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.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 alison@myedtherapist.com

Jennifer Maslar, M.A., Intervention/Reading 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 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 jennifer@myedtherapist.com
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Erica Hazzard, B.A., Learning Specialist

Erica Hazzard is a Southern California native. Influenced by her mother’s child care business that she ran in-home, Erica knew she was destined to work with kids. She loved being with children, helping them play, learn, and grow. She has spent over 8 years helping her mother as a child care provider, but it was during her short time working in different elementary schools, that Erica realized she enjoyed being an educator. During her early years of college, Erica found a new passion in the field of psychology as she learned about how fascinating the brain is.

During her time at UCLA Erica found a perfect program which allowed her to blend her love of children and psychology, spending over 300 hours in a child development center. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies along with a degree in Applied Developmental Psychology. After college, she was introduced to cognitive therapy, and soon after became a certified learning specialist.

She has spent the past year working with children from elementary to middle school age, who struggle in school and learn differently than their peers. As a clinical director, Erica learned how to evaluate children, create and implement individualized programs, and collaborate with parents and teachers. Her favorite part was being able to work one-on-one with students, where she celebrated the success each student earned and provided strategies in order for them to reach their highest potential. Erica views her job as providing students the tools to “unlock their smarts” and become strong, independent learners. She has received certifications in a range of programs that remediate phonemic awareness, dyslexia, decoding, reading, comprehension, auditory processing, memory, processing speed, and executive functions.

In her free time, you will find Erica spending time with her amazing family and her dog Bentley. She loves to travel the world, seek adventures, and create memories with friends. No matter where Erica is, she is definitely listening to country music and looking for a place to two-step.

You can connect with Erica at erica@myedtherapist.com

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 ali@myedtherapist.com

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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 wanda@myedtherapist.com

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
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