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Our ZETA Team

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Natalia Zuppardi

Owner

ET/P & Advocate

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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 and later a Masters of Special Education.  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. 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 led Natalia to embrace her learning differences and dedicate her career to helping others find ways to compensate for their challenges, and fight for children and families that don’t have a voice. 

 

Her passion for supporting families influenced her to pursue a specialized program and training in the Special Education Advocacy. She completed the  COPAA SEAT Certificate Program in 2018. Throughout her experience she noticed there was a lack of schools that supported students with disabilities and provided them with the remediation and a small nurturing environment that they needed. She decided to create this program and conquer her dream to open a school in the South Bay for students that learn differently. In 2019 REACH Elementary and Middle School opened their doors, and continues to serve families from all over the Los Angeles area. 

Dan Yoczik
Executive Director 

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      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 Holguin 

Learning Specialist

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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. 

Ben Weischedel

Educational Therapist 

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"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.

 

Wanda Webster
Learning Specialist

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Wanda Webster has many years experience working as a learning specialist and helping students reach their full potential. She earned her undergraduate degree with honors in Special Education and Psychology from Drake University, and continued her studies by graduating with honors with a Masters Degree in Education and Psychology. 

 

Professionally, she has been a director for several educational services and programs, is a writer, and has worked as an Educational Therapist in the South Bay since 2019. She utilizes unique learning strategies based upon each student's strengths and weaknesses. Her many years experience with creating social-emotional programs is an added layer to addressing the whole child and incorporating valuable tools and skills to help meet learning goals. 

 

She believes that learning should be fun and everyone has the ability to acquire knowledge in their unique way. 

Meg Murray
Educational Therapist 

Margaret Murray (Ms. MEG) is a native of Southern California.  Meg was the first of seven Murray kids to graduate from College.  Meg attended Mt San Antonio College then transferred to Chapman University. She graduated in 1984 with a degree in Communications/Theatre. She studied abroad in England at Winchester University. Upon returning to the USA, she started graduate school at Chapman. She worked towards a degree in Organizational Theory. Ms. Meg's goal was to run camps for emotionally challenged youth, however, her heart was centering on Education. 

 

Ms. Meg taught at a Catholic School for five years, opened shelters for children that had been abused, and then went to teach in Japan and Korea. After a few years abroad, She was the lead teacher for Special Ed. with Palmdale District. 

Meg has worked as a  Reading Specialist for Pride Reading for the past three years and is a trained Wilson Reading Specialist. In November 2019, CWC Charter Middle School hired Ms. Meg to join the SpED Team. Meg has a true passion for education and is delighted to be a part of Team ZETA, where she believes she can make a difference.

Luke Berger 
Learning Specialist

Luke has lived in the Los Angeles area all of his life. Growing up he was very active in his community because of going to Loyola High School. He was always helping others, which stuck with him through college. Luke graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s locally in Los Angeles in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduating Luke worked as an activities coordinator at a facility called, Ability First. He was responsible for organizing the day plans and activities for the adults in the day program there.

 

Luke’s ability to help others led him to where his is currently working as a Behavior Interventionist, at Pacific Elementary. There he helps children in and outside of the classroom with their social and emotional skills. He also supports their academics by helping modify any work given by the classroom teacher.

 

Luke has also be an in-home care provider, where he was trained in ABA therapy. He also has worked along side Speech Pathologist where he was trained to use AAC devices. Luke’s continuing growing knowledge of public education based on his 4 years of service to Manhattan Beach Unified School District, helps him to be ready to continue those efforts with our ZETA team. 

Ciro Fidaleo
Learning Specialist 

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