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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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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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Ali Guydan, M.A., ET/A

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.
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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Ali Guydan, M.A., ET/A

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

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

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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

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Eric Kaufmann, M.A.,  Learning Specialist

Eric is a middle school teacher and learning specialist with a passion for teaching and working with children that began as a snowboard instructor in high school. Eric studied Adolescent Education and History at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and taught at an alternative middle school in Poughkeepsie. Four years ago, Eric began teaching middle school in Los Angeles and earned an M.A. in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University as a part of the P.L.A.C.E. Corps. Additionally, Eric works for a nonprofit organization located in rural Nicaragua with a focus on developing a remedial reading and writing program in Spanish while also organizing community events. 

At school, Eric is the Lead Junior High teacher and IEP Specialist. He teaches social studies, earth science, public speaking, and executive functioning skills. As a middle school teacher, Eric is well versed in working with students in large or small groups and individual settings. By combining his training in differentiated and multi-sensory instruction, he creates data-driven activities that stress each student’s individual needs.  Through prescriptive and differentiated instruction, he constructs a unique learning environment that promotes responsible self-advocacy and critical thinking. As an IEP Specialist, Eric also attends monthly meetings to discuss his student’s progress while advocating for students and their families. 

Eric is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending his free time surfing, hiking, and camping. He also practices meditation and brings the concept of mindfulness into every session. Although not a local to the Los Angeles area, he has fallen in love with the weather and waves of Southern California.

You can connect with Eric at eric@myedtherapist.com

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Eric Kaufmann, M.A.,  Learning Specialist

Eric is a middle school teacher and learning specialist with a passion for teaching and working with children that began as a snowboard instructor in high school. Eric studied Adolescent Education and History at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and taught at an alternative middle school in Poughkeepsie. Four years ago, Eric began teaching middle school in Los Angeles and earned an M.A. in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University as a part of the P.L.A.C.E. Corps. Additionally, Eric works for a nonprofit organization located in rural Nicaragua with a focus on developing a remedial reading and writing program in Spanish while also organizing community events. 

At school, Eric is the Lead Junior High teacher and IEP Specialist. He teaches social studies, earth science, public speaking, and executive functioning skills. As a middle school teacher, Eric is well versed in working with students in large or small groups and individual settings. By combining his training in differentiated and multi-sensory instruction, he creates data-driven activities that stress each student’s individual needs.  Through prescriptive and differentiated instruction, he constructs a unique learning environment that promotes responsible self-advocacy and critical thinking. As an IEP Specialist, Eric also attends monthly meetings to discuss his student’s progress while advocating for students and their families. 

Eric is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending his free time surfing, hiking, and camping. He also practices meditation and brings the concept of mindfulness into every session. Although not a local to the Los Angeles area, he has fallen in love with the weather and waves of Southern California.

You can connect with Eric at eric@myedtherapist.com

Jennifer Maslar, M.A., Learning 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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Jennifer Maslar, M.A.,  Learning 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 remediation and 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 learning for all students.

Joanna has received specialized training and certifications in reading remediation, with a focus on foundational literacy and reading comprehension development. She has been extensively trained in the Writer's Workshop model used in most schools and received additional certification in writing support through Guided Language Acquisition Design and Thinking Maps. In addition to her work in literacy, Joanna is skilled in Cognitively Guided Math Instruction and has served as a facilitator for training teachers through UCLA Center X Mathematics Project. She has also been certified to support students with executive functioning. Joanna has experience working with students with ADHD, processing disorders, behavioral disorders, dyslexia, nonverbal learning disorders, and anxiety.

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

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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 remediation and 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 learning for all students.

Joanna has received specialized training and certifications in reading remediation, with a focus on foundational literacy and reading comprehension development. She has been extensively trained in the Writer's Workshop model used in most schools and received additional certification in writing support through Guided Language Acquisition Design and Thinking Maps. In addition to her work in literacy, Joanna is skilled in Cognitively Guided Math Instruction and has served as a facilitator for training teachers through UCLA Center X Mathematics Project. She has also been certified to support students with executive functioning. Joanna has experience working with students with ADHD, processing disorders, behavioral disorders, dyslexia, nonverbal learning disorders, and anxiety.

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

Karin Sato, M.A., Learning Specialist

Karin was born and raised in Southern California, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at CSU Northridge and earned her Master’s degree in Education at the University of La Verne.

She is a certified elementary school teacher and taught grades 1 - 5 for 24 years. She spent two years as the district itinerant teacher and is currently serving as the district’s elementary teacher leader in curriculum.  Karin has received extensive training in early literacy skills, inclusive practices, and Cognitively Guided Math instructions. She is also a facilitator for coaching teachers through UCLA Center X Mathematics Project.

One of Karin’s favorite Brene Brown quotes is, “We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore.” Karin’s son is a client at My Ed Therapist and she wholeheartedly believes the spaces created for him here have given him hope when he felt hopeless. 

Karin and her husband are parents to three grown children and two dogs. They love spending time with friends, visiting Mammoth, working out and cooking.

You can connect with Karin at karin@myedtherapist.com

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Karin Sato, M.A., Learning Specialist

Karin was born and raised in Southern California, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at CSU Northridge and earned her Master’s degree in Education at the University of La Verne.

She is a certified elementary school teacher and taught grades 1 - 5 for 24 years. She spent two years as the district itinerant teacher and is currently serving as the district’s elementary teacher leader in curriculum.  Karin has received extensive training in early literacy skills, inclusive practices, and Cognitively Guided Math instructions. She is also a facilitator for coaching teachers through UCLA Center X Mathematics Project.

One of Karin’s favorite Brene Brown quotes is, “We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore.” Karin’s son is a client at My Ed Therapist and she wholeheartedly believes the spaces created for him here have given him hope when he felt hopeless. 

Karin and her husband are parents to three grown children and two dogs. They love spending time with friends, visiting Mammoth, working out and cooking.

You can connect with Karin at karin@myedtherapist.com

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Megan D'Amore, M.A., Learning Specialist

Megan D’Amore has been in education for 15 years and in the classroom for 9 years. She is currently a middle school teacher in Redondo Beach. She graduated from California Lutheran University in 2007, with a BA in Liberal Studies and an emphasis in Physical Education. After college, she moved to Wiesbaden, Germany where she completed an AmeriCorps internship teaching and coaching military children whose parents had been deployed. Upon her return to the states, she decided to further pursue the area of Special Education and earned her MA from Loyola Marymount University. 

Megan has worked with students of all ages, ranging from elementary school through college. She can teach and offer support in a variety of subjects and has specialized training in reading intervention, math and executive functioning.

When she’s not teaching, Megan likes to spend time with her husband, Jason, and son, Bennett. She also enjoys traveling, dancing, yoga, attending live concerts, and tagging along on golf trips with her husband. Fun fact, he is the Men's golf coach at LMU. Go Lions!

You can connect with Megan at megan@myedtherapist.com

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Megan D'Amore, M.A., Learning Specialist

Megan D’Amore has been in education for 15 years and in the classroom for 9 years. She is currently a middle school teacher in Redondo Beach. She graduated from California Lutheran University in 2007, with a BA in Liberal Studies and an emphasis in Physical Education. After college, she moved to Wiesbaden, Germany where she completed an AmeriCorps internship teaching and coaching military children whose parents had been deployed. Upon her return to the states, she decided to further pursue the area of Special Education and earned her MA from Loyola Marymount University. 

Megan has worked with students of all ages, ranging from elementary school through college. She can teach and offer support in a variety of subjects and has specialized training in reading intervention, math and executive functioning.

When she’s not teaching, Megan likes to spend time with her husband, Jason, and son, Bennett. She also enjoys traveling, dancing, yoga, attending live concerts, and tagging along on golf trips with her husband. Fun fact, he is the Men's golf coach at LMU. Go Lions!

You can connect with Megan at megan@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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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 21-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 Online Business Management company, helping therapeutic entrepreneurs 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.

You can connect with Cory at cory@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 21-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 Online Business Management company, helping therapeutic entrepreneurs 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.

You can connect with Cory at cory@myedtherapist.com
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