ANDREA FISHER, FOUNDER
Academic Coach & Math Tutor
Growing up in a household of educators, Andrea’s commitment to academics began at an early age. She earned a scholarship to play Division I volleyball at the University of Georgia and graduated Cum Laude, earning a B.S. in Mathematics Education as well as a single subject teaching credential. She followed her passion for education and became a high school math teacher at Mission Hills High School in Southern California. She was fortunate to work with a diverse student body and serve on committees focused on curriculum alignment, assessment, and state testing. During this time she also served as the head coach for the boys & girls varsity volleyball teams at Mission Hills, which helped her reconnect with the student-athlete community and take the next step in her career.
In 2012 she became a Learning Specialist in the UCLA Athletic Department, working closely with student-athletes by providing intensive academic skill building and ensuring access to resources. Through her weekly one-on-one sessions with student-athletes, she became attuned to the their need for structure and organizational strategies to keep them on track while balancing the competing demands of their academic and athletic commitments. She was promoted to Football Academic Coordinator in 2015, which gave her the opportunity to concentrate on the 120 football student-athletes and their unique goals and challenges. In this role she was responsible for coordinating the academic operations of the football program, providing guidance in course and major selection, monitoring the academic progress and NCAA eligibility of each football student-athlete, and collaborating with her academic support team to develop and implement individualized academic support plans. With demanding practice schedules and ambitious academic plans, she guided student-athletes towards techniques that would help them structure their time and keep them on track to graduate from one of the most rigorous and prestigious universities in the world.
In addition, she has spent the past 14 years as a private tutor and academic coach for students ranging from 4th to 12th grade. Working closely with students and families, she has been a consistent resource and provided support in a variety of areas. Through all of her work experience, she has developed strategies to help students succeed, reach their goals, and build confidence along the way. She has experience working with disability identification and has witnessed many of her students overcome learning obstacles and academic challenges with tailored guidance and support.
Mattie has worked in education since graduating Cum Laude from Pepperdine University in 2011 with a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications. Following graduation Mattie worked in early childhood education in a Reggio Emilia centered school which focuses on child-led development, providing targeted learning support to each child. Mattie then completed her Master’s degree in Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California.
Mattie served as a Learning Specialist at UCLA for four years, conducting weekly one-on-one academic support sessions designed to provide intensive academic skill building. She also built curriculum, maintained resources, and provided instruction in learning skills such as time management, critical thinking, reading, revision process, note taking and test taking strategies. In addition, she was responsible for coordinating all educational needs intake interviews, learning disability testing, diagnostic testing reviews, and implementation of accommodations for assigned students. Mattie then was promoted to the Football Academic Coordinator role at UCLA where she was responsible for the coordination and administration of the academic program for the football team, and for coordinating the academic support plan for the 120 football student-athletes.
Through her various roles and experiences, Mattie has had the pleasure of working with students from many different walks of life - from those who have access to a variety of resources to students who have never had academic support in their lives. Her ability to connect with students, understand their needs, and tailor programs to their specific goals helps her students achieve academic success.