IT'S WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM
Student, Parent and Academic Coach working in partnership.
The team examines learning styles, work habits,
and current challenges or obstacles to success.
Executive function is strengthened, and the student
is empowered to improve academic performance.
ACADEMIC COACHING IS...
Caitlin Marie Hoffman,
CEO & Founder
Caitlin has extensive experience working with parents, teenagers, and schools as a Silicon Valley educator, academic coach, academic intervention specialist, and screen addiction specialist.
Raised in both the United States and France, she is bilingual in French and English. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from San Jose State University.
She has over twenty years of teaching experience in public schools. She is the Founder of All Minds Matter, Academic Coaching Works, and Digital Detox Works. The coaching center is located in downtown Campbell for parents and teens from Silicon Valley public and private schools.
Caitlin excels at advocating for adolescents, and helping parents navigate the complexities of the education system. She specializes in collaborating with students who are gifted and talented (GATE) or who have ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, or learning challenges. Through academic coaching, she creates new pathways for teens and parents. View Resume.
CFO & Coach
MEET OUR TEAM OF
ACADEMIC COACHES & INSTRUCTORS
Caroline Sienknecht, Academic Coach
Caroline has professional experience collaborating with families and schools to work for the success of all students as a passionate educator, an academic interventionist and parent coach.
As a Silicon Valley native, Caroline has a unique perspective of the Bay Area education system. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from the University of California, Davis and attended San Jose State University for her teaching credential. She is a trainer for Effective Classroom Management and Thinking Maps. She has also received training and certification in Orton-Gillingham Reading System and Effective Classroom Management Solutions.
Caroline is excited to join the Academic Coaching Works team as an Academic Coach and Learning Specialist. As a parent of three teens and over 20 years of teaching experience, she effectively works with students with Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and learning issues. She is prepared to help families navigate how to advocate for the best educational experience for your child.
Parent Academic Coaching
IN WORK SESSIONS, THE ACADEMIC COACH AND PARENT:
Complete an initial in-depth assessment and intake interview
Understand teen through parent's viewpoint
Talk about student's strengths, interests, life outside of school
Identify teen’s academic strengths and areas for growth
Discuss grades, transcript, psycho-educational evaluation
Discover what is interfering with academic performance
Review teen's use of technology, texting, social media
Discuss parent's educational philosophy and goals
Strategize to strengthen teen's executive function
Assess home working environment and routines
Brainstorm ways to balance teen’s academic, social, and extra-curricular life
Plan meetings with teachers and counselors/phone calls/email
Prepare for an SST, IEP, or 504 meeting
Interpret information from a parent/school meeting
Discuss various student accommodations and intervention options
Access other instructional options: online courses, summer courses, SAT/ACT prep, college application process
and MORE depending on you and your teen's needs.
Academic Coaching Works!
Reclaim time spent monitoring homework
Strengthen teen/parent relationship
Reduce 'homework-grade tension' in the home
Value a partnership with an expert coach/experienced educator
Have solutions to ensure your teen's success
Regain peace of mind
Academic coaching is designed to
enhance well being and
IS YOUR TEEN...
refusing your support?
experiencing homework meltdowns?
missing important assignments?
having trouble focusing?
addicted to screens?
identified as ADD/ADHD?
not communicating with teachers?
failing tests and quizzes?
falling behind in a core subject?
being referred to summer school?
jeopardizing a good GPA?
giving up on college?
losing the love for learning?
impacting your family dynamics?
identified as Gifted and Talented (GATE)?
on an IEP or a 504 plan?
IS YOUR TEEN'S
Academic Performance/Mental Health
impacted by the pandemic?
Teen Academic Coaching
IN WORK SESSIONS, THE ACADEMIC COACH AND TEEN:
check on-line for assignments
plan and prioritize workload for the week
study and prepare for tests, quizzes, and presentations
monitor long term projects
check for missing assignments
communicate with teachers
review rubrics and class notes
organize workspace and backpack
ACADEMIC COACHING WORKS!
increases confidence, motivation and resilience
encourages effective study habits and organizational skills
promotes self-advocacy and independent learning
fosters healthy social-emotional development
targets strategic thinking and problem solving
facilitates learning to work effectively with others
inspires the desire for academic success
and more depending on your teen's needs
Caitlin and her team have been a game changer for our son and family dynamics. She connects with her students on a meaningful level, boosts their confidence, and her center instills a sense of calm that’s easy for teens to work in. Our son was literally failing 2 of his core classes when he started at ACW and finished his first semester with all A’s and B’s. Caitlin gets it and knows how to connect with kids and parents alike. We’re so grateful to have her on our side!
-Parent of 9th Grader
We found progress to be almost immediate. Within weeks, our daughter had changed course on her academic performance, obtained a deeper understanding of class material, developed the ability to plan ahead and stay organized, and best of all, exhibited more confidence in herself. If you’ve ever felt like you need another person on your team, ACW is a phenomenal resource.
-Parent of 8th Grader
Caitlin successfully assists students with time management skills and study skills. Her services fill a huge need in the community. Parents can feel confident that the student will be offered all the needed tools for school success.
-Bay Area Psychologist