Prior to starting college, she trained at the Santa Cruz Women's Health Center to be a phlebotomist and a clinical laboratory assistant. She worked at Unilab, Santa Cruz Medical Clinic and performed home visits to do medical exams for life insurance applicants. Malika has been teaching and tutoring for around two decades and was raised by a local homeschooling consultant teacher for AFE (Patty Palazzo). During her time off, Malika enjoys spending time with her family in her hometown of Santa Cruz and on Lake Nacimiento. She has a fantastic husband (co-owner, Nate Bell) and two exuberant daughters (Leilani, 14 and Ruby, 9) who keep her busy traveling around the US for cheer competitions.
therapy like Theory of Mind, Emotion Regulation using The Zones of Regulation, Coping Mechanisms, Calming Strategies, Sensory Integration, De-escalation Protocol(s), etc. I have supported many families and children throughout my career and I am dedicated to continue my work as an educator and a facilitator.
Class room helper for all ages
M.s. in Snorting
Middle school and High School Social Studies Teacher, Tutor
Learning Language and Math. While there, Ajita got a first hand look inside the education system and hands on experience tutoring students 1st-7th grade. Ajita loves working for the Learning Center and is excited to continue learning and teaching here. Ajita is also the Office Manager. Do not be surprised if you get emails from her!
and succeed in completing their Spanish courses is exciting and a wonderful reward for both the student as well as herself. Many times the students she has tutored go onto completing the Spanish SAT subject test, which increases their chances of acceptance to college. Monica is ecstatic about tutoring Spanish at Santa Cruz Learning Center and she is happy to be a part of our community.
K-8 Reading, Writing and Math, German, Algebra 1, Art History, Psychology
Experienced tutor for kids with Learning Disabilities including ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders and Supporting IEP goals
Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology
Middle school and High School science teachers, Tutor
M.A. Molecular Cell Development
English, Life Science, Intro to Pre-Algebra and Elementary; Multi-Subject Tutor
b.a. in English with an emphasis in Literary Studies
Kaia is our Elementary, Life Science, and Intro to Pre-Algebra educator. She grew up in central Arkansas and graduated from Hendrix College in 2015 with a B.A. in English. After completing school, Kaia served two years with City Year Baton Rouge, an education-based non-profit that places young people in high need urban schools as tutors and mentors. During her time in Baton Rouge, Kaia taught small groups in a 3rd grade English class, tutored 1st-5th graders, loved reading with her students, and
middle school and High school Teacher, Art Tutor
masters of Fine Arts
Class room helper for all ages
M.s. in Cuddling
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teaching, and joined us at the Learning Center. Rylan was able to better hone his Spanish skills while traveling and is now fluent. When not teaching, Rylan can be found in the ocean or on a run in the forest, or perhaps behind a computer maintaining his technical skills. Other hobbies include guitar, mushroom hunting and print making.
Dianne grew up in Indianapolis, IN and moved to Santa Cruz in 1994. She has attended Ball State College in Muncie, IN and IUPUI at Indpls for Elementary Education. She taught in a Chapter 1 pre-school for children with Language delays. After moving to Santa Cruz, Dianne worked for Preschools and the Santa Cruz Toddler Center using RIE philosophy. After taking some time off to raise her 3 sons, she returned to teaching as a 1:1 aide in the classrooms of Santa Cruz City Schools. She has successfully completed grades K-12 twice with the exception of 4th, 7th and 8th. Currently, she is a Teacher Assistant in the Resource room at Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary and substitutes for Balance4Kids working with kids who need additional support in the classroom. She also is the Arts and Crafts teacher in the summer. Dianne is excited to be able to support kids learning and curiosity at Santa Cruz Learning Center. She hopes to add her personal purple magical passion to students learning.
Elementary Teacher, Middle School, High School, and tutor
B.A. IN ART HISTORY, MA IN EDUCATION
My name is Melanie Clark. I am an Educational Therapist. I have a Master’s of Arts in Educational Psychology and a BA is Communicative Disorders and Sciences with an emphasis in speech language pathology. I have dedicated 20 years of my life to children as a behaviorist. I work with people to help them to gain a variety of skill sets. I use many different programs in my
B.A. in Spanish and Communications
Multi-Subject Tutor, Spanish Tutor
B.a. in physics and Applied Mathematics
Government, Economics, History teacher; Multi Subject tutor
BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Woman's Studies
Fourth grade at the Aptos Academy for two years before the school closed down. Since then he has worked for Club Z tutoring and has his own tutoring clients. Jason teaches in a relaxed and informative manner, and loves to incorporate real world life situations into his lessons. Jason heartily enjoys living in Santa Cruz county and loves the outdoors, frequently taking hikes with his rescue dog Cylus. He also loves to garden and grows killer eggplants,tomatoes, and squash. Jason also has a fondness for downtempo and trip hop music. He is stoked to be a part of the Santa Cruz Learning Center community!
volunteered in the community. She is a lifelong swimmer and coach who loves seeing her students blossom in all areas of life. Kaia recently moved to Santa Cruz and is excited to live so close to the ocean and explore the city. She looks forward to sharing her love of all things words and learning with the students this year. When she’s not at school, Kaia is either teaching swim lessons, outside, or reading a book.
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