We Help Students and Their Families Master the Process of Learning

SOS4Students coaches have extensive experience working with middle school and high school students, families, educators, and clinicians to identify issues affecting student academic performance and to develop clear step-by-step plans for the way forward. Many have expertise in special education, school psychology, educational therapy, and advocacy.

Meet Our Coaches

Bianca Contreras
Bianca Contreras
“I find beauty in the idea that executive function skills work in harmony with one another. They are what make us human. We may have strengths in some skills and could develop a couple of others, but that’s what makes us unique. Executive functioning is not “one size fits all,” so I love supporting students on their journey to finding their uniqueness and success.” (Bianca Contreras)
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Bianca Contreras is a middle school Special Education teacher who currently teaches English Language Arts and Study Skills. Study Skills is her favorite class as she has the opportunity to teach and share executive function strategies.

When Bianca first started, Study Skills was a study hall where students completed their homework in silence. School administrators supported her goal  to design her own curriculum for a Study Skills class that focused on executive function. As a result, she has been able to see 6th, 7th, and 8th graders strive for success through the development of their EF skills.

Bianca earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (Public, Professional, Organizational) from Cal State East Bay and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Along with her Master’s, she has received a Special Education teaching credential with a focus on mild/moderate disabilities.

Bianca is a certified yoga instructor as well as Social Emotional Wellness Champion. Bianca is a dog mom of a Pug and a Bugg (Boston Terrier/Pug mix). Bianca is a homebody. She loves cooking, DIY, singing, dancing, anything related to musical theater, and reality TV.

Vivian Fritzler
Vivian Fritzler
“I am deeply committed to instilling in students a love for learning. I believe that given the right environment all learners have the ability to thrive.” (Vivian Fritzler)
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Vivian Fritzler began her career as a Teach for America corp member and obtained her Master’s in Education from Dominican University. She has spent over the last decade working in private and public school institutions with English language learners, teaching Language and Literature to elementary and high school students, leading a team of high school teachers as English Department Chair, and developing curricula for English language learners.

Vivian has studied and worked in Iowa City, Chicago, and Buenos Aires. These diverse fieldwork experiences have enabled her to quickly adapt to different cultures and objectives.

Vivian’s favorite executive function tip is related task initiation for essay writing. Vivian recommends that students work on learning to develop organized, detailed and thorough outlines because this is half of the work and leads to great writing. In addition, Vivian believes that it is important to recognize that each student has to find organizational strategies that work for them. Sticky notes, planners, and color-coded systems work well for some students. Whereas relying on systems such as Google Calendar can be an amazing tool for students who are more technologically-inclined.

In her free time, Vivian enjoys practicing yoga, reading and listening to audio books, traveling, hiking in Patagonia, and spending time with her loved ones.

Janet Harrison
Janet Harrison
“I love coaching kids with executive function challenges because it is super interesting to see how each individual brain functions. Early on in my career, I worked in neuroscience and the pathways and processes in the brain still fascinate me. My approach to EF coaching is to try to do a deep dive and really understand the particular ways a student learns and then help provide opportunities to maximize learning utilizing those strengths.” (Janet Harrison)
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Janet Harrison earned a BS in Microbiology and spent the early portion of her career working in cancer and neuroscience research projects at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. She returned to school and received a master’s in International Education with an emphasis on Peace Studies.

Janet has worked as a teacher, college counselor, and academic advisor and has worked very closely with high school students with learning differences. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, tennis, and building things.

SOS Coach Maggie Henicle
Maggie Henicle
“I want to empower students to advocate for themselves and to take autonomy over their academic success. I believe all students are capable of achieving their dreams. There is no shame in accepting support to help you get there. I am in your corner, cheering you on.” (Maggie Henicle)
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Maggie Henicle is a teacher at a therapeutic treatment center, working directly with students in small group settings. She has a degree in Education with an emphasis in School Psychology. She has experience working with students from various walks of life and is passionate about creating a safe place for students to reignite their love of learning.

Maggie’s work in executive function coaching started as she began working with students in smaller settings. She realized that telling students to “study” or “focus” often wasn’t the support they needed. Instead of prompting students to study, return to work, engage, and so on, she decided to model for them what those things look like. Now, she teaches her students how to ask for support, providing tips and tools on how to manage time, chunk larger assignments to make them more manageable, and prioritize work—leaning into executive function skills that will impact their lives outside of the classroom as well.

In her free time, you can find Maggie walking around the neighborhood listening to a good podcast or baking yummy treats!.

Kelsi Kane
Kelsi Kane
“Executive function coaching is an incredible process of customizing systems to fit the individual. I love helping students find their new favorite planning tool, organization strategy, and workflow; it  can create a powerful sense of agency for them, which means they are more likely to stick with it!” (Kelsi Kane)
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Kelsi Kane grew up in the Bay Area before heading off to CSU Long Beach for her B.A. in education. She spent six years as a classroom-based teacher in Richmond and San Lorenzo before transitioning into graduate school.

Kelsi attended CSU East Bay and obtained her Master’s in counseling as well as her Associate Marriage and Family Therapy license. She now works as a mental health counselor in public schools in addition to her role as a coach at SOS4Students.

Some of Kelsi’s favorite resources are relevant videos from TikTok and YouTube! Finding resources made by and for young folks has been a game-changer in helping students identify and understand their experiences as well as take ownership of the process. One great resource to check out is the “How to ADHD” YouTube channel, which features great videos on executive function and life tips from an individual with ADHD.

In her spare time, Kelsi loves reading, hiking, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Angela Lucchese
Angela Lucchese
“Working as an executive function coach allows me to help students hone the skills they need to be successful in school and life. Content can be difficult, but I find that students are capable of tackling any subject when they have the strategies and tools that best utilize their strengths and preferences. I love watching students experience success they didn’t think was possible and helping them to work smarter, not harder.” (Angela Lucchese)
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Angela Lucchese is a Bay Area native. She was born in Walnut Creek and graduated from College Park High School in Pleasant Hill. Angela has a B.S. in Physiology from UCSB and earned a single-subject teaching credential in Biology through Chapman University.

In her 10 years as high school science teacher, Angela found that most of the students who struggled with science (her discipline) were actually struggling with organization and the learning process itself. In addition to calling upon her own experiences as a struggling student, she began to research learning and brain development in order to find strategies to further help her students.

As a student, Angela found her later years of high school and all 4 years of college exceedingly difficult. She realized during her freshman year at UCSB that some of her peers seemed to have knowledge of study and writing methods she had not been exposed to in her K-12 education. Angela made it her mission to seek help from these students in order to develop study skills that would work well for her to get her through her B.S. program.

Angela returned to the Bay Area after college with an intention to complete a medical degree. However, while working in a physical therapy clinic before enrolling in grad school, she found that her true passion was to help people learn and self-advocate.

Angela is passionate about helping students find their “academic groove” earlier in their educational careers than she did so they get more out of school and have a better time with it. Angela has worked with students of varying backgrounds and neurodiversity. She has experience with students with learning differences in general and advanced education classrooms, and with helping to formulate plans and accommodations to properly support them.

Angela is a mother of two elementary school aged children. She spends most of her spare time enjoying adventures with them. As a family, they love to camp and play water sports. Angela is a bit of a “sports nerd” and loves to watch local baseball, basketball, and football teams at the college and professional level.

SOS4Students Coach Dayna Rose
Dayna Rose
“I believe that every young person can thrive, given the right support and encouragement. I love partnering with students to come up with the plan and strategies that work best for them.” (Dayna Rose)
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Dayna Rose is an educator with more than 20 years of experience. She started her career working in an alternative school for children with behavioral, emotional, and academic challenges. Dayna then went on to teach public middle school for 12 years, grateful to have worked with more than a thousand students, many of whom she supported with IEPs and 504 plans.

For eight years, Dayna also led evening programs and tutoring at San Mateo juvenile hall. Between her work there and as a classroom teacher, Dayna helped many students with executive function challenges succeed. Collaborating with students, she devised plans for time management, check-in procedures, writing/essay scaffolds, and test-taking strategies. She found that strong, trusting relationships, positive reinforcement, and encouragement proved to be successful strategies.

Dayna attended San Francisco State University where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Education. She left the classroom nine years ago and has been coaching new teachers and training schools in anti-racist structures and practices.

Dayna was born and raised in the Bay Area and currently lives in Oakland with her partner and toddler. She is passionate about racial justice and contributing to the making of a more just and liberated world. Dayna loves to bake, hike, travel, read, and take day trips all around the Bay Area.

SOS4Students Coach Raina Hodge Royale
Raina Hodge Royale
“Executive function is the mastermind behind processing, productivity, and learning. By infusing fun into the equation, we create a dynamic balance that fuels creativity and unlocks our true potential.” (Raina Hodge Royale)
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Raina Hodge Royale has nearly 20 years of teaching experience. She is California native with a New York state of mind: she possesses a unique background shaped by her Hollywood roots, Inland Empire upbringing, and Long Island education. Infused with Afro-Caribbean and American influences, she embraces diversity and incorporates her experiences into her academic endeavors.

As a devoted mother to gifted children, Raina actively engages in homeschool education reform, emphasizing personalized connections and employing social and emotional learning techniques. With a belief in learning as a lifestyle, she encourages goal setting and achievement in her students.

Raina has a Master’s in Educational Psychology, reflecting her profound commitment to fostering learning and growth. Raina loves working one-on-one with students; she thrives on empowering students and motivating individuals to embrace learning with enthusiasm and realize their full potential.

In her free time, Raina enjoys traveling and exploring new adventures. Whether it’s trying out a new recipe, embarking on a spontaneous road trip, or indulging in a captivating novel or movie, she embraces life with zeal and curiosity, and shares her joy with every student she encounters.

SOS Coach Marco Vieira
Marco Vieira
“Every student learns in a unique way. I believe these differences should be nurtured not hidden. If we can harness these individual abilities and channel them, any student can become a well-rounded learner.”(Marco Vieira)
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Marco Vieira works as an instructional assistant at a medical high school in Antioch. After working in school administration for five years, he felt that he was too far removed from face-to-face student instruction. He left his position as an associate director of a non-public school to pursue his ambition in direct student instruction.

Marco started working in special education in 2010 working with a variety of students in achieving their educational goals. While working with students he was able to establish executive function strategies tailor-made for each individual’s unique learning style. Watching his students succeed in their organizational goals became his favorite part of the job and he has had the honor of watching hundreds of his students graduate.

In his personal life, Marco likes to collect comic books, play video games, and play with his three dogs. Other than working with students, Marco would love nothing better than to watch any live music. He practices mindfulness meditation and spends his spare time enjoying the outdoors with his daughter and wife.

Meet Our Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Samantha Okasaki
Samantha Okazaki
Executive function support is critical for cognitively diverse students and as a mother of 2 children with learning disabilities, the knowledge I have gained as part of the SOS team is integral in my ability to advocate for them and their academic success. It is empowering as a parent to walk into an IEP meeting and collaborate with the special education team rather than them telling you what your student needs.” (Samantha Okazaki)
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Samantha Okazaki is a lifelong learner and believes that all people can enjoy learning, as long as they can find a connection that speaks to them and brings that idea in how to connect with others.

Samantha earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology from San Diego State University and holds Associates Degrees in Humanities and Art History. 

She grew up in Walnut Creek and graduated from Las Lomas high school. In her sophomore year of high school, she started work at the local pharmacy, eventually earning her pharmacy technician license. She worked in pharmacy for more than 12 years, spending part of that time proudly supporting the men and women of the US Navy, Marine Corps, and Army in San Diego and Hawaii. 

Samantha returned to the Bay Area to raise her children Raiden and Keilani and make a career change to support small businesses. 

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys binge watching TV shows, working out, creating art, and brainstorming culinary ideas with her executive chef partner.

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