E D U C A T O R S

At Inspire Behavioral Learning, our educators and tutors love what we do. We provide interactive tutoring for all ages to foster meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences. We believe that the best educators are the best learners, and we are lifelong learners. We tutor not only in academic subject content but also how to learn.

We value teaching the whole person. We do this by fostering language and communication, social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development with multisensory activities. We believe in a friendly and fun tutoring style, including not only structured but also naturalistic learning.

We celebrate diversity. As such, we work with learners of all abilities and skill levels. This includes students in general education, students with learning differences (such as autism, ADHD, and gifted students), and beginning to advanced ESL learners. We tutor students at, above, and below grade level.

All tutors are employees with verified qualifications. This includes passing a Live Scan DOJ and FBI background check and reference checks, having three or more years of prior experience teaching or tutoring, and achieving honor roll level grades in university coursework. Our tutors have Bachelor's and Master's degrees and experience in both 1:1 and small group tutoring for children, teens, and adults.

Kelly Knowles

President and Founder

Kelly oversees and coordinates Inspire's tutoring programs and tutor training. She has an MA in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Davis. She also holds a graduate-level Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate from UC Berkeley. Kelly has over twenty years of experience in tutoring and emergent curriculum for Pre-K, K-12, college and university students, business professionals and other adults in English, ESL, and executive functioning in after school programs, home and the community. Kelly also had the privilege to design and oversee an after school program for 1st-6th graders in an at-risk school for academic tutoring, enrichment, and recreational activities. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Kelly also has experience in behavioral healthcare for children with disabilities, where she has seen the positive impacts of health and education on each other, developed an appreciation for the wonderful ways in which we can set up learning environments based on the student's own interests to promote success, and grew a love for working with both typically developing and neurodiverse students. She greatly enjoys serving culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse students with appreciation for their unique voices to shape their own learning, leading to greater independence in their school, work, personal, and social lives. This includes tutoring students in general education, students with autism, ADHD, and speech and language delays; tutoring ESL for immigrant communities and speakers of Spanish, French, Japanese, Farsi, and over a dozen other native languages; and training tutors in the above. Moved by the power of the environment to spark learning, and the power of individuals to impact the world around them, Kelly trains tutors to create stimulating and enriching learning environments for students to learn by doing. She aspires to continually educate and be educated, drawing out human potential for learning, creativity, discovery, and kindness, bringing each other up to greater happiness, achievement, and fulfillment. Kelly looks forward to coordinating tutoring services with you!

Julian Menjivar 

 

English and ESL Tutor

 

From a young age, Julian has always loved reading fantasy books, as well as writing and editing. So much so that he decided to pursue it as his area of study! He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, as well as his Master’s in Medieval Literature and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Currently, he is pursuing his credential in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Julian has taught elementary school for two years, as well as tutored elementary and high school level reading comprehension and writing. Julian has worked with English as a Second Language (ESL) children, neurodivergent college students, adults on the autistic spectrum, LGBTIQ and young adults. As an individual with Language Delay, Julian understands the challenges of academic learning, while coping with social cues. Through his personal experiences, he has tailored a teaching style that first and foremost, values the individual and ensures their learning is a positive, welcoming experience. His teaching philosophy is to encourage the love of learning and the pursuit of knowledge. Education, to him, is about mastery of a subject at your own pace, to fully understand in your unique way, and to expand your curiosity beyond the classroom. His pedagogy strives to have an honest and comfortable relationship with him and his students and to create a safe and welcoming space, where students feel free to learn. 

Radek Lumban-Tobing

English and ESL Tutor

Multiple Subjects Tutor

 

Radek graduated from Stanford University with a BA in English and a minor in Symbolic Systems. His subjects of expertise include English Language Arts for K-12 and SAT prep, creative writing, mathematics up to BC Calculus, and introductory coding. His experience includes over six years as a tutor, summer classroom teacher, and camp counselor. He has tutored typically developing students as well as students with dyslexia, ADHD, and autism. He has experience in classroom management, lesson planning, executive function coaching, and extracurricular activities, such as art and gross motor play for children aged 4-13 years old. He does small group pod learning support in person and 1:1 tutoring online. During the pandemic, he has worked in a pod of four children at rotating homes, helping them to focus on and complete their synchronous and asynchronous schoolwork and engaging students in extracurricular activities. He has a Cal/OSHA training certificate for COVID-19 safety. ​Radek's philosophy of education is based in empathy. He wants to listen to, encourage, and understand his learners, with the goal of teaching them in the way they want to be taught. He looks forward to meeting you and your child and helping them become the best learner they can be!

Lacey Goodloe 

 

Multiple Subjects Tutor

English and ESL Tutor

 

Lacey holds BA degrees in International Studies and Comparative Literature and Culture from the University of San Francisco, in addition to a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from UC Berkeley Extension. She has worked as an educator in various capacities (tutoring, teaching assistant, and teacher), utilizing communication skills and a unique teaching style that prioritizes student engagement and participation. She has taught adults in English language arts and tutored multiple subjects for grades K-12. Her passion is helping others succeed by building their confidence and independence. Working with both children and adults has taught her cultural competence, connecting and collaboratating with diverse individuals to reach common goals. Her 10+ years of working experience has empowered her to observe, ask the right questions and fulfill her role according to student needs. In the pandemic, Lacey has worked to adapt her lessons to meet her students' expectations and keep them engaged. She is especially proud of encouraging her students to learn through creativity and artistry. She looks forward to working with you!

Contact Inspire Behavioral Learning to see if tutoring is right for you!

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Email: info@inspirebehavior.com
Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780

Hours:

M-F   8:00 AM-7:30 PM

Sat    9:00 AM-6:30 PM

Sun   Closed

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