Lisa Miller | Co-Director
Lisa was a popular and rigorous English and French teacher for six years at Berkeley High School. She received her BA in French Literature, with a minor in English, from the University of California at San Diego and spent her junior year in France studying at the Sorbonne. She is very interested in French language and culture and loves to travel. Additionally, Lisa spent several years working for an SAT preparation program and is well versed in test-taking techniques.
Since 2000, Lisa has played a major role in developing Classroom Matters’ philosophy and holistic approach to tutoring and mentoring. She designs study skills curriculum for Classroom Matters, travels to Bay Area schools offering workshops and trainings, and regularly appears as a guest speaker at educational events. Currently, as Director of Classroom Matters, Lisa draws on her experience as an educator and trainer to create an environment where every student can discover his or her own love of learning, both in and out of the classroom. In addition to training tutors at Classroom Matters, she has worked as a new teacher coach and mentor for Oakland Unified School District. In 2012, Lisa established Classroom Matters Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide scholarships to low-income families for academic support services.
Tatiana guerreiro Ramos | Co-Director
Tatiana Guerreiro Ramos is the Co-Director of Classroom Matters, with centers in Berkeley and Sausalito. In search of a better quality of life for her family, Tatiana moved to Berkeley from Brooklyn when her two sons, Luca and Dash, were 7 and 4. Since landing in the East Bay in July of 2010, Tatiana has made one more human, a daughter named Ruby; found her professional calling through her work with CM and partnership with Lisa Miller; and discovered the joy of local and seasonal produce. Tatiana oversees the K-5 side of CM's work, and heads up the Sausalito office. She also specializes in advocacy for students with learning differences, as well as ninja-ing reluctant students into loving academic support. By providing a safe, engaging space for learning, Tatiana is able to draw students out of their adolescent, tween, and kid shells, and nurture the natural learner that's hidden underneath the layers of uninspired education they have had. In her advocacy, Tatiana has been described as an "unholy cross between Mother Teresa and a bull in a china shop." Her singular focus for kids with LDs is to get them the support, services, and accommodations that will help them access the curriculum, and become engaged students. A polyglot (English, Portuguese, French and Spanish) and a three-time National Memory Champion (the only woman to win the US Memoriad in its 15-year history), Tatiana enjoys crosswords, KenKen, keeping up with the news from her home country of Brazil, writing, and, most of all, spending time with her family.
Molly Gerstein Gales | Founder/Consultant
Molly founded Classroom Matters in 1998 at the request of a parent. Molly has an M.A. in English Education from Columbia University. She has taught English, history, and drama in Bay Area public high schools, and trained teachers and administrators as UCLA School Management Program faculty. Molly will earn her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute in September 2018. She is currently working at Berkeley High School and will join The Women's Therapy Center when she completes her degree.