Peggy Anderson

Director of Client Services & Academic Tutor

Born and raised in the Bay Area by two artistic parents, I have always had a passion for working with young minds. As a child, I would often “play school” with classrooms full of make-believe children. I was fascinated by the traits and qualities that make every person unique. Fast forward, and after receiving my bachelor’s in sociology from UCSB, I tried my hand at teaching as a City Year Americorps member in East Side San Jose. I taught literacy skills and led an after-school program, and although I loved making lesson plans and thinking of fun, creative activities for my students, I was instantly drawn to the social aspects of working with youth and families, and providing the resources and tools needed to create the same educational opportunities I was so fortunate to receive as a student. This led to years of nannying and working with preschool students all across the Bay Area until I received my master’s in social work from USC and a college counseling certificate from UCSD. I interned in a domestic violence agency and provided mental health counseling to survivors and their families. With this wide array of experience and the fire of advocacy and social justice in my heart, I returned to the world of education to become an academic counselor and tutor.

I now use a very individualized and holistic approach to meet each and every student where they are and to assess their current academic needs. I have a wealth of knowledge in applying motivational interviewing and executive functioning skills to the work that I do. I enjoy modeling problem-solving and forward thinking in every session and providing the one-on-one experience that many students remember for the rest of their lives. I encourage the development of organization, time management, and study skills by incorporating various tools and resources into my sessions. Ultimately, I believe all students have the potential to attend the college of their dreams or to be anything they aspire to be, and I am dedicated to helping every student reach this potential. Whether we are working on English or math homework or preparing for the SAT, I hope to open minds and inspire students to consider the idea that anything is possible!

A lifelong learner myself, I am constantly searching for new hobbies and adventures. My most recent hobby is roller skating, but I also enjoy reading mystery novels, cooking new recipes, and watching reality television with my dog, Mila.

Subjects Tutored:

Interview Prep
ISEE, HSPT, SSAT, and Writing Sample
Academic Study Skills
Academic K-8


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