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Naturalism

Calling all aspiring naturalists! EDMO coaches can work with kids of any grade level to review various facets of science like zoology, ecology, hydrology, geology, and entomology, in order to better understand and interact with our natural world. You can ask the coach to focus on a particular area that intrigues your child, or they can provide support on specific concepts covered in kids' schoolwork. Required materials: writing utensil and paper.
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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.

Kim Gardner

Kim has been supporting children through the struggles of communication and self-confidence using Academics and the Arts for the last 10 years. She started her career teaching children with autism how to find their voice, and now she uses her expertise to support children with all levels of functioning to grow in confidence. Having faced bullies herself throughout her life, she has grown passionate about teaching parents to understand their child’s behaviors and provide support with navigating the difficulties of being bullied.

Julissa Martinez

Julissa Martinez is currently on her 4th year of college at the University of California Merced, majoring in Psychology and Public Health. She is bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish. The passion to create and 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 working with 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. Education is a critical component in a kids 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.

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.