Ali holds a Master of Arts in Social Work from 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 for over 18 years. She specializes in Executive Functioning and consults for schools, parent groups, and organizations on building and effectively teaching these skills. 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. In addition, she is among the founding partners of the Children's Health Council Executive Functioning Advisory Group. In addition to EF coaching and education, Ali has a passion for and expertise in teaching writing. She has worked with myriad students, through the years, to help them create, polish, and submit successful college and fellowship admissions essays. 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. Her roles at Meyers Learning Center include leadership, recruitment, curriculum development, training, community outreach, and resource support to staff and families. Outside of work, Ali leads a writing group at Stanford Cancer Center's Supportive Care Program and is on the Advisory Board for Project Giving Kids, a nonprofit serving families in the Bay Area, Boston, and Los Angeles. She also loves to walk, read, write, and affectionately annoy her teenage kids.
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.
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.
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.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential in Liberal Studies from San Jose State University (K-12), as well as a Teaching Credential from Washington state. She has 12 years of teaching experience in both Elementary Education and Special Education. In addition, Chris specializes in Executive Functioning coaching and has taught countless middle and high school students, as well as teachers, these core academic and life skills. Chris’ classroom experience includes emphasis on language, writing, and math in Learning Centers and Contained Learning Centers. Her students have been mainstream learners, as well as those with AD/HD, behavioral, physical, and emotional challenges, ASD, and dyscalculia. Chris enjoys imparting knowledge with a practical and organized approach--which includes time management, study, and organization skills as part of her teaching. She wants her students to learn how to think and develop study skills tailored to their own needs. Chris is adaptive, empathetic, resourceful, and patient with her students, using her creativity to bring academic lessons to life in a memorable way. In her free time, she enjoys music, research, writing, swimming, and spending time with animals and nature.
Sumie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Irvine and completed her Multiple Subject teacher credential training through UCLA Extension. She has more than 18 years of experience teaching and tutoring students from all grade levels, with an emphasis on elementary school education. Sumie brings specialized training in tutoring reading, writing, and math in multiple methodologies, including Lindamood-Bell. She has taught students with a range of learning differences, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, AD/HD, Auditory Processing Disorder, gifted and twice exceptional (2E) students. Sumie has also helped students with expressive language challenges, emotional difficulties, and negative school experiences. She loves working one-on-one with students, tuning-in to the ways they think and collaborating with them to build their skills, confidence, and independence. Sumie also focuses on supporting students to develop self-awareness and Executive Functioning skills so they become self-monitoring, successful learners for life. When she’s not tutoring, Sumie enjoys reading, art projects, exploring international cuisine, and hanging out with her dog, Django.
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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