About Mindful Tutor
WHO WE ARE:
At Mindful Tutor, we believe that every child can benefit from academic mentoring by a kind, caring adult. Each child brings gifts and encounters challenges, and it is our goal to uncover a love for learning while nurturing a growth mindset. We specialize in helping children reach their potential through skill and confidence building. Mindful Tutors are all professionals who consider tutoring a career. We bring our entire set of skills and attention to the vocation of mentoring and teaching your child.
WHAT WE TEACH:
Test Prep (including SSAT, HSPT, and ISEE)
Academics (Elementary, Middle, and High School)
Executive Functioning Skills (Organization, Time Management)
HOW WE TEACH:
Based on learning style of the child
WHO WE SERVE:
Children without learning differences who desire guidance from a caring adult
Children with executive function weaknesses
Children with learning differences:
-Mathematics Disorder (e.g. Impairment in Mathematics Fluency, Quantitative Reasoning, and Problem Solving)
-Disorder of Written Expression (e.g. Impairment in Writing Fluency and Essay Organization)
-Auditory Processing Disorder
Megan Lowery Singer is the Director of Mindful Tutor and a recognized test prep expert. She has over fifteen years of teaching and tutoring experience. Megan spent the 2007-8 school year teaching second grade at The Hamlin School, where she received training in Reading and Writing Workshop techniques based on the work of Lucy Calkins, and in math techniques based on the work of Marcy Cook. In recent summers, she has completed Making Math Real, Lindamood-Bell, and UC Berkeley Extension courses to keep her knowledge of best practices current. Megan has taught people of all age levels, from preschoolers to Ph.D. students.
After initially majoring in engineering at Cornell, Megan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College with a BA in Art History and minors in Environmental Studies, History, and East Asian Studies. A rare skill that Megan holds is the ability to teach Mandarin Chinese to non-native speakers from the perspective of a non-native speaker. She lived in China from 2004-2007, two of those years as an Oberlin Shansi Fellow teaching English in remote Shanxi Province. She also spent her summers engaged in intensive language study through the Princeton in Beijing and Duke in China programs. Living in China allowed Megan to immerse herself in the study of language acquisition, both as the student and as the teacher. She regularly utilizes this experience, whether teaching preschool aged children how to read or middle school aged children how to score well on the verbal section of the SSAT.
Megan has a gift for connecting with students and nurturing their growth toward independent learning.
Austin's ability to clearly and effectively teach and his many years of experience teaching students in test prep (SSAT, SAT, ACT), math, English, study skills, and writing make him a highly sought after tutor.
Austin graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Psychology and minors in Philosophy and Theology. His favorite courses at Georgetown introduced him to the rich history of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, and his interest only increased when he set out to learn about Madhyamaka philosophy and practice on his own. Himself a former sufferer of test anxiety, Austin incorporates the basic tenants of mindfulness into his tutorials, and he always seeks to put into perspective for his students the value of learning for learning's sake.
After college, Austin moved back home to Houston and spent the next two years working as a mentor and tutor to ninth graders in Houston ISD’s Apollo 20 program; he has been tutoring K-12 ever since, with a specialization in math, English, social sciences, and test preparation. One of his most rewarding experiences has been coaching SAT/ACT students who have ADHD and learning differences.
Austin believes in the transformative power of one-on-one, student-centered learning, and is always trying to engineer new and better ways to deliver difficult-to-learn math and English concepts. He seeks to nurture the innate abilities of each of his students and thinks the best way to inspire learning is to discover, explore, and draw out their unique strengths.
"Absolutely professional. Absolutely on time; if caught in traffic, Austin would unfailingly call to update his ETA. Austin is not a chatterbox; rather he is a quiet, steady intellect who patiently guided both my children (& they are quite different) through very challenging academic coursework. I credit him with helping to build their confident work ethic; 'yes, this is hard, and it feels overwhelming sometimes, but we can break it down and understand it.'"
"Austin is a fantastic teacher- his liberal arts background helps him articulate really tough math concepts, and he can help simplify complex math to help explain the process, the theory and the reason the math is important. My daughter made all 'A's' during her two years with Austin and, more importantly, she no longer 'hated' math." -Parent
Ben brings 8 years of tutoring experience to the team, covering test prep (ACT, SAT, SSAT, ISEE), and academic tutoring. His mentoring and teaching strategy is a balance between encouragement and profound patience, with a dash of the Socratic method. Ben has a natural ability to connect with shy or even hard-to-reach students. He has worked with elementary school students struggling with reading and writing, middle-school students reticent to tutoring, and high school students tackling advanced math courses.
A native of rural Illinois, Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His program included a full year of Calculus and coursework in structural engineering. Alongside tutoring, Ben has pursued a practice as a craftsman and designer in Japanese-style woodworking. His meditative practice is his work; the dialogue between his hands, razor-sharp tools and each piece of wood.
"Ben is extremely bright, calm, patient, compassionate and punctual. I have always found him to be appropriately professional with us. He is also an excellent tutor." - Parent
"Ben has been an excellent tutor. He is low-key and clear in his explanations and demonstrations providing my daughter the opportunity to learn. Frustration on the part of the student can deter learning. I have observed my daughter and Ben on numerous occasions. My daughter is relaxed and the bottom line has been an improvement in her math homework and grades." -Parent
With over ten years of experience as a teacher and tutor in top San Francisco Bay Area schools, Brittany provides effective tutoring to enhance students' skills and confidence. She quickly identifies both academic skill sets and learning styles and customizes tutoring plans to meet students' academic goals. Brittany has a wealth of experience tutoring middle school and high school math, humanities, and Spanish. In addition to academic tutoring and test prep (SSAT, ISEE, SAT, ACT), Brittany specializes in helping students prepare for college, build competitive college applications, and navigate the college admissions process.
Brittany is currently completing a Master's program at the prestigious University of Chicago. A recipient of both the CLAS and San Diego fellowships, she is conducting research at the University of California, Berkeley, at the nexus of anthropology, history, and law. She has traveled and taught in Eastern Europe, East Africa, and Latin America, and has experience working with international students and English Language Learners.
Bruce is an Academic Interventionist with experience tutoring in all subjects. He specializes in teaching comprehension, reading, writing, math, application essays, study skills, test prep (SSAT, ISEE, SAT, GRE), remedial literacy development, literary analysis, executive functioning skills and research methods. He has extensive experience with students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia/dysgraphia, oppositional defiant disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and auditory processing disorders.
Bruce has a BA in Secondary English Education from Boston University and is studying for his Masters of Educational Public Policy through UMass Dartmouth. He has extensive experience with Lindamood-Bell processes, having worked as a Clinician, Consultant, and Site Manager for the Company for the past six years. His students have ranged from five years old to adulthood with initial abilities ranging from non-verbal non-readers to high honors students at prestigious private schools.
Bruce seeks to engage students in their areas of comfort and utilize these strengths to help situate new knowledge and motivate students to persevere through frustration and disinterest. He has been known to share his own struggles within the education system, helping students understand that the problems they face can be overcome. Bruce is adept at meeting students where they are and is equally at ease providing a calm, warm environment, or acting out scenes to build comprehension. He is consistently seeking to build self-efficacy and independence within his students. Bruce places on mindful metacognition, a skill he hones via Zen meditation.
As a New England native, Bruce spends as much time as he can backpacking and camping in the vast western wilderness. When unable to get out, he can be found writing educational philosophy or reading poetry.
“This young man connected with my daughter and awakened her skills through his boundless creativity, humor, intellect, empathy, compassion, expertise, and plain old hard work” - Parent, Adult Student with Traumatic Brain Injury. Bruce helped her regain the ability to speak as well as read.
Dara enjoys using her creativity and empathy skills to help unlock a student’s full potential. She has an uncanny ability to make students feel comfortable so they’re not afraid to take risks and ask the questions that might be hard to ask.
With more than 15 years of experience in teaching and developing educational programs, she’s honed her ability to connect with and engage all types of learners. She’s a former elementary school teacher and reading specialist and has tutored hundreds of students of all ages. Using her background in fine arts, she's developed a number of arts-based curricula to teach a range of subjects.
Dara has a Masters from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education where she focused on social/emotional learning, curriculum development, and program design. She received her BA from Georgetown University with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Theology and studied abroad in art schools in Australia and Italy.
Deepa has been working with students of all age ranges for twelve years, both as a teacher and reading specialist. Her focus has been to help address needs in reading, writing, executive function, study skills, homework support, SSAT support, as well as self-advocacy skills. She has served students with a diverse set of needs, including Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and visual and auditory processing issues. Deepa holds a Teaching Credential in Mild to Moderate Disabilities, has a BA from UC Davis in Sociology, and received her Master's Degree in Literacy from the University of Michigan. While at U of M, she presented findings on improving writing skills for students with learning differences at an International Education Conference.
Deepa has utilized various curricula and multi-sensory techniques to address both student strengths and needs. She has recently completed training in Read Naturally and the Orton-Gillingham approach and studied the works of Donald H. Graves and the Writer’s Workshop movement. Her passion for education motivates her to continue to pursue professional development opportunities.
Deepa is thoughtful and caring; she tailors her sessions to student needs and is always reflective in her practice.
Gara is dedicated to helping students of all ability levels reach their full potential and academic goals in math. She finds it greatly rewarding to help children master a skill or learn a new concept. Gara has been working with middle school and high school students for several years, mainly tutoring mathematics in one-on-one sessions. Gara has a methodical approach to problem-solving and study habits, adjusted to the individual student’s knowledge level and needs. Having struggled herself with understanding mathematics during her high-school years, she believes anyone can learn math as long as a teacher can reach out in a language that speaks to that individual. Having learned this lesson, Gara strives to help students excel in math by developing an understanding of mathematics rather than just learning how to solve a particular homework problem. Gara's passion is to help children achieve the “aha” moment and overcome a perceived weakness.
Gara graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Lund University, Sweden. She worked for more than ten years in the mobile technology industry in Sweden, including mentoring and coaching new colleagues. During this time, she trained in karate, not only as a way to practice discipline and focus but also as a continuous search for improvement and perfection. After moving to the Bay Area five years ago, she started tutoring and was inspired to rediscover the challenge and fun of teaching mathematics. When not tutoring, Gara enjoys baking, hiking, and camping -- and she is also in the midst of learning to paraglide.
Ian is an experienced tutor of test prep, study skills, math, Spanish, and writing. Ian graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in anthropology, earning high honors and high distinction in general scholarship. He teaches essay writing to elementary, middle, and high school students, prepares students for the SSAT and HSPT, and assists with high school and college admissions essays. As a careful observer of life, Ian enjoys helping students train their eye to language as they brainstorm, write, and edit essays, both for school work and for school applications. He also has a talent for explaining math concepts to middle school students who consider themselves more humanities-oriented. Ian has worked with students who have learning differences, and he enjoys understanding or even uncovering each student's learning style.
Previously Ian lived in the UK, Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong. He has maintained an interest in Buddhist meditation and philosophy for most of his adult life. In 2000, he spent several months traveling around South Korea taking photographs of temples and hermitages, which were eventually published in two books on Korean Seon (Zen) Buddhism in 2002. He still practices meditation, but as the father of a toddler he now finds he has less time for it than he used to. On the other hand, he has discovered that parenthood is a great opportunity to put into practice Buddhist principles such as mindfulness and compassion.
Ian is a calm, patient, and empathetic person with a wry sense of humor and a wide experience of the world, who has a genuine commitment to helping your child to succeed academically.
"I thought Ian was fantastic! I learned a lot from him and I felt like I was with someone with whom I could ask questions. He helped me with a number of skills that I used multiple times during the test and I am ahead with a few concepts in math." - Student, The Hamlin School
"Ian was great! He was very helpful in both math and language, teaching strategies but also coming up with scenarios to help with verbal retention. He had a nice mix of being serious and on task, but also allowing for fun conversation and banter.
And, the results were worth the invested time and money." - Parent, Katherine Delmar Burke School
"Ian helped our son feel totally prepared for the SSAT through a combination of analyzing practice tests question by question, developing thoughtful strategies for each section of the test, and giving our son focused homework to prepare for the test. He really knows the material, has a great feel for how to push a student, and combines this all with a wry sense of humor." - Parent, Marin Country Day School
"We were very happy with Ian. He provided the tutoring, homework assignments and feedback that resulted in significant improvements in our daughter's SSAT scores. We were under some time pressure and he successfully consolidated material to get quick results.
Thanks for your help and guidance and the great communication Megan!" - Parent, Katherine Delmar Burke School
"Ian did an excellent job with our daughter. He was able to build her confidence and explain crucial test taking strategies and skills. Under his tutelage, she was able to increase her scores by 56 percentage points. Incredible! My daughter's performance improvement far exceeded my expectations. She is even a more confident student in school as a result of posting a strong SSAT score. Kudos to Ian, Megan and the entire Mindful Tutoring team. I couldn't be happier with her results and have referred many friends." - Parent, Marin Country Day School
"Ian was a great fit for [my daughter] and his quiet and patient tempo removed the stress that was building up over the SSAT. He was punctual and professional with great follow-up- a pleasure to work with!" - Parent, Katherine Delmar Burke School
"Ian helped our daughter with the reading section of the SSAT. What my daughter liked the best is that he not only told her the correct answer, he told her why the other answers were incorrect. This overall approach really helped her understand how to tackle the reading section of the SSAT. He was kind and patient." - Parent, The Hamlin School
"Ian was a great fit for our family, not only for our daughter. He understood our routines and adapted to them. He absolutely got our daughter's learning style, and always encouraged her to go the extra mile, with a reassuring smile. He gave her confidence and at the same time listened to our adult doubts. He is a great person and tutor." - Parent, Katherine Delmar Burke School
Jason has over ten years of experience working with youth in areas of test prep (SSAT, HSPT, SAT), math, science, and writing. He greatly appreciates building a personal connection with students and finds that the deepest learning happens in the context of nourishing relationships. Jason works to understand the unique learning styles and strengths of each student and adapts his teaching styles accordingly. He has experience in working with students who have learning differences, including dyslexia and ADHD. Before moving to the Bay Area, Jason graduated from Tel Aviv University with an M.A. in Social Work, and he brings his excellent communication skills to his tutoring practice.
After college, Jason spent time in Uganda, East Africa, building biogas digesters and teaching communities how to live more sustainable and health conscious lives. While there he learned to put his passion for helping people, building communities, and working with youth at the center of his life. For the last four years, Jason has mentored youth of all ages in a range of outdoor settings. His experience includes running garden programs for 3 to 5-year-olds and camping and wilderness immersion programs for pre-teens; he has also supported teenagers in the co-creation of rites of passage experiences.
Jason dedicates himself to helping students of all ability levels reach their full potential.
"Jason has a calm and thoughtful approach to tutoring. He challenged my son to improve his scores and gave him the strategies and practice work to achieve his goal. Jason gets results without stressing students out. My son looked forward to his sessions with Jason each week and truly enjoyed getting to know him over the course of their time together." -Parent, St. Brendan
"Jason is absolutely wonderful! [My son] loves working with Jason and he now also loves math! Jason is so calm, organized and sequential in his teachings which has worked so well for [my son]. Jason has also brought another aspect of math to [my son] and that is the wonders of math and the deep thinking it can allow you to do. He loves discussing amazing math with Jason. Jason is a brilliant mathematician and also a person full of kindness and generosity. My husband and I feel so very fortunate that our son is able to learn with Jason." - Parent, Town
"Jason was a dedicated and engaging tutor for our daughter. He really took time to get to know her as a person and as a student. He achieved the excellent balance of helping her to focus and set goals for the task at hand (for SSAT homework, practice tests and tests) while at the same time, building her confidence so that she could do well at each step. We felt very fortunate indeed that Jason tutored our daughter at this challenging time in her middle school life." - Parent, Convent
"Jason’s help was instrumental to [my daughter]’s remarkable outcome and improvement on the test. We appreciated Jason’s commitment to [her] success and how he worked to create a meaningful bond with her and our family." -Parent, The Hamlin School
"Jason worked very hard to find a way to connect with my daughter and did everything he could to make the work interesting to her. He has a very accepting air, an easy person to have comfortably in your home. After the SSAT was over, he transitioned immediately to helping my daughter to think about essays. It was nice to have him help her find her voice. The essay and the school process were more my daughters than mine largely due to the help we received from Jason." -Parent, French American International School
"Jason is an outstanding person who takes an interest in the kids inside their lessons as well as out in the world. He is compassionate and knowledgeable." -Parent, San Domenico
“Jason was thoughtful and patient. My daughter really enjoyed working with him. I could not have asked for a better person to help her prepare for the test.” -Parent, The Hamlin School
“[My daughter] felt very comfortable with Jason. He was patient with her and never rushed her. He also explained things really well for her.” -Parent, Convent
"We had a great experience with Jason, he was reliable, consistent, but flexible with our needs and schedule, and has a very calm and insightful delivery as he teaches. My 14-year-old sons both responded well to his teaching style." -Parent, Marin Primary
"Jason was a wonderful tutor for our daughter as she prepared for the SSAT -- patient, compassionate, and warm and also very smart about the ins and outs of the test itself. [My daughter] really enjoyed her sessions with him and I would recommend him to anyone." - Parent, Friends
Jordan has been working with elementary, middle and high school students for eight years. He led team-building conferences across the state with the California Association of Student Councils, and applied those same leadership curricula and techniques to a number of student programs in Vietnam. During his time as an undergraduate at Harvard, he helped fellow students and remote peers across Asia master their analytic and creative writing potential. He hates mechanical, dry, and formulaic methods of writing instruction and aims to help students learn to write about and for their own enjoyment. Admissions essays are his specialty - editing is a guilty pleasure, and he enjoys nothing more than talking to kids about the life-altering ideas and experiences that good personal statements are made of.
In addition to guiding students in all aspects of written expression, Jordan enjoys the nuances of words and teaches vocabulary building for testing application (SSAT, ISEE, HSPT). He tutors all areas of the high school admission process, including essays and the verbal, reading, and math portions of tests. Jordan also loves working with kids on math and science, both of which were his favorite subjects in school. He enjoys creating task-based exploration in both subjects, and he revels in the “aha” moments they inspire.
Jordan graduated with a degree in social studies (read: philosophy, sociology, and history - not the fifth grade kind) and a minor in English. He’s been writing fiction and poetry for three years and hopes to finish a novel in the near future. He’s been practicing mindfulness for several years, and meditation is his favorite part of the day. He enjoys teaching the sorts of focused breathing and observation techniques that help to decrease anxiety and foster a greater enjoyment of work and life.
Jordan loves being a mentor to kids and young adults of all ages, and is dedicated to helping your child move through each new phase of growth.
"Jordan is a great writing coach. He is kind and relaxed, yet knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We also just enjoyed his company!" - Parent, Marin Country Day School
"We were all thrilled with Jordan's work. [My son] took an immediate liking to him and he helped [him] produce several good essays which really captured his interests and his voice. Jordan was always on time and when he had a conflict with our regular schedule, he was proactive about scheduling another time. He was also flexible when we had a conflict, which happened more than once. I think [my son] also learned about how to construct a good short essay and the weekly sessions improved his overall writing." - Parent, Marin Country Day School
Kyla is a mathematician and educator passionate about helping others feel the beauty and power of math. Kyla is a graduate student in math at San Francisco State University and earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College.
As a teacher for the past six years, Kyla has built relationships through math in a variety of schools in the Bay Area, including the Nueva School, the San Francisco Waldorf High School, and San Francisco State University. She has also led elementary and middle-school programs with the Center for Talented Youth and the SF Math Circle, where she currently is a leader of a group of high school students in SFUSD. Kyla patiently leads people toward understanding through inquiry and challenge and is always eager to inspire interest and confidence in mathematical problem-solving and test-taking in girls and other minorities in math. With a background in liberal arts and a general interest in learning, she can support students broadly.
When not engaged in math (and sometimes while engaged in math), Kyla enjoys long train trips, excursions into forests, and dance parties. She likes cycling, gardening, and yoga - ask her about math yoga!
(photo credit: bashir anastas)
"Kyla is incredibly patient and supportive. She gave [my daughter] a boost of confidence through out the testing process. She felt that Kyla was also a help with her math studies at school, providing her with practice problems and support instruction when necessary. Kyla was very professional and personable." - Parent, The Hamlin School
Lisa identifies students’ strengths to help them set and reach their academic goals. She specializes both in the verbal side of test prep (SSAT, HSPT, ISEE) and in coaching students toward writing polished, engaging essays and personal statements for high school, college, and graduate school applications. She has worked with countless students, providing mentoring and tutoring through writing centers and one-on-one tutoring sessions.
Lisa's tutoring background is in English, composition, humanities, biology, and social studies. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and she has worked with Bay Area College Planners as an Education Outreach Liaison for parents and students regarding the college financial aid process.
Lisa's many skills can help your child prepare for tests, essays, or school applications.
"Lisa gave direct and constructive feedback and I thought really customized her sessions to fit [my daughter's] needs. She was very professional and personable." - Parent, The Hamlin School
“Our daughter found the combination of Lisa’s gentle and nurturing personality and her ability to bring out the best in her students very effective in achieving her potential.” -Parent, Marin Country Day School
"Lisa was an excellent SSAT guide for our daughter. She worked on primarily helping our daughter strengthen her skills, and helped her achieve a great result on the test. Lisa not only showed our daughter all the tools required to master the test-taking strategies, but also made her feel more confident about the test in general. Lisa was also very resourceful and flexible. She was able to adjust the speed with which she introduced the new materials as needed. We would highly recommend her." -Parent, The Hamlin School
"Lisa is a wonderful teacher who makes the lessons fun and informative. She is a great role model and has terrific practice skills to maximize the tutoring seasons." -Parent, San Domenico
"The combination of experience and positive attitude makes Lisa an exceptional tutor. Not only did she help our daughter prepare her high school application essays, but also she was able to manage expectations and be a strong advocate. She inspired confidence and instilled the use of lasting writing strategies that continue to aid our daughter." -Parent, The Hamlin School
"Lisa is very patient, and thorough. Her organizational skills are impressive and her ability to tackle the mountain of material in a short time span was remarkable." - Parent, Mill Valley Middle School
Manoella specializes in teaching reading, comprehension, essay writing, study skills, and test prep (SSAT, HSPT). She also teaches number sense and elementary math including fractions, decimal calculation (money), Algebra, Geometry, and telling time. While Manoella teaches enrichment, her students often include those who are far behind their cohort, struggling with math, reading, or to recall their reading, with ADHD, dyslexia, expressive language, or auditory processing disorders. Her pupils have ranged in age from kindergarten to adulthood, from those with mild learning differences to those recovering from stroke and brain injury.
Manoella has a BA in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and a certificate in Waldorf education for grades 1-8. She is fully trained in Lindamood Bell modalities where she worked for 5 years and has more than 12 years experience in small group and one-on-one instruction, including seven years working with Special Education students in the San Francisco Unified School District. Manoella is bilingual in Spanish.
Manoella is creative in her interventions and meets students where they are by using their particular strengths, interests, and learning styles to address their areas of growth. They are never far from her thoughts and she meditates on her pupils nightly to gain insight on how best to serve them so they may fully develop their capacities.
Manoella experiences a frisson of true joy when a student has a “magical learning moment.” She has a calm, relaxed manner leavened with a goofy wit and shares self-deprecating anecdotes to show students they are not alone in their daily challenges. Manoella believes that when you can laugh together imposing tasks become less onerous.
Manoella's artistic skill set includes storytelling, performance poetry, knitting, sewing, embroidery, jewelry making, painting, charcoal/pastels, paper making, cooking, baking, and gardening. Most especially Manoella loves singing the alto parts of polyphonic Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque choral compositions. She dabbles in aromatherapy and practices yoga, mindfulness meditation, and nonviolent communication.
"Dear Manoella, I appreciate all the effort you put into me this summer to help me read. I also appreciate that I can read now. I could not have done this without you." -Student
Meredith brings a warm, patient, and personalized approach to tutoring. She naturally enjoys getting to know each student as a multifaceted individual, and delights in seeing youth build their confidence and enthusiasm in both academics and life. Having personally progressed from struggling to thriving in certain academic subjects as a young student, Meredith is a strong believer in the "growth mindset" -- a theory that intelligence can be developed, and that natural talent is only a small portion of a student's full potential in any given area. She especially delights in helping students transform their self-perception from being "simply not good at __" to realizing their full capabilities.
Meredith began working with students more than a decade ago, and she has tutored and taught students from elementary through college level. Meredith is a generalist but usually specializes in reading, writing, math, and test prep (SSAT and ISEE). Meredith graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies, but she dabbled in coursework ranging from astrophysics to Mozart's operas to an organic farming practicum.
Meredith hails from Colorado, and she finds centeredness through time spent hiking, relaxing, and practicing yoga in nature. Her quest to see the natural world has led her to such diverse places as Mozambique, New Zealand, Peru, Tasmania and the Kingdom of Tonga. Most recently, she spent several months backpacking in national parks around the Western US. When closer to home, Meredith can be found practicing yoga on her porch, growing vegetables in her backyard, or hiking in the Marin Headlands.
"Meredith was a terrific tutor. We especially appreciated her calm demeanor and her precise instruction. We never felt that she was overloading our daughter with too much work or stress. She is clearly a kind and compassionate person but also a knowledgeable tutor. I would highly recommend her to anyone." - Parent, The Hamlin School
Mia enjoys working with children and their families to promote life-long organizational skills for success. With seventeen years of experience in elementary education, both as a school librarian and a classroom teacher, Mia has worked with a wide variety of learning abilities, behaviors, and family dynamics. Her whole-child approach focuses on identifying the strengths and needs of an individual to stimulate interest, foster ownership, and establish life-long learning habits.
Mia’s diverse educational background has helped create a skill set that uniquely dovetails with the needs of many students and families. With many years of work on the technical side of theater productions and originally a theater major at San Francisco State University, Mia had many opportunities to hone her organizational skills, pay attention to detail, and learn to see the bigger picture. Wanting to add a global perspective to her college education, Mia also attended Semester At Sea in her sophomore year, an experience that has had a life-long impact. Mia holds a BA in Liberal Studies from SFSU, an elementary school teaching credential from UC Irvine, and a Masters degree in Records Management and Archival Studies from University College London.
These days Mia enjoys working privately with children and families to help them navigate organizational obstacles, create more serene work spaces, and maintain efficient work habits. Besides supporting others and thinking about effective habits, Mia enjoys time with her two school-age boys and planning her next two-wheeled adventure via motorbike.
"Mia, you have been wonderful. You have been a solid presence in helping our girl grow up into a wonderful woman! Thank you so much for everything!" -Parent, JCHS
"Thanks for all you help and support, Mia. [Our daughter] has benefitted greatly from it. I believe she’s very well positioned to have a great college experience." -Parent, JCHS
With a combination of patience and curiosity, Michael meets children right where they are so that they may feel comfortable and confident in their ability to approach challenging academic material. He began tutoring students, in ages ranging from elementary through high school, more than a decade ago, and he especially enjoys helping children excel in math, science, and a logical approach to writing. Michael delights in the one-one setting, an ideal context to share with students in the inherent joy of learning and discovery. He finds this environment optimal for teaching such skills as organization and time management, important executive functioning tasks. Michael also loves the aspect of mentorship that can arise in the context of tutoring relationships--taking an interest in the rest of a student's life and making the academic learning relevant to a student's personal life.
Michael graduated from Brown University in 2008 with degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy. Upon graduation, his love of wisdom and his desire to know himself more intimately led him on a journey of meditation and awakening. He devoted himself to the practice of mindfulness meditation, spending more than a year of combined time in solo and group silent retreats. Integrating his contemplative pursuits with worldly, everyday life, Michael enjoys bringing the fruits of his years of inner work, and continued inner development, into the relationships he has with children. He has worked as a teacher the last several years, and he finds his students to be some of his greatest teachers.
Michael loves tutoring students of all ages, and he delights in the “aha” moments when, through careful guidance, abstract ideas become more concrete.
"Michael has a very calm and supportive demeanor. As a current math teacher, he has both command of the subject while being patient with the learning process of the student." - Parent, Mill Valley Middle School
Owen has been tutoring for over twelve years, specializing in math and history. He has an extensive background tutoring Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, and Calculus, helping students develop the confidence necessary to not only succeed in math class but to also enjoy it. Owen prepares students for the ACT, SAT, SAT subject tests, SSAT, and AP exams, and he assists with high school and college admissions essays. He attended Stanford University and graduated with a degree in history.
After college, Owen devoted himself to Buddhist mindfulness meditation practice, spending eight months on silent retreats in the following years. He loves working as an academic mentor, helping students feel more confident, engaged, and relaxed in school. He often weaves mindfulness exercises into his sessions with students, giving them tools to lower their stress levels, cultivate greater focus, and find more joy in the learning process.
Owen is passionate about the intersection between personal, societal, and environmental healing. He recently started a Ph.D. program in Psychology at Meridian University, a school that specializes in transformative education. He is delighted to have the opportunity to share some of what he has learned and to support students in their transition to adulthood.
"Thank you so, so much Owen. My son told me, 'Tonight was the best tutoring session I ever had!!' For him to connect with someone who understands what he is talking about is priceless!!" -Parent, Tam High
Pam comes from a family of educators and has been teaching and tutoring elementary students up through college in Math, Science, Writing, and Test Prep (SSAT, HSPT, SAT, ACT, GRE) for more than 15 years. Her love of teaching stems from her love of learning. She has formally studied Physics, Creative Writing, and the Classics and has informally studied Cheese, Photography, the Arthurian Legends, Dreams, the French Revolution, and countless other topics. One of her favorite pastimes is inspiring students to love subjects they thought they hated. Another is watching them gain mastery over a topic they thought was too hard for them.
Pam has a great deal of compassion and understanding for all students. She has worked with students who have ADHD, Dyslexia, and Asperger’s Syndrome as well as students who are Blind, Deaf, English Language Learners, and struggling with PTSD and other emotional issues. She believes all students have their own unique learning styles, regardless of formal diagnoses, and her first job as a teacher is to develop a real relationship with her students so that she can tailor her approach accordingly.
She earned her BA in Physics from Wellesley College, an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an MA in the Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. She has taught at four private schools, including The Hamlin School in San Francisco, and three academic summer camps in New England and the Southwest. She began the Christian meditative practice of Centering Prayer a year and a half ago, and it has had a transformational effect on her life.
"Pam is an incredible SSAT tutor! With Pam's teaching, my daughter was able to almost double her SSAT score. Pam knows how to expertly teach both the math and verbal sections of the test and definitely gets great results." -Parent, The Hamlin School
"Working with Pam has been one of the best experiences we have had. We adore her, and she has helped [my child] in a multitude of ways." -Parent, Marin Country Day School
"Pam was an incredible support to our son as he prepared for the SSAT. He loved working with her because she was engaging, fun and kept him on task. Under her guidance, his scores improved dramatically. She was also great about communicating with us on how we could support their efforts. Megan was terrific about checking in and monitoring their progress. Overall, it was a fantastic experience and we recommend Pam and Mindful Tutor without reservation." -Parent, SF Friends School
"Pam is a supportive and incredibly bright tutor who keeps lessons fun and engaging. She was a great match for our daughter. Sharing a similar appreciation for good literature - and humor - made the tutoring time well worth the time. I highly recommend Pam." -Parent, San Domenico
"Pam tutored [my daughter] through a stressful period of SSAT testing for independent high school admissions. Often I would hear Pam laughing loudly at [her] jokes from upstairs. It was a reassuring sound that her humor was being appreciated. I also heard Pam complement [my daughter] on her strengths as testing did not come easily to her." - Parent, Mark Day School