MEET GREEN IVY

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ABOUT US

Founded in 2001, Green Ivy Educational Consulting is a leading global educational consulting firm, working with parents, educators, school administrators, and, most importantly, students.

Our office is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and 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 services are available to students and families throughout the U.S. and internationally via Zoom videoconferencing.

OUR MISSION

Green Ivy Educational Consulting helps students develop essential executive functioning skills, including organization, time-management, and long-term planning. Our work focuses on promoting academic and community engagement, positive learning experiences, social and emotional learning, and overall student wellness.

TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

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Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, 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: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life (Perigee, 2010); The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life (Perigee, 2013); and Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World (Corwin, 2017). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalThe 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 internationally recognized organization that works with thousands of parents, students, educators, and employers. She works with schools, universities and corporations, consulting with parents, students, educators and employers about promoting 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 promote executing functioning skills and student wellness as well as social and economic mobility.

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 a former vice president of the Duke Alumni Association and a current member of the Duke Gardens Advisory Board. She is currently the Board Chair of CASSY Bay Area, a nonprofit devoted to providing mental health services in public schools. She is also past national co-chair for the Duke University Young Alumni Development Council, and a past member of the Leadership Council for Year Up Bay Area, a nonprofit focused on improving opportunities for urban youth. 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.

Kiana

Kiana graduated from Columbia University with dual degrees in Psychology and Art History. Her work with students focuses on executive functioning, organizational skills and standardized test preparation. She has previously developed art curriculums centered around color and sensory exploration, and successfully taught them at the elementary level. The personal fulfillment education has brought her subsequently inspires her to help young students recognize their full academic potential. Kiana is a Bay Area native who spends much of her free time hiking and going to museums. She greatly enjoys creating art and performing yoga.

Brandon

Brandon graduated from Stanford with a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He is currently earning his MA in School Counseling at the University of San Francisco. He works with students on all aspects of writing as well as organization, time-management, and introductory math and sciences. Brandon also leads our College Counseling Bootcamp, teaches courses on Identity and Logic Games, and helps provide guidance on college personal statements for high school seniors. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, reading YA novels, and playing soccer and/or Quidditch.

Marc

Marc graduated from Stanford University with a major in English and a minor in Spanish. He works with students of all ages on organization, time management, math, natural sciences, history, English and Spanish. Marc also leads writing workshops, teaches courses on poetry and creative writing, and helps high school seniors craft personal statements for college applications. As a writer, Marc believes that quiet words or images strung together can enact deep healing and animate the communities we cherish. Today, he tries to blend his favorite pastimes – soccer, reading, writing, and music – into a daily balance that prioritizes constant growth.

Ricardo

Ricardo (Rick) graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Biology and a minor in Creative Writing. He is currently earning his MS in Biomedical Imaging and Radiology from UCSF. His work with students focuses on all levels of math and science as well as on executive functioning, organizational skills, and some humanities disciplines. He also specializes in test preparation ranging from the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SAT subject tests. He teaches courses on beginner and advanced math fundamentals, dialogue writing, and test prep workshops. Outside of work, he enjoys dancing and teaching salsa and bachata, driving, playing guitar, and cooking.

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