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About Naya 

In addition to being a professional Educational Therapist, Naya (formerly known as Nancy) is also a credentialed Social Studies teacher, credentialed school/site administrator, and curriculum consultant with a rich background in schools and global educational programs.  Naya trained teachers in the literacy system of Fountas & Pinnell, an Assessment and Leveled Literacy Intervention system and classroom management techniques.  


Today, Naya continues to serve as a consultant, providing guidance to both teachers and parents to meet the needs of each student's unique learning styles, academic challenges, and emotional balance. Naya has collaboratively designed comprehensive student programs on study skills, organizational skills, and academic achievement using multiple teaching platforms.  She is known for her patience, grit and determination, especially when it comes to student equity and achievement. 


Naya is understanding, calm, and committed to the full intellectual and social-emotional development of any student.  Naya's success is grounded in her ability to cultivate respectful relationships with each student.  Being a parent of two young adults has greatly aided in Naya's deep understanding of the pressures they encounter and the challenges of family dynamics and complicated social situations.


For 30 years Naya has taught Academic Workshops, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Environmental Education.  She has worked with students in parochial, public, independent, alternative, and outdoor educational settings.  Student ages range from middle and high school to college-age.  In addition, Naya has been a professional in Marin County for twenty-three years, working with students, families, administrators and teachers.  She is a member of Marin Educators in Private Practice, Association of Educational Therapists, International Dyslexia Association, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and is dedicated to ongoing professional development.

Naya's previous experience includes working as a Learning Specialist and as a Director of Academic Support at an independent High School in Marin.  She witnessed students who became more academically successful as she supported them on their path to independence, organization, and motivation.  Naya served as a resource and provided guidance to help both teachers and parents meet the needs of student's unique learning styles within the classroom and at home.  Naya's training includes extensive  coursework in differentiated instruction, multi-sensory research-based instruction for dyslexia, and intervention strategies such as The Deeper Learning Cycle and Executive Functioning Success.



UC Riverside



California State University, East Bay



Dominican University, San Rafael, CA

coursework for MS in Curriculum and Instruction

Continuing Education: Mainstreaming Special Education and Health Education


BACHELOR OF ARTS, graduated Magna Cum Laude          

Beloit College, Beloit, WI           

Majors: Philosophy and Classical Civilizations


          Association of Educational Therapists, Professional Certification 

          Certificate of Eligibility, California Administrative Services Credential

Clear Social Science Credential, History and Social Studies

Single Subject English Credential as a content area

Clear Cross-cultural, Language & Academic Development, ELL emphasis


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“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”
― Nikos Kazantzakis,  Greek writer and philosopher


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