Work With an Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach

Hey there students and parents,

Stressed about school? Curious about getting help from an academic life coach? Want one trained in the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying™ tools? You're in the right place! Check out the following amazing educators, whom I am proud to refer!

Certified Anti-Boring Approach™ Coaches. These fine folks are fully certified and dedicated to using the the Anti-Boring Approach™ tools in their academic coaching practice (scroll down for their profiles). 

I am proud to share these talented, unique and, well… anti-boring! … coaches with the world. You will be in good hands.  

Warmly, Gretchen

Marion Choy

Marion Choy | Academic Life Coach

I help students get good grades while spending as little time as possible. More importantly, to ensure students sustain their success and carry it through their entire school career and life, I work with them on essential life skills such as managing stress, building resilience, harnessing self-motivation, managing negative thoughts, and communicating. I enjoy working with overwhelmed students, including the gifted &&talented or students with unique learning challenges. Because of my own experiences moving between different cultures and school systems around the world, I can also focus on helping students transition from countries, schools, curriculum.  

  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand/ Singapore
  • How to Meet: In person, Skype or Zoom
  • Grade Levels: Primary/ Elementary to Senior School/ High School  
  • Language: English Credentials: Certified Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach, Associate ALC Coach Click here for more information



Marni Pasch

I know how painful it can be to feel like a failure at school and want to quit. I struggled with motivation and procrastination for most of my school life.  

It is my mission, to make sure no student ever feels like school doesn’t get them. I work with students in grades 6th and higher, who struggle with academic confidence and motivation. I help you survive school with less stress by helping you create concrete goals, tackle procrastination and learn creative study skills. As I always say, “If you don’t fit the system, you make your own!”  

  • Location: Orlando, FL  
  • How to Meet: Virtually via Zoom or In Person  
  • Grade Levels: 6th and higher 
  • Language: English 
  • Credentials: MA. Counselor Education (UCF), Certificate ADHD Coaching for Teens and College Students (JST Coaching), Certified Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach, Course work in Gifted Education

Click here for more information

Marni Pasch | Academic Life Coach

Nicole de Picciotto

School stress sucks! I know, I remember feeling overwhelmed so much as a student and it doesn't have to be that way! I'd love to help you find the confidence, empowerment and ease you deserve while building academic success and lasting new habits. I draw from decades of mindfulness & yoga training, academic coaching and psychotherapy training and an obsession with self-improvement to design academic coaching programs that serve the whole person.  

I have a particular interest in working with students with anxiety and the majority of my students have ADHD or executive function deficits. Students choose to work with me because I encourage and challenge them without an ounce of judgment or criticism, I'm playful, and I draw out their gifts and strengths in the face of discouraging academic challenges.  

In my program we think beyond this school year, growing both mindsets and tools that will serve students as they become independent, thriving adults.  

  •  Location: Portland, OR  
  • How to Meet: Zoom, in person Grade Levels: Middle School through College  
  • Language: English  
  • Credentials: Certified Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach, Graduate of the Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy Comprehensive Training, Yoga and Meditation Teacher for 15 years, Former mindfulness-based counselor and study abroad coordinator  

Click here for more information

Anna Hall

Anna Hall | Academic Life Coach

I am a veteran Catholic schools teacher who combines a love for learning with generous doses of encouragement and nurturing. My background includes 16 years in the classroom mostly teaching middle schoolers. I also taught Freshman English for six years. Over the course of nearly 20 years, I served as writing coach, judge and tournament director for Power of the Pen, an Ohio-wide creative writing competition for 7th and 8th graders. 

Now as an academic life coach, I help students grades 7 and up become the best versions of themselves.

  • Location: Akron, OH 
  • How to Meet: in person preferably, but could do online 
  • Grade Levels: Grade 7 and up 
  • Language: English 
  • Credentials: Associate Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach, graduate of John Andrew Williams' ALC training.

Click here for more information

Adam Sanford

Adam Sanford | Academic Life Coach

I help adolescents and young adults acquire the skills they need to be active, capable, and dependable, both in college and in the ‘real world’ that comes afterward. As a college teacher and academic life coach, I have helped dozens of students develop their skills in writing, research, time management, study skills, professional communication, and many other trouble spots.  

I have taught at the university level for nine years and am also a singer, writer, cartoonist, performer at the Renaissance Faire, and an aspiring slam poet. I love going to Disneyland. 

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA area (Long Beach, specifically) 
  • How to Meet: Online 
  • Grade Levels: Middle school through graduate school (7th grade and up); I specialize in late high-school and early college students 
  • Language: English 
  • Credentials: Certified Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach; Ph.D. in Sociology; 9 years college teaching

Click here for more information

Sarah Weidman

A classroom teacher for over ten years, Sarah Weidman is now an academic life coach certified in the Anti-Boring Approach who works with stressed out teens who are overwhelmed by school pressure to help them get their work done without the stress.  

Sarah combines the structure of the anti-boring appoach, tools for mindfulness and yoga, as well as the student's interests and strengths to overcome the challenges that they have in school whether it is breaking down a project and figuring out the first step or learning how to structure a paper. She serves students from late elementary through university, those with learning differences and those who are simply overwhelmed. When not working with students, Sarah might be training for the next triathlon or meditating in the garden.

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • How to Meet: Online or in person
  • Grade Levels: Elementary school through university 
  • Language: English 
  • Credentials: Certified Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach; 10 years classroom teaching

Click here for more information

Sarah Weidman | Academic Life Coach

What makes an Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach? 

Educators listed as Anti-Boring Approach coaches have two important qualifications: 

(1) They have completed my year-long mentoring program and are committed to teaching the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying™ tools as a part of their academic coaching services, and 

(2) They continue to cultivate their own unique toolkit of coaching resources, what I affectionately call their “special sauce.” Some have been trained in ADHD coaching or life coaching for teens; others are former teachers, therapists or yoga teachers; still others have an interesting collection of life experience and trainings that bring a unique skill set to their coaching. 

Check out their websites for more information! 

Note: Those listed as Associate Coach are still working towards their first 50-hours incorporating the Anti-Boring Approach tools into their coaching services; all others are have completed their hours and are fully certified.