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!  

These fine folks are licensed as Anti-Boring Approach™ Coaches 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 

Dr. Jade Enrique

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Jade Enrique Academic Life Coach

Dr. Jade Enrique is the founder of and success coach at Bright Balance LLC. She has graduate degrees in special education, family therapy, and school psychology. Bright Balance LLC works with frustrated, unhappy, and unsure students who are losing faith in themselves. I help them get balanced and unstuck, so they can be brightly confident about their academic and personal lives. I do that by helping them to establish concrete action steps; building their awareness of learning and emotional resources/tools; and supporting them with systems and structures that motivate them to reach their goals.

I offer virtual life & academic coaching services to my clients. Sessions are individualized and may include the following: metacognition & memory strategy instruction; study skills & note-taking instruction; life coaching & goal setting; academic coaching; mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques; career coaching, ADHD/Executive Function Coaching, and/or more.   

  • Location: Atlanta, GA  
  • How to Meet: Online, via Zoom video conference  
  • Grade Levels: High School - Graduate School  
  • Language: English
  • Credentials: Doctorate in Education, Specialist Degree in School Psychology, Masters degree in Family Therapy, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Trained ADHD/Executive Function Coach, Certified Youth Leadership Coach/Certified Youth Mentor Coach  

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Misha Safran

Ugh, missing or late assignments? Low test scores? Unhappy, frustrated, disorganized on the daily? An effective classroom and independent study teacher for a total of 29 years, Misha Safran is now an Academic Life Coach trained in the Anti-Boring Approach. Is your student not reaching their potential? Do they seem to be miserable and bored much of the time? Misha is highly qualified to engage your student in an interactive and productive way. Through learning helpful strategies and building connection in their sessions with Misha, your student will be able to lower their stress, build their self-esteem and increase their academic confidence.  

What makes Misha unique? She raised five children and has taught 29 years covering all ages and levels both in public and private sectors. This is important because Misha understands the student, parent and teacher perspective. She is also trilingual and learning two more languages in hopes to offer more access on a global level. In addition to being an Academic Life Coach trained by Gretchen Wegner, Misha is a Transformational Life Coach and has helped many people transition from “stuck and bored” to “liberated and joyful.” Finally, she is also a Family Communication Consultant, assisting families in using compassionate communication and play with one another allowing light and love to enter more freely in the home.  

  • Location: Bay Area, CA  
  • How to Meet: Virtually via Zoom  
  • Grade Levels: 6th Grade - 12th Grade  
  • 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  

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Misha Safran | Academic Life Coach

Nancy Minolli

Nancy Minolli Academic Life Coach

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 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. My unique perspective as a former classroom teacher and the parent of a college daughter and high school son, allow 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 kids chagrin!  

  • Location: Bay Area, CA 
  • How to Meet: Virtually via Zoom or In Person  
  • Grade Levels: High School and College Language: English  
  • Credentials: Bachelor’s Degree from St. Mary’s College, California Credentialed Teacher Click here for more information

Jessica Finnigan

 help students achieve their academic goals with less stress. Study and organizational skills are not part of most standard curriculums. As a result, most students experience more pressure and stress in school than is necessary. Even the brightest, most motivated students can sometimes get stuck and will benefit from learning new strategies. I love teaching organization and study skills because they grow with the student. I am the creator of the DIY Homework app, designed to help students and parents coordinate after-school tasks. I have coached students through writing their dissertations and statistical analysis. I love helping students become creative, organized, and independent adults. I have four daughters, three golden retrievers, and thankfully five Roombas. I love to swim, but in the winter I get my workout shoveling snow.  

  • Location: Boston Area (Harvard, MA) 
  • How to Meet: Online or in person 
  • Grade Levels: 5th Grade - Graduate School
  • Language: English  
  • Credentials: Master’s (King's College London), Advanced Diploma (University of Cambridge), Bachelor’s (Human Development and Family Science) Click here for more information
Jessica Finnigan - Academic Life Coach

Marion Choy

Marion Choy | Academic Life Coach

Every student is unique, whether you are gifted & talented or have specific learning challenges (e.g., 2e, ASD, ADD, ADHD, executive functioning disorder, anxiety). I work with all kinds of students, giving them the study skills and organization tools they need to de-stressify school and improve academics. Perhaps more importantly, I also tackle essential life skills such as managing stress, building resilience, harnessing self-motivation, managing negative thoughts, and advocating well for themselves. The goal is to help students finally experience success, and then carry it through their entire school career and adult life.  

What makes me unique? I have 2 kids, I love to de-stress by attending body combat class, and I have lived in 5 countries in the last 8 years. Although I currently live in Thailand, I love working with American students because when it’s after-school for you, it’s first-thing-in-the-morning for me; I have lots of time to support you! Because of my own experiences moving between different cultures and school systems, I can also help students transition from countries, schools, curriculum (e.g. American public/private schools, International Baccalaureate® and British Curriculum). No matter what kind of “unique” you are, I look forward to working with you!

  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand/ Singapore
  • How to Meet: In person, Skype or Zoom
  • Grade Levels: Primary/ Elementary to Senior School/ High School  
  • Language: English Credentials: Associate ALC Coach  

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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: Graduate of the Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy Comprehensive Training, Yoga and Meditation Teacher for 15 years, Former mindfulness-based counselor and study abroad coordinator  

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Aliza Green

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.  

  • 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

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Stepping Stones to Learning, LLC

Anna Hasbun | Stepping Stones to Learning

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!

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

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