MLC Educators

Our tutors are outstanding educators in their fields, all of whom possess college degrees, and many with Master's degrees, PhDs, and teaching credentials.  MLC tutors bring experience from classroom settings, small group instruction and one-on-one contexts to teach academic content and Executive Functioning skills in multiple ways.  We're proud of our staff, who are also mentors, cheerleaders, and creative, collaborative guides to students on their unique learning paths. 

Ahmed A.

Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has over 7 years of tutoring experience in math and science, supporting a variety of students from elementary school to college levels, including those with identified learning differences and those without.  Ahmed tailors his instruction to guide students toward mastery of academic subjects and provides the tools to build success, including time management, study, and organization skills.  He strives to provide just enough guidance to help his students, while enabling them to discover the solutions to problems on their own; he believes the best solutions are the ones we find ourselves.  Ahmed is a seasoned tutor who is patient, personable, and genuinely cares about his students’ success.  In his free time, he enjoys robotics, cycling, hiking, and exploring new places.

Azita A.

Azita holds a Master of Arts in foreign languages from Shahid Beheshti University and a Bachelor of Arts in French literature and linguistics, also from Shahid Beheshti University.  She brings more than 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience serving students at all levels (from elementary to college), including those with learning differences in math, Language Arts, history, and French.  Azita coaches students in Executive Functioning and has taught classes and workshops for middle and high school students in these foundational skills.  She believes that integrating time management, organizational, and study skills into her teaching equips students with efficient tools to advance their learning.  As a proponent of the Growth Mindset, she supports her students from a deep faith in their innate ability to learn and to excel.  She is resourceful and patient.  In addition, Azita also has training in the use of Emotional Intelligence in leadership and teaching and manages a website where she writes on a variety of developmental topics.  Outside of tutoring, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, spending time in nature and taking a variety of courses online.

Leah B.

Leah holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish literature with a minor in French literature from Santa Clara University.  She has nine years of experience teaching in a variety of subjects, including critical reading and writing, pronunciation, grammar, Spanish, and presentation skills to students of all ages.  She has worked with students who have learning differences and uses a wide variety of techniques that address different learning modalities.  Leah has had the opportunity to support students in time management, organization and learning skills throughout her years as an educator.  She received an educator award at Foothill College, and her teaching was also featured in an article in the San Jose Mercury News.  Leah has been published in Spanish and English and has won writing awards in English and French.  In her spare time, Leah reads British history and knits her own clothes.

Alexandria B.

Ally holds a Master of Education in Mild-to-Moderate Special Education from Baldwin Wallace University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Social Studies Education from Kent State University.  She also holds two California teaching credentials, in mild-to-moderate special education and social sciences.  Ally has more than ten years of experience working with children of all ages, from tutoring to full-time teaching.  She has taught students from diverse backgrounds and learning profiles, including English Language Learners and students with ADHD, mild autism, emotional challenges, behavioral issues, and other learning differences.  Throughout her career, she has learned the importance of teaching Executive Functioning and study skills, and she enjoys integrating these lessons into her tutoring.  She also places a high value on building and encouraging students' self-confidence, so that they can be successful in academics and life.  In addition, Ally believes in teaching students about the Growth Mindset and finding creative ways to achieve their goals.  In her free time, she enjoys working out, hiking, traveling, being with animals, trying new foods and spending time with family and friends. 

Joey B.

Joey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Covenant College. He has several years of experience in tutoring and behavioral coaching, with a wide range of students from elementary through high school. Joey’s students have been mainstream, accelerated, and special needs learners. He teaches standardized test preparation (SAT and ACT), as well as math, English and history. Joey’s caring attitude, combined with his intelligence and communication skills, allow him to create a supportive learning environment for any student. In his teaching, he focuses on building individualized learning approaches for students to achieve their potential. Joey also believes that time management, organization, and study skills are foundational skills that provide strong structures for students to improve their learning; he incorporates these skills into his tutoring as well. Outside of his tutoring work, Joey writes online content for various platforms and serves on the board of PACER, an Adoption Alliance nonprofit organization.

Chris B.

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.  

Sabrina C.

Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University. She has more than seven years of experience working with children and young adults. Sabrina has taught students from third grade to college, from one-on-one settings to university classrooms. Her teaching knowledge and experience includes diverse subjects, such as biology, chemistry, environmental science, math (various courses--standard and advanced levels), language arts, history, AP courses, and standardized testing preparation. Sabrina tailors her instruction to each student and believes in holistic student development: preparing students to meet the challenges of all aspects of their education. This comes with incorporating skills of time management, study, organization, and Executive Functioning into her teaching. She also loves to write and served as editor of her college newspaper. In her free time, Sabrina enjoys volunteering with hospice patients, baking, taking photos and updating her lifestyle blog. 

Nathan C.

Nathan earned a Doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese History and Art, both from the Ohio State University.  He has more than 10 years of experience in classroom teaching and individual tutoring in math, science, ESL, and SAT preparation.  He is also fluent in Mandarin and can support students as they learn the language.  Nathan has always enjoyed teaching students and witnessing their “Aha!” moments when difficult concepts suddenly click.  His students have been diverse in their backgrounds, thinking, and learning, and he knows how to cater his teaching methods to students’ unique needs.  He believes in the power and necessity of students learning time management, organization, and study skills, and he works to incorporate these transferable skills into their learning.  Though Nathan has a day job in the life sciences, he finds that teaching and community involvement give him a different kind of personal satisfaction that he deeply values.

Jenn C.

Jenn holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Multiple Subject Teaching CLAD credential.  With more than eighteen years of teaching experience, she is passionate about education.  As a home school mom and active member of her home school community, she has provided individual tutoring to a diverse student population in all subjects, including math, writing, reading comprehension, early reading skills, handwriting, and history. Jenn is adept at quickly assessing how each student learns best and adapting her teaching accordingly.  Time management, organization and study skills are important to her, and she incorporates these skills into her teaching.  Jenn’s encouraging, creative, flexible, and firm approach helps students build on their strengths and address their needs.  A published author, Jenn is currently writing a middle-grade novel.  When she’s not teaching and writing, Jenn rides her bike, reads, and volunteers for her church.

Ruby C.

Ruby holds a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of Southern California, a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She graduated from both masters programs with honors.  Ruby has more than 10 years of tutoring experience with many grade levels in multiple subjects, including AP, standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT, and HSPT), English, science, and math courses.  Her students have been diverse, with a variety of learning strengths and challenges.  Ruby enjoys encouraging young people to discover the joy of learning.  She strives to teach her students how to think independently, a crucial life skill, and work efficiently—through effective time management, organization, and study skills.  Ruby also likes to write and is a contributing writer to the San Francisco Science Examiner on how advances in biotechnology improve lives.

Patti C.

Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University.  She also earned a Multiple Subject Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University.  Patti brings more than nine years of experience teaching children in elementary grades.  She has successfully tutored students in all subject areas from kindergarten through fourth grade, for the past thirteen years.  In addition, Patti has worked as a one-on-one aide in classroom settings with students who have learning differences (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, AD/HD, and other challenges), for over twelve years.  She has completed 35 hours of training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching literacy.  Patti strongly believes that children benefit greatly from individualized instruction provided by a caring, patient educator. 

Nancy D.

Nancy holds a Graduate Certificate for the Teaching of Composition from San Francisco State University, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from California College of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature of French and English from the University of California at Santa Barbara.   Through the years, Nancy’s classroom and tutoring experience has focused on language: critical reading, critical thinking, and academic writing including essays. Her students have been mainstream learners, as well as those with attention and emotional challenges.  Nancy enjoys guiding students toward reading and writing practices that support their academic development.  She offers an organized approach that includes instruction in time management, organization, and learning skills.  Nancy is passionate about connecting with students.  She creatively enlivens academic lessons in ways that empower students to follow their intellectual curiosity, knowing each learner has unique needs.  She is patient, resourceful, empathetic, and open.  In her free time, Nancy writes fiction and essays, dances, practices yoga, and loves hiking in nature.

Kathryn D.

Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Chico State University.  In college, she began tutoring her engineering colleagues in the fundamentals of theoretical mathematics. Through the last 20 years, she expanded the range of students she taught, working with students at all different grade levels as she continued to individualize her tutoring.  Kathryn is patient, adaptable, and inventive; she customizes her tutoring methods for students to enrich their learning experience.  By integrating her technical and artistic backgrounds, she effectively reaches students with hands-on manipulatives and kinesthetic aids in her teaching.  Kathryn’s students have been mainstream learners as well as students with learning differences.  Her instructional style balances course work, time management, organization, and study skills to provide students the confidence and tools to succeed academically.  In her leisure time, Kathryn loves creating life-size theater props, painting, sculpting, wood-working, piano playing, reading, researching, and traveling.

Kathi E.

Kathi holds a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of New York, Oswego.  In addition, she holds a Post-graduate TESOL degree from Aston University for teaching English as a Second Language.  Kathi has taught and tutored for over 20 years, working with students at various grade levels, with her most recent role as Associate Faculty member at Columbia University.  Her expertise lies in teaching English (from ESL through AP and college levels), Spanish, and Japanese.  Kathi has also taught speech, debate, and presentation skills to students from high school to college.  In addition, her background in teaching academic skills for advanced study makes her uniquely qualified to build students’ time management, organization, study, and Executive Functioning skills.  Throughout her career, Kathi has supported students with learning differences and emotional difficulties, using differentiated instruction to create optimal learning for their needs.  As an educator she teaches to the individual, assessing strengths and weaknesses, then planning the work flexibly, according to the student.  Her pedagogy is particularly grounded in research and experience with Autonomous Learning and Independent Learning Development, as well as Motivational Psychology in Education.  She is passionate about igniting students’ capacities to learn and grow.

Christie F.

Christie holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Utah, and is a Cambridge University-qualified ESL teacher.  Since 2011, Christie has worked as both classroom teacher and tutor with students from preschool to high school in Europe and the USA, focusing on English language and literature, history, and the arts.  She has taught a variety of learners through the years, from mainstream to those with learning differences, helping them to understand and grow to love their subjects.  Christie enjoys guiding her students towards mastery and watching them discover their own capabilities.  Recognizing the importance of time management, organization, and study skills, she supports students in developing these foundations of success.  Christie is adaptive and tailors each session to the student’s needs, using her innate creativity and love of learning to bring academic subjects to life.  In her free time, Christie enjoys creative writing, traveling, and attending the opera with her friends.

Drew F.

Drew holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.  He is also completing his Master of Education Leadership and Administrative Credential at Santa Clara University.  Drew has more than 7 years of teaching experience in elementary and middle schools.  He specializes in Language Arts writing programs, such as Lucy Calkins Units of Study, Step up to Writing, and reading comprehension growth, as well as math, Social Studies, Earth Science, and Multimedia electives.  Drew has taught English as a second language in Seoul, South Korea, and brings more than 10 years of private tutoring experience, with ages varying from elementary to high school and adult.  He has worked with a variety of students with different learning needs and levels in his time as an elementary and middle school educator.  With his passion and personality, Drew creates positive connections with students, allowing them to learn concepts in engaging ways.  He also specializes in promoting organization, planning, time awareness and management, as well as study skills in the process of learning for all students.  In his free time, Drew likes to spend time with his 3 year-old daughter and wife, as well as watching local sports and golfing occasionally.

Francine F.

Francine earned her doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from École Supérieure de Chimie Physique Électronique in Lyon, France, and her teaching credential in California, from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.  She has taught and tutored for more than seven years in subjects as diverse as math, science, French, and Spanish, from beginning to advanced levels (including AP, IB, and standardized test preparation).  Francine’s students have been mainstream learners, 2e-designated (“twice exceptional”), and those with learning differences.  She meets them with empathy and creativity as she tailors her teaching to their unique needs.  As a classroom teacher and tutor, Francine has honed real-world time management, organization, and study skills techniques that she transmits to her students in practical ways.  Her teaching approach prepares students to succeed by connecting theory to fun, practical lessons, asking essential questions for exploration, and building critical thinking skills.

 

Karen G.

Karen, whose students affectionately call her “Mrs. G.”, holds a Multiple Subject Credential from San Jose State University, a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College.  She has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Grades K-12, as well as having been a founder and former Board member of Discovery Charter School. In addition, Karen has extensive experience with students with learning differences, as a parent of a child with Special Needs, as a tutor of students who learn differently, and as a classroom teacher.  In her teaching, Karen is committed to understanding how each individual student learns best and delivering instruction to help him or her be successful and enjoy learning.  An integral part of this commitment is coaching in Executive Functioning skills, which Karen has done for years, with great success.  Her subject expertise is in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.  Outside of teaching, Karen is active in promoting social justice, cooking and gardening, as well as loving her three adult children and grandchild.

Robert G.

Robert holds a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University.  Robert has been an active attorney and member of the California State Bar for over 18 years, litigating cases and counseling clients in estate planning matters.  His commitment to tutoring Language Arts stems from his passion for encouraging young people to develop as readers and writers while providing them with excellent communication skills in their careers.  He has also taught and trained law students for over 15 years, earning high ratings for his teaching and mentoring abilities.  Having worked with a variety of students and age groups, Robert recognizes the importance of time management, organization, and study skills for school and life success.  As a result, he incorporates lessons and strategies for these skills into his work with students.  Robert is conversationally fluent in Spanish and French and has studied numerous other modern and classical languages, including Latin and Greek.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing classical piano, hiking, and keeping fit.

Amanda H.

Amanda holds a Master of Arts degree in History from California State University, Sacramento.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of California, Davis.  Amanda has worked with children and young adults for over 13 years, first as a camp counselor and then in private tutoring, where she has instructed students in Math, Pre-Algebra/Algebra, Biology, English, elementary Spanish, and History.  Most recently, Amanda served as a Teaching Assistant while she was a graduate student at CSU, Sacramento, aiding and instructing in World History survey courses.  Additionally, she has supported students in developing time management, organization, and study skills, to help them manage challenging workloads.  Amanda deeply values education and the learning process.  She has a special capacity to teach at various levels and to a wide age range.  Amanda has served as an Education Program Manager, managing ground and niche, online programs at UC Davis Extension. In her personal time, she enjoys following current events, reading, history, traveling, American Football, and spending time with family and friends. 

Zoheb H.

Zoheb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science (Quantitative Economics) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of California, San Diego.  He has been a tutor for over 10 years, supporting students from middle school to graduate school in various subjects, including Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Economics, Political Science, Writing, Standardized Test Preparation, and more.  Zoheb places a high value on teaching students to “work smart”, so they learn academic material but also get positive results with the most efficiency.  This comes through as he integrates the teaching of time management, organization, and learning skills into his tutoring.  In math work, he is particularly adept at explaining concepts using relevant, real-world scenarios and to ensure that students understand the fundamentals behind those concepts.  Zoheb enjoys helping students succeed in their academic journeys while reaching the "aha" moments that make material come alive and help build their confidence.  Outside of tutoring, he works as a Senior Financial Analyst while raising his young son, Zain, who also wants to learn math!  

Peggy K.

Peggy holds a Master of Arts from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas (Austin).  She brings 40 years of teaching experience in Language Arts.  She has taught all high school grade levels and multiple courses, from introductory English to American Literature, to Writing for College.  She also worked with groups of students after school to prepare for the rigors of SAT and AP exams.  Peggy served as the chair of the English Language Development program for ten years.  She brings an enthusiasm for education to her relationships with students, creating lessons that focus on each student’s unique learning abilities.  Peggy understands the importance of working together with parents and teachers to ensure the tutoring experience makes a difference in the student’s academic success.

Stavroula K.

Stav holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Special Education from 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 a SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) working with students with various learning difficulties and behavioral issues.  She has supported students, one-on-one, in all areas of development through individualized instruction and play, helping them to successfully integrate into mainstream classrooms.  Throughout her career, she 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 Modern Greek.  She 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.  As a new mom, she enjoys spending time with her son and husband.  In her free time, she loves to travel, cook and exercise. 

Elizabeth K.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from San Francisco State University, where she graduated Cum Laude.  She also holds an English teaching credential from San Jose State University.  Elizabeth has over four years of experience tutoring and teaching students.  She specializes in teaching writing, including academic essays and timed essays for SAT tests, as well as textual analysis and reading comprehension for elementary through high school grade levels.  Elizabeth has worked with students who are accelerated, mainstream, English language learners, and those with learning differences.  She provides instruction and guidance in study, organization, and time management methods as well.  It is her goal to equip students with tools and strategies that will enable them to become independent learners.  Elizabeth strives to make learning positive, enjoyable, and productive.  When not tutoring, Elizabeth can be found writing stories, doing arts and crafts, or devouring a good book.

Jeffrey L.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has over two years of experience tutoring middle school, high school, and college students individually and in group settings.  Jeffrey’s main goal is to help students build confidence in STEM and teach them essential knowledge such as time management, organization, and study skills to achieve their goals.  The subjects he supports include: mathematics, physics, and chemistry.  Jeffrey strongly believes that we all have the capacity to excel in STEM and is determined to help students discover that, through their learning.  Outside of tutoring, Jeffrey works as an engineer, lifts weights, run marathons, makes videos, travels, and strives for ongoing personal development.

Raymond L.

Raymond holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, Single Subject Teaching from San Jose State University.  He has more than two years of teaching experience with specialties in History, Language Arts, and Mathematics, serving students in various grade levels with different learning profiles.  Raymond has also worked in summer math enrichment programs, teaching as a full-time teacher in accelerated Algebra 1.  He recognizes that a tutor must build a relationship with each student by understanding his or her needs and communicating effectively to leverage their unique learning profiles.   Raymond is a Google Certified Educator who regularly adapts his teaching style while working as a coach, mentor, and educator.  He strives to provide his students with the ability to comprehend content at a deeper level, teaching analytical and critical thinking skills for embarking on college-level coursework in the future.  Raymond enjoys teaching students time management, organization, and study skills to maximize their learning efficiency and success.  Outside of being a tutor for Meyers Learning Center, he pursues his passion for teaching in a Master of Education program, as well as his dreams of becoming an outstanding archery coach and competitor.

Aimee L.

Aimee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York). She has over 12 years’ worth of experience tutoring students in grades K-12, as well as college. Her specialties include SAT, ACT, AP and math tutoring. Aimee begins by assessing students’ knowledge to meet them where they are, addressing gaps in knowledge with new conceptual understanding and strategies to build mastery. She attends to the whole student, ensuring they have understanding, clarity, and engagement with their learning. Having worked with a diversity of learners, she recognizes the unique ways that students process information and adjusts her teaching accordingly. Aimee also views time management, organization, and study skills as crucial life skills and strives to incorporate them into her teaching in various ways. In addition to tutoring, Aimee has worked as a financial planner. She is also fluent in Mandarin.

Grace L.

Grace holds a Master of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She brings more than five years of experience teaching critical thinking skills and writing to middle and high school students, including many with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and emotional challenges.  She has also taught time management skills as part of an overall school curriculum.  Grace has tutored students at the UCLA Writing Center and was a teaching assistant at USC.  She believes that teaching to one’s strengths and connecting learning to long-term goals are among the most important aspects of motivating students.  Grace is a former journalist who loves reading political novels and short stories. 

Kayleigh M.

Kayleigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-8) from San Jose State University. She has over seven years of teaching experience, at the elementary school level and in afterschool programs. Kayleigh’s classroom teaching focuses on language arts, math, science, and social studies. She has worked with a wide range of students with different learning styles and taught children with AD/HD, Autism, depression, and other emotional and/or physical difficulties. Her teaching also has given her much experience working with students with IEPs and collaborating with other professional staff and parents to develop plans and accommodations that serve individual student needs. Kayleigh is committed to helping students achieve their academic goals while growing their time management, organization, and study skills. She is energetic, compassionate, patient, and creative in developing engaging ways to help students learn. In her personal life, Kayleigh enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children and loves to go camping, hiking, swimming, and to the movies.

Mel M.

Mel holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from Quinnipiac University, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hartford.  She has more than 25 years of teaching experience, ranging multiple grade levels.  Mel’s classroom experience is vast, including alternative education, special education, electives in Broadcast Journalism, Media Ethics, Journalism, Ethics/Philosophy, and Creative Writing, SAT, AP, ESL, academic and honors-level courses.  She has worked with mainstream learners as well as students with learning differences and physical and emotional challenges.  Throughout her career in education, she has taught students time management, organization, and study skills to empower their success.  Mel has also worked in college writing centers, developed curriculum for school districts and online educational companies, and tutored for over two decades.  She is an enthusiastic, compassionate educator who has dedicated her life to helping students develop the skills and confidence to achieve their goals.  In her free time, Mel enjoys writing, hiking, Crossfit, and reading.

Liz M.

Liz holds a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science and Mathematics from Wellesley College.  She also earned a certificate in Special Education from the University of California.  Liz has been teaching for 18 years in Silicon Valley, mostly in middle school math.  Throughout her career, Liz has worked with many students with learning differences, such as ADD/ADHD, hearing impaired, Autism Spectrum Disorders, auditory and visual-spatial processing disorders, Executive Functioning disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and emotional difficulties.  She teaches time management, organization, and study skills within her lessons, as these skills apply across academic subjects.  Liz partners with her students to understand and leverage their unique ways of learning while teaching them to self-advocate.  Outside of teaching, Liz explores her creative side by running a Destination Imagination program, cooking, and sewing.  She is an avid reader, traveler, and life-long learner. 

Ray O.

Ray earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He has over 15 years of tutoring experience with students from elementary grades through college, in a wide variety of subjects. Ray has taught or tutored math (pre-Algebra through Calculus), sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), English, History, German, Life Skills, and Standardized Test Preparation (SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, SSAT, CHSPE, and GED). He also has more than 5 years of teaching experience (one-to-one) at an alternative school with students in 6th through 12th grades. Ray has worked with students with Learning Differences, including those with ASD, AD/HD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia. He has also supported students with anxiety and depression. Ray integrates Study Skills, Organization, and Time Management into his work with students, especially those with Executive Functioning challenges. He brings a deep passion for helping young people overcome obstacles to learning and exploring new paths toward educational achievement. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Ray devotes some of his free time to supporting youth in Foster Care as well as non-profit Board activities.

Sumie O.

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 also tutored in Spanish. Sumie has taught students with a range of learning differences, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, AD/HD, Auditory Processing Disorder, gifted and twice exceptional (2E) students. She has helped students with expressive language challenges, emotional difficulties, and negative school experiences. Sumie 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. In addition, she 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.

Michael O.

Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science from University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from California State University, San Bernardino.  He has been an educator for more than seven years, with classroom teaching experience in college chemistry, high school science (including chemistry and physics) and math, as well as tutoring students from 6th grade to college in multiple subjects.  Michael has also prepared students for AP, ACT and SAT tests, including the subject tests for SAT math, physics, and chemistry.  He characterizes his approach to teaching science and math as “bringing order to chaos through organization and efficiency”.  Student mentorship and guidance in the college counseling process has also been part of Michael’s work.  As such, he recognizes the importance and supports the development of time management, organization, and study skills in his students’ learning.  Michael is an avid fan of sports and the culinary arts, especially the eating part.   

Goutham R.

Goutham holds a Master of Science Degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University.  In addition, he completed coursework in medical informatics in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University in New York.  Goutham brings over 6 years of experience working with children and adults.  He has taught students from middle school to graduate school, tutored one-on-one and online, supported gifted students, mainstream learners, and those with learning differences.  He supports students in a variety of STEM subjects (chemistry, mathematics, statistics, biology, and physics) and standardized testing preparation (including SAT, GRE, AP and IB), as well as time management, organizational and study skills.  Goutham is passionate about helping students maximize their learning style in a supportive environment.  Outside of teaching, he enjoys rock climbing, table tennis, and hiking.

Heather R.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of San Diego, a Master of Arts degree in Education from Stanford University, and a certificate in Educational Therapy.  She was a high school classroom teacher for 10 years, teaching everything from standard literature classes, to English for language learners, AP courses, and resource classes. Heather is trained in working with students with learning differences, and as a tutor, she coaches her students in time management, organization and study skills.  She is sensitive and responsive to different learning styles and believes that individualized instruction can help students identify their unique set of strengths.  Heather has also taught in capacities beyond the traditional classroom, including swimming instruction, outdoor education, and two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. 

Everton R.

Everton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California and works as a 4th Grade Associate Teacher at Sacred Heart Schools.  While at USC, he discovered his ardent passion for teaching, serving as a Team Leader for an early childhood AmeriCorps program (called Jumpstart), a 5th grade political science and 2nd grade Italian instructor through Joint Educational Project, a film-making TA at Digital Media Academy's summer camps, a college application adviser at Beaver Academy, and a private tutor.  A lifelong lover of reading and writing, Everton has a genuine love for working with students of all ages.  His warm, funny, and enthusiastic personality resonates with students, and he aims to create a learning environment that is comfortable, welcoming, and highly personalized.  Throughout his teaching, Everton has worked with students with learning differences, such as AD/HD and autism spectrum diagnoses.  He gets to know each student, to incorporate their interests and passions into his teaching, build genuine relationships with them, and make learning fun while intellectually rigorous.  He also recognizes the fundamental value of time management, organization, and study skills and strives to teach these skills to all of his students.  When he's not teaching or writing, Everton loves spending time outdoors, reading, watching anime, and attending the theater.

Oxana R.

Oxana holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from Moscow State University.  She brings over 6 years of teaching and tutoring experience as a math teacher, teaching elementary and middle school grades.  Oxana uses a wide spectrum of creative activities for tutoring, to show students how math can be fun and exciting.  She loves to teach and help students develop the confidence and skills they need to be strong in mathematics.  Oxana also highly values teaching time management, organizational, and study skills in her tutoring sessions, as she considers them to be essential skills to a student’s success (not only in the classroom, but also in life).  In her personal time, she enjoys reading, hiking, travel, volleyball and spending time with her family and friends.

Chris S.

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.

Anu S.

Anu holds a doctorate in Learning Disabilities from the University of Delhi, a Master of Child Development from the University of Jammu, and a Bachelor of Education from Annamalai University.  She is certified in the SOI (Structure of Intellect) system of Cognitive Skills Assessment and training.  She is also an Orton-Gillingham Trained tutor.  Anu has extensive experience as an SOI Systems Cognitive Skills Trainer, an Orton-Gillingham reading teacher, and a licensed coach for Brainware, a computer-based cognitive skills training program.  Anu also has a certification in the Brain Gym 101 program for mind and body coordination.  Having worked with children in the field of special education for over 20 years, she has taught in a variety of settings: public schools, private Montessori schools, small group settings, and one-to-one. Anu recognizes the importance of Executive Functioning skills in student success and teaches these skills in practical ways. She strives to incorporate games and fun activities in her teaching to keep students engaged throughout.  Outside of teaching, Anu loves to travel and read.

Arshdeep S.

Arshdeep holds a Master of Arts in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from Guru Nanak Dev University in India.  In addition, she has a California Clear Teaching Credential in Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities with Autism and English Language Learner Authorizations) from San Jose State University.  Arshdeep brings more than 14 years of teaching/tutoring experience in classroom, one-to-one, and online environments.  She has taught a wide range of learners, from gifted to mainstream students and those diagnosed with ASD, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, AD/HD, Learning and Intellectual Disabilities, and dyscalculia.  She supports students in multiple subjects from 5th to 12th grades, as well as in SAT, ACT, HSPT and ISEE test preparation.  As an Education Specialist, Arshdeep also coaches students in Executive Functioning skills to help them realize their potential and success.  In her free time, Arshdeep enjoys listening to music, watching movies with her family, and playing with her dog. 

Simar S.

Simar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Art History from the University of California, Davis.  He has over two years’ worth of experience working with both mainstream learners and those with learning differences,  including those on the Autism spectrum, students with AD/HD, and those with dyslexia.  Before coming to Meyers Learning Center, he worked as a teacher at Lindamood-Bell and as a behavioral therapist for Learning Solutions.  Simar has worked with kindergartners all the way up to college level students on subjects as diverse as math, language arts, and art history.  He enjoys teaching students new skills and approaches to learning material.  An important aspect of this teaching includes a focus on Executive Functioning skills, by imparting time management, organization, and learning skills to enable students to reach their full potential and excel in their studies.  Simar is currently pursuing a Master of Human Factors and Ergonomics degree at San Jose State University.  During his free time, he enjoys exploring museums, hiking, and attending concerts and festivals. 

Carol T.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Her Masters was a double Masters degree with dual emphases on learning disabilities and supporting students with emotional challenges.  Carol has taught Special Day classes and been a Resource Specialist in the California schools and other states for 12 years.  She has been a full time/part time lecturer at San Jose State University since 1980. She educates and supports new special education teachers in the mild-moderate program at SJSU which allows her to follow curricula used in schools in three counties.  Carol has taught Study Skills sessions since 1984 for students in grades 5-11.  Carol has experience teaching children with learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s, executive functioning issues, depression and anxiety.  She most enjoys teaching grades 3-7th.  She loves teaching language arts, writing and math and is aware of Common Core expectations.  Carol believes that highly engaging tutoring sessions and collaborative relationships with parents and teachers are key to effective tutoring.  She describes her teaching as “strategy based” teaching.  Carol is an avid reader, a regular hiker in the local hills, and enjoys spending time with her husband, two grown sons and her golden retriever Maddie. 

Deb T.

Deb holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New England, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from San Francisco State University, and a California Teaching Credential.  She has over 20 years’ worth of teaching, tutoring, and training experience, having taught at North Star Academy in Redwood City, trained technical writers, and worked as a technical writer and editor.  Her fields of expertise include language arts, math, science, health, research, and debate.  Deb has also worked with students to prepare them for their SATs and PSATs.  She has supported a wide variety of learners, including mainstream, gifted, and those with learning differences such as AD/HD, processing difficulties, and Asperger's. She believes in challenging students, nurturing self-esteem, and developing attainable goals.  Deb focuses on helping students understand and master content deeply, rather than rote memorization of subjects.  By teaching how to learn and building foundation skills, Deb’s students develop effective study habits, as well as time management and organization skills.  They also have the confidence to apply these skills to their academic and professional futures.  In her spare time, Deb enjoys oil-painting, pottery, reading, and spending time with her husband Mike, and their kitten, Elmo II.

Hugo T.

Hugo holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, a minor in Business Administration, and a Teaching Certification in Education from Dominican University.  He also holds endorsements in Mathematics, Language Arts, and Social Studies.  Hugo has more than ten years of experience teaching and tutoring various grade levels ranging from kindergarten to high school.  In addition, he ran and managed his own after-school program, working with students from first to eighth grade.  Hugo has supported a variety of students, including those with AD/HD, autism, IEPs, and various behavioral, emotional, or physical challenges.  He wants his students to enjoy learning and become life-long learners, so strives to making learning fun.  Hugo particularly loves teaching mathematics, language arts, and foundational skills for academic success, such as time management, study, and organizational skills.  He has devoted much of his life to service and continues volunteering at an after-school program while being an active member of the community.  When Hugo is not teaching, he enjoys cooking, baking, music, movies, traveling with friends, and trying new places to eat.

Nahil V.

Nahil holds a Masters degree in Education and Curriculum, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University.  Nahil has been working with students in a variety of academic settings for over eight years, having taught youth from elementary to high school grades in classrooms, mentoring, after-school, and outreach programs.  Through this work, she has had the pleasure of supporting students with diverse cultural backgrounds, learning styles and abilities.  Nahil values teaching time management, organization, and study skills as they set the foundation for fostering self-discipline, pride and a strong work ethic.  She uses a variety of tools to help motivate students to adopt these skills.  Nahil loves her work as an educator and celebrates the opportunity to give back to the community every day.  Outside of teaching, she enjoys reading about mindfulness and meditation in classrooms and for teachers.  She completed her Master’s Thesis on mindfulness practices integrated in the classroom, as well as their beneficial social, academic and emotional outcomes.  In addition, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and family.

Meagan V.

Meagan holds a Master of Arts in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She holds a California Professional, Clear Special Education Credential in the area of Mild/Moderate Disabilities.  She is currently working on an Autism certificate through Cal Poly Pomona.  She has taught in a Special Day Classroom for 11 years, working with students with emotional and behavioral difficulties, learning disabilities, Executive Functioning disorder, cognitive impairment, ADHD/ADD, and autistic spectrum disorders.  Meagan has also worked in a therapeutic residential treatment center for boys for 10 years and with mainstream learners in tutoring settings for years.  In addition to providing all types of subject-specific tutoring (including math with Making Math Real strategies), Meagan has taught Time Management, Organization, and Study Skills to students at MLC for over 8 years.  She is a dedicated, patient, and knowledgeable educator who believes in instilling a passion for learning in students by helping them recognize their strengths as well as providing them with encouragement.  Meagan loves teaching and is committed to helping students succeed.  Outside the classroom, Meagan enjoys playing soccer on two San Francisco teams!

Chris W.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Math and science have always been exciting areas of interest for him, and he has incorporated these passions into a successful career for nearly 10 years.  Chris has a talent for breaking down complex mathematics and physics concepts using simple metaphors, teaching students with a patient, friendly approach.  In addition, he has taught computer programming, critical reasoning, SAT and ACT standardized tests-prep. Having worked with elementary, middle, and high school students with a variety of learning strengths and challenges, Chris’ calm teaching style helps create a stress-free learning environment, while his focus on organization, study skills, and resourceful problem-solving helps develop the student’s ability to thrive academically.  Outside of teaching, Chris enjoys working on creative projects using a variety of crafts and mediums.

Susan W.

Susan holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in California.  She has taught and tutored multiple subjects to elementary and middle-school aged students for more than 20 years, specializing in twice-exceptional gifted learners including those with Asperger’s, OCD, and AD/HD.  She has also supported students with autism, processing disorders, and learning differences in the mainstream classroom settings.  Susan enjoys sharing her love of learning, organization and study skills, and time management tips and tricks while providing individualized instruction to her clients.  She adapts her instruction to her students’ learning styles in order to make her lessons meaningful and interesting.  In her free time, Susan is an advocate for children’s mental health services.  She also enjoys spending time with her two adult children, hiking the beautiful local parks, reading, and exploring the Bay Area with her identical twin.

Erin W.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Davis.  She brings more than 5 years of professional tutoring experience in English Language Arts with students of various grade levels, from elementary to high school.  Erin has tutored and taught in both one-on-one and whole-class settings in 5th-12th grade English curricula, AP English Language and Composition Exam preparation, AP English Literature and Composition Exam preparation, and all English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT and SAT exams.  She has had the privilege of supporting diverse groups of learners, including gifted, mainstream, and struggling students, as well as new and continuing English Language Learners.  With every learner, Erin is committed to cultivating the fundamental and lifelong time management, organization, and study skills invaluable to thriving in the classroom and beyond.  She enjoys coaching students in Executive Functioning skills and excels at it.  Additionally, she prioritizes making academic material accessible and salient through student-centered lessons that stimulate creative, higher-order thinking and adapt to students’ unique ways of learning.  For Erin, education leverages her innate empathy, affinity for language and dialogue, and palpable passion for cultivating self-efficacy in young people. Outside of the classroom, she spends as much time as possible near the ocean, in the company of good books and good friends.

Fang Y.

Fang (pronounced “Fong”) holds a Doctorate in Physics from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the prestigious Fudan University in China.  He brings over 15 years of experience in teaching math and science (including all levels of math, Chemistry and Physics) from middle to high school and college levels.  He has taught students who struggle with math and science, as well as those who excel in these areas (working with both SAT and AP-supported coursework too).  Fang has also worked as a researcher and teacher at the University of Michigan and Harvard University.  He is a patient, caring teacher who loves supporting students in their learning.

Renée Z.

Renée holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English from a private liberal arts university in South Carolina.  For over nine years, she has taught multiple subjects from kindergarten to eighth grade.  Renée loves teaching, making meaningful connections with students, and instilling her passion for subject matters that will serve to enhance a child’s future.  In addition to academic subject areas like math, English, and science, Renée knows the value of excellent time management, organization, and study skills and includes these as part of her teaching.  From experience with teaching in private school classrooms, a low-income public school classroom, and years of homeschool tutoring, she has honed the skills necessary to help children learn and thrive in any and all capacities.  Renée’s experience with diverse learners has taught her that all children learn differently, whether they are diagnosed with a specific learning difference or not.  Engaging the mind using creative means, including physical movement, audio and visual aids, and tapping into technology when appropriate, are all beneficial.  Renée believes that positive relationships are the keys to unlocking students’ hearts and minds.  Building rapport, exercising patience, and employing positive reinforcement have led to great success in her career with students.

 

 

TJ Z.

TJ holds a Law Degree with an emphasis on Education and Special Education Law from Lincoln Law School of San Jose, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois.  He brings over 20 years of experience working with children and young adults.  TJ has taught students from kindergarten to college age, tutored one-on-one and online, and supported gifted students, in addition to mainstream learners and those with learning differences (such as ASD, AD/HD, auditory and visual processing disorders, executive functioning, dyslexia, visual and hearing impairments, and emotional difficulties).  He supports a variety of subject areas and standardized testing preparation (including ISEE, SAT, TOEFL, GRE, AP and SBAC), as well as time management, organizational and study skills.  TJ draws from a wide array of educational manipulatives, games, and creative activities for tutoring.  He is a passionate advocate for parents’ and students’ educational rights.  In addition, he enjoys fundraising for charities that help students, through being an avid RunDisney 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon runner. 

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