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!

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.

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. Upon graduation from UCSD, Anusith took on any opportunity to increase his skills as an educator and has worked a variety of jobs within the education field (General and Special Education). Currently, he is the High School English Teacher o Record at Insight Schools of California. Anusith has recently completed his Single-Subject Credential in English, as well as a Masters in Education from National University, and he plans to use all the knowledge he has gained to better serve all students under his care.

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.

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!

Brandon Duong
Brandon Duong

Brandon Duong was born and raised in San Diego. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior and a minor in education. He is currently pursuing his Master of Education and a California teaching credential. He comes to LJLW with two years of academic aide experience and two years of teaching experience. During his time in academia he has worked with a variety of students, including students with ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and other SLD’s. He is trained in Visualizing and Verbalizing, Wilson Reading Systems, and LJLW Executive Functioning Program.

Brandon believes in Progressivism, which is a teaching philosophy that focuses on the whole child. He brings excitement and wonder to his sessions and can’t wait to show your child the beauty of learning. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports with his friends and playing video games. He has a passion for traveling and fashion. He is a life-long learner that also loves to listen to people talk about their passions.

Esther Barriga
Esther Barriga

Esther Barriga is from San Diego. She graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Human Development. She is working towards her Bilingual Multiple Subject Credential. Esther has worked for the Boys and Girls Club, summer camps, and is currently working at a child development center. Her experience comes from working with students of all ages for more than 5 years. She has helped students by working with them one on one and in small groups. She has supported a variety of students with special needs, including: ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and specific learning disabilities. She is trained in Visualizing and Verbalizing, Wilson Reading Systems, LJLW Executive Functioning, and ISEE test prep.

She believes that each child’s uniqueness can lead them to a greater future. Her passion is to help her students succeed and fall in love with learning. She will discover the student’s interest and find ways to engage them in their learning. Esther brings creativity and encouragement to each session and can’t wait to get started helping your child. She enjoys having traveling, spending time with family, crafting, and watching movies.

Israel Enriquez
Israel Enriquez

Israel Enriquez is from Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science and Master’s in Education. He currently works as a substitute teacher for San Diego school districts. Before starting work at LJLW, Israel worked as an advisor with high school students and in correctional facilities. During Israel’s time working with these students, he helped them with graduation requirements, college preparation, and study skills. Israel is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, Writing Workshop, Reading Comprehension, and Visualizing and Verbalizing. He also tutors for Spanish.

Israel is a true believer that education can lead anyone out of poverty. At the same time, he believes the goal of education is to learn and be a critical thinker, and not solely to find a job. He enjoys using icebreakers to engage with students. Israel brings enthusiasm and a safe space for free-thinking to his sessions and can’t wait to get started helping your child cultivate and reach their greatest potential. Israel’s interests and passions are music and spending time with family. He enjoys listening to podcasts and exercising in his free time.

Scott Thielen
Scott Thielen

Scott is from San Diego, California. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelors in Psychology and holds a multiple subject credential. Before starting work at LJLW, Scott worked at Banyan Tree Learning Centers and Foundations Academy and also worked as a Special Day class teacher at Standley Middle School in University City. Scott has tutored privately and worked on SAT test prep and tutoring college students. During Scott’s time working with these programs, he has helped a variety of students with a number of students with learning disabilities or special needs including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, depression, specific learning disables, auditory processing disorder and visual processing disorder. He is trained in Visualizing and Verbalizing, LJLW Executive Functioning, and ISEE/HSPT Test Prep.

Scott believes it is important to engage students on their level and find out what makes them tic. He brings interest and enthusiasm to their sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child find a passion for learning. In his free time, Scott likes to play ultimate frisbee and hike, mountain bike and enjoy nature throughout San Diego County.

Bree MacDonald
Bree MacDonald

Bree is from San Diego, CA. She graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Literature and recently earned her M.A with an emphasis on the Teaching of Writing. She has experience working in SAT prep, academic coaching, and behavior intervention. During Bree’s time working with these programs, she helped a variety of students with autism, intellectual disabilities, ADD/ADHD, auditory and sensory processing disorders, dyslexia, depression, and anxiety. She is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, Wilson Reading Systems, Visualizing and Verbalizing, math interventions, and Test Prep.

Bree strongly believes in empowering her students and building their skills and confidence. She likes to learn about students’ interests, outlooks on life, and education to help her better understand them as learners. Bree is a media enthusiast who loves to analyze the impact that songs, books and movies make on society. When she’s not at the movie theater, she also enjoys hanging out with her cat, watching Netflix, and writing narratives and song lyrics. Bree brings enthusiasm and engagement to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child reach their personal and educational goals.

Amy Levin
Amy Levin

Amy Levin is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She spent most of her adult life in Davis, California with her husband raising their twin boys. Amy holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Music, plus an MBA. She is currently working on her MA in Education, College Counseling, and Guidance at Point Loma Nazarene University. Before starting work at LJLW, Amy worked as a data architect in the private sector and for the California state government. She has over five years experience working with high school seniors doing college admissions and FAFSA. She holds a certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension. Amy helped a variety of students with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and depression. Amy believes in maximizing each student’s potential to live the life they were born to live and not have to settle for less based on the expectations of others. She believes children should be taught to listen to their inner voices, so when they reach adulthood they’ll know how to pursue their dreams. Amy engages students with her enthusiasm, seeing her role with students as a guide and mentor. She uses a collaborative approach, letting students know they are not alone. She can’t wait to get started in helping your child reach their full potential. In addition to being passionate about education and working with children, Amy enjoys bike riding, practicing yoga three times a week, and playing the piano.

Madelyn Hirsch
Madelyn Hirsch

Madelyn Hirsch is from Los Angeles, California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Family Development. Before joining the team at LJLW, she taught gymnastics to children of all ages and completed internships working with elementary school students at schools around the San Diego area. She has experience tutoring and providing educational therapy. During her time working with these programs she helped a variety of students, including those with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, emotional disturbance, and specific learning disabilities. She is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, ISEE test prep, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Wilson Reading System.

Madelyn believes that each child deserves a chance to thrive educationally, which can be achieved through support in the specific learning styles that are right for them. She brings enthusiasm and support to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child reach their full potential. In addition to being passionate about education and working with children, Madelyn is passionate about health and fitness and spends much of her free time at the gym, doing yoga, hiking, or hanging out with friends and finding new places to explore in San Diego. In the future she plans to attend grad school to become a marriage and family therapist.

Sarah Gallagher
Sarah Gallagher

Sarah Gallagher is from Cardiff by the Sea. She graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A.Ed in Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies for Elementary and holds endorsements in Literacy, English Language Learners, and Elementary Education. Sarah has experience working in various research-based literacy practices, elementary math methods based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards, and socio-emotional curricula. During Sarah’s time working with these programs, she helped a variety of students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, specific learning disables, auditory processing disorder, and occupational therapy needs. Sarah is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Wilson Reading System, and Step Up To Writing.

Sarah believes in cooperative learning and teaching; she sees herself as a life-long learner and works to foster that same mindset and love for learning with her students. She values engaging students by getting to know them and basing learning around their unique personalities – from making lessons fun based on their interests to helping them find their voice as a learner. Sarah brings enthusiasm and dedication to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child grow into their best self as a learner. In her free time, Sarah enjoys going on walks, doing crosswords with her mom, and making art with friends.

Marissa Fernandez
Marissa Fernandez

Marissa Fernandez is from San Diego. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s in Art Education. Before starting work at LJLW, Marissa worked with a special education teacher for the Charter School of San Diego. She has experience working with students in grades 6-12 with an Individual Education Plan or a 504 plan. During Marissa’s time working with these programs, She helped a variety of students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, depression, other specific learning disables, and severe mood disorder. She is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, Test Preparation, and Reading and Writing support.

Marissa believes that no significant learning occurs without a significant relationship. She is able to create interpersonal relationships with students because of her compassionate personality. Marissa genuinely cares for our students and enjoys her teaching. She brings creativity and excitement to their sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child succeed. During her free time, she enjoys drawing and painting. She believes that having a creative outlet is important.

Anna Becker
Anna Becker

Anna Becker is from Houston, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a specialization in special education. Anna holds a Texas early childhood through sixth-grade core subjects teaching certification as well as a Texas special education teaching certification. Before starting work at LJLW, Anna was a special education teacher in both Virginia and Texas. Anna worked at a summer camp throughout her summers in college and became the assistant summer camp manager for two years after college. She has experience working with students in both the classroom setting along with as a resource teacher working one-on-one and in small groups. Anna has taught students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specific learning disabilities, depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and visual processing disorder. She is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning Program, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Wilson Reading Systems.

Anna believes that ALL children, no matter the level, are capable of learning and contributing to their communities. Her favorite engagement strategy is to have creative learning content so that the students can enjoy learning. Anna brings joy and compassion to her learning sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child succeed in achieving their learning goals. In Anna’s free time she enjoys hiking, working out, playing frisbee on the beach, going to the farmers market, exploring San Diego, going to concerts, and cooking with her husband.

Phillip Sizemore
Phillip Sizemore

Phil grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Master’s in Applied Economics and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History in Political Science. Before starting work at LJLW, Phil worked as a tutor for five years in St. Louis and Pittsburgh. He has experience working with students coming from a variety of backgrounds, including several who did not speak English as a first language. He has worked as a general subject tutor for students from 6th Grade to College as well as with students taking the ACT and GRE. Phil is trained in La Jolla LearningWorks Executive Functioning Program, Test Prep, and Career Exploration programs.

Phil is committed to helping students understand and learn how to direct their own learning processes. Because students learn best when they are confident, empowering them is the most important thing a tutor can do. He follows basketball constantly and writes about the Los Angeles Lakers. He has a wife and a young daughter, who has a gift for mischief. Phil greatly enjoys tutoring and hopes for every student to feel the fulfillment that only genuine understanding can bring.

Kimberly Sexton
Kimberly Sexton

Kimberly Sexton is a proud resident of Washington, DC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BS in Elementary Education, The University of Maryland for her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction and later obtained her Education Administration and Supervision Certification from McDaniel College. Kimberly holds a teaching license for grades 1-8 and has over 15 years of experience in education. She has served as both an elementary and middle grades teacher, leader, and a teacher trainer/ coach. She has experience working with English Language Learners, students with autism, specific learning disabilities, dyslexia, anxiety disorders, depression, executive functioning concerns, select mutism, neurological disorders and ADD/ADHD. She has training in a wide variety of educational programs which she utilizes to meet the diverse needs of her students. Kimberly believes that students learn best when they feel seen as individuals. Kimberly brings authenticity and experience to their sessions and can’t wait to get started working with your child!

In her free time, Kimberly likes to explore the social and cultural offerings of Washington DC. You can often find her exploring a museum, a concert, traveling somewhere around the globe or working out in a reformer pilates class.