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Mentorship (5th-8th)

Being young is fun, hard, and inherently messy. Having a mentor as a personal cheerleader means a student doesn't have to go at it alone. The EDMO Method focuses on the whole child, as they develop their minds, social-emotional skills, and values. The 1:1 support creates a space of trust so a deep, trusting, and safe relationship can blossom.
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Benji Lenett

Since the age of 12, Benji has worked with EDMO, and has gained a respect and love for both the philosophies of kindness & courage and the transformation of kids able to be in its positive environment. With over seven years of experience with both counseling and tutoring in English and Grammar, Benji is hoping to be able to help facilitate a more focused learning environment in the home (and give parents a well deserved break!). Younger than most Coaches on the site – as a Freshman at Whittier College – Benji will bring youthful energy and positivity to whoever he works with. Benji believes that the best way to connect with kids beyond tutoring a subject is by engaging in their interests, while sharing laughs along the way.

Bukle Unaldi

Bukle Unaldi is a curious world citizen that aims to solve global problems by educating the younger generation. She believes the imagination of children is the key to solve various issues that adults are struggling with. Which is why, she wrote and published her first book when she was 17, to make her voice heard. She also won several awards in public speaking, education Hackathons and national debates in Turkey. During college, she travelled the world and lived in 6 different countries, Argentina, South Korea, Germany, India, Turkey and the United States. She tutored more than 100 children from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Currently she is expecting her Neuroscience and Arts & Literature degrees in May from Minerva Schools at KGI. Bukle believes that learning can be best achieved through active learning, thus, a teachers role should be letting the children channel their imagination to solve real-life problems.

Lynn T Ortega

Music instructor, Fitness instructor, Writer, Editor, Artist.

Harrison Segal

Harrison is a rising sophomore at Chapman University pursuing a double major in Documentary Filmmaking and Business Administration. Outside of school Harrison spends his time rock climbing, taking photos, and reading. He has a been an EDMO camper, leader-in-training, and instructor over the last 12+ years. But now Harrison is excited to share his passion for learning as an EDMO Coach!

Marissa Espino

Marissa is new to the EDMO family but stoked about being with such a great group of people! She has been working with children for almost 10 years now, both teaching and tutoring. Marissa received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and shortly after decided to become a certified Yoga instructor! She loves to share her passion for Yoga and learning with everyone she meets. Marissa believes that creating a positive environment for youth is the key to a beautiful future for the world.

Nicole Carlson

Nicole is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema with a double minor in Animation and Computing Applications. She has chosen to pursue education because she believes technological skills are important to have in this new age of technology! Nicole is passionate about animation, programming, film, and art. Her favorite things to do when she’s not studying are drawing, painting, playing tennis, and surfing.

Annie Lockmiller

Annie received a B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and will complete her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from San Jose State in December 2020. Annie's goal in education is to make a connection with every student she works with. She seeks to help kids develop through compassion and exploring their interests. Annie is dedicated to promoting social justice and cultural awareness to help students develop an informed and open-minded perspective on the world. She also believes in laughter and fun in education. She has experience in working with students in STEM fields as well as Social and Emotional Learning. She has experience with academic and career counseling, and has worked with children from ages 3-18.

Julissa Martinez

Julissa Martinez is a recent college graduate from the University of California Merced, where she obtained a bachelors in Psychology and Public Health. She is bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish. The passion to create a space where she can help kids develop and grow to their best of their abilities with surrounding support and an encouraging environment is what strives her to be the best version of herself when working with kids. She has always been learning and working with kids from babysitting family members to volunteering and obtaining jobs focused on kids. Her career goals involve working with kids because she loves the experiences she's had with them; kids uplift and create a fun working environment. She enjoys including mindfulness and problem solving practices in her work. Education is a critical component in a kid's development so when she can do something to provide help or support, she is driven to take on that opportunity to get kids striving in all that they do. We can all strive to be the best version of ourselves.

Jordie Marie Rippon

Jordie Marie Rippon is A graduate student studying Creative Producing and Management at CalArts. She has previously received a Bachelor's of Science in Technology Communication and Theater. She loves to create an environment that makes it fun to learn and loves to encourage and empower kids to think about problems differently as a tool to help solve the problem.

Emily Cline

Emily Cline is excited to be an EDMO Coach! She is currently an undergraduate student at UCLA studying environmental science with concentrations in conservation biology and GIS. Emily loves working with kids because of the unique connections you can make and the invaluable perspective that kids have to offer. She is passionate about education, and believes that learning should be an immersive, engaging experience for all.

Erika Lutz

Bringing a 20+ years of experience as an artist, designer, and director, she believes in nurturing healthy hearts and minds through playful curiosity, creativity, and mindfulness based learning. Formerly VP of Design at Lumosity, her creative leadership and design produced top-ranking mobile apps, educational games, films, and broadcast television that have earned Emmy Award-winning recognition. She received her BFA from VCU School of the Arts in Communication Arts & Design, where she later taught animation and experimental storytelling. Erika has been a guest teacher at the Cartoon Art Museum, The Academy of Art, and AIGA, and is a mentor for outdoor youth programs through Sierra Club, National Parks Service, and Girl Scouts of America. She is certified as a UC California Naturalist and Leading Creative Ideation from Cooper U.

Paula Nordstrom Miranda

Paula is someone who truly values diverse interests and passions. As an older sister, she has loved working with kids and helping them learn. She is pursuing a B.A. in English Literature, minor in Global Public Health, and a Pre-Med track at UC Berkeley. Her passions are fighting for equal health opportunities for disadvantaged youth and building relationships with different communities. Ever since she was young, Paula’s mother has always told her that the one thing that no one can take away from is her education. However, children today continue to face various educational barriers and Paula hopes to help ensure equal educational opportunities for everyone. She values all education and loves to teach a wide variety of subjects. She really loves reading, playing with her dogs, and exploring new ways that she can be involved with her community.

Kristina M. McCarthy

Kristy is a professional visual artist, linguist, teaching artist, and community organizer with more than a decade of experience teaching and tutoring in a variety of subjects. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature from Georgia State University and a Certificate in Spanish to English Translation from NYU. She is also a TEFL certified ESL teacher and has been teaching English and Spanish to students of all ages for over 10 years. She is an international muralist and has organized and participated in art projects and festivals all over the world. Kristy is passionate about youth development and has worked as a Teaching Artist for the past 5 years, teaching the art of muralism to New York city youth. She loves working with kids of all ages and seeing their confidence grow as they master the skills that used to intimidate them.