MEET GREEN IVY

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ABOUT US

Founded in 2001, Green Ivy Educational Consulting is a leading global academic advising firm, working with parents, educators, and, most importantly, students.

Our office is located in Silicon Valley, and we enjoy working with clients around the world. Our thoughtful, holistic approach helps students develop their individual strengths and executive functioning skills while improving overall wellness. We help students develop organization, time-management, and personal productivity skills, especially given increased technology and social media use.

OUR MISSION

Green Ivy Educational Consulting is an academic advising firm that empowers students to design and implement their own blueprint for academic success and personal well-being. We help students develop essential executive functioning skills, support academic and community engagement, encourage positive learning experiences, and promote social and emotional learning.

TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

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Ana Homayoun is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator. Her work focuses on helping students develop empathy and executive functioning skills in today’s tech and social media world.

She is the author of three books: That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week (Perigee, 2010); The Myth of the Perfect Girl (Perigee, 2013); and Social Media Wellness (Corwin, 2017). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News, as well as on Fast Company, CNBC, and ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

In 2001, Ana founded Green Ivy Educational Consulting, LLC, an academic advising firm that works with families all over the world. She consults with schools, universities and corporations about workforce development, intrinsic motivation, authentic engagement, and overall wellness.

In early 2019, she launched Luminaria Learning, a non-profit initiative which implements the Life Navigator Middle School Program in schools around the country. Life Navigator is a school advisory curriculum and professional learning program designed to support students with the life skills needed to thrive in and outside of the classroom.

Ana is a graduate of Duke University, and she holds a master’s degree in counseling and a pupil personnel services credential from the University of San Francisco. She is on the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey San Jose, a Jesuit high school that empowers students from underserved communities in San Jose. She is a current member of the Duke Gardens Advisory Board, and past Board Chair of CASSY Bay Area, a nonprofit devoted to providing mental health services in public schools. She spent a number of years as a volunteer counselor at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and the Painted Turtle Camp, summer camps for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses that are a part of Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network of camps.

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Teresa

Teresa is our Office Manager/Center Director responsible for enrollment, scheduling and all related details. She is a longtime volunteer with the Los Gatos school district, and has extensive experience in project management and event coordination. A graduate of the University of Dayton, she has been proud to call the Bay Area home for the past several decades. We feel very lucky to have her join us as she reenters the workplace after raising her family in Los Gatos, CA. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her husband.

Brandon

Brandon is our Assistant Director of Academic and College Advising, where he works with students on all aspects of the college application process, as well as academic advising, executive functioning and writing support for middle school, high school and college students. His previous experiences include doing outreach for public service programs at Stanford University and working in various school settings in the Bay Area. Brandon graduated from Stanford with a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and earned his MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, trying new foods, and playing soccer and Quidditch.

Emma

Emma graduated from Williams College with degrees in English and American Studies. As an Educational Consultant, she assists students with writing, organizational skills, the college process, and individual subjects. Her previous experiences include facilitating non-profit communications and providing mentorship at the intersection of the college process and social-emotional learning. She is passionate about making visible the socio-historical conditions underlying our literature and lived experiences, ultimately with the hopes of expanding our imaginative capacity beyond our conditioning. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her (very elderly) pugs.

Allia

Allia comes to us with over ten years of teaching experience in higher education, where she has won teaching awards for her innovative style and curriculum.  She earned her PhD from UCSD in Literature and Cultural Studies. She is currently at work on her first novel. She looks forward to supporting students with their writing goals. She works with students on academic and creative writing, along with personal statements.

Ricky

Ricky is our intern who helps us with our Life Navigator educational initiative. He is a junior at Duke University majoring in public policy, where he is currently a Rubenstein Scholar. In his free time, Ricky enjoys listening to music and practicing the piano.

Rachel

Rachel holds a BS in Earth Systems and MA in Environmental Communication and Science Education from Stanford University.. At Green Ivy, Rachel works directly with students on upper level math, science, Spanish and executive functioning skills, and handles our instructional design projects for our curriculum development work. Previously, she led diversity and outreach programs both at Stanford and in her home state of New Mexico working directly with students interested in arts and sciences. Outside of work and school, she enjoys being with her two rescue pups and playing music. Fun fact: she was in the Stanford Band for two years!

Christina

Christina is our Marketing and Client Services coordinator. She received her double Master’s degree in Public Administration and Social Work from the Florida State University, while working with children and families experiencing mental illness in their homes to advocate for them at the public policy level. She now works on developing and executing integrated and holistic marketing plans for growth and scalability. When not working, Christina enjoys reading and hiking with her dogs and husband.

Sallie

Sallie often accompanies Ana to our offices, and is Green Ivy’s unofficial mascot! She is known for sitting on laps and scouring the floors for treats. She brings a great energy to our workplace, and is beloved by students and staff alike.

“It’s been a fast, intense, roller coaster these past four years. Words can’t begin to express how deeply grateful [my husband] and I are to you and your incredible staff for everything you’ve done, and for going above and beyond countless times, for [our son]. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I believe that Green Ivy was life-changing for him. His high school experience would have been profoundly different (and not in a positive way) if he would not have had weekly guidance and support. The ACT prep results speak for themselves, and while I’m proud that P. did so well, what’s way more important than his score was the self-confidence that it gave him. He surprised himself, and it gave him a big boost. ”

- Parent of a San Jose, CA college student

“I highly recommend Green Ivy both as a tutoring service as well as a college placement service. Green Ivy was the best decision we made because it allowed us to be involved as parents without having to battle the grind of high school academics, test preps, college applications, and essay writing.”

- Parent of Atherton, CA college student

“Green Ivy has been truly transformative for my 8th grade son, as well as our family. For the last two years, my son would start off each school year with a bang, but slowly slipped into disorganization and seeming lack of motivation (with attendant parental nagging and frustration). He would “forget” about assignments or even forget to turn in completed assignments. We literally thought he might not graduate from 7th grade. Now, his tutor helps our son stay organized, monitors his grades, keeps him on task and works on technical skills where needed. The nightly homework struggle is gone. Our son is confident and motivated, and not only made the A Honor Roll 1st and 2nd quarter, but his grades also improved in the 2nd quarter!”

- Parent of Los Altos, CA 8th grader

"We had a great experience working with Ana and the Green Ivy team.  Ana's knowledge of how to navigate a complex college application experience made a big difference for all three of our children."

- A.E., Parent of High School Classes of  '20 and '21, Los Altos Hills, CA

"Green Ivy has been instrumental in guiding two of my daughters through the college counseling process. I cannot imagine a better resource in making an often stress-filled process so streamlined, purposeful, and successful."

- Matt K., Parent of High School Classes of '20 and '22, Los Altos, CA