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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Albert Serna
Albert Serna

Albert Serna is from Vista, CA. He graduated from the University of Charleston with a Master’s of Science in mathematics. Before starting work at LJLW, Albert was an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of Charleston. He has experience preparing students to perform their best on upcoming exams. During Albert’s time working with students, he helped them overcome their test anxiety and fear of math. Albert firmly believes that anyone can learn math and affirms this belief to his students by relaying his own story about how he came to love math after disliking it in his youth. Albert brings passion and rigor to his sessions and can’t wait to get started helping your child achieve their full potential. In his spare time, Albert enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, watching movies, and running.

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. 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 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 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 also 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. 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.