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 email@example.com
Alison Chang, M.Ed., 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 was 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. Alison completed the program in December 2017 and has culminated over a year of experience developing and implementing individualized psychoeducational goals in educational therapy, over 3 years of experience tutoring in a private agency, and over 5 years of working with children of all ages in an educational setting. Alison has a lot of experience working with high schoolers and is able to connect with them and help them learn in a way that makes them feel understood. In addition, she has been trained in the Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs.
Alison is a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher and is very passionate about being mindful in sessions, including bringing awareness to each student's unique learning profile. She brings together empathy, enthusiasm, and tailored instruction in order to create a supportive and accepting environment for your child to learn, grown and succeed.
You can connect with Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ali Guydan, M.A., Learning Specialist
Ali is extremely motivated and passionate about helping individuals grow and reach their goals through 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. Throughout Ali’s career, she has gained extensive experience working both one on one and in a group setting assisting individuals of all ages in personal growth through learning life skills, organizational skills, and creating unique and individualized plans tailored to each person's needs.
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 email@example.com
Jennifer Maslar, M.A., Intervention/Reading Specialist
Jennifer has taught at both the elementary and high school level. She is the case manager of 9th and 10th-grade students at a public school in the South Bay. Jennifer teaches Specialized Academic Instruction English and Reading Intervention.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Wanda Webster, M.A., Reading/Writing Specialist
Wanda grew up in a small town in Iowa and spent most of her early years outside playing with animals and nature. She 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. Wanda loved helping people with their creative ideas and developing them into successful projects in written and film forms. Many of her writers 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 worked for large non-profits in the areas of spirituality, social-emotional development, and addiction/recovery. 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.
Wanda brings compassion, patience, and insightfulness to each session and wants to ignite the excitement of learning in each child. She believes positive reinforcement and small successes are the best modalities to affect the desired improvements.
In her spare time Wanda loves to read, travel, meditate, and spend time with her friends and family. She is currently finishing her first book and hopes its publication will be of service to those recovering from addiction.
You can connect with Wanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Zacker, Business Manager
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