Teen mentoring, adult coaching, and parental support:
Please call or email for more information.
Behavioral and developmental consulting for children and families:
I am an experienced teacher, behavioral, and developmental specialist who builds healthy bridges between families and educators so kids with all types of learning and social/emotional needs can thrive in the right-fit academic environment. My individualized approach and comprehensive programs are shaped by more than 20 years spent in Montessori and independent school classrooms teaching kindergarten, preschool, K-8 after-school programs, and summer camp programs, as well as years spent as a mentor. I've seen children and teens in all situations -- living with Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Autism, ADHD, and various developmental and physiological challenges -- and their struggle to cope and fit in are heart wrenching. I've also seen parents who are stressed or frustrated not knowing where to turn for help. It's been my calling to guide parents and students through difficult situations with strategies to course correct towards a successful educational and overall life experience.
My specialty is understanding children -- what makes them tick, how they show up, and what they feel when surrounded by peers in the classroom and playground setting. While teachers must focus on curriculum, class harmony and much more, I am able to observe a child through an unbiased lens and see her/his/their learning or behavioral challenges in the context of specific needs that, if addressed, can turn the situation around. I work one-on-one with children, their parents, and their teachers to hone in on the most pressing social, emotional, and/or learning concerns. My goal is to ease the tension, provide a neutral viewpoint, and partner with parents to take steps that best support the child's unique needs. I bring a large network with collaborative professionals which include occupational and speech therapists, child development specialists, child psychologists, pediatric psychiatrists and academic tutors, and mentors, and match them to families based on fit.
To me, the best outcome of every engagement is when parents and teachers have a shared understanding of a child's individual needs and a game plan to help children flourish in the classroom and at home. My role is to pinpoint and foster agreement around the challenge, and to develop a comprehensive program that includes selecting and prioritizing appropriate interventions to ensure positive outcomes in school-based and home-based settings. My background in student and family application and admission to various schools, also positions me to help families develop a clear roadmap for the educational journey ahead. In short, I help turn breakdowns into breakthroughs.
Rates can vary depending on type/s of support requested. Rates (as of January 3, 2022):
- $160/hr - Adults & Teens (7th grade and up)
-$140/hr - children 2.5-12 years old
*Travel fees - TBD during initial phone consultation
Cash or Check
PayPal - @AlegraAndCruz
Venmo - @Mario-Moran-2
Cash App - $mariosmethod
-Less then 48 hour notice: Full charge of session
-More than 48 hour notice: No charge
Office Located in San Rafael, Serving Marin County