A Recognized Authority on Executive Function and the Science of Learning
Beth Samuelson’s work educating and supporting teens, young adults, and parents spans more than 25 years, including the development of the unique SOS4Students model of one-on-one executive function coaching as well as student workshops, advocacy, teacher training, parent workshops, and on-site school programs.
As the founder and director of SOS4Students, Beth Samuelson is a frequent and sought-after presenter and keynote speaker known for her enthusiasm, energy, humor, insight, and straight talk. She regularly presents at conferences, schools, and educational institutes. She is former co-host of the radio show Your Teen Matters, and columnist for Bay Area Parents of Teens Magazine.
Much of what Beth learned about executive functioning was do-it-yourself trial-and-error while she was a student. Because little was known at the time about how the student brain worked and the role of executive function in study strategies, she taught herself how to take notes, study for tests, and become a better organizer and planner. Now, SOS4Students sets the standard for executive function coaching and workshops in the Bay Area.
Beth graduated with a Masters in Developmental Teacher Education in 1985 with a focus on cognitive and moral development, a cutting-edge field exploring how students mature through several stages of cognitive ability ranging from concrete to abstract logical thought.
She first taught elementary grades in San Francisco and Los Angeles area public schools, and later in private schools. She also provided academic support through an LA-based psychology practice, as well as provided college counseling, SAT prep, study skills/tutoring, and designed and delivered workshops for teens through various organizations.
Beth taught oversees for several years in both London and Istanbul. It was an experience that reinforced her belief that student challenges were universal, and to address them required a keen understanding of the developing teen brain and executive functioning.
Inspired, Beth started Student Organizational Services in 1997, later rebranding the company as SOS4Students in 2002.
Beth lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Steven, and their daughter Hannah. She met Steven conducting a workshop: her teaching assistant at the time became his roommate!
In their free time, she and Steven enjoy traveling, running, and entertaining their golden retriever and three cats. Beth also enjoys studying languages and seeing how many books she can read simultaneously. She loves theatre, improv, asking questions, getting to know people, literature, history, music, dark chocolate, and the Sunday New York Times.