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. 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 

Dan Yoczik

Executive Director of

Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes 

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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.

 

Nicole Miceli
Educational Therapist 

Nicole was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She moved to Minnesota and earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College. Committed to serving others, Nicole went on to work with elementary school children in various non-profits in the Twin Cities and New York City. Nicole became a New York City Teaching Fellow and received her Master of Science in Education from Long Island University, while working in the New York City public school system. 

 

Nicole has 20 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, education director, reading specialist, and tutor. Nicole has taught elementary, middle school, high school, and college-aged students. She specializes in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling, which was created to serve struggling readers and writers, and those with a Dyslexic learning style. 

 

Nicole is a lifelong learner and brings her passion to her sessions. She is known for her engaging and dynamic sessions, and instructing with a compassionate, playful, and positive spirit. Her strong interpersonal skills result in an exceptional rapport with students, families, and school personnel. Nicole believes in doing “whatever it takes” to engage students and assist them in meeting their academic goals.

Ciro Fidaleo
Administrative Assistant

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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.