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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Taylor Schellingberger
Taylor Schellingberger

Taylor Schellingberger is from Springfield, Missouri. Before moving to San Diego, Taylor graduated from Missouri State University with a Master’s degree in Literacy Education and holds a teaching credential in elementary education. Before starting work at LJLW, Taylor spent 4 years as a classroom teacher in grades 2-4. She also has experience with K-12 literacy interventions. During Taylor’s time working with these programs, she helped a variety of students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and visual processing disorders. Taylor is trained in LJLW Executive Functioning, Wilson Reading Systems, and Visualizing and Verbalizing. Her goal as an educator is to enthusiastically prepare students to be lifelong learners, who are confident in their abilities. She engages students using a variety of research-based techniques that align with their learning style and by emphasizing their interests, in efforts to make student’s learning applicable to the world around them. Taylor brings enthusiasm and commitment to their sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child.

Other than working with students, Taylor enjoys being outside and going to the beach. She loves spending time with her 1-year-old golden retriever, and curling up with a good book.

Stephanie Colin
Stephanie Colin

Stephanie Colin is from Lafayette, La. She graduated from Louisiana State University with an MA in Hispanic Studies and holds a Bachelors in English and Spanish grammars and literatures. Steph currently teaches advanced and intermediate grammar courses at her Alma Mater, Louisiana State University. She has experience working with various aged learners from Elementary to University level. She also holds experience teaching PSAT, SAT, ACT test prep, and Executive Functioning skills. During Steph’s time as an educator, she has worked with a variety of students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and depression. One of Stephanie’s greatest inspirations, as an educator, is bell hooks because she believes education can be a practice of freedom and the classroom is meant to encourage and inspire in any given setting. You can always find a metaphorical bridge in Stephanie’s classrooms, one that strives to connect learners’ innate abilities with their subject matter. Stephanie brings laughter and room for error to her sessions and looks forward to helping your child feel safe enough to recognize their errors and surpass them.

Stephanie is passionate about reading, poetry, movies, and politics. In her free time she is trying out a new restaurant, playing with her bilingual dog, or spending time outdoors with her partner and family.

Kayla Edwardsen
Kayla Edwardsen

Kayla Edwardsen is from Moorpark, California. She graduated from UCSD with a Master’s degree in Education and holds a Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Before starting work at LJLW, Kayla worked with Mesa Childhood Development Center as a Teacher’s Aide, and at KinderCare™ as an After School Care Teacher. She completed student teaching in a distance learning environment. Her goal as a teacher is to inspire students to think critically and have fun doing so. Kayla loves to integrate technology into her lessons, and she is a strong proponent of incorporating student interests into activities, ensuring that each child has their moment to succeed and shine in the classroom. Throughout Kayla’s time teaching, she has worked with students with a wide variety of skills and abilities, including students with IEPs and 504s, both individually and in a whole group. Kayla brings enthusiasm and compassion to her teaching and looks forward to helping your child grow and be the best student they can be. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys playing improv games, creating digital art, and playing with her cat.

Lois Wetzel
Lois Wetzel

Lois is a 4th generation San Diegan and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from SDSU. She also holds California teaching credentials in Special Education and Single Subject English. Lois has been a special education teacher for 20 years and is currently pursuing a certificate in Social Emotional Learning from UC Riverside. Teaching across the curriculum, she also co-taught 8th grade History and Drama. Prior to that, she worked as a children’s counselor. Upon graduating from SDSU, Lois had the great privilege of teaching and directing at a local theatre company for youth. Of course, she loves incorporating drama into her classroom as a reading supplement and aid to building young people’s self esteem. “Si, se puede”, “Yes, we can” is her teaching mantra.

Maria Schaffer
Maria Schaffer

Maria Schaffer is from Long Island, New York. She graduated from the University at Albany, State University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and holds three California state teaching certifications: Multiple Subject, English Language Arts, and Social Science. She also earned her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of San Diego. Before starting work at LJLW, Maria was a General Education and Intervention Teacher for the past 10 years in elementary and middle schools in San Diego County and Chula Vista, including for the High Tech High School and High Tech Elementary School campuses. She has worked with students K-8 in whole class, small group, and 1:1 settings. Some of her specialized skills include project-based learning, inquiry-based math and literacy instruction, and social-emotional learning.

During Maria’s time working in schools, she has helped students with learning differences including: ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and specific learning disabilities. Maria believes strongly that all students can achieve success given the right instruction, tools, and supports. Her favorite engagement strategy is designing lessons that connect to student interest and provide a real-world context for the material and skills students are learning. Maria brings enthusiasm and patience to her teaching sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child achieve his/her educational goals.

In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her pets, baking, hiking, and enjoying the San Diego sunshine.

Loralee Dimkoff
Loralee Dimkoff

Loralee is originally from San Diego. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare, followed by a Multiple Subject Credential through San Francisco State. She currently holds a teaching license and Gifted Education endorsement in New Mexico, where she taught first and fifth grades, small group reading, gifted enrichment, and STEM, including algebra. She has extensive experience working with English language learners, twice exceptional students, and children who struggle with self-regulation and emotional disorders. Loralee strives to provide students with engaging, authentic experiences that facilitate developmentally-appropriate instruction. She believes that time spent solidifying a child’s core understanding is the best investment. She brings passion and compassion to her teaching.

Loralee is thrilled to be back home in sunny San Diego! She has two children away at college, so she is using her free time to discover and rediscover the beautiful beaches and neighborhoods of San Diego.

Debi Sorenson
Debi Sorenson

Debi Sorenson is from New Jersey then Boston originally, but moved to California during junior high school. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, K-8. She received a Master’s degree in Education from Cal State San Marcos. She went on to earn a Clear CLAD certificate and an English Supplement for K-9th grade ninth grade. Before LJLW, Debi was a Reading Intervention Teacher, a Classroom Teacher and a Mentor Teacher. During Debi’s time working in the schools, she helped a variety of students including: English Language Learners and students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and mild learning disabilities. Her simplified teaching philosophy is, “I do. We do. You do.”

In her free time, Debi likes to spend time with her husband, volunteer in her twins’ classrooms and hang out in San Luis Obispo with her daughter, who is in college there. She also enjoys taking long walks with her little dog, Moose, and going kayaking with her family and friends. She also loves to read.

Shelby Mast
Shelby Mast

Shelby Mast is from Chicago, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree from Drake University and her Master of Arts in Teaching with an endorsement in Elementary Education from National Louis University. She holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the State of California. Before starting work at LJLW, Shelby worked as a Reading Specialist, a First Grade Teacher, Fifth Grade Teacher, and worked as a private tutor for grades pre-k-8. Shelby has helped a variety of students with learning disabilities and special needs including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder and down syndrome. Shelby is the type of teacher that recognizes the talents and passions in her students that they might not be able to identify themselves. Shelby takes pride in her ability to bond with her students and cater her instruction to the individual learner. Shelby brings passion and creativity to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child build confidence and foster a love for learning. In Shelby’s free time she loves reading, spending time with her dog, traveling, cooking, and photography.

Brianna Moran
Brianna Moran

Brianna is from Oceanside, California. She graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelors in History with a focus on Asia and Latin America and an Associates in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She recently earned her TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language) certificate. Before starting work at LJLW, Brianna worked as a TESL/TEFL trainee at Cal State San Marcos and Recreation leader for K-5 students. Brianna has helped a variety of students including: English Language Learners and students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and mild learning disabilities.

Brianna believes in creating a positive learning environment by encouraging her students to openly communicate and by assuring her students that her classroom is a judgement-free zone. Brianna takes pride in her ability to bond with her students and cater her instruction to the individual learner. Brianna brings creativity and enthusiasm to her sessions and can’t wait to get started in helping your child build confidence and find a passion for learning. In Brianna’s free time, she loves snuggling up with her two dogs, watching movies, and exploring new places to eat.

Kristen Bissell
Kristen Bissell

Kristen is from Bethesda, MD. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. She is a certified child advocate and has many years experience working with children. Before starting work at LJLW, Kristen worked as an assistant teacher at Virginia Tech’s Child Development Center; she also has experience teaching at a Montessori School. She has provided students with support in educational therapy, test prep, and teaching life skills. During Kristen’s time working with these programs, she helped a variety of students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, depression, and visual processing disorder.

Kristen has a unique ability to connect with children, regardless of their age, gender, or background. She believes creating a strong positive bond with a child is the key to setting a good foundation for proper child development. She can’t wait to be a part of your child’s growth journey! When she’s not teaching, Kristen loves fitness (she played soccer at Virginia Tech), hiking, reading, and eating yummy food. She loves her golden retriever, Riley, and wishes that he will live forever!