In 2009, Brad Hoffman and Faya Hoffman – a husband-and-wife team and both Board Certified Educational Planners and Learning Specialists – wanted to find a way to bring together experienced educators and learning specialists at all levels — preK to college — to collaborate on developing the best program for each student while growing with a family over time. They did so by founding My Learning Springboard, a boutique multidisciplinary educational consulting firm and learning concierge® service, whose comprehensive and integrated model was the first of its kind.
Brad and Faya each began their teaching careers in fully inclusive school settings outside of Washington, DC and Detroit. At different points in each of their teaching careers, they relocated to New York City to pivot into corporate careers, which included Corporate Talent Development with a Fortune 100 media company and Public Relations within the fashion industry, respectively.
As learning specialists, Brad and Faya often found themselves in conversation supporting their colleagues with school planning questions. Seeing how overwhelmed, confused, and anxious so many parents felt about school planning and school related matters, Brad and Faya felt confident they could help families to better navigate the various pathways and opportunities available to them while creatively troubleshooting and problem solving throughout any child’s schooling experience. Their Executive Director, Laurie Gross, is a longtime professional colleague and mentor who has been an integral part of the leadership team since the company’s launch.
As a faculty, My Learning Springboard has redefined what it means to work in multidisciplinary, collaborative teams supporting neurodiverse learners of all ages. Our faculty is composed of top-notch master teachers and experts, and we place a high value on professional efficacy and confidentiality as well as teaching with compassion and empathy. Our expertise spans: 1) admissions consulting and school planning, 2) private tutoring, and 3) test preparation. Brad, Faya, and Laurie work in close partnership with each teacher and family, and they leverage their vast network of related service professionals when appropriate (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists, speech therapists).
Our main office is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with in-person and remote services available across the New York City and Washington, DC, metro areas as well as Palm Beach County, Florida. We also work with students and families across the United States and internationally via remote learning and consultation.
In our work together as practitioners and in the way we operate our business, My Learning Springboard promotes:
- Academic excellence and integrity
- Integration of teaching, research, and professional leadership
- Collegiality and collaboration
- Creativity, divergent thinking and innovation
- Diversity, equity, and social justice
- Lifelong learning, for students, teachers, and parents
- Trusted relationships with students, families, schools, and colleagues
- Responsible citizenship in a global environment
We are deeply grateful to the many families and schooling professionals who have trusted us and partnered with us over the many years in pursuit of helping each student to realize their full potential, and we look forward to continued success and growth as an organization dedicated to helping children and families thrive. Read more =>