Brad S. Hoffman, CEO and founder of My Learning Springboard, has always loved working with students and their families. He believes in the power of collaboration and advocates for a holistic, 360-degree view of education. Over the past 15 years, Brad has worked with students from pre-kindergarten through Fortune 500 executives as a classroom teacher, tutor, curriculum writer, human resources specialist, career coach, and educational consultant. Brad graduated magna cum laude from Penn State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and then completed a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at Hood College graduating with honors. He is also an Elementary Math and Science Specialist and holds an Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate from the state of Maryland. Brad is a member of the Association of American Educators, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Parents League of New York.
During his undergraduate career, Brad was an Assistant Teacher at Penn State’s Bennett Family Center (formerly called the Penn State Child Care Center) during all four years of college. He worked with children ages birth through 5 and participated in the center’s accreditation process with NAEYC. During his senior year of college, Brad was a Teacher Intern in England while studying at University of Chichester. There he taught a Year 2 class (ages 6/7) at an Infant School in all areas of the curriculum, including literacy, numeracy, technology, science, religion, history, PE, and Art. Upon graduation, Brad secured a full-time position in Frederick County, Maryland. The school, located in a rural part of the county, was an Inclusion Program, which meant that children with both learning differences and physical disabilities were fully included in the regular classroom. One-third of his students had dyslexia, and two of his students were children with autism.
“It was really challenging, but I learned a lot about differentiating instruction,” Brad says of the experience.
He played an integral part in facilitating his students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEP), a documented plan to help meet the unique needs of an individual learner who often has a learning disability. This assistance often required a team of experts to meet, ranging from the speech language specialist and school psychologist, to the parents, principal and teacher. Working collaboratively always led to increased professionalism and greater student success.
After two years at this school, Brad wanted to be in a more diverse setting and transferred to Montgomery County Public Schools. He taught fourth and first grades at Somerset Elementary School in Chevy Chase, Maryland for five years. Somerset is one of the highest ranked elementary schools in Maryland. It is also a model Inclusion Program school. During this time, Brad earned his Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as privately tutored students. He also partnered with the Somerset Educational Foundation, school faculty, and the school counselor to develop K-5 Service Learning curriculum. Brad presented his curriculum work at both the county and state departments of education.
In 2006, Brad moved to New York City to start his second career in Human Resources with a Fortune 100 Media Company. As an educator, Brad brought a unique perspective to Corporate America and focused on Talent Development. He worked with clients across several work locations, divisions, and countries – over 5,000 employees – to design and implement customized learning solutions and strategic recruiting efforts to attract, develop, and retain talented employees. Brad also designed and managed summer internship programs for college and MBA students interested in media, general management, finance, and marketing career paths. These programs were designed as 10-week projects so that management could assess intern performance on authentic, thoughtful, and substantive tasks, while interns were also able to assess the company as a good fit for starting their careers.
In 2009, Brad launched My Learning Springboard to help families construct and manage private teams of experts focused on educational consultation, which includes academic support, enrichment teaching, strategic test preparation, professional development, teacher mentorship, and curriculum development. In 2011, Brad left Corporate America to further expand My Learning Springboard in the New York City metropolitan area, Washington, DC metropolitan area and southeast Florida.
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