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.
Wendi received certification with distinction as an independent 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. When she has time, she writes a blog that deals with issues 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.
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 working with Wendi to keep CLC’s clients informed of the many educational services offered. Mary also loves Spanish and sharing her knowledge with others.
EMERSON PIZZINAT, Tutor
Emerson was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. In his free time, he enjoys playing beach volleyball and attending concerts. Emerson tutors SAT/ACT and math and science to both junior and high school students.
FINLEY HARTLEY, Tutor
Finley Hartley moved to Santa Barbara in 2018 to be closer to his sister and nephews. Before moving he lived in New York and attended SUNY New Paltz where he often tutored peers in math while completing his BS in Mathematics with a Physics minor. Since moving to Santa Barbara he has studied Biomedical Science at SBCC and spent time volunteering at the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. Finley tutors math and science courses at the high school level.
ZAK KOTLOW, Tutor
Hello there! I’m Zak, one of the tutors here at CLC. My past experience includes a university-level Instructor at UCSB. I hold two Master’s Degrees in philosophy, and have a wide range of academic interests: physics, cognitive science, mythology. I am also a freelance writer and editor, specializing in game content development – a fancy way of saying that I write adventures for games like Dungeons and Dragons. A long-time nature enthusiast, I often go on camping trips with my wife to explore all the beauty out there.