Andie holds a teaching credential in mild to moderate disabilities in addition to a master's degree in special education. She has taught in a variety of school settings. Andie consults with families and does screenings with new students, as well as assisting our instructors in program development. Additionally, Andie coordinates the scheduling for our center.
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.
Traci Foster, Administrative Assistant
Traci has extensive experience working as an Administrative Associate at Stanford University for professors of medicine in the Oncology Department. Before working in the medical field, she supported Partners at Cooley Godward Law Firm for over 9 years. Her organizational skills combined with working directly with families of patients and clients gives her the expertise to support families at Thriving Minds.
Taylor has a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development. She is currently working on her M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology at Santa Clara University. She has previous years of experience working with young children in many settings, including working with students in special education classes and working one-on-one with children with Autism.
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.
Analisa is currently working towards her B.A. in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. She has many years of experience working with young children and adolescents in various settings, including substituting with Campbell Union School District and working one-on-one with special needs youth as an ABA technician. Analisa’s interest in reading and helping students learn has led to her goal of becoming a teacher.
Kayla Palyani, Reading and Math Specialist
Kayla has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from San Jose State University. She has over five years of experience in tutoring English, math, and science. She also has years of experience working with special needs children.
Diana Yi, Math and Reading Specialist
Diana has a bachelor's degree in Health Science and is completing her teaching program to pursue her goal of working with students that have difficulty in concentration due to blurred vision and Dyslexia. It is estimated that 80% of our learning happens through vision helping students with learning, reading, and behavioral problems. She encourages children's social and emotional bonding as she works closely with students helping them to develop the skills needed to become lifelong learners. Diana also has experience in teaching Common Core for students of different age levels (Math, English, Reading, and Writing).
Lisa DiNoto, Reading Specialist
Lisa is in the process of completing her bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology at San Jose State University. She has one-on-one and classroom experience assisting and teaching children in preschool and elementary schools in both Washington state and the Bay Area. Lisa’s instructional focus areas include reading and phonics, spelling, and reading comprehension.