Leadership

Victoria Kindle Hodson, M.A.

victoriaVictoria Kindle Hodson was born and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Western Washington University and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She is an educational consultant and has taught, developed educational programs, and conducted workshops for parents and teachers for more than 25 years.

Victoria has worked in many diverse educational settings that have provided experience with the needs of widely different kinds of learners. She has trained in special education, parenting, communication skills development, and Montessori education. Over the last 30 years she has been developing an alternative way of viewing children as learners. The learning techniques and strategies she encourages are based on her research, insight, and experience in psychology and education.

Victoria has worked with and spoken to thousands of children and parents as well as homeschooling families and classroom teachers, assessing learning strengths, diagnosing school problems, designing customized curriculum plans, and teaching techniques and strategies that help children learn. She has written several books for parents and teachers. With Mariaemma she co-authored and published the Self-Portrait™ Power Traits Assessment and the book, Discover Your Child’s Learning Style. She is also the co-author of The Compassionate Classroom and Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids.

Victoria currently lives in Ventura with her husband, Stan. She enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, and walking at the ocean.


Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, M.S.

mariaemmaMariaemma Pelullo-Willis was born and grew up in Southern California. She attended California State University Northridge where she received a B.S. in Psychology. She holds a Master’s degree in Education, and California Life Teaching Credentials for Regular and Special Education. She has been developing educational programs and conducting workshops for parents and teachers for more than 20 years.

Mariaemma was the director of a private learning center for children with learning disabilities before going into private practice. After 13 years of assessing and treating children and adults for learning “dysfunctions” she knew that she could no longer follow this erroneous and harmful model of education and began researching alternatives. For the last 16 years her passion has been guiding children and their families to understand and appreciate their natural gifts and abilities, and helping adults recuperate from negative school experiences that keep them from discovering their passions and potentials.

Mariaemma has worked with and spoken to thousands of children and parents as well as homeschooling families and classroom teachers, assessing learning strengths, diagnosing school problems, designing customized curriculum plans, and teaching techniques and strategies that allow children to learn. She has also conducted training programs for literacy volunteers throughout Southern California, taught LearningSuccess™ strategies in correctional facilities, has developed assessment and teaching procedures for adult students, and has written books for parents and teachers. With Victoria she co-founded the LearningSuccess™ Institute and co-authored the Self-Portrait™ Power Traits Assessment, and the books, Mid-Life Crisis Begins in Kindergarten, and Discover Your Child’s Learning Style.

Mariaemma currently lives in Ventura, California with her husband, Ron. In her “spare” time she loves to read and garden. Hobbies include nutrition, holistic health, interior design, and personal development.