Our ZETA Team
ET/P & Advocate
Natalia was born and raised in the South Bay where she graduated from Rolling Hills Preparatory High School. She then went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University of Long Beach. She recently received a Masters Of Teaching Degree, with a specialization in Special Education from National University. Natalia is no stranger to academic difficulties, as she has struggled with her own learning challenges and ADHD since the 9th grade. Her experiences as a student have lead Natalia to embrace her learning differences and dedicate her career to helping others find ways to compensate for their challenges.
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Natalia began working at Lindamood-Bell® as a Clinician and quickly excelled in the programs. She spent the next 5 years as a Director, opening and managing multiple learning centers throughout Southern California.
Natalia brings to her clients an energy, empathy,
and knowledge when teaching to help students achieve academic success. She recently completed the COPAA SEAT Program, and will begin her work as a special education advocate in the Fall of 2018.
Natalia had a dream to open an elementary school in the South Bay for students that learn differently. REACH Elementary school opened it doors on September 4, 2019 for students ages 7-12 years old
.For more information regarding REACH see www.reachelementaryschool.org
Executive Director of
Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes
Dan grew up in Connecticut. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and went on to be a classroom art teacher and a preschool teacher. Looking for a new adventure, and a new climate, he packed up his car and drove to Southern California, where he has lived since 2004.
Upon his arrival, he taught at the Art Institute of California-Orange County and then worked as a Clinician at Lindamood-Bell ® in Newport Beach. From 2008 to 2016, he served as a Director in their Westwood and Palos Verdes centers, and helped to open their Manhattan Beach satellite center. In 2016 he joined the team at ZETA.
Dan brings years of experience, patience and his passion for helping others to try to help students reach their learning potential. He lives in the South Bay with his wife, and enjoys sports, listening to music, and outdoor activities (which is why he moved to Southern California).
Madison was born and raised in the South Bay, attending North High School, followed by El Camino College where she received her certification as a Special Education Assistant. She is currently continuing her higher education at Cal State University, Long Beach in Child Development with an emphasis on Special Education.
She always knew that teaching was her passion as she has been tutoring students since middle school. That enthusiasm for helping others led her to work at Lindamood-Bell ® in 2012. First, trained as a clinician then quickly transitioned to being trained as a consultant. She was trained in a variety of sensory cognitive based programs.
"In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity."
Ben was born in raised in San Pedro, California. Being raised by a teacher, Ben naturally gravitated towards a career in teaching. From volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club while in high school, to assisting and leading AVID classes at Chemawa Indian School while in college, education has always been a rewarding experience.
After getting a degree in Anthropology at Willamette University, Ben went on to work at Lindamood-Bell ® as a clinician, consultant, and Center Director in the South Bay. Through countless of clinical hours, Ben has gained experience that allows him to develop underlying skills used in reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and written expression. After moving on to ZETA in 2017, Ben has continued to work with students in a one-on-one setting to address the individual needs of each student-- weather it be for remediation or to reinforce skills used in curriculum.
Deanna was born in La Paz, Bolivia and grew up in Santiago, Chile. She came to California for college. She initially majored in Music at USC with a dual emphasis in music education and music therapy. She later decided to become an educator and obtained her B.A. in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. Her passion to provide support for her students and their families led her to obtain her master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as in Clinical Psychology. She is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology.
Deanna has been providing educational and clinical services in Korean and Spanish since 2002. She worked as an English Language Development teacher for Fullerton School District. She also obtained her TESOL/TESL certification and taught English and Language Arts to kids and teens. She also worked as a tutor and director in after school programs, advocating for academic success in reading, writing and math. Her experience providing educational therapy started in private settings providing interventions to support literacy, math, and executive functioning skills. She started working at ZETA since 2021 and has been trained by ZETA staff in Lindamood-Bell ® strategies.
Additionally, Deanna has been working with children and adolescents with special needs since 2010 providing evidence based clinical and behavioral services. Her experience includes working with individuals with AD/HD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Fragile X Syndrome. She understands that there are learning differences among students. She finds it important to navigate the strengths and areas of growth for each student to strengthen and develop their learning abilities.