Maggie Field has been tutoring and teaching writing and reading comprehension skills to 6th through 12th grade students since 2000. She began working with high school students on the language arts sections (Verbal and Writing) of the SAT, and, while she has continued that work, she also has been working with both middle school and high students on every facet of writing: grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and outlining. In addition, she also has helped high school seniors applying to college and college seniors applying to graduate school with their application essays. Maggie has expanded her tutoring skills to focus on improving students’ reading comprehension skills. Breaking the work down into manageable steps can make a big difference! She looks forward to meeting you and your child and to making progress together.
Nikolas “Niko” Arredondo earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of California – Merced in History. Shortly thereafter he embarked on his studies in Special Education. In 2018, Niko received his Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Educational Therapy. His strengths are in identifying student’s areas of improvement by performing diagnostic assessments in order to create psycho-educational goals. He thoroughly enjoys building a strong rapport with his students by tapping lessons into their interests. Prior to becoming an educational therapist, Niko was a behavior interventionist, working with students within the Autism community. He is also fluent in Spanish. Niko enjoys cooking at home, traveling and sports.
Shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Julie decided to follow her dream of moving out to the west coast. Her passion for working with children led her to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education and eventually on to working individually with young students as a behavior therapist. After being exposed to the daily struggles students with multiple learning challenges face, she yearned to find a way to support their growth even more. She embarked on a Masters in Special Education - Educational Therapy in order to further help all students achieve the academic success and independence. Julie empathizes with her students and fully understands the importance of building self-confidence and competence in the early academic years. She specializes in working with K-8th grade students both in home and in the Sherman Oaks office.
Lisa D. has extensive experience working with students from pre-school age to adult. In 2012 she graduated from Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology with a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Psychology. She has experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Emotionally Disturbed, Williams Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder (PANS/PANDAS), Pervasive Developmental Disability, Agoraphobia, visual/spatial and auditory processing delays, and anxiety disorders. Lisa is trained and certified in the SCERTS Model for individuals with social and emotional challenges. She is trained to aid in homeschooling students, incorporating educational therapy strategies with an individualized home-school curriculum. She is available to work in-home for families in the Santa Monica, Brentwood, and West LA neighborhoods. Lisa shares in the success of her students and loves to witness her students achievement daily!
Racquel earned her Master’s degree in Special Education in New York City at Fordham University. Her undergraduate degrees include a BFA in Music and a BA in Culture and Media studies from The New School University. She came to education as a Teach For America corps member – an AmeriCorps program with the mission that one day all children will obtain an excellent education despite socioeconomic status. She served in Queens at a low-income school and stayed in the classroom for three more years at a high performing charter school in Brooklyn. In 2014, Racquel left the classroom to practice Educational Therapy in a private setting. Most recently, Racquel published her first children’s book through Amazon titled, “The Boy You Couldn’t Read.” It is the first in a series designed specifically for students with special needs in an effort to tell their stories and advocate for their education. Racquel is trained in the Wilson Reading program and Step-Up to Writing program.
After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from George Washington University, Sarah joined the traveling circus to fulfill a life-long dream of hers. After spending a few years on the road, she switched careers from entertaining children to teaching them. While student teaching, she noticed a large population of children struggling to access the material in class. She went back to school to learn how to support these struggling learners and in 2011, she earned both her Master’s degree in Education and Secondary Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University. She has been a classroom teacher for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at a private school in West Hills, CA. After nearly 15 years of working with student ages 3-50, she has the adaptability and skill to assist others in their specific growth and development.
Saima earned her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge in 2012. Her passion for teaching children as a K-6 literacy and math led her become a Sunday School teacher and volunteer at the Child Development Institute. She found her passion in teaching, but quickly learned that she enjoyed working with students in a one-on-one setting. She felt inspired to reach every student and understands individual Learning profiles to aid in academic success. In 2015, she graduated with her Master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Educational Therapy from California State University, Northridge. Saima believes that level of connection makes growth possible. She uses her past personal experience as a struggling learner to connect with her students to show them that they can do anything they set their minds to. These skills make her a highly sought after educator in a field that addresses students with a variety of needs to help them find academic success. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Reading program and the Step-Up to Writing program.
In 2016, Billy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis. He specializes in working with 6th - 12th grade students in the area of Mathematics and Sciences. He has experience working with students with learning challenges and those in honors and AP classes. In addition to providing academic support, he can also provide instruction for students preparing for the ACT and SAT exam. Currently, Billy is also pursuing a second degree in Biology. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and riding his bike.
Meet our Academic Coaches
Jenna has worked as an Educational Specialist since 2016. She has served as an Interventionist at Pacific Point Academy providing one-on-one intervention for students in reading, writing, and math, and has also worked as an academic coach providing executive function coaching and homework support for students in middle and high school. As an educational specialist, Jenna works with students one-on-one and addresses remedial math, reading and writing needs. Jenna specializes in implementing and customizing a wide variety of remedial programs, including Lindamood Bell's Visualizing & Verbalizing, Seeing Stars, Read Naturally, and Cog Med. In her free time, Jenna enjoys traveling, hiking, working out, and listening to live music. Jenna is able to commute to the client's school or in-home in the Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and West LA areas.
Ashley Ravid Group
15130 Ventura Blvd, Suite 317,
Sherman Oaks, California 91403
Ashley Ravid, Clinical Director
In 2018, Ripsime earned her Masters of Arts degree from Columbia University in Global Thought with an emphasis in Development Economics. Her time studying abroad in Madrid allowed her an opportunity to perfect her Spanish and embrace Spanish Literature. Ripsime has experience working with a variety of learners including English as a Second Language students, honors and AP students. She has extensive experience providing academic support in the areas History, Math (up to Calculus), English, Spanish, Science, reading comprehension, study skills, writing, grammar, and executive functioning skills. Ripsime enjoys working with elementary through high school students needing support in general education glasses including honors and AP courses. She also provides support in ACT and SAT prep. She values the role of being a teacher in a child's life and thoroughly enjoys making a difference in a child's life.
Meet the Team of Educational Therapists
Westside/Beverly Hills/Santa Monica & Adjacent Cities
Sherman Oaks & Adjacent Cities
To learn about Ashley, please refer to the "About Ashley" section.
In 2017, Negeen received her Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Special Education and Inclusion from Harvard University. She has over ten years of experience working with various populations in both inclusive and specialized classes. Through her coursework at Harvard, she learned about the importance of inclusion and instilling advocacy skills for all students. She collaborates with teachers to provide successful tools for inclusion such as accommodating and modifying curriculum and universal design for learning. Her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and World Arts and Dance allows her to provide instruction in academic as well as artistic settings. Her dance background allows her to provide outside-the-box teaching methods to help students learn necessary academic and life skills. She can adjust her teaching techniques to engage all students. Negeen supports all areas including reading comprehension, math, writing, and executive functioning. She enjoys working will all diverse learners as young as Kindergarten through High School. She is fluent in Farsi and Spanish.
After graduating from Pepperdine University with a Master’s in Education as well as a California Teaching Credential in 2002, Lisa J. taught 6th and 7th grade at a low-income school in Los Angeles. Lisa developed her passion for helping students thrive despite their socioeconomic status. She came to understand the importance of teaching to the “whole” child, focusing not only on academics, but the emotional aspects within learning. Lisa went on to teach 5th grade at a private independent school, and while she loved the enthusiasm and community of working as a classroom teacher, she noticed the students who were not receiving the academic support they truly needed. Lisa believes that the one-on-one instruction creates a safe place where students can make mistakes and grow as a learner. As a child, Lisa struggled in school and uses her past personal experience to connect to her students and show them how to overcome their struggles. Her experience and skills make Lisa a highly sought-after educator.
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