Our Team

Meyers Learning Center began with a passion for education and empowering students.  Ali Zidel Meyers, MSW, taught and tutored in a range of educational settings for years. She was fortunate to study under master educator Diane Spicer, MA, an outstanding teacher of Executive Functioning (EF) skills who was a fixture of the Bay Area for over 30 years. Ali trained with Diane in her revolutionary curriculum on Time Management, Organization, and Study Skills, and with Diane’s blessing, Ali began her own tutoring company in 2001.  Building on her training in social work and education, she expanded the EF curriculum to increase its accessibility and application to multiple grade levels. The community eagerly expressed and an expanding need for these services and in 2005, Adam Meyers, MBA, MIM, joined Ali to create what would become Meyers Learning Center, Inc. (MLC).  The couple developed a training program and ventured to recruit the best teachers in Silicon Valley, setting the highest standards in their quest to empower students with life skills beyond traditional subject-based tutoring.  Our growth has been organic and gradual, with an unyielding dedication to recruiting the best educators around and serving families with the highest level of service and quality. We're proud to call our team the Best in the Valley; in fact, Bay Area Parent Magazine and the local community agrees, having awarded us this designation multiple times. 
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Ali Zidel Meyers, Executive Director

Ali holds a Master of Arts in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and Bachelors of Arts in English Language and Literature and Modern Hebrew Language from the University of Michigan.  She graduated with highest distinction from both universities.  Washington University selected her as an Outstanding Practicum Winner in her clinical graduate work with families.  Ali has taught young people with a wide range of learning strengths and challenges in educational settings for over 18 years.  Her extensive experience teaching time management, study, and organizational skills to students from elementary to college levels has prompted parent groups, schools, corporations, and the National Tutoring Association to host Ali as a featured speaker.  Ali’s teaching focuses on helping students realize and leverage their unique assets while confronting weak areas with practical tools and a supportive, caring attitude.  Ali's focus areas at Meyers Learning Center include leadership, recruitment, curriculum development, community outreach, and resource support to staff and families. Outside of work, Ali leads a writing and healing group at Stanford Cancer Center's Supportive Care Program.  She also loves to hike, read, write, and play with her teenage kids.

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Adam Meyers, Executive Director

Adam holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  He was awarded a Scholar in Business scholarship from Washington University’s Olin School of Business.  Adam has enjoyed working with kids as a mentor, coach, instructor, and tutor for over 15 years. He provides a flexible and supportive learning environment while holding kids accountable.  Tapping into the unique talents, interests, motivation, and learning style of each student is a cornerstone of Adam’s approach.  Seeing himself first and foremost as his students’ advocate, he encourages them to enjoy learning and to grow from the tools, skills, and strategies he teaches. Adam's focus areas at Meyers Learning Center include leadership, growth, development, administration, and operations. Outside of work, he rejuvenates by reading, traveling, taking photographs, exploring nature and enjoying his family.

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Chris Bonfilio, Center Director

Chris holds a California Teaching Credential (Elementary for Life) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She brings a passion for teaching and helping students find a way to unlock their potential.  Chris spent 10 years as a classroom teacher and worked for three years as an education director for a Bay Area learning center before coming to Meyers Learning Center.  There, she actively managed student educational programs and consulted with parents on a regular basis.  In addition, she incorporated Time Management, Organization, and Study skills into her teaching in both classroom and individual settings.  She has worked with a diversity of students, including those with dyslexia, AD/HD, and Asperger’s syndrome.  Chris finds ways to maximize each student’s strengths by modifying instructional methods to suit their individual needs.  Building confidence is essential in learning any new skill, and Chris has the ability to do this with sincerity and warmth.  She believes in every student’s capacity to learn and grow.  Chris provides leadership at our center, welcoming families, supporting tutors and students, and helping ensure that we provide the best educational support possible.

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Stav Kazaki, Education Manager

Stav holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from the University of Macedonia in Greece.  She is a certified Early Childhood Special Education Teacher with 11 years of experience as an SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) working with students with various learning difficulties and behavioral issues.  She has supported students in all areas of development through individualized instruction and play, helping them to successfully integrate into mainstream classrooms.  Throughout her career, Stav has planned interventions with instructional modifications, created customized learning activities and applied behavioral management strategies in order to promote growth of age-appropriate skills. In addition, as a native Greek language speaker, she has over 10 years of experience tutoring in Modern Greek.  Stav also enjoys teaching children Executive Functioning skills to promote their organization, time management, and learning abilities.  Stav is a firm believer that all students, despite any learning difficulties and challenges, can experience academic and social success when provided with modified instruction, effective tools and individualized learning strategies that meet their specific needs.  Stav's role as MLC's Education Manager involves welcoming new families, administration, quality assurance, and orienting new tutors to the company.  As a new mom, she enjoys spending time with her son and husband.  In her free time, she loves to travel, cook and exercise. 

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Andrea Church, Learning Center Administrator

As Learning Center Administrator, Andrea brings outstanding skills in customer service, organization, efficiency, and responsiveness.  Her corporate administration experience includes serving as the Executive Assistant to the Branch Manager of Cushman and Wakefield, San Francisco, followed by a promotion to Branch Administrator of their Oakland branch, where she managed an administrative staff in a 25+ broker operation.  After raising her children, Andrea returned to the workplace in several administrative capacities at Cashin Company, Coldwell Banker, Pacific Learning Center, and now Meyers Learning Center.  Andrea loves actively supporting students, parents, and staff in the Learning Center.  A native of Livonia, Michigan, she resides in San Carlos with her husband and son.  In her off-time, Andrea enjoys acting as a volunteer tutor for the Healthy Cities Program.  Her passions include gardening, fitness, reading and Childhood Cancer Awareness advocacy.

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