Solimar Coaches

Solimar Academy’s Certified LearningSuccess Coaches

Dawn Jackson

Dawn Jackson is a certified teacher, LearningSuccessTM Coach, Advocate for children with special needs and a Specialist for children who have been diagnosed with learning challenges. Her background and experience began over 20 years ago while home schooling her own children and owning her own tutoring business. She pursued her education in teaching with two credentials and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has worked with homeschooling families for over 10 years teaching parents how to understand the way their children learn and how to support them at home. She is skilled in workshops in reading and writing, personalized learning and child advocacy, and helping families to understand the IEP process.

Dawn’s greatest passion is supporting students to learn and gain the confidence they need in their abilities to become the person they are meant to be. It is her goal to bring this support to families in a meaningful way, starting first with understanding their children’s learning styles and Dispositions (and their own) through an online Power Traits assessment and then taking them through the process of a personalized learning plan.

Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis

Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis was born and grew up in Southern California. She attended California State University Northridge where she received a B.S. in Psychology. She holds a Master’s degree in Education, and California Life Teaching Credentials for Regular and Special Education. She has been developing educational programs and conducting workshops for parents and teachers for more than 20 years.

Mariaemma was the director of a private learning center for children with learning disabilities before going into private practice. After 13 years of assessing and treating children and adults for learning “dysfunctions” she knew that she could no longer follow this erroneous and harmful model of education and began researching alternatives. For the last 16 years her passion has been guiding children and their families to understand and appreciate their natural gifts and abilities, and helping adults recuperate from negative school experiences that keep them from discovering their passions and potentials.

Victoria Kindle Hodson

Victoria Kindle Hodson was born and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Western Washington University and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She is an educational consultant and has taught, developed educational programs, and conducted workshops for parents and teachers for more than 25 years.

Victoria has worked in many diverse educational settings that have provided experience with the needs of widely different kinds of learners. She has trained in special education, parenting, communication skills development, and Montessori education. Over the last 30 years she has been developing an alternative way of viewing children as learners. The learning techniques and strategies she encourages are based on her research, insight, and experience in psychology and education.

Barbara Cook

As your Solimar learning coach, Barbara establishes a supportive relationship focused on the discovery of the learner’s interests. These interests become a centralized focus of the learning process. Barbara knows that real-life application of learning promotes student purpose and life goals. Among her own goals is to be a valuable resource, motivate a creative spirit, and inspire student learning that continues for a lifetime.

Barbara is an educator with twenty-five+ years of alternative education experience and education. Her experience includes Waldorf teacher certification, independent-study, and online school teaching, one-on-one personalization of curriculum, after-school classroom teacher, resource for un-schoolers, and homeschooling her children. Barbara’s degree(s) focuses on the holistic learning needs of Elementary students. Barbara wants you to know that experiential learning motivates learners to participate in their learning and curiosity and encourages exploration of new ideas. New ideas lead to the discovery of new interests and knowledge. Barbara is a Level 3 Certified LearningSuccess™ Coach certified by the creators of the Self-Portrait Assessment, Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, and Victoria Kindle Hodson.

Barbara is available for:

  • Workshops
  • Personal Coaching
  • Customized Learning Programs

Michelle Muntz

Michelle Muntz is a Master Learning-Success™ Coach, certified by the Learning-Success™ Institute. Michelle is one of a select group of people trained to customize curriculum as a Learning-Success™ Coach. She has worked with hundreds of families to tailor the educational experience of their children to match their unique Learning Style needs. In fact, Michelle’s remarkable educational philosophy and expertise have helped change the lives of hundreds of young people.

Many of Michelle’s students are characterized as “learning disabled” or uninterested in the learning process. Parents are often discouraged and convinced that an education is unattainable for their disenfranchised children. With a goal for all her students to find their passion in life and become lifelong learners, Michelle assists these families in providing meaningful, enriching learning experiences that address the emotional as well as the academic needs of their children.

Born and raised in Southern California, this genuine pioneer of alternative education was instrumental in developing a now nationally recognized local home schooling network. Her 20 plus years of teaching experience cover the entire spectrum from preschool classroom teacher to K-12 independent study / home school instructor. In addition to working with families, Michelle is also a personal Life Skills Coach, a Consultant for Educators, and she is currently conducting goal setting and motivation workshops.

Michelle currently resides in Chatsworth, California with two of her four children, a dog, a cat, a guinea pig, and two toads. She enjoys brisk walks and is an avid reader. Some of the books found on her crowded shelves include, as you might guess, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Who Moved My Cheese?, and Life Strategies .

Michelle is available for:

  • Workshops
  • Personal Coaching
  • Customized Learning Programs

Kathy Piper

Kathy Piper is a Master Learning-Success™ Coach, certified by the Learning-Success™ Institute. She has been teaching, developing educational programs, and working with homeschoolers for more than 20 years. She has participated in parent support groups, conducted workshops for teachers, and coordinated goal setting workshops for adults.

Kathy has tremendous enthusiasm for people–for who they are and what they are capable of. She has a gift for inspiring people to believe in themselves. Her passion is helping children and adults to discover and celebrate their uniqueness and to feel confident about their gifts and abilities. She recognizes the star in everyone and loves to see them shine. Kathy has a special place in heart for children with special needs. She knows how smart they are!

Kathy lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. She homeschooled her own children including a son with Fragile X Syndrome. Her oldest daughter is an honor student in college despite having never spent a day in “school.” Kathy loves to spend all of her free time with her feet up and her nose in a book!

Kathy is available for:

  • Workshops
  • Personal Coaching
  • Customized Learning Programs

Rita Reese

Rita Reese is a Certified LearningSuccess™ Coach and has worked with the authors of the book Discover Your Child’s Learning Style and founders of the Ventura LearningSuccess™ Institute, Mariaemma Willis & Victoria Hodson, since 2001. She has her B.A. in Literature, M.A. in Teaching, and is a CA credentialed teacher. Rita lives in Southern California where she gleaned a wealth of hands-on experience homeschooling her daughter from grades 4-12.

Her background includes extensive work with Compassionate Communication, an important component in the LearningSuccess™ model that ensures both parents’ and students’ needs are met.

Rita is available for:

  • Workshops
  • Personal Coaching
  • Customized Learning Programs