Lodi Jackson
Education Consultant
Learning Specialist
B.S. Elementary Education
M.A. Special Education
Multiple Subject Credential
Special Education Credential
Administrative Services Credential

Lodi Jackson has worked with students for over 25 years.  She currently tutors students from elementary age to high school level and performs private educational evaluations.  She worked in public and private schools in California for over 11 years, teaching preschool through fifth-grade students in general education and special education.  She holds a multiple subjects credential, a special education credential, a resource certificate, and an administrative credential.  Having served as a general education teacher, special education teacher, and administrator, Ms. Jackson has developed a better understanding for how to pull a team together to support students.

 Lodi Jackson has served as a faculty member in the area of Special Education at Chapman University where she taught Assessment and IEP Development, Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling, and Advanced Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Persons with Mild/Moderate Disabilities, and was a student teaching supervisor.


Nancy McGhee, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
License # OT341

Nancy McGhee, OTR/L received her Occupational Therapy degree from New York University and has been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist since 1978.  She has worked with infants through adolescents with a variety of disabilities and challenges. Most recently Nancy has specialized in working with children with sensory integration dysfunction, sensory processing disorders, visual -perceptual and perceptual-motor issues, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, handwriting disorders and more.  Nancy is trained in administering the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), Therapeutic Listening, the Alert Program and the Perceptual Enrichment Program. 

Nancy has worked in public schools for years and currently maintains a private practice.  She enjoys working in a team environment that takes all aspects of a child into account.  Nancy is strongly committed to a family-centered approach, believing that when parents understand the reasons behind a child's struggle and the rationale of therapeutic approaches, the entire family benefits.

Kate Perry
Educational Psychologist
Ph.D. Educational Psychology
School Psychologist Credential
L.E.P. #2486

Kate Perry received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999.  Since receiving her degree, Dr. Perry has been a lecturer in the School of Education at UC Berkeley, where she teaches graduate courses in the area of assessment and educational interventions and serves as a clinical supervisor for students in field placements in public schools.  In 2002 she was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellowship for her research on the social context of early schooling and young children’s social adjustment.  Her research focused on examining whether teaching practices, and in particular how students perceived these practices, played a role in the development of academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional competencies.

Dr. Perry is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and credentialed School Psychologist and has worked with elementary and middle grade students in public schools and has worked with elementary, middle, and high school age students in private practice.

Lisa O'Connor
B.A. Health and Human Performance
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate

Lisa O'Connor started teaching elementary school in 2001 after a career in technology.  She has taught grades 1-5 and appreciates the different stages of development kids travel through on their educational journey.  She enjoys working with children and helping them reach their dreams through education. 

Lisa enjoys tutoring and creating a love of learning using different strategies with her students.  Lisa believes that by valuing and treating each child with respect, she can empower every student to make a positive contribution in the world.

About Us

Eileen Weed
Tutor/Spanish Tutor
Masters of Education
B.A. Spanish
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate

Eileen Weed has been working with students since 1997 where she taught as a monolingual Spanish teacher.  Since that time, she continued to work with elementary students in both Spanish-speaking programs as well as English-speaking programs.  She has worked with adults in the adult education departments in the Livermore school district as well as the Castro Valley school district. 

Since 2008, she has worked with Kids First Educational Consulting Services, tutoring students from elementary to high school levels in the areas of Spanish, reading, writing, and math.  She enjoys working one-on-one with students to help them develop a love of learning.

Janice Flanzbaum
M.S. Communicative Disorders
Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential

Janice has been a speech language pathologist since 1986.  She attended Indiana University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing and a Master of Science degree from University of Redlands in Communicative Disorders.  She has been a member of both the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the California Speech and Hearing Association since 1986.  She has received the Award for Continuing Education from ASHA.

Janice has worked extensively with children ages preschool through middle school evaluating and providing intervention in the public schools as well as working privately.  Her work has been with children who have had a variety of disabilities including articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, stuttering, apraxia and social-pragmatic language disorders.  Her experience also includes working as a special education teacher for students who have disabilities in the area of communication.  She enjoys working with families so they can better understand their child’s disorder and facilitate the carryover of the new skills into the home and other settings.

Monica Tracey
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate

Monica Tracey has worked as an elementary teacher for over 21 years in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.  She has worked diligently to find new and effective strategies to address the needs of her students.  She continues to seek new approaches and strategies to benefit her students in the classroom and in the tutoring environment.

Monica has worked as a private tutor since 2014 and has been tutoring for Kids First Consulting since 2016.  She feels privileged to be able to work one-on-one with extraordinary young people who are deeply determined to make the most of their education and reach their true potential.