Andie holds a teaching credential in mild to moderate disabilities in addition to a master's degree in special education from Santa Clara University. She has taught in a variety of school settings; public, non-public, charter schools, and worked in homes. Working closely with children who have learning disabilities and other challenges is at the heart of all of the teaching work that Andie does.
At Thriving Minds, Andie meets with new families which includes performing student assessments and listening to and discussing students' academic needs. She provides new and continuous instructor training as well as overseeing student program development. Andie also works closely with instructors on providing written feedback to parents regarding student progress.
Danielle has a master's degree in psychology and has worked with children to support their academic needs for the past eleven years. In addition, she is also a certified Tomatis practitioner providing auditory training therapy to children with various types of challenges such as auditory processing disorder, ADHD, autism, and sensory processing disorder.
In addition to working with students, Danielle also conducts assessments for new families as well as supervises student programs. She also enjoys researching new and innovative curriculum and working closely with and mentoring instructors.
Nique has a bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Point Park University. She's been working as a Paraeducator for children with special needs for the past 4 years. She's also worked one-on-one with kids on the Autism Spectrum. For the past few years, she's been tutoring children in math, English literature, reading and Spanish. Her interest in working with special needs kids began just after college, when she worked for a few summers for a day camp for special needs children.
Kristen Corona, Reading and Math Specialist
Kristen has a bachelor's in theater from Point Park University. As the eldest of 6 children growing up, she has always had the willingness to lead and work with children. Kristen initially developed a love for working with children with special needs as she took on a volunteer position in middle school. Kristen has worked with children of all ages with various needs and in multiple settings. Kristen's passion for building and teaching students continues to grow with each student she works with.
Aalia graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University. During her undergraduate studies, she completed courses in the areas of child psychology as well as child psychopathology. In addition, she has years of experience working with school age children in a private setting assisting with reading, writing, math and science. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school to become a marriage and family therapist.
Halina Lenguyen, Reading and Math Specialist
Halina is currently majoring in communication studies with a minor in ceramics at De Anza College. After earning her associate's degree, she plans on transferring to a four year university to continue her education and graduate with a bachelor's degree. Over the years, Halina has worked with students of all ages in reading, writing, and math. Her love for teaching stems from her mother who has been an educator for over 20 years.
Kyera Franklin, Reading Specialist
Kyera is currently earning her masters degree in speech and language pathology at San Jose State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development with a minor in pre therapeutic psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University. After earning her masters degree she plans to work in early intervention in the clinical setting. Kyera has worked with children in various settings. Her love for working with children stems from volunteer work that she began in high school!
Phuong Luong, Reading and Math Specialist
Phuong is currently completing her masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at San Jose State University. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in language sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Phuong has always enjoyed being around children and found her love for working with children after being involved in her graduate pediatric clinic! After graduating, she hopes to work as a speech and language pathologist in an acute care clinical setting, serving both children and adults.
Leilani Corral, Reading and Math Specialist
Leilani graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. During her high school years, she was an honor roll student and has always enjoyed learning her favorite subject math. She also had volunteering experience with reading to elementary school students. She initially developed a love for working with children as an intern for a martial arts school by helping students improve their verbal skills and techniques. In addition, she gained ABA experience working as a behavior technician for children and teens with autism.
Fiona Janke, Reading and Math Specialist
Fiona holds a master’s degree in education from Stanford University and has had the privilege of working with students in academic settings for several years. Her journey in education began with summer programs, where she discovered her passion for engaging and supporting kids from diverse backgrounds. Throughout her college years, she worked as a math tutor, actively supporting students in achieving their academic goals and creating a welcoming and nurturing atmosphere for learning. Drawing on her expertise in cognitive science, she brings a deep understanding of the learning process to her interactions with students, always striving to foster an inclusive and supportive environment.