Our school program staff members are dedicated to helping our students learn and grow in a positive and engaging environment. All staff members are extensively trained in the academic intervention techniques employed in the school program and are able to differentiate between skill levels within the small group format. Our staff is also instrumental in developing the school curriculum, giving them an in depth knowledge of the curriculum content.
Founder and Director
Gloria Jones Ellis, M.A.
Gloria holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. She has spent over 15 years in classrooms, clinics, and special education settings working with students who struggle with learning. She also possesses extensive assessment training in the fields of education, psychology, and neuropsychology, and over a decade of experience and success with academic intervention. Gloria is the creator of the Lighthouse Reading Solution™.
School Services Coordinator
Jamaica Thompson, M.S.
Jamaica holds bachelors’ degrees in Biological Anthropology and World Religions from UCSD and a Master’s of Science in Educational Psychology from Capella University. She has a diverse background teaching children of all ages in a variety of settings and brings a wealth of experience to her work from teaching Elementary and Special Education and substituting in the Ojai Valley School District. She is passionate about working with students in the areas of reading comprehension,
Spanish Immersion Instructor
Marcia Rodríguez Thacher
Marcia holds a bachelor’s degree in Business & Financial Administration from UNIVA Guadalajara, Mexico, and is currently enrolled in an international master’s degree for teachers of Spanish language and culture at the Universidad Pontificia in Salamanca, Spain. She has eight years of experience working with multinational corporations in both the U.S. and Mexico, along with nine years experience teaching Spanish to children of various ages. She is passionate about helping children become bilingual and teaching them to appreciate cultural differences.
Everest holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from UCLA and a Master’s degree in International Education & Development from the SIT Graduate Institute. He is currently working on his Ph.D in Human Development and Psychology at UCLA. He has taught internationally and at the university level and has an extensive background in teaching, coaching and mentoring kids of all ages and abilities. His current focus is on using mindfulness meditation to promote social and emotional development for youth and their families.