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. 

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.

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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.

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. 

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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.

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Daniel Fogal, Reading and Math Specialist

Daniel has a master’s degree in linguistic anthropology and has worked in education for 10 years. He has taught kindergarten, worked in Title 1 school districts and at private instutitions, tutored 1-on-1 sessions with children grades k-12 in writing and reading comprehension, and has also worked at the collegiate level in writing centers. He has taught in an ESL environment and has worked with students experiencing challenges such as autism and ADHD. Daniel enjoys helping students become self-motivated in the learning process by helping them find topics that interest them to help facilitate learning about the writing process.

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Brianna Carmona, Reading Specialist

Brianna is pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Atypical Child Studies from San Jose State University. She has worked with children for many years as a nanny and through volunteer opportunities engaging alongside children with special needs. Brianna's passion for supporting children is pushing her to work towards a career as a child psychologist.