Los Angeles and San Diego, California  

(818) 509-4943 

​​Ashley Ravid Group- Educational Therapy & Academic Tutoring

Jennifer Havlat attended Loyola Marymount University where she earned her bachelors in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject teaching credential. In addition, she have a Masters Degree from Cal State San Marcos in Special Education and an Administrative Credential from the San Diego County Office of Education. She is a native of San Diego and has taught in the Del Mar Union School District for 17 years. Her teaching experience includes: Special Day Class Moderate/Severe K-6, General Education 6th grade, and currently, the Learning Center teacher at Carmel Del Mar School. Beyond her teaching experience, she am a mother of two young boys, and an avid runner. Jennifer's passion for teaching is to individualize every lesson to meet each child’s unique learning needs. 


Michael Payne received his Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Manhattanville College in 2006. He has worked as a classroom teacher since 2002.  He worked as a middle school Math teacher in New York for over 11 years.  He specializes in working with a variety of students in the 3rd – 8th grade in all subjects.  His passions include working in the area of Mathematics.  He is skilled in multi-sensory teaching including auditory, visual and kinesthetic techniques.  He has had experience working with students students needing support in academic tutoring and those needing additional support with mild/moderate learning challenges.

Amanda Ramirez has worked in the field of Education since 2009. She has taught in the Bay Area, Santa Cruz, and San Diego. She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology she began working as a substitute teacher in mainly special education classes. This inspired her to change careers and sparked a passion for teaching. She earned an M.S. in Special Education with an emphasis in Moderate/Severe disabilities and Autism. She has worked as a Behavior Therapist, Special Education Aide, and a Special Education Teacher. Currently she teaches children with language based and mild/moderate disabilities. She is an advocate for her students’ progress and ensuring their learning needs are met. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children and training for half marathons. 

Lori Smith has been an educator since 2000.  She earned her Master’s degree in Education in Multi-Cultural Teaching from National University in 2009.  In the last twenty years, she has taught Kindergarten through eighth grade in all academic subjects.  Lori is trained in multiple writing programs and specializes in elementary and middle school writing.  She is a mom of three daughters and enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the outdoors, and taking road trips across the U.S. 


San Diego's Educational Specialist Team




Providing in-home support in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and University City