Coaches

Coach Amy

CLASSES: Sewing, Fashion Design, Patternmaking

REGION: Pasadena/San Gabriel areas, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Arcadia

EDUCATION: BS in Business and Marketing – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, AAS in Fashion Design – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Coach Amy is a local, independent fashion designer and sewing instructor. She launched her women’s collection, Seed Clothing, in 2005. She has a background in business and marketing with a B.S. degree from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. She worked in advertising before moving to New York to study fashion design at the Fashion Institue of Technology.

While at FIT, Amy learned design room sewing techniques, tailoring, pattern-making, draping, illustration and sewing in leather. After graduation, she worked in the apparel industry for several companies including, Nanette Lepore, Calvin Klein, Chaps Ralph Lauren and Pacific Sunwear.

Working for large manufacturers was a great experience, so when Amy returned to Los Angeles she launched her collection. She drapes and develops first patterns and sews her first samples. Seed Clothing is sold on www.etsy.com.

Amy started teaching creative pattern-making in 2007 at the Culver City Adult School, and basic fashion sewing classes in 2008. She offers private and small class workshops in her Altadena studio, at local libraries, homeschool campuses and community centers.


Coach Amy T.

Classes: Spanish, Art, Art History, Yoga
Education: BA in Studio Art, University of San Diego, MA in Painting and Drawing and Teaching Credential, Cal State Long Beach. Certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher.

After a successful run as a homeschool mom, Amy is now available as a teacher of Spanish language, fine art, and yoga. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from University of San Diego with a minor in Spanish. She holds a bilingual Spanish Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in painting and drawing from Cal State Long Beach. She is also certified as a yoga therapist and Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Amy developed a love of Spanish language as a girl growing up in a small Arizona town near the Mexican border. Though surrounded by many Spanish speakers she did not become a fluent speaker herself until traveling to Granada, Spain in 1985 where she studied Spanish literature, Spanish history, art history, Spanish grammar, composition, and conversation. She was then married to a non-English speaking Spaniard for seven years. She understands what it’s like to be a non-native speaker yet truly develop fluency and learn to love a language through an immersive experience that can involve movement, art, music, and really any other life interest, from crafting to gardening. She is happy to tailor an immersive Spanish language experience for your student based on your family philosophy, be it Waldorf, Unschooling, or traditional AP test preparation.
Prior to motherhood, Amy worked as a scenic painter for the theatre and film industry. Her teaching experience includes teaching art in public schools in Los Angeles, teaching Spanish to small groups of homeschoolers, working as a dual language substitute teacher, and she has been teaching yoga since 1992. Her hobbies include herbal medicine, Aryuveda, gardening, photography, travel, and walking in nature.


Coach Andrea

CLASSES: Visual Arts
REGION: Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, Crescenta Valley, North East Los Angeles County
EDUCATION: MA in Teaching, Art Education – Tufts University, Boston, MA; BA in Fine Arts w/ Spanish Minor – University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Andrea has always had a love for children and the arts. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked with children in a variety of settings: as a k-8th visual arts teacher in Massachusetts and California, as a volunteer art teacher in Chile, and as a co-teacher in a private home-based preschool in Oregon. Her academic background consists of a Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education, a Bachelor in Fine Arts, classes in early childhood education, and completion of a cinema makeup artistry program. Andrea believes art education is an essential part of a child’s development and a student’s growth. It is an effective way of teaching students about themselves, giving them a better understanding of other subjects through interdisciplinary connections, and informing them of the multicultural world and visual culture in society. As an art teacher, she uses the visual arts to provide students with valuable opportunities to learn about themselves, their community, and the world. Andrea is currently living in Pasadena with her family and frequently travels to Brazil.


Coach Anne

Anne was a scholarship recipient from the University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance. During her time at UTA, Anne sat Principal Cellist with the University Symphony. Anne is now an active freelance musician performing in numerous venues and events in the Los Angeles area. She is currently the Principal Cellist and 20+ year member of the Claremont Symphony Orchestra. Anne has also been involved in recording projects at the Master’s College, Frankfurt Studios and the Los Angeles College of Music.

Anne has been a music educator since 1987. She maintains an active teaching studio in her home teaching private lessons to all ages. Her lessons for cello and violin are customized for each student’s goal and needs. Over the past 10 years, Anne has been the cello coach at Arcadia High School’s summer music camp. During the school year, Anne coaches the cello sections at Dana Middle School and Arcadia High School. She has also been an instructor of chamber music for Crescendo Young Musician’s Guild in Pasadena.

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Coach Bailee

CLASSES: Math, Algebra, Language Arts, Writing
REGION: San Gabriel Valley, Pomona Valley, San Bernardino Area
EDUCATION: Current Liberal Studies Student – Chaffey College

Bailee is currently enrolled in the Liberal Studies AA-T program at Chaffey College and is transferring to Cal State San Bernardino in the fall of 2018. She wants to finish her BA in Liberal Studies while at CSUSB as well as obtain her teaching credential. Bailee recently passed the CBEST test, a test required for a teaching credential, and she has also earned an Education Paraprofessional Certificate from Chaffey College. Bailee has a lot of experience given that she has not had a classroom of her own yet. She has worked as an Instructional Aide for the Etiwanda School District, K-8. Through that experience, she has gained a lot of insight on how each and every child has their own unique learning style. Bailee is great about making sure each child has the tools and guidance necessary to learn and work to their full potential. She excels in Basic Math, Algebra, Language Arts, and Writing. Bailee will work with you, the parent, and your child to ensure that your child’s educational needs are met. Along with being a student, Bailee enjoys DIY crafts and projects, reading, and being with family.

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Coach Camille

CLASSES: Physics, Algebra I & II, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, Calculus I
REGION: Glendale, Pasadena, Altadena, Burbank, La Canada, La Crescenta, Montrose, South Pasadena
EDUCATION: B.S. in Mechanical Engineer – Southern Methodist University, TX

Camille is a professional ballet dancer with a passion for teaching. She has tutored for over 4 years and has always strived to better her teaching skills. She graduated from SMU Class of 2017 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering as a “back-up” to being a ballerina. She has danced with Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Oklahoma City Ballet and is currently with Pasadena Dance Theatre.
Camille has always loved mathematics and physics. Understanding how the world works drives her fascination and she is constantly building her knowledge by watching lectures or informational videos. Before teaching, Camille likes to be as knowledgeable and prepared as possible, although she is never afraid to admit when she doesn’t know something. As a former homeschooler, she knows how to teach herself, and thus finds it a calling to teach others. In her free time, she loves to sing, cook, read, write, hike, and practice yoga.


Coach Charlene

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Charlene enjoys teaching piano and likes to know her students well in order to offer tailored lessons to inspire learning and boost confidence. Students may learn from classical, jazz and pop music. Her goal is to put a confident smile on the student’s face at the end of each lesson.
Charlene has been teaching piano, music theory, ear training and sight reading for more than 25 years. Students may choose to take lessons that focus on enjoying and exploring piano or they may participate in the CM (Certificate of Merit) program from Prep to Advanced Level. The CM program is a comprehensive program that includes technique, repertoire, music knowledge and sight reading. The CM program will also give students opportunities to perform at annual convention organized by MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Charlene’s educational background includes an M.A. from UCLA and a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Additionally, Charlene is a piano evaluator for MTAC, CM, and a member of the MTBA (Music Teachers National Association).


Coach Chris

CLASSES: Kids and Teens On-Camera Acting Class
REGION: Monrovia and Burbank

Accomplished master coach, Chris has had a rich and fulfilling career in the entertainment industry as a child and teen actress who starred on Broadway and in many TV shows and films; also in her adult career as an accomplished casting director, and acting teacher. Always casting TV shows, films, and commercials, Chris still finds the time for her passion, which is teaching. Chris has been the creator and head coach of 11 performing art schools, and several other successful and highly respected acting schools both in Southern and Northern California. Chris has created her own techniques and curriculum for her acting courses which are an infusion of not 1 but at least 19 techniques. She has also created a structure for film schools during summer camp where students are instructed on all sides of the camera and their courses culminate with a professionally produced short film. Chris’ style of teaching also promotes self- esteem and confidence with an important infusion of values and inspiration to be a light in the entertainment industry. The polished presentational style and self- assuredness the students walk away with can be applied to any profession…Doctor, Lawyer, Sales, etc…

“Each student is precious to me and I give each individual what they need to be confident and professional actors.”


Coach Christine

CLASSES: Math through Algebra 2

REGION: San Gabriel Valley

EDUCATION: BS in Education – Plymouth State College, Masters – Cal State

Growing up in New Hampshire and spending many cold winters indoors helped to inspire a love of game play for Christine.  She loves thinking up ways to adapt games for purposeful math practice.  Christine believes that when students have a strong foundation of basic math skills, they are better able to free up their working memory for creative problem solving.  There are many interesting paths one may take to solve a math problem, and this instructor loves observing and exploring how students think and problem solve.

Christine graduated summa cum laude from Plymouth State College with a bachelor of science in education, received her master’s degree in education with a specialization in mathematics from California State University, Los Angeles, and holds a California teacher credential.  As a stay at home mom, Christine has homeschooled her youngest daughter and routinely helped in the math classes of her older children.  This experience has helped her to understand the intricate connection between early math education and algebraic reasoning, and how to help students bridge this gap.


Coach Claudia

Claudia  has a B.A in Spanish and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Cal State L.A. She is a native Spanish speaker and enjoys teaching kids about Latin culture. She incorporates hands-on activities that help keep the class interesting! Coach Claudia can work with kids starting preschool and up to high school. She can also teach AP Spanish!


Coach Craig

Craig is in his second decade as a full time California educator, specializing in working with students with learning differences. He is the owner/operator of Watkinson Tutoring, founded in 2006. He s a fully credentialed, Multi-Subject California Educator. He taught at the renowned Westmark School in Encino for 7 years. Before that, he worked in over a dozen elementary and middle school classrooms in both the LAUSD and Burbank USD.

Mr. Watkinson established Watkinson Tutoring to help children with varying skill levels and educational needs. “There is only so much help that even the best teacher can give in a full classroom environment. Students with learning differences — all students, really— benefit immeasurably from having the opportunity to engage in one-on-one sessions with someone experienced in multiple methods and modalities of teaching. Very simply, I keep working with the student until they are fully engaged, confident, and successful. And I never give up.”


Coach Dan

Dan has been studying Foundational American history exclusively for over a decade. He is known as an expert on George Washington and served as the historical advisor to actor Ian Kahn for the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies. He has spoken publicly at museums, schools and historic venues on both coasts. Dan began studying film at Art Center College of Design while he was still in high school in Arcadia. He went on to work in both commercial film and later professional theater.  Dan’s history classes are known for being highly interactive and relying on original sources rather than textbooks. His film classes are designed to teach students the skills of visual storytelling and lighting a passion for the medium. 


Coach Dave

Song Squared offers fun and exciting music lessons for students K-12. Students learn the music they are interested in, engaging them in the process of their education right off the bat. Students also learn music theory through simple, accessible exercises, guaranteeing they not only learn how to play music, but they understand it as well. Our group classes introduce students to the instrument of their choice, while showing them how music interacts with their other subjects, such as Math, English and Science. Song Squared’s unique blend of enjoyment and discipline builds a framework for a lifelong appreciation of music as well as success in other areas of life.


Coach David

CLASSES: Chess
REGION: Alhambra, Arcadia, Burbank, Pasadena, San Gabriel
EDUCATION: BA in Psychology w/ Computer Science Minor – Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA

David has been teaching chess to both children and adults for over 15 years. He is a United States Chess Federation Certified Chess Coach, and a tournament director for the USCF. David’s students have competed successfully in national and international events. Many of his students are nationally ranked, as high as top 15, in the United States for their age group. In addition, David has expertise in building chess teams and in his free time, works with at-risk youths. He has established chess programs at a variety of youth centers.


Coach Denis

Denis was a victim of public school but, after some years of recovery, managed nonetheless to find delight in real education and went on to teach college full time for years and has taught, among other things, English, Computer Science, German, Music Theory and Composition, Aikido, Mathematics, and Poetry/Songwriting. The Titchenell family homeschooled/unschooled their children. Though Denis holds a number of academic degrees and certifications, these are utterly irrelevant as the classroom is rarely where real learning takes place.


Coach Edward

Edward has spent the last 10 years working in hardware and software start-ups.  Through this experience, he has led teams in design, operations, and business development.  His current focus is to empower others by sharing a message of hope through technology and education.  He enjoys working with youth and engaging with the community within Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area.  Edward sees a future where people of all ages and cultures can build things in collaboration that promote education and strengthen communities.  He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2005.


Coach Emily

CLASSES: Language arts, Creative writing, Speech writing and presentation, General math, Algebra

REGION: Northern Orange County, Southeast Los Angeles County

Emily holds a B.A. in Communications from Thomas Edison State University.  She has been tutoring elementary through high school students for over a year and a half.  A former homeschool student herself, she aims to not only help her students gain proficiency in their subjects but also to share her love of learning and to teach them skills that will help them throughout the remainder of their education.  Her senior paper researched how personality type influences communication style, and she strives to understand the unique needs and learning styles of each student she works with.  She also has a background in amateur theatre, having acted in and directed several productions.  She helps her students to explore, organize, and present their thoughts in an effective and engaging manner.  In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading about a wide variety of topics, and hiking.


Coach Francisco

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Francisco became a Muay Thai and soccer instructor at UCLA Recreation while attending UCLA back in 2008. He has trained in Muay Thai, Savate, Kali, Boxing, and with the Bruin Self-Defense Program. Meanwhile, he played at the semi-pro level with a Central American soccer league and went on to coach his own Sunday league co-ed and men’s team. After graduating from UCLA with a major in History and a minor in English, Francisco worked as a Behavior Therapist working one-on-one with high functioning special Ed students. He received his teacher credential from The Masters University and is currently completing his Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Francisco is currently a Social Studies teacher which includes history, economics, geography, government. He has also worked summers teaching English as a second language, and GED classes.


Coach Gina

Gina has extensively studied many forms of art since childhood. Gina graduated from Bauder Fashion College emphasizing Fashion Illustration and Design and then Interior Design. Upon graduation, Gina proceeded to further her education at the University of Texas in Arlington where she majored in Art and Architecture. Gina returned to California and continued her studies at LACC, UCLA, and privately. She has exhibited her Art throughout Los Angeles and worked as a “clean up” animator on national commercials at Wong Studios.

Through her business, “Art Ala Carte”, Gina teaches art privately to predominately homeschooled children, but also to public and private school students in the afternoons. She was in charge of the Art Program “Meet the Masters” at her children’s Elementary School for 7 years, which she restructured and expanded the 12 slides given, to a PowerPoint Presentation consisting of 65-70 works of Art and a lecture that captivated the attention of 700 students. Gina recently joined the staff at “FUNdamentals Academy,” in Monrovia, where she offers Beginning Art, Art 1, and Art 2 classes but continues to teach students, privately and in small groups in the Los Angeles County area.


Coach Heather

CLASSES: Art
REGION: Cerritos
EDUCATION: BA in Studio Art & California Teaching Credential in Art Education – Cal State Long Beach, CA

Heather Norris is a California native and graduate of Cal State Long Beach with a B.A. in studio art with an emphasis in illustration. She chose illustration because she loves creating art that tells a story about the world around her. After receiving her degree, she started her professional career in the advertising world as a graphic designer. After a few years working as a graphic designer she went back to Cal State Long Beach to finish completing her dream of becoming an art teacher and received her Credential in Single Subject Art Education. She enjoys teaching art because she loves the energy of being around young people while they are being creative. She enjoys seeing student’s faces light up when learning new skills and art techniques for the first time. Her students inspire her to keep creating her own art and to never stop learning. When Heather is not teaching art she runs her own illustration business where she creates custom portraits and other watercolor illustrations for clients.


Coach Heather

CLASSES: Early Childhood and Early Elementary Music, Beginning Piano

REGION: Altadena

Heather grew up in Southern California with a smile on her lips and a song in her heart. She is equal parts loving mama and natural born musician. She began studying piano from the age of six and has steadily performed in church, community, school productions throughout the course her life. Some of her most memorable stage experiences were participating in Annie as a small child, The Sound Of Music in high school, and Fiddler On The Roof in college. Another musical highlight was having the opportunity to tour Europe performing classical choral music with the Citrus Singers. Heather is mama to four children whom she homeschooled for 7 years. She has taught her children to play multiple instruments and loves to participate in an occasional impromptu family jam session. She is a certified music educator with the American Orff Schullwerk Association and has taught Mommy & Me music, early child hood music and private piano lessons. Heather loves more than anything to connect with the heart of her students through the shared experience and expression of music.


Coach Hillary

Hillary has a Bachelors in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College Of Art. She also has a
Master Teacher Permit in Early Childhood Education. For the past ten years Hillary has been a preschool teacher in the Pasadena area. Currently she has been teaching art privately to local students. Hillary loves engaging her students in the creative process. She is a firm believer in process over product. Inspiration, learning and decision making all happen in the doing of something. As an art teacher her goal is to make the process fun and creative and to inspire life long lovers of art. Hillary is also mom to two incredible teenagers. She has been married close to 21 years to a wonderful musician and film orchestrator. When she is not shuttling kids to and from she loves to walk the dog, draw and crochet.


 Coach James

With a passion for education and a love of math, James Wigglesworth has been helping students find educational insights for over 12 years. A graduate from UCLA, he currently is a full time tutor in the San Gabriel Valley. Over the years, he’s enabled hundreds of students to test better, score higher, and gain confidence by developing a strong foundation in math. Having been homeschooled himself, he has special insights into the ins and outs that come with homeschooling. He’s taught a wide variety of topics from programming to pre-algebra to advanced calculus and everything in between. It’s his desire to inspire a new generation of thinkers and problem solvers to develop a passion and love for math and programming.

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Coach Jeanie

Jeanie graduated with honors from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, in 1992. She majored in fine arts, although she spent about a year in the ceramics program. Once she realized that it was the idea of a vessel that interested her, not the actual making of a vessel, she went back to the fine arts department. After college, she spent several years as an art college admissions counselor, so she understands the portfolio and admissions process. Jeanie knows what art colleges are looking for, and can help you achieve your goals.


Coach Jeanne

CLASSES: Art, Language Arts, Math, Special Needs
REGION: Upland
EDUCATION: BA in Art Education – Mercyhurst University, MA in Education – Carnegie-Mellon University, Special Education – Kutztown University, Teaching Credential

Jeanne has an extensive background in art with national and international shows of her art and both lectures and classes through colleges and museums as well as schools and private tutoring at all age levels. She brings a tactile and creative bend to successfully guide students to problem solving skills in all their subjects. Jeanne starts with determining a student’s current knowledge in an area and breaks down mastery of a subject in a step by step method that is enjoyable and successful. She incorporates games and handcrafts into an active student learning process. Although Jeanne believes that education can be fun, proficiency is necessary to produce competence. That means students must learn vocabulary and math and language facts and methods. This requires drills and repetition. For example, she has found much success using phonics to develop reading skills. Jeanne has found great satisfaction in leading students that are behind in their communication and math skills into major jumps in achievement.


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Coach Jennifer

Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. With Jennifer’s extensive background in Singing and Songwriting, she mentor’s many up and coming Singer/Songwriters helping them with their songs, voices, careers as well as life coaching.

Jennifer writes and co-writes songs in many genres of music, including; Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Americana and Musical Theater, placing songs in film and television.

In addition to being the original Education Director for Speech Level Singing, she also created the songwriting curriculum for the annual Speech Level Singing Summer Program at Mt. Saint Mary’s in Brentwood, CA.

Jennifer was a vocal coach certified at the highest level of Seth Riggs Speech Level Singing Technique for over 10 years and has been teaching voice for over 20 years.

Some of her clients include: Dakota Fanning, Elle fanning, Hillary Duff, Haley Duff, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Hasselhoff and their two daughters, Kata Mara, Kerris Dorsey “MoneyBall” and “Mad Men”, Shonica Goodwin (“Hamilton”, “Cinderella”, “Cat’s”, “In The Heights” all on Broadway), Lilla Crawford (Broadway lead “Annie” and Little Red “Into the Woods” movie), Pearl Sun (lead Next to Normal National tour and Broadway’s If/Then), Leslie McDonald (“American Idiot” on Broadway, Wicked), Olivier winner and Broadway show “Matilda” lead – Leslie Margerita and Broadway Jersey Boy’s Frankie – Taylor Sternberg.


Coach Jessica

CLASSES: Beginning Sewing
REGION: Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto Area
EDUCATION: AA in English & Costume Technician’s Certificate – El Camino College

Jessica studied at El Camino college where she received her English degree and Costume Technician’s Certificate. Currently, Ms. Jessica teaches machine sewing for Home School Coaches. She loves to teach the basics of the sewing machine to beginners and loves to guide her students through basic projects such as pillow cases or pajama pants. When it comes to the arts she’s a jack of all trades. On top of sewing she is a fine artist working with oil paints, watercolors, and colored pencils. In her free-time Jessica costumes and performs in small cabaret shows in North Hollywood. Little known fact: Jessica also builds puppets and teaches puppetry.


Coach Jonathan B.

Jonathan, born and raised in Los Angeles in a musical family, is a professional composer, songwriter, singer, choir director, and music teacher.  His scoring credits among many projects include two award winning short-films from Barefoot Picture Studios, the pilot episode and theme song for Orbie from Oodles World Entertainment, and an animated feature length film currently in production from Word Fisher Animation Studio.  His voice can be heard in movies such as Hairspray, High School Musical, and Jurassic World.  Formerly the choir director at Village Christian School, Jonathan currently serves as the choir director at Reality LA Church in Hollywood.  Jonathan holds a Bachelors of Music in Composition from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.


Coach Jonathan V.

Jonathan has taught and tutored students in multiple subjects, but his specialty is with English. He first honed his writing skills as a reporter for a small newspaper in Sierra Madre, and then God led him into the education field for the next decade. Since then, he has taught Language Arts to every grade level from 5th to 11th (including a two-year detour delving into World History with 7th graders), as well as Bible, Photography, Guitar, and First Aid/CPR to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. In 2013 he wrapped up four wonderful years at a Christian school in Walnut Creek, moved back to Southern California, got married, and later became the owner of a small tutoring company (Catalyst Educational Support, Inc.). This summer (2017) Jonathan sold the company, and his wife Sarah gave birth to their first boy, who was enthusiastically welcomed by all, especially his big sister. In his (precious little) spare time, Jonathan can’t get enough of the outdoors, and in particular, the ocean. Anything that puts him in, on, or under the water is fair game, but his favorites are surfing, sailing, and scuba diving.


Coach Josie

CLASSES OFFERED: Group piano improvisation (preschool and kindergarten with adult practice coach), beginner and intermediate group music labs (first grade and up), music appreciation and literacy, piano and music theory exam preparation

REGION: San Gabriel Valley, online

LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS: Innermusician, Royal Conservatory of Music, Yamaha Music Education System

Josie started piano lessons when she was three years old and has not stopped learning. Music has served her in many ways: teaching her the value of perseverance, giving her an outlet for expression, encouraging her through different seasons of life, and providing a platform for connecting with individuals and cultures. It is her joy to open these opportunities to her students.

She believes everyone is inherently musical and everyone has a voice. Her goal as a piano and general music teacher is to help each student discover their own musical voice. Josie interacts with several music teaching communities to stay current with today’s learning tools and keep lessons engaging.

Creative expression is taught from the beginning, so students can develop a habit of thoughtful interpretation from their hearts that deepens their reproduction of music notation on a page. Group settings secure music foundations and keyboard technique through team work while developing a discerning ear for independent self-assessment in the future. Games and activities solidify music theory concepts. Ensemble work helps students strengthen aural discernment, arrangement skills, and music appreciation. Solo repertoire provides each student a regular opportunity to play for others without the pressure of a formal performance.


Coach Judi

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Judi earned a BA in Human Development along with a K-8 multiple subject teaching credential with a concentration in English from Azusa Pacific College. She taught first and second grade for nine years at a small Christian school where she loved the small class environment. Judi’s teaching style incorporates the “Seven Multiple Intelligences” to help students discover their personal learning strengths that will benefit their learning success. She has been married for forty years to her wonderful husband John, and they are the proud parents and grandparents of four children and three grandchildren. Along with loving to teach children and spend time with her family, Judi also enjoys leading women’s Bible studies, mentoring women in their spiritual walks, leading a small group at a women’s safe house and outdoor activities.


Coach Karin

CLASSES: Psychology, Sociology, U.S. Government, Economics

REGION: Classes are held in Monrovia

EDUCATION: AA in Psychology from Pasadena City College, BA in Health & Human Services from California State University, Los Angeles, and MA in Health & Human Services from California State University, Los Angeles

Karin has had the unique opportunity of teaching every grade from pre-school to college. While teaching at the K-8 levels, she gained experience teaching general education, as well as in special education. At the middle school and high school levels she has taught U.S. history, pre-algebra, AP/Honors English, psychology, sociology, economics and U.S. government – some in the public school system and some for homeschool programs. Besides currently teaching social science classes for homeschooling students, she also teaches psychology courses at two universities. Karin does have first hand experience with homeschooling as well, as her own two children were homeschooled from pre-K through middle school.

It is Karin’s belief that communication and respect are the building blocks for a constructive learning environment. To address all learning styles, it is important to include all of the aspects of the appropriate curriculum using a variety of learning and assessment methods, and to do so in a manner which is current and relevant. By doing so, students will be able to be active and involved participants, and should be able to see that what they are learning currently applies to the content of the class. Karin works to keep an up-to-date and respectful atmosphere, thereby being able to create a learning environment that is constructive and encouraging.


Coach Kedan

CLASSES: Pre-Algebra thru Pre-Calculus, Physics, Chemistry
REGION: Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas, LaVerne, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, Claremont
EDUCATION: Current Civil Engineering Student – Cal Poly Pomona, AAs in Math, Physics, Engineering Technology, and Natural Sciences – Pasadena City College
Kedan is a civil engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona. He holds four associates degrees (math, physics, engineering technology, and natural sciences) and as a former homeschool student and teacher he has a good understanding of how to teach to homeschool students with a hands-on approach. He likes nothing more than seeing the look of achievement a student has when they grasp a concept they were struggling with. In his spare time he likes to build scale model kits.


Coach Mark

CLASSES: Piano
REGION: San Gabriel Valley
EDUCATION: BA in Piano Performance – Chapman University

Pianist Mark, known for his brilliant tone and poetic expressions has performed and taught in Southern California for over 30 years. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from Chapman University where he studied under Pianist Joseph Matthews. Other principle teachers were Blanca Alameda, Jack Eugene Miller and Master Classes with Pianist James McCormick. As an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California Coach Mark was a co-founder of the Hacienda Heights Branch in 1991 and served as president from 1995-1999. Other organizations include the California Association of Professional Music Teachers where he served as District III Coordinator from 2004-2007, National Federation of Music Clubs and National Guild of Piano Teachers. In 2007 he was invited to join the Certificate of Merit Council and served as the New Materials State Chair from 2007-2011, and in 2012 as the Young Artist Guild State Chair. As an adjudicator in demand Coach Mark has judged numerous piano competitions throughout Southern California and parts of Northern California, and has given Master Classes for various music studios. He has served on faculty at the East Los Angeles Music and Art School and the Pacific School of Music and Art. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching duo-duet piano as well as performing with colleagues. Coach Mark and his wife Barbara have made their home and studio in the City of Montebello for the last thirty years.


Coach Mary Kate

CLASSES:
Language Arts, Math (ages 6-9)
Home Economics (cooking, baking, beginning-knitting ages 9+)
REGION: LaCrescenta, Montrose, LaCanada, Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra and San Gabriel
EDUCATION: Thomas Aquinas College – BA, Liberal Arts; Association Montessori Internationale, Washington, DC – Elementary Diploma
Mary Kate has 23 years experience teaching in elementary Montessori (1st – 6th grade) and traditional settings (1st-2nd grade) in Portland, Chicago and Pasadena. She has also tutored in reading, phonics and spelling. She values the Montessori principals of a sensorial approach, repetition through variety, and keeping joy and discovery in lessons. With your input, she will happily customize courses to suit your child’s needs. With years of experience teaching phonics and reading, Mary Kate offers academic tutoring for lower elementary ages. She also offers home-economic topics (cooking, baking, beginning-knitting) for students nine years of age and older. On her spare time, Mary Kate enjoys hiking, cooking, painting, knitting and playing the piano.

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Coach Michael

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Mike is an experienced guitar teacher who has taught for 9 years. He taught in the state of Iowa through Rieman Music Store for most of his teaching years but has recently moved to California to teach and pursue music/band endeavors! Mike has the ability teach to different levels of experience and is very patient with beginners and younger students. His expertise is primarily in “Popular Guitar” teaching Chords, Scales, theory, improvisation, songs, tablature and beginner’s reading in a variety of styles from Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, Country, Blues, Folk, Metal, Funk and most everything in between!

We’re sorry! Due to high demand, this coach is currently unavailable until further notice.


Coach Michelle

Michelle has been teaching violin and viola for many years and loves teaching children of all ages as well as adults. She has her BMus. Viola from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music; MMus. Viola Performance and Violin/Viola Pedagogy with an emphasis in Suzuki from the University of Oregon. She is certified with the Suzuki Association of the Americas through Books 1-5, violin;  Books 1-6, viola, and taken coursework in violin Bks. 6-8. Michelle also loves performing. She has worked with several orchestras around the country including the St. Louis MUNY Orchestra, Fox Theatre Orchestra, Eugene Opera Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, and the Western Piedmont Symphony, NC. Michelle currently works for Harmony Project, LA (non-profit organization providing lessons to underserved communities) and maintains a private studio in Alhambra, CA.


Coach Mike

Teaching guitar, piano, bass and drums to students ages 4+ since 1976

I’ve been teaching guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 1970s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

I am a very enthusiastic teacher. I teach students how to read music. I also teach music theory and how to use this knowledge to play by ear. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar. I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.

I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and
Latin music.


Coach Monique

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Monique received her B.A. in Organizational Studies with an emphasis in educational systems from Pitzer College. She is a multiple awarded scholar and a 2011 J. William Fulbright Research Scholar Finalist for Mathematics Education. She has completed one year of graduate study majoring in Special Education at Claremont Graduate University. Monique has been tutoring children since 2002. Her passion for helping young minds make connections in their own unique way highlights her ability to bridge gaps in education. Monique has been an advocate for special needs education and is a modern and “think outside the box” instructor. Monique is a mother to a son with autism and understands the challenges and beauty of it. It inspired her to connect with students on a spectrum of learning styles to maximize their success. Most recently, she designed and implemented a college preparation program workshop for high school students for the City of Claremont, which was awarded a CBO grant for its popularity within the Claremont community. Monique is well rounded and specializes in mathematics through Algebra 2, all facets of language arts, the social sciences, computer software, study skills, life skills, SAT study, and college preparation.


Coach Pat

Originally from Boston, Pat headed west to attend Stanford University, receiving his BA in English. After graduating, he spent several years in San Francisco working in youth education by day, and performing stand-up comedy at night.

Recently, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the UCLA MFA program in Screenwriting, where he won awards like the Oliver Prize for Family Screenwriting and the Jack Nicholson Award. He specializes in family content, and his most prize winning screenplay so far was co-written by his 5 year old son, based on his fantasy world.

Pat now creates TV and film scripts for companies like Disney and Mattel, but he continues to work with youth throughout the Los Angeles area, and is especially fond of teaching writing skills to kids.


Coach Paula

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Paula majored in physical chemistry and minored in mathematics at UCLA. During her last year there she began coaching gymnastics in South Pasadena and grew to love working with the kids and helping them break skills down into manageable pieces. When she began tutoring some students of the gym she adapted that teaching philosophy to math and science. Paula believes that the key to success in learning is helping students trust in their own abilities. She will work with you and your child to identify and address any gaps in learning in math and the physical sciences which will help them tackle new topics with confidence.


Coach Petra

Petra has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, UC Irvine, a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, UCLA, and worked 25 years as a Numerical Analyst for a mathematical software developer.

She discovered her love of teaching while helping her boys with their math homework, working with many different kids while being active in the PTA, and teaching a local community yoga class at the San Gabriel library for more two and a half years. Petra also tutored elementary school kids in math while in college. Kids learn in different ways and Petra enjoys using various approaches to help kids understand the concepts on a deeper level so that they can build on them in the next grade levels. Using slices of pizza to demonstrate fractions, a scale to visualize equalities/inequalities and written step by step problem solving are just a few examples of how this can be done.

Petra understands from her own family experience that parents cannot be experts in all subjects. She sees her role in helping out wherever math or computer help is needed.

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Coach Rebecca

Rebecca has been a classroom teacher, tutor, teacher trainer, and content developer for 20 years. She’s also worked in a special education classroom and has tutored students with a variety of learning challenges. This range of experience has given her the ability to adapt to the needs of her students. This includes helping students understand the bigger picture, so that instead of simply memorizing formulas, they discover how each concept leads to another. By helping students build a comprehensive foundation, Rebecca gives them the critical thinking skills that will help them through high school and the rest of their lives.  She believes that an engaged, motivating teacher can make mastering math and science less worrisome and even fun.

 


Coach Regina

CLASSES: Sewing
REGION: San Gabriel Valley Area
EDUCATION: Computer Learning Center – Main Frame Programming

Regina has been sewing since she was 8 years old. She learned to sew by watching her mother and advanced her skills in junior high school during the sewing lessons of her homemaking class. As an adult, she has always loved to sew for herself and others, and was known as “Lil’ Miss Sew N Sew.” In 2008, Regina began teaching sewing at a charter school in Altadena and was later invited to teach for the City of Duarte Parks and Recreation Department. She is also frequently hired for custom sewing projects. Each season, she regularly teaches dozens of students of all ages and abilities – including special needs. She has a love for sewing and a passion to teach others how to sew as well. Students will need a sewing machine and many of the basic supplies to complete student selected projects (supply kits may be obtained from Regina). Overall, Regina is patient, encouraging and sincerely loves showing others how to sew.

 


Coach Richard

Rich currently works with the youths and college students at his church. Teaching and inspiring them has been his joy and passion. He has experience teaching beginning piano and guitar and tutoring elementary and middle students in math, science, and English. Rich has a B.A. in communications from Cal Poly Pomona and enjoys helping others in creative/essay writing. He is currently finishing his M.A. in Theological Studies at Gateway Seminary. After finishing, he will begin working on his teaching credential.


Coach Simon

CLASSES: Pre-Algebra through Pre-Calculus

REGION: San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley

EDUCATION: Current Electrical Engineering Student—California State University, Northridge

Simon is a student at CSUN, currently working towards earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He has a passion for mathematics that can be seen both at school and at home. As an extracurricular in high school, he tutored elementary-aged students for the first time. To him, it felt like a natural fit! Patience and understanding are a few of his strengths when working with students. Coincidentally, the name Simon means “to listen,” which he feels describes him well. In his free time, you will most likely find Simon playing the piano or reading a book.


Coach Sofia

Teaches: Visual Arts, and Graphic Design

Region: Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas.

Education: BA in Communication Arts with a focus in Illustration and a Minor in Book Arts,  from Otis College of Art and Design.

Sofia is an enthusiastic lover of art and education. After graduating Otis College of Art and Design and having a child, Sofia began giving private art lessons to children from ages 5 – 17 years old in an array of lessons involving art history, art techniques in many mediums, and graphic design. She connects with each student and creates lessons most suitable for their aspirations, skill levels and interests.

In her spare time she gives back to her community by volunteering with the kids at David and Margaret Youth and Family Services as well as focus on her two budding art and design centered businesses which she has built with the 15+ years of knowledge gained through experience and education of art, graphic design, branding and advertising.


Coach Will

CLASSES: Art

REGION: San Gabriel Valley

EDUCATION: BA in Fine Art, Drawing and Painting – Cal State University, Long Beach, CA

Coach Will is a multi-disciplinary teaching/artist whose professional efforts and accomplishments include over 25 years as a working visual artist, professional musician and respected arts educator. Last year his program “Inter-Curricular Arts” received the “Continuing Service Award” from the California State PTA and “Best New Program Award” from the LA County Parks and Rec Department.
Will has been on the artist’s path from an early age, and was always drawn to the visual and musical arts. Thanks to a wide array of talented mentors and teachers, he was encouraged to follow his interests in the arts. His passion continued in college, where he began studying traditional Afro-Cuban drumming while working toward a fine art degree. Will continued his professional career in music while maintaining a visual arts studio. During this time, he had the opportunity to accompany internationally acclaimed artists including Tito Puente, Jose Feliciano, Linda Ronstadt, and the band WAR.

As a break from the rigors of life as a musician/visual artist, Will began working with youth as a teaching artist. His teaching portfolio includes work as Lead Teacher in the innovative “Rock the Classroom” literacy/music program as well as visual art classes taught at The Otis College of Art and Design and the LAUSD sponsored Arts 4 City Youth. He is currently engaged in growing his own arts enrichment program “Inter-Curricular Arts”. The program has come to serve over 3,000 elementary students in the San Gabriel and Burbank school districts.