Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela, leader and advocate.

Greetings Parents!

My name is Ms. Marina (Marina Barbrosa). I am an educator who has devoted my life to helping elementary school aged children learn in a fun, effective, and natural way!

Through education and experience; a masters degree in education psychology (the science of learning) and 15 years experience working with children as a learning specialist, tutor, and credentialed teacher; I have found that learning through play, or for older students, incorporating fun activities is the most natural and effective way for a child to learn.

My methods are new, unique, and very effective! By blending the science of learning, cutting edge teaching methods (direct instruction!), and natural learning I am focusing the child’s skill, motivation, and energy towards a specific learning goal; making learning effortless and efficient.

Ms. Marina’s Education and QualificationsMy education includes; an advanced degree from Chapman University (M. Edpsy), a teaching credential, and a specialty in behavior analysis. Awards and Honors include; Parenting 2.0 Global Presence Ambassador (Parenting 2.0 is a parenting advocacy group) and Chapman University department of Psychology and Educational Psychology Honors.

To learn more about my education and experience visit my LinkedIn professional webpage by clicking here.

What is educational psychology and how does it benefit students? Educational psychology is the study of learning including; methods of teaching, how an individual learns best, child development and psychology, and special education and all related topics.

What is a behavior specialist and how does it help children learn? Behavior analysts apply behavioral psychology techniques to help individuals succeed. While many professionals use behavior psychology to focus on the treatment of individual with Autism; I strive to bring the principles of behavior psychology to a variety of different settings and people including; parents, children, and teachers. (Note: I am currently completing fieldwork to become a board certified behavior analyst; I am not a BCBA)

Ms. Marina’s Experience and Training: Experience: Sixteen years ago I began working with children of all ages and abilities. Over nearly two decades I have been lucky enough to have touched the lives of many children of all ages and abilities as an; educator, special needs instructor in a non-public school, tutor, behavior therapist, conflict resolutions manager, care-taker, and respite care provider.

As an alumni of Chapman University’s educational psychology program, I have studied the most recent and scientifically based ways to educate and motivate children. My areas of knowledge include;

  • Learning theory and teaching practices.
  • Child and adolescent psychology.
  • Therapy and counseling (Solution Focused or SFBT).
  • School based psycho-educational assessments (IQ and achievement testing).
  • Educational systems for general education and special needs students.
  • Leadership and development.

Ms. Marina’s Awards and Honors:

  • Parenting 2.0 (parenting advocacy organization) Global Presence Ambassador.
  • Chapman University department of Psychology Honors.
  • National Honors Society in Psychology (Psy-Chi honors).
  • Chapman University department of Educational Psychology Provost Honors.

Advocacy and Volunteerism:

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


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