Work With an Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach

  • Location: Bay Area, CA
  • How to Meet: Virtually & Occasionally in person 
  • Grade Levels: Fifth grade through college
  • Language: English, Spanish and French
  • Credentials: Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Oregon University, Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon, California Credentialed Teacher via John F. Kennedy University, Certified Life Coach.

Misha Safran

  • Bay Area, CA

As a retired teacher of 30+ years, (still young, playful, and openly queer) I loved being in the classroom with all the different personalities and backgrounds! Even with upwards of 37 students per period, they were truly the best part of my day. Now that I work with students one-to-one, I find even more delight as I am better able to witness their individual progression and transformations. 

I work with students who struggle with ADHD, low self-worth, depression, and/or anxiety, as well as procrastination (due to lack of motivation and/or perfectionism), time management, self-regulation, and social interactions. Because I cultivate a safe and trusting space, students tend to open up enough for us to be able to pinpoint their areas to work on. I wholeheartedly believe that my clients are the best experts of themselves but just need the space to start believing this. It is not always about the grades they are more able to focus on their well-being the grades often improve. 

I support students to set goals, practice positive habits including mindfulness, and to improve their executive function skills such as time management, organization, note taking, self-advocacy and strategic studying. I also specialize in supporting parents and their kids to become the family they want to be, enjoying each other more often while also celebrating their autonomy. 

As a member of the queer community, I definitely have a better understanding of the journey some of today's LGBTQIA+ youth are going through and believe this to be part of my special sauce. If you are looking for a holistic approach uniquely co-created with you and your student, you can schedule a complimentary consultation so we can identify next steps together. I look forward to supporting you and your student(s).  

Nicole de Picciotto Academic Life Coach
  • Location: Portland, OR  
  • How to Meet: Zoom, in person Grade Levels: High School through College  
  • Language: English  
  • Credentials: ABA Academic Life Coach Certified for 6 years, Graduate of the Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy Comprehensive Training

Nicole de Picciotto

  • Portland, OR

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 have 7 years of experience helping struggling high-school and college students flourish.  Most of my students have ADHD or executive functioning deficits, and many also have mental health diagnoses.  With a background in mental health, I have a particular affinity for working with students dealing with anxiety along with EF challenges.  

Students choose to work with me because I'm extremely collaborative and strengths-based.  I both encourage and challenge them without an ounce of judgment, and help them acknowledge and embody who they really want to be, even in the face of discouraging academic challenges.  I tap their own internal motivation to create lasting change and celebrate each success to grow their confidence.  This mindset focus, coupled with a robust toolkit of organizational, time-management, study-skill, communication, and self-regulation tools is a powerful combination.  The work is deep, and its impacts reach far beyond the school year.  Ultimately I'm seeking to empower young, emerging adults to be fully themselves - confident, capable, effective, aligned with their values, and with the ability to course-correct when needed.

I am also a mother of an autistic teenage son, so I know first-hand what it's like to parent an alter-abled, neurodivergent kiddo.  I've learned a lot professionally about how to help neurodiverse kids, but the rubber really hits the road as a parent, and I have nothing but empathy for how difficult it can be for caregivers!  I endeaver to relieve some of the burden parents face trying to manage complex kids in a world that is ill-designed for them.  I'd love to talk with you more about how coaching works to help ease the strain on both parents and children.

  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • How to Meet: Virtually
  • Grade Levels: 9th grade - College
  • Language: English
  • Credentials: B.A. English; California multiple subject teaching credential with supplementary credentials in English, Art, and ESL; ABA trained academic coach; literacy coach; life coach; and Social Emotional Learning instructor with an emphasis on mindfulness and wellness for students. 

Ivy Sandz

  • Berkeley, CA

·        Are you a high school or college student who wants to build additional skills to meet increased academic demands?

·        Do you have ADHD and struggle with executive function skills such as procrastination, organization, and time management?

·        Or maybe you have learning differences or academic anxiety that would benefit from extra support, strategies, and tools?
I passionately believe students ultimately succeed and thrive because of their unique strengths and differences, not in spite of them. I offer students a supportive structure to practice new skills, habits, and tools for effective studying, organization, and time management. We also experiment with new strategies, identify impediments, and implement solutions that work for the unique individual. With a twenty-five year background as a writing coach, I can also offer writing-specific tools and feedback as students tackle essays and research. 

In addition to skillful facilitation, I know the most important ingredient in a successful coaching relationship is for each student to be authentically seen, appreciated, and encouraged. Within Academic Coaching, we work together so you can build new skills to meet your academic potential, leverage your unique strengths, and increase your academic success. My passion is to be an effective partner with clients so they can increase efficiency, decrease unnecessary stress, and hopefully have some fun along the way!

I work with high school and college students, as well as young adults who are starting their professional lives. Students of all cultural backgrounds, identities, and orientations are welcome.

  • Location: Seattle, WA & Worldwide
  • How to Meet: Virtually or in-person (Seattle)
  • Grade Levels: Elementary - College
  • Language: English

Seattle Success Coaching

  • Seattle, WA

Seattle Success Coaching specializes in helping students of all ages succeed academically through one-on-one coaching sessions that can be conducted online (for any students worldwide) or in person (for those local to Seattle, Washington) .

Our experienced coaches offer study skills training, time management coaching, test-taking strategies, and academic goal setting. With backgrounds in education, psychology, and school administration, our team provides personalized and supportive learning experiences.

We focus on empowering students to become independent and confident learners, building confidence, motivation, and a love for learning that lasts a lifetime.

  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • How to Meet: Virtually by Zoom
  • Grade Levels: 11th grade - Graduate School
  • Language: English
  • Credentials: Texas credentialed English teacher and school counselor; Cognitive Life Coach Certification; ABA trained academic coach; Master’s Degree in Counseling 

Chandra Flournoy

  • Dallas, Texas

When I was a classroom teacher and school counselor, I recognized there was a great need for executive function development for students. However, there was never time to specifically teach executive function in the classroom. In turn, students may not have had the opportunity to master this vital skill set. Executive functioning skills like self-monitoring, organization, and prioritizing can be indicators of success.

With Academic Strategies, I use my experience as a college success professor to create customizable programs that lead to more efficient learning. Through positive guidance and personal support from me, students involved in my academic coaching service receive tools to confidently take charge of their own educational journey.

Academic Strategies empowers young people and adults to manage themselves effectively by providing tools, strategies, and mentoring that lead to a lifetime of success. Academic success is about more than just learning content. It requires developing behaviors, skills, and attitudes that are critical to success in school and in life.

It is intentional. It is deliberate. It is strategy.

For more information about Academic Strategies, visit my website and connect with me for a complimentary session.

  • Location: Bermuda
  • How to Meet: Virtually by Zoom
  • Grade Levels: 11th grade - College & University
  • Language: English 
  • Credentials: M.Ed in Developmental Psychology, B.A.Sc. in Child Studies & Diploma in Psychotherapy, Anti-Boring Approach Trained Executive Function Coach

Susannah Cole

  • Bermuda

I believe that all students are capable of creating the future they want for themselves. If they struggle, it’s because they are missing the skills, strategies, systems and mindsets to make it happen. As an executive function coach, I partner with students to identify what is missing and provide personalized coaching to bridge the gap.

What I love most about being a coach is that I get to connect with students in a way that makes them feel seen and heard. When I ask my students what they like about me as a coach, they tell me that they know I care. I was blown away by one student who said that what she likes best is that I adapt to her and she doesn't have to adapt to me. She said she is tired of always having to follow the rules and meet other people's expectations and it's refreshing in our sessions to be the one in charge of what she's going to do and how she's going to do it.  

When I love something, I go hard whether it's learning a new study strategy or lifting heavy weights at the gym. I've also co-written a book called Flexible Mindsets, and have a specialty in psychoeducational testing and translating what's happening in students' brains into actions they can take right now to improve their experience at school. 

Connect with me for a complimentary discovery session and together let's be curious, get messy & learn!

  • Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • How to Meet: Virtually via Zoom
  • Grade Levels: Middle School, High School, and College
  • Language: English 
  • Credentials: BSc/MSc Architecture (Covenant University, Lagos, Nigeria & KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana); PGd Business Administration (Camosun College Victoria, BC, Canada); MSc. Eng Project Management (University of Leeds, UK); ABA Academic Coach Training

Dami Akinbayo

Dami Akinbayo

  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

For as long as I can remember, I have been deeply drawn to finding ways to make students' lives easier and helping them succeed in school. I transitioned from a career as a Project Manager planning and leading complex projects to get trained as an Academic Life Coach. 

Now, my mission is to help students win in school and in life.

I can help your child build executive function, study, and life skills; select the right strategies; and create a structure to beat chaos and overwhelm so they finally overcome the stress and struggles of navigating school.

With my support, your child will learn to use anti-boring strategies and tools to create action plans, develop effective study habits, manage distractions, avoid time wasters, overcome procrastination, crush study boredom, stay organised, and build rock solid study plans so they can finish their homework, and ace their tests or exams.

If you want a Coach for your child who is Calm, Empathetic, Persistent and Results-oriented, then I am the person to call. My youngest client is in 6th grade and my oldest is about to graduate from university. I invite you to book a School Success Strategy Session with me today. Visit

I am a Nigerian Canadian mother of 2 children. I have been privileged to live and work on 3 different continents: Africa, Europe, and North America. Some of the things I enjoy doing for fun are swimming in a cool uncrowded pool, going to the cinemas to watch comedies, and salsa dancing. I look forward to meeting you!

  • Location: Bloomington, Indiana
  • How to Meet: Online
  • Grade Levels: High School and College
  • Language: English 
  • Credentials: B.A. Psychology and Sociology, EdS in School Psychology, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), ABA Trained Academic Life Coach

Margo Shine

  • Bloomington, Indiana

I am passionate about working with students who struggle with executive functioning skills (working memory, planning, and starting tasks, just to name a few) and need an individualized approach to tackling their school life!

Together, we work to understand how your student learns best, and build a toolbox of strategies for studying, planning, remembering, and managing time that works for them. An added benefit is that students have more time for things outside of school and are less stressed overall!

My background is in School Psychology and Behavior Analysis and I worked in public schools in both Seattle and Bloomington, Indiana, where I now live. Working in the public school setting, I didn’t have the time I wished to have with students to help them build the academic skills and habits they needed to flourish. Now, as an Academic Coach, I get to spend time with students doing just that!

As a Seattle native, you can always find me with a cup of coffee (I love a delicious latte), walking my dog Bonzi, or catching a comedy show with my husband. My favorite comedian is Mike Birbiglia!

I look forward to working with you!

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • How to Meet: Virtually via Zoom
  • Grade Levels: 11th grade - Graduate School
  • Language: English 

Edward Coronado III

  • L.A. area, California

Hi, I’m Edward and I share the strategies YOU need to thrive in and beyond college.

I believe EVERY student deserves the opportunity to earn a college degree, but unfortunately, many students aren’t equipped to reach graduation day once they’re admitted. As a first-gen, low-income, minority, non-traditional college student myself, I know what it feels like to have the odds stacked against you.

On my first day of college I was optimistic and excited for my future. I was going to earn a degree and change the world. But with each test, each class, each term, I felt more and more that I didn’t belong, so I dropped out of UCLA. Twice. With plenty of blood, sweat, and (literal) tears—and I mean a lot of them—I eventually found my way to a master’s degree and a career as an academic coach. 

Since then I’ve devoted my work and research to discovering why some college students thrive and others withdraw and I created Alma Modern to share what I learn in new ways.

If you’re ready to unleash your full academic potential and exceed even your own expectations, I invite you to join the Alma Modern community and experience the life-changing power of higher education for yourself.

Nancy Minolli Bay Area Academic Life Coach
  • Location: Bay Area, CA 
  • How to Meet: Virtually via Zoom 
  • Grade Levels: High School and College Language: English  
  • Credentials: Bachelor’s Degree from St. Mary’s College, California Credentialed Teacher

Nancy Minolli

  • Bay Area, CA

I help students and families who are stressed, overwhelmed, and don’t know where to turn next. I am a California credential teacher with 20 years of experience who helps students with time management, organization, and study skills using the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying. 

Students learn how to get back on track, gain the academic confidence they need to succeed, and learn the tools to study smarter, not longer.   I work with students to create daily routines to learn how to get started and work independently on homework.  Students learn how to avoid distractions and procrastination, working to stay focused and avoid doing things last minute.  I help students with organizational systems that allow them to keep track of everything that is being assigned to them.  

My unique perspective as a former classroom teacher and the parent of a college daughter and high school son, allows me to sympathize and find solutions for families and students to greater achieve balance in their lives. When I’m not coaching I enjoy hiking, playing golf (my son beats me every time), and singing loudly in the car, much to my kid's chagrin!

  • Location: Portland, OR, USA 
  • How to Meet: Zoom, Discord, In person
  • Grade Levels: High School - College
  • Language: English

Lee de Picciotto

  • Portland, OR, USA

I love working with high school and college students who genuinely want to succeed and can reap the benefits of improving their tools, strategies, and habits. We discuss potential solutions worth experimenting with, we make commitments to try them out, and we follow up next session to talk about how it all went. I DON'T lecture and I DO keep things at a moderate challenge level, so that we are making consistent progress toward our goals without getting overwhelmed.

Most of my students have ADHD or other focus/attention issues, and some struggle with addictions to video games or other electronic media. As a person who was diagnosed with ADHD and used to have problematic gaming habits, I am humbled by the opportunity to relate to my students' struggles, to listen without judgement, to help my students find great solutions to experiment with, and to nudge them toward gradually re-discovering the joy in life that exists away from the screens.

Please check out my site if you'd like to learn more, and please reach out if you have any questions or would like to meet with me on Zoom for a complimentary strategy session!

Elizabeth Hammond Academic Life Coach
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA  
  • How to Meet: Zoom
  • Grade Levels: Middle School to High School

Elizabeth Hammond

  • Santa Cruz, CA

I'm Liz Hammond, a learning nerd, perpetual student, and recovering perfectionist, and an Academic Coach. There is no greater honor in life than helping transition a young person from stressed student to inspired learner!  I also host the StudyAmp Family Coaching Community to work with parents to identify specific ways to best support their student.

I have four (yes FOUR) teenagers from middle school through college.  I’ve been involved in a wide spectrum of educational models, including: homeschooling, dual-language immersion, preschool in France, private school in Asia, social justice and technology-oriented curriculae, multi-aged classrooms, summer camps, undergrad and grad programs at public, private, religious, and secular universities, and I've witnessed education delivery directly in three of the four timezones in the USA.  I've run summer camps and volunteered in daycares, parent-school organizations, classrooms, and I’ve even worked directly with grad students and young professionals. 

I've also been involved in corporate Learning and Development and Humans Resources practices, and I continue to build insight on how employers evaluate job applicants and advance employees. The world of work is changing quickly, and we are educating students for a tomorrow that we do not yet understand. The key to students' success in tomorrow’s workplace will depend on their capacity to teach themselves knowledge and skills to adapt, advance, and lead.  The skills learned in academic coaching free young people from the whims of teachers, bosses, and economic forces; they arm students to get what they need to get what they want out of school, employment, and life.

It’s all very doable - let’s get started!

Crista Hopp Academic Life Coach
  • Location: Herndon, VA
  • How to Meet: Virtual or in person
  • Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle School, High School. Graduate School, and Parent Coaching for children younger than 10.
  • Credentials: M.A. Counseling Psychology, B.A. Sociology, Trained ADHD/Executive Function coach for both children and college students.

Crista Hopp

  • Herndon, VA

Crista Hopp is the owner and director of Connected Pathways Coaching, LLC. She has launched and managed residential facilities for children, teens, and adults. She also was the Research Coordinator for the (PETIT) study. There Crista administered and supervised others in the administration of neuropsychological tests to children ages three, six, and nine. She opened Connected Pathways Coaching six years ago and since then the business has grown to include three coaches.

What makes Crista different?

She specializes in working with students that have multiple challenges such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Head Trauma, Concussion, Depression, and Anxiety.

Goal: Crista wants to aid students in believing in themselves and finding the tools they need as an individual to succeed. She always begins with the premise that our brains are unique and our goal is to find the strategies that will be best for OUR brain!

Anna Hasbun | Stepping Stones to Learning
  • Location: San Marino, CA & La Cañada, CA
  • How to Meet: Online or in person
  • Grade Levels: Elementary school through university 
  • Language: English

Stepping Stones to Learning, LLC

  • San Marino, CA & La Cañada, CA

Stepping Stones to Learning, LLC has offered one-to-one academic support to students in Southern California since 1971. Stepping Stones offers academic life coaching, a coaching approach to subject tutoring, educational therapy, and college counseling all from our comfortable centers in San Marino and La Cañada as well as online.

All staff at Stepping Stones receive academic life coach training so that they are best equipped to help students break down barriers to finding student success! At Stepping Stones our goal is to help each student build confidence, build a love of learning, and become motivated, independent learners. Ensuring that students have the tools and skills necessary to be successful throughout their academic career is our aspiration. Stepping Stones never takes a cookie-cutter approach with our clients and strongly believes that every student deserves one-to-one attention and a holistic approach to helping them succeed in school.

With a staff of over 30 tutors, coaches and educational therapists, we take great pride in the ability to find you the perfect match to partner with on your academic journey!

Aliza Green Academic Life Coach
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • How to Meet: Online, usually Zoom but can be Facetime or What’s app video calling
  • Grade Levels: Senior high school, College/Undergraduate University
  • Language: English 
  • Credentials: B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy, Licensed Occupational Therapist, Trained ADHD and Life Coach

Aliza Green

  • Coming Soon!
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I specialize in supporting senior high school and college/undergraduate university students who are stressed out and frustrated. Leaving the structure of high school behind can be scary and overwhelming and it’s hard to manage on your own. Working with me, students learn study skills, get organized, and manage their time so they get better grades and still have time for a social life. Personal and professional experience in the areas of ADHD, learning differences, and anxiety, I understand the unique challenges and we work together to develop strategies that actually work.  

I enjoy helping students appreciate their own strengths and talents as they learn the skills they need to become independent in the classroom, at home, at the library, and with their friends.  

When I’m not coaching, you may find me reading, outside taking interesting photographs, or hiding treats for my pet bunny.