B.A., IP ET
Hello, I’m Jessica! I’ve devoted the majority of my professional life to providing recreational and academic services for children since graduating in 2006 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.A in Communication Studies. I began my journey guiding students with special needs in the town of Mammoth Lakes where I worked as a Speech Therapy Paraprofessional, primarily helping ELL students, children on the Autism spectrum, and children with processing challenges. Additionally, I have extensive experience with homeschooling, and enjoy fostering nontraditional learning environments for students who participate in alternative education modalities.
After moving back to Los Angeles, I began working with an incredible 30-year veteran Educational Therapist, who provided me with mentorship in various programs, including the SMARTS Executive Functioning approach, remedial math concepts, and reading methods composed by Lindamood-Bell and Orton-Gillingham. I then attended an Orton-Gillingham training to advance my knowledge, and specialize in teaching reading to both emerging and struggling readers. I am 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.
“You can’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.”
I believe that each individual has a specific style of learning, and the often fast-paced mainstream classroom is not able to cater to all needs. I am passionate about utilizing a multi-sensory teaching approach, helping students understand their learning styles, and guiding them to become more at ease with the writing process. I meet my students where they are at with care and understanding, while providing an appropriate level of challenge. It is exceedingly rewarding to witness the growth of a student and, even more so, the confidence that goes along with it!