Our Staff

Megan Trezza, M.Ed.
Megan Trezza, M.Ed.

Megan Cohen Trezza, M.Ed., founded La Jolla LearningWorks in 2009 to provide individualized tutoring, test preparation, and educational therapy services that allow students to reach their fullest potential. Megan brings expertise in effective research-based interventions for individuals with learning difficulties, such as ADHD, dyslexia, and auditory processing.

Megan received her B.A. from UC Berkeley (2001) and her Master’s in Elementary Education and CA Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University (2004). She pursued her Certificate in Educational Therapy through UC Riverside and has completed training on Lindamood-Bell’s processing programs, LiPS, Seeing Stars, and Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Cloud Nine Math, the Wilson Reading System, and Step Up To Writing. Prior to working in the private sector, Megan taught first grade in inner-city Los Angeles through Teach for America and presented teacher-training workshops across California. Megan is a past President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (www.dyslexiasd.org) and a member of the Association for Educational Therapists (www.aetonline.com).

Aside from her professional endeavors, Megan enjoys rock climbing, yoga, swimming at La Jolla Cove, and cooking paleo-style meals with her friends and family.

Erin Sensibaugh, M.Ed.
Erin Sensibaugh, M.Ed.

Everyone learns in different ways and it is important that we give children the tools to be successful in their own learning!

Erin is originally from Fairfax, Virginia, but moved to San Diego in August, 2017. She graduated from The University of South Carolina with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and went on to receive her Masters from the University of Scranton in Curriculum and Instruction a few years later. Erin holds a teaching license for preK through 6th grade and is trained in many specialized learning programs. While in Virginia, Erin taught 1st grade for three years and 4th grade for four years in all subject areas. She has experience working with English Language Learners, along with students with special needs in many areas including autism spectrum disorder, specific learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, and visual and auditory processing disorder.

In her free time, Erin likes to spend time outside with her dog, Petey, and has enjoyed exploring many of the beautiful hiking trails throughout San Diego. She also recently became a volunteer with Voices for Children to help her become more involved in the community.

Emma Tovar
Emma Tovar - Test Prep academic coach la jolla learningworks
Emma Tovar

“Never stop having a beginner’s mindset.”

Emma hails from the great Pacific Northwest, and grew up in Federal Way, WA. She attended The Evergreen State College and graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology and Field Ecology in 2011. After graduating, she worked with the TRiO program and Upward Bound and served as the Science Instructor for the summer program several years. Since then, she relocated to San Diego and has worked with the Ocean Discovery Institute, and splits her time working with students at La Jolla Learning Works and research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Working with students from under-served communities has always been a side passion for Emma, and she enjoys building students’ curiosity about the natural world. She’s worked with students with ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, and Visual Processing Disorder. Emma’s enthusiasm for math and science carries through into her sessions whether it is for test prep or general school support. Her eagerness to help students learn has led her to incorporate multimedia tools into her sessions to extend the learning beyond the classroom.

She’s trained in prepping students for the ISEE, HSPT, ACT, and SAT. Her educational therapy program training includes Visualizing & Verbalizing, Step up to Writing, and LJLW’s Executive Functioning program.

In her free time, Emma loves to explore the outdoors, go hiking, running and visiting the Cat Café.

Lauren Grieco
Lauren Grieco

Lauren is originally from Temecula, California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management. Before starting work at LJLW, she worked for the Parks and Recreation Department in Coronado, California. She also worked for the Youth Department at the Braille Institute of La Jolla where she assisted visually impaired children in daily life activities, skills, and academics. During her time at LJLW, she has completed trainings in: Cloud 9, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Executive Functions, Step-Up to Writing, and the Wilson Reading System. She loves working one-on-one with students because it builds stronger relationships and provides a safe place for learning. She brings encouragement and humor to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child accomplish and achieve their goals.

Jillean Veroneau
Jillean Veroneau

“I believe in and love the process of learning, so I like to instill that in my students.”

Jillean is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a double major in Psychology and Biology. After graduating she worked as an applied behavioral therapist with special needs children, specifically those with Autism, in Boston. She also gained experience as neurofeedback technician while living on the east coast, working with children with a range of developmental disabilities/needs including ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorder, Depression, Specific Learning Disability, Auditory Processing Disorder, and Visual Processing Disorder.

In addition to working at La Jolla LearningWorks, she has continued her career in neurofeedback working as a practitioner here in San Diego at Healthy Within: Neurofeedback, working with individuals with many different types of brain-based disorders.

During her time here at La Jolla LearningWorks, she has completed training in Executive Functioning, Wilson Reading System, Seeing Stars for Reading Fluency & Spelling, Cloud 9 for Math Remediation, Visualizing and Verbalizing for visual and auditory processing deficits, ISEE and ACT/SAT, Metacognition, Step up to Writing, Handwriting Without Tears, and Keyboarding Without Tears.

She has a love for learning and a passion for working with students to instill that same love of learning. She recognizes that each child has a way to learn that is best for them and pays close attention to that in her sessions so the student gets the most they can from their time together. Her favorite engagement strategy is letting children take control of their learning.

In Jillean’s free time she likes to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of the sunny San Diego climate. She is also an avid traveler and is always eager to learn about new cultures.

Gina Pierotti, M.Ed.
Gina Pierotti, M.Ed.

“I strive to provide an atmosphere in which students feel supported in their learning, enjoy working with their strengths, and have a desire to help them reach their goals.”

Gina earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Education in Teaching and Learning at the University of California, San Diego. After doing so, she worked with students in elementary schools as a Program Support Teacher for three years, providing reading intervention instruction to students in grades Kindergarten through sixth. She taught other subjects as well, including math and writing. She has five years of experience tutoring students in primary school through college in various subject areas in a one-on-one setting. While in college at the University of California, Santa Cruz earning her Bachelor of Arts in Literature, she tutored other students as part of Learning Support Services.

She has worked with students with ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Anxiety, and Depression. Her educational therapy training includes the Wilson Reading System, Seeing Stars, Cloud 9 Math, Visualizing & Verbalizing, Step up to Writing, Handwriting Without Tears, Keyboarding Without Tears, and LJLW’s Executive Functioning program. Her favorite engagement strategy is making learning relevant to students’ lives.

In her free time, Gina enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Jacob Delgado
Jacob Delgado

“Learning is a physiological activity involving the whole body, which requires students to be active participants in the subject matter in order for learning to take place.”

 Jacob was born and raised in Southern California, and grew up in Hemet, CA. He attended San Diego State University and graduated with his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Physical Education in 2011. Following his college career, Jacob spent two years working at the Charter School of San Diego as a classroom assistant, where he helped instruct students in one-on-one or small group settings ranging from middle school to high school. Since then, Jacob has worked as a one-to-one aide at Sierra Academy, gaining experience working with children, in an academic setting, who have mild-to-moderate learning disabilities including ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Specific Learning Disabled, Auditory Processing Disorder, Visual Processing Disorder, and Seizures.

He is currently working towards his Master’s degree in Education, with a specialization in Teacher Leadership, and a single subject credential in Physical Education from National University. Jacob is currently teaching Physical Education at Sierra Academy and is their sports coach. He is trained in test prep programs included ISEE, ACT/SAT, and the HSPT. His educational therapy program training includes the Wilson Reading System, Seeing Stars, Cloud 9 Math, Visualizing & Verbalizing, Step up to Writing, and LJLW’s Executive Functioning program. His favorite engagement strategy is finding a common interest.

In his free time, Jacob loves to explore the outdoors and go hiking. He also enjoys going to the beach, traveling, watching football, being around friends and family, playing basketball, and going to the gym to exercise. His passions are ecological conservation, anatomy, history, bio-mechanics, and current events.

Marissa Schellace
Marissa Schellace

“Seeing students grow and achieve success in their education is the most exciting part of teaching.”

Marissa is excited about the opportunity to return to La Jolla LearningWorks! She is originally from New York where she earned a B.A. Degree in Psychology/Special Education from Marist College. After completing her degree, Marissa moved to sunny San Diego to pursue teaching on the West Coast. She previously worked for LJLW as an Educational Therapy instructor. She worked with a diverse population of students that included students with Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorder, specific learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety. Marissa worked with students from Kindergarten to 12th grade and even supported students in their classrooms. While working at LJLW Marissa decided it was time to continue her education and returned to New York to complete a Master’s program in Literacy Instruction at Mercy College. While working towards her Masters in Literacy, Marissa taught 5th grade, worked for an extended school year special education program, and just recently taught 1st grade special education before returning to San Diego. Throughout all of these experiences, Marissa has always worked to assist students to be able to see their individual capabilities. Her favorite engagement strategy is to appeal to her students’ interests and create authentic, hands-on, and relevant learning experiences.

Outside of teaching she enjoys art projects, going to the beach, hiking, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

Olivia Demers, MS
Olivia Demers, MS

“I love getting to know individual students’ strengths and needs, and guiding them to love learning as much as I do.”

Olivia recently moved to San Diego after receiving her Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. During college she was a Resident Advisor working with first year and upperclassmen students to improve their academic, professional and personal skills to prepare them for post graduation life. After graduating, she moved to Thailand where she earned her TEFL certification and taught English, math and science to second language third graders, as well as tutoring them in specific areas of need outside the classroom. Since then, she has been a seasonal Operations Coordinator for Galileo summer camps developing innovative minds and adding to her experience working with students with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Sensory Processing Disorders and Behavioral Disorders.

Olivia believes that children learn in a variety of ways and with the right attention they can find out what works for them early and implement these methods in every aspect of their educational and personal growth. She likes to engage students by creating positive connections to the real world and the things they enjoy the most.

Outside of work Olivia loves to be outdoors hiking, camping, swimming in the ocean, and traveling to lots of new places!

Radhalila Reinhofer
Radhalila Reinhofer

Radhalila Reinhofer is from San Diego. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Philosophy and Pre-med and is trained in Stanford’s Innovation Processes and Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Meditation. In the past 5 years before starting work at LJLW, Radhalila taught students K-12 in 1-on-1 settings at public and private schools in San Francisco and NYC. She has experience working in SAT/ACT/AP, life skills development, study skills, and K-12 curriculum. During Radhalila’s time working with these programs, she helped a variety of students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder and depression. She believes that students learn best when their minds and hearts are respected and actively engaged in a fun trusting environment. She gets her students excited and interested by helping them visualize, embody and make real world connections. Radhalila brings a dynamic blend of patience and energy to their sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child gain confidence in their abilities.

Radhalila has a passion for painting and drawing. She also loves traveling and nature, especially when it involves an ocean. On her free time, she’s usually finishing a painting, at the beach, or spending time with family.

Kerry Luo
Kerry Luo

Kerry is from San Diego and has lived in New York for the past three years. She is graduating from New York University with a degree in Applied Psychology and a minor in Creative Writing. Before starting work at LJLW, Kerry tutored students in a variety of settings including New York correctional facilities, an Administration for Children’s Services home, and a creative writing workshop in Sydney, Australia. She also served as a teacher’s assistant in NYC public school classrooms. During Kerry’s time in these programs, she worked with a diverse population of students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, emotional disturbance, and oppositional disorders. She also has experience on an applied research team assessing children’s language skills through the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals and Woodcock-Muñoz Language Survey.

Kerry is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning program, Wilson Reading System, Seeing Stars, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and LJLW ISEE test prep program. Kerry believes in education as a foundation for youth empowerment, engaging students through strengths-based, community-centered approaches and positive reinforcement methods. She is a strong advocate for the destigmatization of disability and reframing conversations surrounding mental health.

Like many other San Diegans, Kerry likes going to the beach and hiking during sunset. She is also enthusiastic about creative writing, spoken word poetry, eating and making food, travel, and gelato in any weather.

Alannah Babauta
Alannah Babauta
Alannah Babauta

Alannah Babauta recently relocated from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to San Diego. She graduated from Millersville University with a Dual Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. During the day, Alannah is an Education Specialist for Del Mar Union School District, teaching a mix of 4th-6th graders. Before starting work at LJLW, Alannah worked in a variety of programs such as Boys and Girls Club and United Cerebral Palsy, where she gained experience working 1:1, in small groups, and large groups. During Alannah’s time working with these programs, she taught students with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, specific learning disables, auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorder, and severe mood disorders. Alannah is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, Wilson Reading Systems, Seeing Stars, Visualizing and Verbalizing, On Cloud 9, Step Up To Writing, and LJLW ISEE Test Prep. Alannah believes that all students have the ability to learn, but it is up to the instructors to find meaningful and engaging ways for students to access the information. Students are most successful when they can make meaningful connections.

Alannah enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family. She currently has three pets; a pit bull named Misha, a cat named Morticia, and a rabbit named Charlie.

Marcelene Senese
Marcelene Senese
Marcelene Senese

Marcy grew up in the Washington, D.C area, but fell in love with California when she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California. After returning back East, she completed a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a high school language arts credential and became an English Professor and Writing Program Administrator. During this time, she also tutored elementary, middle school and high school students privately, focusing primarily on writing and reading skills. After moving permanently to California in 2013, Marcy’s extensive experience with one-on-one learning environments allowed her to work with students of varying ability levels in a wide range of settings. She has coached and tutored writers of all ages and worked with middle school and high school students in the public schools of San Diego, North County. Marcy also teaches in the writing programs at the University of San Diego.

In her spare time, Marcy enjoys reading her own poetry at local San Diego literary events. She is working on expanding her piano technique from classical to jazz. Walks by the beach at sunset are also her favorite activities.

Abby Underkofler
Abby Underkolfer
Abby Underkofler

Abby grew up in Hawaii but has made San Diego home for the past 18 years. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of San Diego studying Interdisciplinary Humanities. After a year of exploring the world and different career paths, she decided to go back to school to earn her Teaching Credential and Master’s of Education degree from San Diego State University, focusing on Curriculum and Instruction. Abby was an elementary classroom teacher for eight years, working with children in Kindergarten and the fourth grade. She has worked with diverse student populations and specializes in differentiating instruction to meet student needs. Since leaving her classroom teaching role, Abby has privately tutored students ranging in grades from upper elementary through Junior High. She loves working one-on-one with students to better connect with their individual learning styles, readiness levels, and personal needs. The highlight of Abby’s teaching career came in 2014 with a trip to Limuru, Kenya, to volunteer teach in two schools. Her modern teaching skills were challenged, having to think outside the box while working in rural settings without basic materials such as books, paper, or even lights. She realized the importance of being present in the moment, that learning can happen no matter the setting, and that opportunities for creativity in education are endless.

As a lifelong learner and lover of health and wellness, Abby is currently taking a leap of faith to pursue a new career in nursing. Currently enrolled in school herself, she hopes to inspire her students at La Jolla LearningWorks to continue to learn and grow.

Ariel McNett
Ariel McNett

Ariel grew up on the the rock-bound coast of Maine! She graduated from The University of Maine at Orono as a student athlete, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a concentration in Life Sciences. She recently moved to San Diego and is excited to be working with her new team at LJLW! Ariel currently holds a professional level certification in primary education. Before starting work at LJLW, Ariel worked as a classroom teacher for four years- one year in Portland, Oregon and three in Tampa, Florida!

Throughout her career as a classroom teacher, Ariel implemented differentiated approaches to education to the various learners within her classroom. She has successfully fostered academic growth in students with ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorders, ELL students and students with oppositional defiance disorder. Ariel has also lead after-school running clubs and taught art to children. She is trained in LJLW Wilson Reading Systems, Verbalizing and Visualizing, Seeing Stars, On Cloud 9, and LJLW Test preparation.

Ariel truly is a lifelong learner and believes that every student can reach their full potential. Ariel brings a variety of manipulatives and positive reinforcement strategies to her lessons to keep her students motivated and engaged in creative thinking processes.

Aside from her professional endeavors, Ariel stays active by running, rollerblading and hiking. She also loves traveling to new places with her fiancé. When she’s not on the move, she can often be found painting or relaxing with a good book.

Savana Biren
Savana Biren

Savana Biren moved to San Diego from New Jersey in 2017. She graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s in Communications. Her major was Radio/TV/Film, and minors were Advertising & Journalism. Post-graduation, she started New Jersey’s Alternate Route Teaching Credential program for K-5 elementary multiple subjects and worked as a substitute teacher. Before starting work at LJLW, Savana worked as a long-term substitute teacher and small-group reading instructor for native Spanish-speaking students in the South Bay Union School District. During weekday school hours, she works at Thrive Public School as both a 1:1 aid for elementary special education students and is an instructor for two creative elective courses. She is currently enrolled in the University of California San Diego’s Creative Writing Certification Program.

She has experience working in emotional & educational therapy in special education and general education settings. During Savana’s time working with these programs, she helped a variety of students with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder and continues to evaluate new students throughout the school year. She is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Test Preparation. Savana’s engagement strategies focus on empathetic & active listening to understand and meet students’ educational and emotional needs. She believes success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. Comfort and thorough communication within the classroom is vital to any success in any one person. Savana brings passionate and positive learning support to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child!

In her free time, Savana enjoys yoga, nature walks, her cat, Amalaa, listening to live music, taking pictures, writing, and anything else she can learn that will make this world and society a beautiful place to just “be.”