ABOUT US

We are educators, parents, and students who are passionate about helping all students reach their educational goals.

WHAT ARE WE:
EDUCATION EXPERTS

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.

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.

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.

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.

KRISTIN WRIGHT, Tutor

ENSON ZHAO, Tutor

Enson is studying Financial Math and Statistics at UCSB. He comes from Hong Kong, where he had lived until he came to SB in 2017. Enson tutors in calculus, statistics, and SAT math when here. In his free time he likes to play a variety of music. He has been playing the piano, guitar, cello and drums for many years. In addition, he enjoys playing badminton and enjoys exploring California.

RACHEL KAUFFMAN, Tutor

Rachel has been working as an art and elementary school teacher in the Santa Barbara area for over 20 years. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Studio Arts and got her teaching credential from Cal State Northridge. She stays involved with her family and various art programs around town, as well as being creative on many levels.

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