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 promote intrinsic motivation and authentic engagement. We focus on helping students and young adults to develop organization, time-management, and personal productivity skills, particularly as related to increased technology and social media use.

We meet with students in our Silicon Valley office, and work with students throughout the world via Zoom and Skype.

OUR MISSION

Green Ivy Educational Consulting empowers students to develop essential executive functioning skills, including organization, time-management, and long-term planning, in a manner that promotes 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 Wall Street JournalThe Atlantic, the Washington Post, 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 travels to schools, universities and corporations consulting with parents, students, educators and employers about promoting intrinsic motivation, authentic engagement, and overall wellness. In early 2019, with the support of the Foundation for the Carolinas, she launched the Life Navigator Middle School Program, a school advisory curriculum and school coaching 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 on the board 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.

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.

Khrystal

Khrystal graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science. During her undergraduate career, she acted as a resource and guide for an incoming freshman assisting with academic and career goals in the field of Environmental Science. At Green Ivy, she helps students with executive functioning skills as well as math, science and writing. Previous to joining Green Ivy, Khrystal served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at Eastern Municipal Water District, where she had the opportunity to develop and implement a multitude of educational projects.

Brandon

Brandon graduated from Stanford with a BA in Comparative Studies. As an undergraduate, he was involved with mentoring and tutoring programs such as East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring and the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy. He was an Education Fellow at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service supporting the High School Support Initiative. He works with students on all aspects of writing and the college application process, as well as organization, time-management, and introductory math and sciences. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, having adventures with friends, and playing Quidditch.

Marc

Marc graduated from Stanford University with a major in English and a minor in Spanish. He works with students on organization, time-management, math, natural sciences, English and Spanish, as well as standardized test preparation. As a writer, Marc believes that quiet words or images strung together can enact deep healing and animate the communities we cherish. Today, he endeavors to blend his favorite pastimes – soccer, reading, writing, and teaching – into a daily balance that prioritizes constant growth.

Ricardo

Ricardo is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology and Minor in Creative Writing. While at Stanford, he conducted research in the Anatomy Lab and served as a Teaching Assistant for several classes in the Biology department. In his free time, he loves dancing bachata, playing guitar, and going on food adventures in San Francisco.

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 academic, test preps, college applications, and essays 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