We had the good fortune of connecting with Stefanie Greenberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stefanie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to create a learning center that did not offer a “cookie-cutter” approach to learning. After being in education for over three decades, and working with so many different types of students, I developed an affinity for individualized education. My career was launched when I was hired and trained to work as a Learning Specialist at Sasha Bornstein’s Kelter Center. Through this invaluable training and subsequent training in Educational Therapy, I expanded my knowledge of educational techniques and programs to use with students with all types of learning differences. I found that being a Learning Specialist, and working one on one with students was a perfect fit for me. These experiences encouraged me to open my own business. I launched my business to “fill in the gaps” that my students so desperately needed. While my company’s name is Creative Learning Studio, my employees and I are trained and experienced in a variety of best-practice, remedial learning programs. Our belief is that there is more than one educational solution for each student.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Starting my own business has been a remarkably smooth road and a wonderful adventure! I have an incredible support system, and because I received such positive feedback early on, I never doubted the value of what I was doing. The growth of Creative Learning Studio has been a natural unfolding. I’m extremely proud of our team of educators. We have a fantastic track record of success helping students who have struggled in school. Our Creative Learning Studio team celebrates individual differences, builds upon student’s strengths, and provides tools and strategies that enable each student to thrive. Some of the areas Creative Learning Studio specializes in are: dyslexia, reading comprehension, organization, executive functioning, and writing. We work with students aged 5-20. I continue to explore the latest techniques in reading comprehension, reading fluency, decoding, writing, time management, executive functioning, study skills and test-taking strategies. Our team approach is crucial, and to that end, I really enjoy connecting with parents and other teachers and allied professionals in each student’s life. I treasure my connections in OUR Los Angeles community.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a Los Angeles native, so I’ve spent many years in Los Angeles area. Growing up, I spent my weekends tanning at the beaches of Santa Monica, eating late-night meals at Pages and Dupar’s coffee shops, and roller-skating around the neighborhood. These days, one of my favorite things to do in L.A. is to explore little nooks and crannies of the city. The Arts district downtown, Venice, Silverlake, and La Brea are all cool areas to walk around and check out art galleries and fun shopping. The Amtrak Surfliner is a great train ride to see the California coast. I recently took a walking tour of Downtown L.A., and was fascinated by its history! Right now, my favorite place to eat is in my backyard, with Mexican food from Primo Cocina or Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I feel incredibly fortunate to have had so much love and I encouragement from all of my family and friends. A special shoutout goes to my husband Jonathan, for his endless support. He truly makes me feel like I can do anything.
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