Educators

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.

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

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 LearningWorks and research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Working with students from underserved communities has always been a side passion for Emma, and she enjoys building students’ curiosity about the natural world. Emma’s enthusiasm for higher level math and science carries through into her sessions whether it is for test preparation 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. In her free time, Emma loves to explore the outdoors and go hiking and running.

Chad Yoshimura
Chad Yoshimura

Chad Yoshimura is a graduate from University of San Diego with a BA in History and Minor in Biology. He is working towards his Masters in Teaching and single subject credential in Mathematics from Point Loma Nazarene University. Chad currently teaches World History, World Religions, Earth Science, and Robotics at a San Diego charter high school. When Chad is not spending time tutoring and teaching, he enjoys running at the beach, trying new types of food, and being around friends and family.

Adam Lopez
Adam Lopez la jolla learningworks tutor and educator
Adam Lopez

Adam graduated December 2014 from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. During his college career, Adam spent two years volunteering with the school’s tutoring center as a Peer Tutor, where he tutored his fellow students in one-on-one or small group settings. He also volunteered as a tutor at a local middle school and as a crisis counselor for a suicide hotline center. After graduating in December, Adam packed up his belongings and left his hometown of Chocowinity, NC to come to wonderful San Diego to live with his girlfriend. Since arriving in San Diego, Adam has worked as a clinician at Lindamood-Bell, gaining experience working one-on-one with children who have mild learning disabilities. While he continues to figure out the area in which he wants to pursue his Master’s degree, Adam plans to continue helping others. In the future, Adam would like to start his own non-profit tutoring center.

In his free time, Adam enjoys reading, writing, soccer, basketball, and going to concerts.

Christina Van Houten, M.Ed.
Christina Van Houten, M.Ed.

Christina moved a little over a year and a half ago from Arlington, VA to sunny San Diego and although, she misses the snow, she will admit that the weather here is pretty close to perfect. While in Virginia, Christina was an English Language Learner teacher for elementary school students. Although spending most of her time with 2nd grade in all subject areas, she also spent time in Kindergarten, as well as creating a 3rd – 5th grade academic English vocabulary class to help those students new to the country have a better understanding of overall subject area vocabulary. Before moving to Virginia, Christina completed both her undergraduate degree in Sports and Fitness as well as her master’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Central Florida. She has a passion for watching student’s grow and learn not just academically but physically and emotionally too. She is so excited to be a part of such a caring and compassionate company that looks at the whole child in order to help them grow and be successful in both school and life.

In her free time, you will find Christina trying to find a new and delicious recipe to cook or bake, reading, spending time with her husband exploring San Diego, running, and a new love that she never thought she would enjoy doing – hot yoga!

Elaine Garmon, MS, BCC
Elaine Garmon, MS, BCC

Elaine has an extensive background in Education, Mental Health Counseling, and Personal Development Coaching. She has a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Southern Maine. She is also a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education. Elaine taught for several years at the Elementary and Middle School level in both regular and special education. She has counseled students of all ages at the college and graduate school level as well as provided coaching and consultation services to parents and educators. She truly enjoys supporting children, teens, and families struggling with the effects of a Learning Disability, ADHD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder. She especially loves helping her clients to gain confidence through strengthening their ability to pay attention, remember, organize, and learn effectively.

Elaine is a firm believer in and advocate of outdoor exercise and the positive impact it has on all areas of our lives. In addition to working as an educational therapist for La Jolla Learning Works, Elaine owns a coaching practice, called Walking Your Talk. Walking Your Talk Coaching is a structured method of one on one coaching while walking that Elaine developed to help her clients to problem solve, gain clarity, stay focused and reach personal or professional goals.

Elaine, her husband, and three children, ages 14, 12, and 9, are all nature lovers. They enjoy hiking and camping together. When Elaine is not coaching or teaching, she can be found surfing, hiking, running or mountain biking all around San Diego.

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

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

During her time here La Jolla Learning Works  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, and Metacognition. 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.

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.

Erika Rivera
Erika Rivera

Erika graduated from San Diego State University in 2013 with a Bachelor in Social Work. She is currently working on her goal of earning a Masters in Education, along with a teaching credential. Erika has a passion for helping children achieve their ultimate potential. In her free time Erika enjoys painting and making crafts. Erika enjoys using her creativity to help students learn new concepts and ideas. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and time with her family and friends.

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

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.  At La Jolla LearningWorks, Gina has instructed students in Wilson Reading and Writing, Executive Functioning, and Test Prep Programs, including ISEE, ACT, and SAT Prep. Gina strives to provide an atmosphere in which her students feel supported in their learning, enjoys working with their strengths, and has a desire to help them reach their goals. She is glad to be doing so with La Jolla LearningWorks!

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

Joshua Salaises
Joshua Salaises

Hello! My name is Joshua Salaises and I am from Dallas, Texas. I graduated from The University of Texas with a BBA in Marketing. Before starting work at LJLW I served two years in AmeriCorp working with 6th -8th grade in Houston, Texas. There I led after school enrichment STEM programs and also taught ELA supplemental classes. Additionally in my second year of service, I co-taught 7th grade English and 6th grade Math.  During my time here at LJLW, I have completed training in ISEE test prep, Cloud 9 Math, Step Up to Writing, Executive Functioning and worked with over 10 different students in ISEE prep.  I love working one on one with students because it allows me the opportunity to build strong rapport and give students the dedicated attention to become independent learners. I bring enthusiasm, focus and hard work to my sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child accomplish and achieve their goals.

Jacob Delgado
Jacob Delgado

Jacob was born and raised in Southern California, and grew up in Hemet, CA. He attended San Diego State University and graduated with his Bachelors 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, primarily autism. 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 student teaching Physical Education at Helix Charter High School. In the future, Jacob would like to complete his single subject credential in physical education, as well as complete his adaptive PE credential, and work in the high school setting as a P.E. teacher.

In his free time, Jacob loves to explore the outdoors and go hiking. He also enjoys going to the beach, being around friends and family, playing basketball, and going to the gym to exercise.

Farnaz Farhang
Farnaz Farhang

Farnaz graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and later moved to San Diego to earn her Master’s degree in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at UCSD. After her graduation, she worked as a researcher. She has extensive experience at La Jolla LearningWorks as a test preparation coach, as well as, a math and science Educational Coach.

Farnaz has traveled extensively (most recently worked in South Africa for a year) and has worked with different age groups, from elementary school-aged to graduate students. She is currently pursuing a second graduate degree in Public Health. On the weekends, you may find Farnaz at our La Jolla office proctoring our practice tests. When not working, she likes to be active outdoors and is an avid rock climber!

Paula Gately
Paula Gately

Paula recently relocated to San Diego from Maryland. She earned her Bachelors degree in Human Development with an Elementary Education teaching certification from Washington College. After graduating, she worked as an Instructional Assistant where she implemented research-based interventions to help students with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities. Since then, Paula has worked as a reading and writing elementary school teacher in a variety of grade levels. She also has experience tutoring students in one-to-one and small group settings, working as a preschool assistant, and enjoying her summers as a camp counselor. She is passionate about giving students ownership of their learning through a student-centered teaching approach. Paula strives to motivate her students by focusing on social-emotional learning in addition to academic skills.

In addition to working with students, Paula enjoys yoga, reading, watching Netflix, and exploring her new home of San Diego!