a student and family advocate in SST, RTI, and IEP meetings. She has a deep-rooted drive to ensure access and equitable instruction for all students.

Joanna has received specialized trainings and certifications in a number of remedial reading programs, with a focus on foundational literacy and reading comprehension development. In addition to her work in literacy, Joanna is skilled in Cognitively Guided Math Instruction, and has served as a facilitator for training other teachers through UCLA Center X Mathematics Project. She has also been certified to support students with executive functioning. Joanna has significant experience working in a variety of settings with students, including one on one and small group.

In her free time, Joanna enjoys taking advantage of all the natural beauty the South Bay has to offer with her husband and daughter. She is an avid Dodgers fan and loves to read, play with her dog and cat, and find new places to eat.

You can connect with Joanna at joanna@myedtherapist.com

Wanda Webster, M.A., Reading/Writing Specialist

Wanda was always drawn to working with children and graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Psychology. Her first job was teaching preschoolers with disabilities. Each unique child was given the needed support to excel in their future education. To Wanda, this seemed more like fun than work!

Wanda moved to Los Angeles and her teaching career expanded in new directions as she accepted opportunities in the entertainment industry helping writers and developing creative ideas and projects. She discovered she had a natural gift at helping writers develop and fine-tune their scripts. Many of Wanda’s writers/clients won awards in their field.

More recently, Wanda obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and Psychology from Pepperdine University. She wanted to help all children through the development of curriculum, which tended to focus on the limited ABC’s of life rather than the whole person. As such, she wrote social-emotional programs that were implemented into the Los Angeles Unified School System and were at one time, in eight different countries. Wanda also wrote and developed leadership and acting programs for Chinese ESL summer camps at CSUN and UCLA. Her 10-week addiction/recovery program was recently published in her new book, The Journey Within.

Wanda has always been fascinated by human behavior and believes that helping people advance along their life path and becoming the best versions of themselves to be her ultimate joy and purpose. She brings compassion, patience, and insightfulness to each session and wants to ignite the love of learning in each child. She believes positive reinforcement and small successes are one of the best ways to motivate students. She has seen that improving executive functioning is also key to excelling, reducing stress levels, and overall learning.

In her spare time, Wanda loves to read, travel, meditate, and spend time with her friends and family.

You can connect with Wanda at wanda@myedtherapist.com

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Cory Zacker, Business Manager

Cory was a lifelong New Yorker up until 2014 when she happily traded coasts. She has a B.A. in Communications and over 20 years of experience running businesses and helping others grow theirs. Cory's biggest teacher has been her now 19-year-old son who struggled with learning challenges from an early age. Through advocating for him, she was able to see what worked and what did not. This led her to opening her own tutoring agency in New York City and serving on the Board of Directors of her son's special education elementary school. She also was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post where she blogged on parenting and education. Cory continued her work in education once relocating to Los Angeles, serving as the Director of Admissions and Outreach at a South Bay private school. She now runs her own Virtual Assistant business, helping entrepreneurs, business owners and the private sector with everything it takes to be a success. In her free time, Cory enjoys traveling the country, hiking, music and spending time with her son when he's home from college.

You can connect with Cory at cory@myedtherapist.com