ACADEMY & LEARNING CENTER STAFF
Instructional and Academic Coaches work with groups of up to 10 students—helping with homework, providing individual tutoring, and monitoring students’ assessments and skill-building exercises on our educational software. They collect data on attendance, behavior and achievement and communicate regularly with parents. All Instructional Coaches possess a bachelor's degree or higher, while Academic Coaches have college degrees or have completed 48 units of college courses. All have experience working with students and receive extensive training. They have all passed a background check and have been fingerprinted through the state’s Live Scan system.
Extreme Learning Center CEO, Extreme Academy Founder - Katie Smith,
Katie Smith's experience with Extreme Learning began in 2006 as a tutor while transitioning careers. In her search for a career change from radiologic technology, Katie tutored middle school students for Extreme Learning while pursuing her B.S. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Through what she thought was a short-term transition, Katie realized her passion in the field of education management and held several key leadership roles in the company, including Sales Manager, Regional Operations Manager, Operations Director, and Chief Operating Officer. In September of 2013, Katie pursued ownership of Extreme Learning Center. With a personal history of being educated in non-traditional school environments and an ever present passion for learning, Katie most recently founded Extreme Academy as a private school in which students are encouraged to learn at their own pace, in their own way, in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Extreme Learning Center Director - Sarah Zare,
Sarah Zare has been working at Extreme Learning Center since 2006. She has a B.A. in Sociology and is working on her M.A. in Public Administration. She has spent career working with children in the field of education; from a preschool director, high school teacher, to regional operations manager with The Phoenix Children’s Academy & Extreme Learning, Inc. She enjoys all age groups and loves to see the look on the faces of children when the “light goes on” and they understand a concept. She truly enjoys working with the students and parents at Extreme Learning. "I feel it is the perfect balance of academics, enrichment all while providing a safe and enriching environment for students to” ignite a passion for learning”." She lives in Morgan Hill with her husband and young son. They enjoy all the wonderful family activities there are to do in this lovely community. "I look forward to seeing you all at Extreme or just out and about town!"
Extreme Learning Center Lead Tutor - Mike Bower,
Mike Bower is a Bay Area native and has been the Lead Tutor for Extreme Learning Center since the spring of 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from National University in 1997. His background includes four years in the Navy as an aircraft engine mechanic followed by two years of teaching Algebra 1 and Geometry at Gilroy/Mount Madonna High School and ten years of tutoring at Extreme Learning. Though his specialty is tutoring all levels of math, he also coaches a homeschool group which involves varying grade levels and subjects. "My main motivation for working at Extreme Learning is the opportunity I get each day to instill confidence within others through my ability to teach."