George Lucas Educational Foundation

Diana Kennedy

I attended Northwestern University for undergrad where I double majored in Radio-Television-Film and Comparative Literature. I received a Master's degree in English Literature from Indiana University while I was still under the illusion that I wanted to be a college professor. Realizing I wanted to work with kids, I joined Teach for America and taught high school for two years: English literature, learning studies, and inexplicably, French, all in rural Mississippi. Realizing I wanted to work with younger kids and live in the most opposite-of-Mississippi place I could find, I moved to Berkeley, where I received a master's degree in Elementary Education with a clear CLAD credential. I taught in inner city Oakland at a small, mostly Hispanic charter school, and then in the second largest public school in Oakland, and then in a small Jewish Day School in Foster City for another 8 years, all the while taking classes in dyslexia and ADHD and Aspergers and anything else that seemed helpful for a given year's group of students.

Five years ago I moved to Marin from San Mateo, received my certificate in Educational Therapy and started my educational therapy private practice. I provide one-on-one, personalized instruction using multi-sensory, research-based techniques in a caring and relaxed environment.

As an Educational Therapist, I worked part time at Star Academy for two years, teaching pre-algebra and algebra, although now I run her private practice full time. In my spare time, I write a blog at www.mindsparklearningblog.com and contribute articles to the Instructional Techniques section of the Association of Educational Therapists website.

Areas of Interest: 
Dyslexia,
reading,
writing,
math,
ASD,
ADHD,
learning disabilities,
gifted,
twice-exceptional

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