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.

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.

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 four years. She graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Applied Psychology and a minor in Creative Writing. Before starting work at LJLW in 2018, 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 group leader in an afterschool program and 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, 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. Last year, Kerry conducted and presented an independent research project on the bidirectional relationship between teacher’s practices and children’s social behaviors in classroom settings.

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.

In her free time, Kerry likes going to the beach and hiking during sunset. She is also enthusiastic about creative writing, spoken word poetry, and eating and making food.

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.

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.

Anusith Sounnadath
Anusith Sounnadath
Anusith Sounnadath
Originally from Santa Ana, California, Anusith moved to San Diego in 2010 to pursue his Bachelor of Arts for Literatures in English at UCSD. During college, his passion for education blossomed after taking part in a service-learning course that taught history/cultural identity classes to students in various high school throughout San Diego. He continues to volunteer as a mentor for Bell Middle School and Morse High School through association with the Kuya-Ate Mentorship Program and the Union of Pan Asian Communities. Upon graduation from UCSD, he took an opportunity to increase his skills as an educator and has worked as an after-school program leader, an in-class/center tutor, and as a community training instructor for developmentally-disabled adults. Anusith currently works as an instructional aide at the Sierra Academy of San Diego and is currently pursuing his Single-Subject Credential in English as well as a Master in Education from National University. His current goal is to become an English teacher at the secondary school level, but is open to other opportunities that may arise through his career as an educator.
Anusith is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, LJLW Test Preparation, Wilson Reading System, and Visualizing and Verbalizing. He is looking forward to working with students to help foster a rich learning experience.
Allison Gininger
Allison Gininger
Allison Gininger

Allison Gininger is from Los Angeles, California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and holds an Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Before joining the LJLW’s team as an Educational Coach, Allison worked as a Special Education Teacher at a San Diego middle school. She has experience working in Education Therapy teaching small groups and one on one in reading, writing, math, and executive functioning skills. During Allison’s time working with LJLW, she has helped a variety of students with learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Specific Learning Disability, and Auditory Processing Disorder. Allison believes that every student has the ability to succeed with the right support and services. Her favorite engagement strategy is building rapport with students so they feel comfortable and know that she is here to support them. Allison brings patience and encouragement to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child reach his/her goals.

In her free time, Allison enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and bike riding along the ocean. Allison is a huge foodie and enjoys cooking and checking out new restaurants with her husband.

Kristopher Arellano
Kristopher Arellano
Kristopher Arellano

Kristopher is from Riverside, CA. He graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Chemical Education. He currently holds a 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit and is working towards a graduate degree. He is currently working towards a Science (Chemistry) Credential and a M.Ed. in Inspired Teaching and Learning from National University. Before LJ LearningWorks, Kristopher worked as an administrator at the Commons @  UC San Diego where he supported academic achievement programs (content tutoring, supplemental instruction, and metacognitive tutoring). Before that, Kristopher worked as a Team Advisor for the National Student Leadership Conference where he worked with students from all over the country! Kristopher continually works with diverse learners from all backgrounds. He has helped a variety of students including those with IEP’s and students with specific needs. Kristopher believes that engaging students to want to develop a growth mindset can not only help them within content areas, but also help them become lifelong learners. Your student’s goals are very important to Kristopher and he will do everything he can during their session to help your student achieve them! Outside of the classroom, Kristopher likes to be outdoors, cook, make art, and watch superhero movies!

Tracy Brooks Hardin
Tracy Brooks
Tracy Brooks Hardin

Tracy Brooks Hardin is from upstate NY. She graduated from Tiffin University with a Master’s degree in Humanities Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s degree in Education Studies. Additionally, she holds a TEFL Diploma. Before starting work at LJLW, Tracy Brooks Hardin was an Education Therapist and Inclusion Specialist. She has experience working in SAT test prep, ed therapy, and remedial tutoring. Tracy Brooks Hardin has worked with many different programs, and she has helped a variety of students with learning disabilities, and, or special needs such as: ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, depression, auditory processing disorder, and visual processing disorder. Her educational philosophy is summed up in saying that loving her students, and being committed to her student’s achieving their objectives, is equivalent to her student’s visualizing and verbalizing results to effectively express themselves. Tracy Brooks Hardin brings imagery and higher order thinking to their sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child express themselves.

In her free time, she loves to be with family, the outdoors and traveling the world!

Lan Truong
Lan Truong

Lan Truong is originally from Worcester, Ma and has called multiple cities home. She graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a double major in Math and Sociology and holds a TEFL certification and a teaching license in Math Special Education. Before starting work at LJLW, Lan taught ESL in southern Thailand in an area that was affected by the Tsunami for 2 years. Soon after, feeling the need to give back to the communities that raised her, she returned to the states joining City Year Boston and learned the importance of advocating education equity for students. Shortly after some traveling, Lan joined Teach For America, teaching high school Math in rural Hawai’i while completing her Masters in Education from Chaminade University. During Lan’s time working with City Year and Teach For America, she helped a variety of students with learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, specific learning disabled, auditory processing disorder. Lan has a huge passion in Math education but more importantly sharing her passion of being a lifelong learner with students. Lan looks forward to sharing her energy, optimism and expertise in helping your child gain confidence and own their own learning.

In her free time, Lan enjoys cooking and hosting friends, spending time and adventuring with her baby and partner. In addition, she loves going on hikes and finding new restaurants to feed her “foodie” passion.

Marlene Kosic
Marlene Kosic

Marlene Kosic is from San Diego, She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and holds certificates in Life/Motivational Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She has over 25 years of experience in the fields of math and science and as an Independent Educator, has mentored students and personalized their learning to achieve their academic goals, including SAT Math Prep. Marlene has helped a variety of students who experience anxiety and fear in learning Mathematics and the special learning needs that often accompany that fear. She practices active listening and open communication to support student strengths and address any identified needs with the best approach for the individual student. Her experience has shown that, each success is an opportunity to build skills and self confidence that carry over to habits of the mind and academic success. Marlene brings enthusiasm and motivation in a warm, caring environment and can’t wait to help your student experience success and the love of learning!

Jackie Fessenden
Jackie Fessenden

Jackie is from Las Vegas. She graduated from UNLV with a B.S. in Elementary Education and holds both a Nevada and California Teaching Credential with a TESL Endorsement. Before starting work at LJLW, Jackie taught Kindergarten through Third Grade in full inclusion classrooms. She has been trained in hands-on approaches for math including Investigations and Kathy Richardson and reading programs including Heggerty Phonemic Awareness and Explicit Phonics. Jackie also has extensive experience in preparing students for MAP and SBAC assessments. During Jackie’s time with these programs, she helped a variety of English Language Learners as well as students with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, auditory processing, and specific learning disabilities. She likes to be creative with her teaching and she is all about engagement. She believes that every child can learn with the right motivation and support. Her favorite engagement strategy is including learner interest and promoting student choice in her teaching. Jackie brings fun, excitement, and a high level of energy to her sessions. She can’t wait to get started in helping your child love learning and be successful.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys reading, scrapbooking, card making, and creating her own bath bombs/soaps. She looks forward to enjoying the beautiful weather in the San Diego area.

Kate Aeono
Kate Aeono

Kate Aeono is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and holds an Elementary Education Credential for Early Childhood through 6th Grade. Before joining the LJLW’s team as an Educational Coach, Kate worked as a Special Education Teacher at schools in the New Orleans area and taught First Grade for five years. Throughout Kate’s teaching career, she has helped a variety of students with learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Specific Learning Disability, and anxiety. Kate believes that every student has the ability to succeed with the right supports and that each student deserves an instructor that will find the right method to best fit his/her learning needs. Kate brings patience and encouragement to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child reach his/her goals.

In addition to working at La Jolla Learning Works, Kate is a Second Grade teacher at a local elementary school. In her free time, Kate enjoys swimming, reading, and going for long runs with her dog, Leo. She also loves traveling and camping with her husband.

Rachel Howell
Rachel Howell

Rachel Howell is from Los Angeles, California. She graduated cum laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in philosophy. Before starting work at LJLW, Rachel worked as a private tutor for students between 5th grade up to college. While working as a one-on-one private tutor, she helped high schoolers prepare for standardized testing, including the SAT/ACT/AP exams. She also tutored college-aged students in subjects ranging from science courses like physics to philosophy courses such as symbolic logic. Rachel also contributed to the curriculum development of Cal Poly’s Learn By Doing Lab. During her time working with the Learn By Doing Lab, Rachel and her college peers worked collaboratively to teach elementary and middle school students fundamental science concepts in a group-based setting using hands-on models and activities. Drawing influence from her roots at Cal Poly, Rachel believes the most effective learning techniques require active participation from both the teacher and the student. To encourage active learning, Rachel connects abstract ideas to concrete examples to help guide students towards their own “ah-ha” moments. Rachel brings passion and a genuine love of learning to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child ace their exams.

Rachel is currently studying programming and higher math in preparation for her application to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics. Ultimately, Rachel hopes to become a professor at a university. In her free time, Rachel enjoys weightlifting, camping in California’s beautiful national forests, traveling out of the country, and visiting local cat shelters.

Lena Heckbert
Lena Heckbert

Lena Heckbert is from San Diego. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development. Before starting work at LJLW Lena worked at as a Career Counselor and High School Mentor. She also has five years of experience in supplemental tutoring. During Lena’s time working with these programs she helped a variety of students including students with ADD/ ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, depression, and students on the spectrum. Lena brings energy and a hopeful attitude to each session and can’t wait to get started in helping your child.

She also enjoys cooking, hiking, and looking for new plants at local nurseries.