As an educational specialist, Tami focuses on the “how” of learning with students, helping them to develop an individualized toolbox of skills and strategies that they can use not only at school but throughout life. Coming alongside as a partner in the educational journey, Tami helps students with learning difficulties discover and celebrate their strengths and build upon them, as she helps them find their inner resilience and courage to face their challenges. Ultimately, she provides a safe, empathetic, and playful environment in which students begin to explore feelings of self-efficacy and hopefulness.
Tami has been an educational specialist and an educator for sixteen years, serving hundreds of children and their families in the San Gabriel Valley. She has been a program director and an educational specialist for an educational therapy center. She is currently the Learning Support Specialist at the Westridge School for Girls, an independent school in Pasadena, where she collaborates with teachers and parents to identify and serve the learning needs of students in the community. She has found that working in an interdisciplinary setting enriches her work, her students’ growth, and her own personal growth.
Tami holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Colorado State University, a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Special Education from Azusa Pacific University. Tami’s work draws from many fields and disciplines, including interpersonal neurobiology, music psychology, sports psychology, theater, and mindfulness practices. She is certified in the Orton-Gillingham method, a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading and spelling. She is affiliated with the Association of Educational Therapists.
A Colorado native, Tami would be lost without mountains and can be found hiking their trails with her husband, their daughter and their spunky little mutt, Mara.