Manoella has a BA in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and a certificate in Waldorf education for grades 1-8. She is fully trained in Lindamood Bell modalities where she worked for 5 years and has 16+ years experience in small group and one-on-one instruction, including seven years working with Special Education students in the San Francisco Unified School District. Manoella is bilingual in Spanish.

Manoella specializes in teaching number sense, and elementary math including fractions, decimal calculation (money), Algebra, Geometry, telling time. She also teaches reading, comprehension, writing, study skills, and test prep (SSAT, HSPT). Her students are those who are far behind their cohort, struggling with math, reading, or to recall their reading, with ADHD, dyslexia, expressive language, or auditory processing disorders. Her pupils have ranged in age from kindergarten to adulthood, from those with mild learning differences to those recovering from stroke and brain injury.

Why Key Academic Support and not a tutoring center?

Excellent Question! First of all, Key Academic Support will not hold you to a 20 hour a week schedule.

For summer intensive intervention Manoella will work with a student for a maximum of 15 hours a week. She believes that the 4th hour is not productive due to the student’s exhaustion. Depending on the student’s stamina fewer hours are more productive for them. Students can make great gains with 10-15 hours a week for summer. During the academic year an additional 2-4 hours a week are recommended for continuing support and help applying their skills to school work. This prevents the loss of the student’s newly developed abilities.

Key Academic Support also offers much more flexibility in terms of location (at home, school, or library) and method of instruction. Not limited to using solely the Lindamood Bell script Manoella can bring to bear all her experience and training to make the learning more personalized, tactile, and kinesthetic. Students can move about the room, work with clay, origami, sing, use dominos, playing cards, or even practice mindfulness.

As a fully trained Waldorf grades teacher with more than a dozen years experience with children Manoella is able to provide a consistently high level of instruction. Center workers very often have no training in education other than what is provided at the center. Few center workers stay longer than 3 months. This causes great variation in the quality of instruction, which affects student progress.

Manoella always¬†works directly with the student rather than delegating a lesson plan to staff. This allows her to get to know the student deeply. She adjusts lessons immediately to a student’s needs using her own experience of teaching the student rather than dropping in and depending on short observation, or other people’s notes.