Nicole Ofiesh, Ph.D. is an expert in the field of learning disabilities with over 30 years of practice. In addition to her private work, she is Sr. Research Associate for the Schwab Learning Center at Stanford University. At the heart of her work is the belief that all individuals should thrive, not simply survive. All of her work with children, parents, and adult clients is embedded with the science of hope, self-awareness, and resilience.
In the Half Moon Bay and Portola Offices, she offers general hourly consultations that provide answers to questions about testing and general educational guidance or "road maps". Her MASSive approach (Ofiesh, 2015), is designed to determine what is needed based on previous or current testing, or simply an interview and school records. Dr. Ofiesh is trained in many clinical and research-based approaches to reading remediation, math development, writing development and learning strategies. She conducts diagnostic evaluations as well as educational therapy for individuals in grades 1 through graduate and professional school,
Dr. Ofiesh and her associates believe it is important to teach individuals about both their strengths and their needs. This is described in her recent text for teachers Teaching for the Lifespan: Successfully Transitioning Students with Learning Differences to Adulthood (Reiff and Ofiesh, 2016, Corwin Publishers).. She is the creator of Dr. O's Spunky Superheroes, a series of superheroes made by villagers with medical challenges in Thailand, under the auspices of the Good Shepherd Sisters. She is a Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and is a regularly invited speaker nationally and internationally. She regularly works with clinics, schools and districts to provide a variety of workshops and school-based interventions.
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I grew up in MIllbrae and spent nearly every moment outside of school and work along the Half Moon Bay coast. After returning home from graduate school at The Pennsylvania State University, and a faculty position at the University of AZ, I settled in El Granada in 2006. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity live and teach in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and to create relationships with people who appreciate what our community offers.
More information about Dr. Ofiesh's work is available is at www.nicoleofiesh.com.
Theresa Judge Laver, M.B.A., M.A. received her Masters in Special Education from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. Along with her associates, Theresa provides educational therapy, cognitive and educational evaluations, advocacy services, coaching, and workshops for parent, teachers, and students. Educational therapy includes fostering a student’s strengths and providing strategies for a student’s challenges, while building self-confidence in each individual. Primary emphasis in educational therapy is on embedding executive function (EF) skills into academic performance. These EF skills include working memory, starting a task, time management, planning and organization, self-monitoring, and cognitive flexibility in a practical way, within the context of a student’s workload. Theresa has training in Orton-Gillingham and has taken many Making Math Real courses. She is qualified as a coach for parents of students with ADHD having completed the PTS Calm and Connected training. Cognitive and educational evaluations provide a professional assessment of the way a student processes information, and includes targeted recommendations and accommodations for parents and teachers that are easily implemented. Advocacy services give parents the bridge to communicating their student’s strengths, challenges, and needs to teachers and administrators for maximum effect. Workshops provide students the opportunity to work on specific skills including reading comprehension and executive function strategies in a relaxed, group setting. Theresa works primarily out of the Half Moon Bay office.
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The water has always been in our family's hearts and souls. My husband grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA, and I, having grown up in Albany, NY, headed to the west coast in search of the Pacific where we met at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Fast forward to having young children in Menlo Park, CA, when in search of open land and a small-knit community, we moved to Half Moon Bay. Many years later, with three grown children and a lifetime of good memories, I continue to enjoy helping families on our beautiful coast.
Patrice McElligott, M.A. holds a Masters in Special Education from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, along with Clear Multiple Subject and Special Education Credentials. She recently became a qualified ADHD and Executive Functioning Parent Coach and is currently working on becoming a Board Certified Educational Therapist through University of Santa Cruz Extension.. Over the last 20 years, she has worked in both public and private school settings as a teacher and tutor for students in 2 – 8 grades. She is trained in the Lindamood-Bell LIPS Program and uses a variety of strategies including the Visualizing and Verbalizing Program to enhance reading comprehension. She is highly skilled in teaching writing strategies as well as Singapore Math, and at incorporating Executive Functioning strategies in all aspects of student learning. Her varied teaching experiences in a variety of schools along with the fact that her own 3 children have learning differences, gives her a unique perspective on educating students with learning differences from the point of view of a parent, teacher, and a tutor. She believes in identifying and promoting a child's strengths, therefore, instilling a more mindful approach and developing their self awareness. Patrice's passion is being a resolute advocate for all students and families and has a vast knowledge of the IEP process. She truly believes that every student can learn when provided the appropriate accommodations in the classroom, as well as knowing and utilizing the strategies that are effective for their own individual style of learning. Patrice is in the Half Moon Bay office on Mondays, and the Portola Vally office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. THE COASTSIDE IN ME
I was born and raised in Redwood City, and am still here raising my family and living in the house I grew up in. Half Moon Bay has always held a special place in my heart. Growing up, I spent many weekends with my family going to various beaches, having picnics, and walking Main Street. I've continued the tradition and quality family time with my own 3 children. We often make a last minute decision to pop over the hill for much needed rest, relaxation, and a healthy dose of serene, picturesque landscape. I'm excited to now be a part of this amazing community!
Jason M. Miller, J.D./M.A.Ed., holds a doctoral degree in law and earned a Master of Arts in Special Education from Notre Dame de Namur University. Jason provides educational therapy, consultations, advocacy services, and post-secondary transition services and advisement. He is an Education Specialist at San Mateo High School, an academic institution with national prominence, where he teaches English, Math, and a Directed Studies course designed to enhance executive function skills. He often draws from Universal Design and Constructive Meaning principles to select instructional techniques, and incorporates strategic modeling into all of his work. Importantly, he is committed to understanding who students are, what makes them tick, and what works to support their needs. Jason’s goal is to help students be confident in "how to think" (instead of “what to think”) so that they acquire problem solving skills towards a path of academic and personal independence. He gives particular emphasis to self-awareness. As students learn more about their strengths and learning differences they are able to effectively monitor academic challenges and advance their own abilities to become THE teacher for their own thinking.
Jason brings enthusiasm and a genuine optimism to his clients. His knowledge of the community, his diverse interests, and rich professional experience provide him an extensive platform to accommodate a vast array of student needs - helping parents and students is Jason’s home.
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I grew up in Half Moon Bay and am an alumnus of Half Moon Bay High School. I have since lived north and south of the Coastside, but, in 2012, returned to Half Moon Bay to reconnect with family and friends and further my educational credentials. I am a proud “local” in this one-of-a-kind community.