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La Jolla


Our Team


hands holding TEAM

When it comes to team-building, we’re picky. Yes, we look for those that bring an impressive resume to the table, but we look for far more than that, too. Because when you’re working with children, soft skills are equally important to hard skills.

Every employee at The Family & Learning Center shares a commitment to excellence that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. We take great pride in developing solutions based on the root cause of your child’s learning challenges. In fact, we collaborate as a team weekly to ensure every student is positioned to win—because we all really love kids and believe they deserve every opportunity to shine.

We invite you to continue reading to learn more about our leadership, educational coach, and administrative support team on this page.


Bonnie M. Weiss, M.Ed. Owner/Director and Educational TherapistBonnie M. Weiss, M.Ed.
Owner/Director and Educational Therapist

Bonnie  joined The Family & Learning Center as an Educational Coach in 2000. Throughout these early years, she was closely mentored by Dr. Kristine Laverty, Neuropsychologist and founder of TFALC.  In Fall 2005, Bonnie took over ownership of TFALC. She holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, as well as a Masters Degree in Education from National University. Additionally, she has completed extensive coursework and training in Educational Therapy techniques through the UCSD Extension Program, as well as through a variety of professional organizations. She is an active member of IDA, LDA, AET and CHADD. You can connect with Bonnie on LinkedIn.

Danika Kirsch, M.Ed. Assistant Director
Danika Kirsch, M.Ed.
Assistant Director

Danika joined the The Family & Learning Center team as an Educational Coach in 2002 after she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UCSD. She went on to earn her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Education Degree from National University. Danika was Lead Educational Coach for five years before becoming TFALC’s Assistant Director in 2010.  Danika continues to expand her education and knowledge by attending regular conferences and webinars. As Assistant Director, Danika works closely with Bonnie to incorporate new materials and techniques into our programs, as well as assists with training and supporting our Educational Coaches.


Each student’s carefully constructed program is carried out in a one-on-one setting by our highly qualified Educational Coaches. Each Educational Coach has a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. Coaches receive extensive and ongoing training in areas including: learning processes of the brain; learning disabilities and AD/HD; developmental psychology; specialized curriculums and teaching techniques; and much more.

Aspen Kelly
Educational Coach

Samantha Tuohey

Samantha Tuohey
Educational Coach


Nikki Saldana
Office Manager