Meet our Academic Coaches

Miss Lainie K - 12

Meet & Greets and intake sessions for:

NEW students to then be placed with one of my amazing teachers who are trained by me :) 

MA Ed. Educational Therapist, Credentialed Teacher

Miss Lainie is our fearless leader and the creator of our multi-sensory learning program. She is an educational therapist and holds a master's degree in education. With more than 30 years of classroom teaching experience across a spectrum of ages, from kindergarten through 12th grade, she is truly dedicated to changing children's lives. Read her full story here.

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Miss Zoe W (Colorado)-  Remote sessions  6 - 12th grade  English, History

BA in English Literature and a Secondary English Language Arts Credential - CU Boulder's School of Education. 

I have always been a hands-on learner, benefiting from activities, colors, and movement to help me learn new material. My goal as an educator is to encourage lifelong learners, and a key component of meeting that goal is to provide an academically challenging learning environment where students feel safe to express their perspective and are valued for that perspective. As a teacher, my personal goal is helping students challenge themselves to see their own possibilities for success, teaching them in ways that they can grasp and understand all subjects presented to them.

Miss Morgan - K - 5

I am a graduate from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in Education. I have always had the idea of being a teacher in the back of my mind, and after working as a counselor at a summer camp I realized how much I loved working with kids and how excited I was to get up and go to work every morning. After that I decided to study education in school and after learning in my classes how many students experience inequalities in the school system, I knew I wanted to be part of the change for that. Growing up I loved school but I struggled understanding things the way tradition public schools explained concepts because I am not a verbal learner. So when I heard about Core Academy I knew this was the exact type of teaching that I wanted to do because they work with every child's learning style. I am thrilled to begin my first year of teaching here at Core! 

Miss Madi - 6 -12th Math, Science

I attended Bryn Mawr College where I received my B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Film Studies. Raised by two teachers, I have always loved education but felt discouraged when I saw their struggles in traditional public school. A few years ago I had an opportunity to work at a summer camp that encouraged hands-on, innovative learning and once again found a passion for teaching in non-traditional learning environments. I have taught and tutored in everything from Mathematics to Go-Kart building and design. I am excited to be an Academic Coach because of the multi sensory learning model which inspires students to learn and grow in their own way!

Mr Max.   6 - 12 grade  English, History

I became an educator because I dreaded school when I was younger. The rigidity of the classroom and repetitive lessons were unbearable. My goal is to help students avoid developing these same negative and debilitating views of school. I value maintaining a positive rapport with each student, where they know that I am just as interested in hearing about their hobbies, and accomplishments outside of school as I am with seeing them succeed in school. My mission is to make sure my students always know I am a friend ready to help them with any challenge.

I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in English Literature and Human Development and Family Studies. Prior to coming to Core Academy, I worked as a full time tutor in all subjects and standardized test prep. Outside of school, I enjoy writing, drawing, and fly fishing. 

Miss Bianely - K - 5

I received my BA from Humboldt State University in Criminology and Justice Studies. Throughout my time in Humboldt County I discovered that my passions focused on working alongside youth and making sure we both become active members within academia. Since then, I have been a part of multiple organizations or school districts that acknowledge the various teaching styles youth may need and have created lessons that accommodate all students. What I love about being a teacher at CORE is that there is always room for improvement and seeking help is strongly encouraged. We strive to make CORE a delightful place to learn.


Miss Lacey - K-5

I graduated from Cal State Fullerton with my B.A. degree in human services, mental health. I was ready to take on the world. It is 2019 and I am now lucky enough to be a part of the CORE academy team. I bring a positive energy, a bright smile, and a calm presence into every room I enter. As a non-traditional kind of person, it brings me joy to help teach kids everything they already know but are just waiting to discover. When I am not learning as an academic coach, I am either learning as a future psychologist or learning as a new mountain bike rider on the trail. If there's anything aside from academics that I hope to teach, it is self-love and joy.

MR. Pedro  6 - 12th Math & Science 

I am a graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.A in Anthropology specializing in Bio archaeology and Bio-social and cultural studies. I also have an A.S in Applied mathematics, A.A in Mathematics and General Sciences, and an A.A in Behavioral and Social Sciences.

I have always believed in diversifying what I learn and strive to be a lifelong learner. Part of my journey in learning is being able to share all the subjects and experiences that are available for everyone to learn. I hope to help others grow a passion for lifelong learning.

When I am not trying to learn new things I like to spend my time growing and maintaining coral reef tanks, playing with my pet bunnies, or going for runs and playing fetch with my dog Gerdy.

Miss Cyndi K - 5

BA, Liberal Studies CA Teaching Credential MA, Teaching Leadership

Since the age of 13 I dreamed of becoming a teacher. I set my course on achieving that goal, graduating with a BA in Liberal Studies (with a minor in Early Childhood Development) from Cal State East Bay. Then, I earned my teaching credential at Saint Mary’s College. In 2011-12 at St. Mary’s I received a Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership.

I have taught for more than 20 years, and currently teach first grade in Martinez. As I joined the staff at Lainie’s Learning Lane, I noticed immediately how students are cared for. The staff gets to know each child individually, learning about each one’s likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests, as well as identifying their strengths and learning styles. I firmly believe that all children can learn and that the best learning occurs when students are nurtured and inspired. That’s exactly what is done here at Lainie’s Learning Lane, and I’m excited to be a part of it!

Mr Malcolm K - 5

I received a B.A. in communication from Saint Mary’s College of California, I joined the Peace Corps where I served in West Africa’s The Gambia. I was stationed in the small village of Jaqoi Sibrik where I primarily assisted locals with agricultural pursuits. I broadened my involvement with the village community by assisting young learners in developing language skills. It was in the classroom where my passion for teaching was sparked.

Upon my return to the states, I immediately enrolled in a TEFL course which afforded me the opportunity to work at one of the top English programs in Vietnam. Whether teaching in a rural setting or a metropolitan setting I realized the subject matter didn’t change but my delivery did. Every student learns in their own unique way, and as a dyslexic teacher, I love collaborating with students to help them discover their particular learning process. I am excited to work with Core Academy because they embody this philosophy.

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