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FOUNDER

Shanna Trombetta

Shanna is a certified Educational Therapist who supports student's 1-1 in West Los Angeles and around the globe (virtually). She holds a Masters in Educational Psychology and B.A. in Special Education/Psychology from Marist College. She earned her Educational Therapy Certification through UC Riverside. She holds a CLEAR credential in California for grades K-6 and is CLAD certified. She is an active Associate Member of the Association of Educational Therapists, a member of the Los Angeles Dyslexia Association and a Child Nexus Affiliate.

 

She has taught across cultures, having worked 10 years as a classroom teacher in schools such as Campbell Hall and Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles. She has also served as a literacy coach, private tutor and a homeschool teacher. She has extensive training with Orton-Gillingham, Lively Letters, Fundations, Singapore Math and Learning Without Tears. 

Fun Facts: In her spare time, Shanna loves spending time with her daughters, husband and puppy. She can also be found at the beach reading a good book!

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EVALUATION/LEARNING SPECIALIST

Desiree Rios

Desiree Rios is an Educational Psychologist with over 10 years of experience supporting youth and families. She received her Masters (M.A.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degrees from Loyola Marymount University. Desiree specializes in psychoeducational evaluation, applied behavior analysis and supporting youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Desiree began her career providing behavioral therapy to children with Autism.

 

While at UCLA, Desiree worked with Pathways, a program designed to support college-aged students with developmental disabilities navigate the university. Most recently, she worked for several school districts in Los Angeles as a School Psychologist. Desiree uses a culturally-competent, holistic and trauma-informed approach to treatment with the goal of cultivating a lifetime of success and positive well-being for children and their families.

 

Fun Facts: In her free time, Desiree likes to spend her time outdoors hiking, kayaking and camping. She also is a community organizer, focusing on different social issues that impact her community. Desiree is working toward a seat on her neighborhood council.  

 

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LEARNING SPECIALIST

Kate Duffy

Katie Duffy is an educator with over 10 years of experience supporting student growth. Katie received her first Masters (M.A.) degree from Loyola Marymount University with a focus on Elementary Education. She has been a classroom teacher for over 7 years in both elementary and middle school classrooms. Katie has utilized Readers-Writers Workshop and Project Based Learning in her classroom for years, allowing students to build their skills and apply them to the larger world.

 

Katie is currently working on her second Masters (M.A.) degree at the University of Southern California in School Counseling focusing on Social-Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices. Katie believes that student wellness must be addressed in order to best support every student.

 

Katie works tirelessly to ensure the success of her students. She is an advocate for education and her students, and believes that all of my students are capable of their own, individual type of excellence. She believes that every student is different, and  has been witness to the power of encouragement and belief in a student.

 

Fun Facts: In her spare time, Katie loves spending time with her family and friends.She also  loves reading about history both fiction and non-fiction. Finally, she loves taking long runs and has participated in 3 marathons and over 10 half marathons!

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LEARNING SPECIALIST

Daniella Uribe

Daniella Uribe is an educator with over 10 years of experience working with children. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential and a Master's in Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Daniella has spent time volunteering with the non-profit Reading Partners and has experience teaching kindergarten and fifth grade.
 

Daniella is passionate about social-emotional learning. She aims to make sure that every child feels safe and feels a sense of belonging. She is well-versed in working with children that need social-emotional support and has also worked as a consultant for the company Thinking Mats that supports social-emotional learning in the classroom.

Fun Facts: When Daniella is not working with children, she enjoys going to the beach and hikes with her pup!. 

MEET THE TEAM

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VIRTUAL-LEARNING SPECIALIST

Lauren House

Lauren House is an Educational Specialist who brings more than 16 years of career success as a licensed Reading Specialist. Her teaching experience is complemented by a master’s degree in Education from East Stroudsburg University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University, and previous career experience in higher education.

 

Lauren has expertly utilized a range of evidence-based literacy programs including Read Naturally, Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading, and Fundations while working one-on-one and in group settings with diverse students at the elementary and middle school levels. She has also drawn on multiple assessment tools and methodologies such as the Quick Phonics Screener, Levelled Literacy Intervention and DIBELS. Lauren reads and interprets testing reports, conducts informal assessments, addresses remedial reading and writing needs, participates in IEP meetings, and deftly communicates and collaborates with parents and other stakeholders in the child’s support team to include educators, faculty, guidance counselors, and therapists.

A naturally gifted organizer and formally trained Executive Functioning coach, Lauren is also well-poised to help students work to develop the tools that are critical to academic and life success including planning, digital and physical organization, study skills, and time management.

Fun Facts: Lauren is the proud parent of two young adults, Russell and Rachel, who have launched their own careers as a Biomedical Research Engineer and Advertising Account Executive respectively. Her free time is being spent exploring L.A.’s many scenic and cultural offerings and trips along the California coast.

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LEARNING SPECIALIST

Jessica Blum

Jessica has devoted the majority of her professional life to providing recreational and academic services for children.

 

Upon graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2006, she began her journey guiding students with special needs in the town of Mammoth Lakes where she worked as a Speech Therapy Paraprofessional, primarily helping ELL students, children on the Autism spectrum, and children with processing challenges. Additionally, she has extensive experience with homeschooling, and enjoys fostering nontraditional learning environments for students who participate in alternative education modalities.

After moving back to Los Angeles, she began working with an incredible 30-year veteran Educational Therapist, who provided her with mentorship in various programs, including the SMARTS Executive Functioning approach, remedial math concepts, and reading methods composed by Lindamood-Bell and Orton-Gillingham.

 

She is currently enrolled in the Educational Therapy Certificate program through UC Santa Cruz, and am eager to continue supporting students who face learning difficulties at any level. 

She is passionate about utilizing a multi-sensory teaching approach, helping students understand their learning styles, and guiding them to become more at ease with the learning process. She meets her students where they are at with care and understanding, while providing an appropriate level of challenge. 

Fun Fact: In her free time, Jessica loves to travel!

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SPANISH/MIDDLE SCHOOL
ENGLISH LITERATURE SPECIALIST

Catalina Mumm

Catalina is an educator of Spanish and English from Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Masters in Spanish Literature with a specialization in Secondary Education from CUNY Lehman, and a Bachelors in English Literature and Spanish Literature from Claremont McKenna College. 

 

Catalina grew up bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English at home. She has a deep love for Latin American and Spanish cultures fostered by having family in both Chile and Spain. Her love of teaching developed in Madrid, Spain where she worked as an English teacher to both adults and children. Her journey continued in the Bronx, NY where she developed a Spanish program for middle schoolers at the Young Scholars Academy. She returned to Los Angeles to teach middle school Spanish at Westside Neighborhood School where she was Head of the Spanish Department for 5 years. 

 

Most recently, Catalina has worked 1 to 1 with students striving to improve their Spanish language skills. She loves helping students connect to the Spanish language, be it through music, art, film, food, sports or literature.  Through her teaching, Catalina celebrates the diversity of cultures associated with the Spanish language. 

 

In her free time, Catalina enjoys devouring books and spending time with her husband and two fun-loving and energetic sons. 

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