We are educators, parents, and students who are passionate about helping all students reach their educational goals.
WHAT ARE WE:
We are a full-service tutoring and test prep center. Our goal is to help students achieve and be successful with their academics and in life. We focus on all academic subjects, as well as time management and organizational skills, in a positive, encouraging environment!
Hands-On Tutors; A Supportive Environment; A Well-Equipped Facility
All of our tutors specialize in different areas. We match the students with the right tutor to best meet their needs. We invite everyone to visit the Center and get a sense of what we are about. All of our tutoring is done on site or via Skype.
We have a full lending library from preschool through adults. We have a resource library for parents, too. We are equipped with the latest technology and Apple TV.
It’s not just about the academics, it’s also about feeling good about yourself. We coach students of all ages to be the best they can be. We promote reading in every way possible and work on improving writing skills. We also offer summer camps, programs, workshops for parents and families on a range of programs, such as creating a 4-year plan for high school, navigating the college process, financial aid, how to help your student study, and how to be better organized.
At California Learning Center, we are hands-on and provide support in homework. We also follow the Common Core Standards which are now being implemented in grades K-12 in all local public schools.
Our standardized test prep uses the best materials to help motivated students prepare and improve their test scores by building confidence and getting the practice they need.
Our summer camps are academic, interactive, and creative in a fun and engaging way.
WHO WE ARE
WENDI OSTROFF, Owner
Wendi has been a local educator in Santa Barbara for close to 30 years. She is a Teacher, College Counselor, Education Consultant, and Academic Coach who relates well to students of all ages. She attended Syracuse University and received a BS in Nutrition/Restaurant Mgmt, and some years later received her Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State, Northridge.
After 17 years teaching at Roosevelt School in Santa Barbara, she took over the California Learning Center (CLC) and has expanded its tutoring services to guide students and families through the academic and college process.
In the past 5 years, Wendi has become a certified education consultant through UCLA Extension, has visited over 100 colleges throughout the US and Canada, and gives presentations to high school-aged students and their families. She writes a monthly blog that deals with issues that address a variety of topics that appeal to families with children, teens and young adults. She is also an associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), both professional associations for educational consultants who specialize in assisting families with college admissions planning.
She is passionate about teaching and feels that all children can work to their full potential with the right tools and support. In her free time, Wendi enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
CINDY BERALDO, Tutor
I have been lucky enough to live in Santa Barbara since 1971. I have raised my family here and received both my B.A. in English and my teaching credential from UCSB. I taught at Roosevelt Elementary and enjoyed being Wendi’s colleague for fifteen years. I am excited to be a part of the California Learning Center, which I believe fills an important niche in Santa Barbara!
MARY KELLY, Admin/Tutor
Mary Kelly graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Fine Arts and a minor in Spanish. She has years of administrative experience and enjoys keeping things organized and running smoothly.
TAYLOR HAMILTON, Tutor
Taylor was born and raised in Santa Barbara County, and attended both UC Berkeley and UCSB for her undergraduate education, earning a B.A. in English. She currently works as a tutor at CLC, as a substitute teacher for SB Unified School District, and as an instructional assistant in a first grade classroom. She is planning to return to school to receive a single subject teaching credential in English, as well as a Master of Education degree. She plans to teach English to middle and high school students. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dogs on hikes, being in the ocean, and learning how to become a better cook.
FIONA CHRYSTAL, Tutor
Fiona Chrystal is a third year undergraduate student studying physics and mathematics at UCSB. She plans on attending graduate school to study astrophysics, and hopefully one day work for NASA. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and swimming. Fiona is also a member of Physics Circus, a school club that travels to elementary schools to demonstrate fundamental physics concepts in a fun and interactive manner. At California Learning Center, she tutors all levels of math, physics and SAT/ACT math to both junior high and high school students.
BEN YORK, Tutor
Ben was born and raised in Santa Barbara and graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Physiological Sciences with a minor in Food Studies. He is currently applying to medical school and when not tutoring at CLC he is working as a research assistant at the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. In his free time he loves to cook (especially baking bread) and train as a competitive age group triathlete. Ben tutors in the maths and sciences as well as ACT/SAT/AP.
RISHIKA SINGH, Tutor
Rishika is a Santa Barbara native and graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Biomedical Research. She will be applying to medical school and is also considering graduate studies in computer science or data science. In her free time, she loves to play tennis, kickbox, and volunteer with local organizations. Rishika tutors in math and science subjects, including AP level, along with SAT and ACT.
YUI TANTIYAVARONG, Tutor
Yui was born and raised in San Jose and is a third-year student at UCSB majoring in Physiology with a minor in Applied Psychology. She plans on pursuing physical therapy in the future. In her free time, she loves to bake and lift weights. She also volunteers at ASAP cat shelter. Yui tutors various levels of math, including SAT math and calculus.
ANNE BLASCHKE, Tutor
Anne Blaschke has enjoyed teaching and tutoring elementary school children for over 25 years. She has worked most recently in the Goleta school district. She is a mother of three, two daughters in college and a son in high school. Besides teaching, Anne enjoys being out in nature, creating art, especially oil painting, and singing in a choir.