Classroom Matters provides academic support and mentoring to grades k-12, with an emphasis on study skills and organization. We customize our approach to meet the individual needs of each student. We form collaborative relationships with teachers and provide regular, written feedback to families. It takes a village!
Aspire Education believes that education is the cornerstone of community. Aspire trains students to attain it through a dual curriculum of private tutoring for students, regardless of their ability to pay, and afterschool study halls and test-prep classes for groups. Professional tutors work with youth in a variety of subjects, including math, chemistry, writing, and foreign languages. But these lessons go beyond basic study sessions—tutors build relationships with students while teaching them about mitochondria and how to craft a persuasive argument. Their primary mission, along with helping kids succeed in school, is to transform them into lifelong learners and to inspire new educators.
For the past two decades, Aspire's community reading-buddies program has also been leading the charge for education by working to improve literacy rates. Through this program, high-school and middle-school students receive pedagogical training and act as one-on-one mentors for preschoolers, blending reading activities and games into regular lessons.
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Language has always been personal for Carlos Bazan. When he hears Spanish, he thinks of a childhood spent in Peru. He feels his love for Latin culture, and a life spent studying languages across the world—from Europe to California's coast. After moving to San Francisco, Carlos found a new way to connect with language: teaching. After a few years as an educator, he founded Enjoy Spanish in 2006.
Personal connections are the focus of his educational philosophy, which touches on grammar, vocabulary, and culture. During group and private lessons, he leads engaging conversations that connect students to the subject matter more directly than forcing them to wear hats woven out of dictionaries. Of course, Carlos also incorporates grammar material and homework, but he puts a creative spin on things with techniques such as role playing.
Outside of class, Carlos encourages his students to infuse Spanish into things they already love. If they like movies, he'll suggest they rent a foreign film. If they're bookworms, he'll encourage them to rediscover a favorite story in a new language. And if they're travelers, he'll even lead them on trips to Spanish-speaking countries. Through all of this, he has developed lasting relationships with many of his students, who range from lawyers, to professors, to personal trainers.
Trained by legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, Christy English Wioncek opened the Bay Area Acting Studio to teach a new generation of actors how to—in the words of her mentor—"live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Her stable of equally Meisner-steeped instructors leads classes including introductory adult courses, intensive courses for working thespians, and children's classes for young'uns looking to break into the industry early or convince babysitters they've been diagnosed with a life-threatening ice-cream deficiency.
Recently profiled by The Atlantic for its members' innovative inventions, TechShop’s supportive community of inventors, artists, technicians, and alchemists share their excitement about the next big idea in an environment limited only by their collective imagination. The 17,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity beckons people of all skill levels to its DIY confines, where members can wield tools not found in most private workshops, slicing through steel with a plasma cutter or accessing 3-D design software to finally realize the goal of crawling inside the Internet. Hands-on classes jump-start creative juices, introducing students to vocational skills including welding, soldering, and woodworking. Neophyte inventors aged 12–17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.
For more than two decades, the husband-and-wife team behind Jane’s Roses, Flowers and Events has equipped patrons with decorative arrangements for wedding days, formal occasions, and everyday happenings. The two weave together elegant blooms with complementary leaves, ferns, and wispy foliage, crafting beautiful bouquets and artfully filled vases for loved ones. They also design custom arrangements for special occasions, bedecking halls with freshly plucked blossoms laid into aisle-lining strands or arranged into stylish centerpieces.
Should flowers not suit someone’s tastes, the shop loads fruit, snacks, and chocolate into homey wicker gift baskets, which can be picked up or delivered straight to recipients’ doors. Each delivery comes with additional add-ons such as mylar balloons, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and a photo confirmation, which lets senders experience first-hand the surprise, joy, or leftover milk mustaches on recipients’ faces.