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Meet The Team


Jessica London Jacobs

A teacher of for over two decades, I have spent the last 15 years also consulting and advocating for students in public and private schools, homeschoolers, and child actors and athletes. My professional consulting services have led to exceptional college admissions, improved grade point averages, drop-outs earning diplomas, and students' voices being heard. I advise, edit, tutor, and evaluate and arm my students with the tools to succeed in any type of schooling situation. My clients are mostly in San Francisco and Los Angeles, however, I also work with students on the East Coast, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe. I’ll work with your family to create a customized plan of action for your student, whether it relate to college applications, test preparation, home- or-unschooling, cleaning up transcripts, advanced math/writing tutoring, or early college.. Get in touch to learn more about my vision and consulting approach.


Megan Grieco

Megan Grieco is a teacher originally from New York State with a passion for sustainability, environmental and social justice, and teaching children how to listen to their minds and bodies. With seven years of teaching experience, Megan took this past year to dedicate time to international exploration. She spent time in Peru and Colombia with the purpose of learning about unfamiliar cultures and spending time on sustainable farms to discover how to bring these practices into the classroom. Megan moved to Topanga a year and a half ago. She holds a bachelor's degree in general education and master's degrees in Literacy and Special Education. Megan is passionate about making changes to education, which is what led her to PETALS.


Sonny RYder

A former Ditch Student, Sonny studied Psychology at University of CA at San Diego where he earned his Bachelor's Degree. Sonny is proficient at navigating "systems," communicating with professors, and engaging learners. 

Sonny is also an excellent writer and editor supporting students in their writing assignments and college application essays. Most importantly though, Sonny is well loved by the Ditch community and always kind, supportive, and fun. As an international student interested in social justice, human emotion, and world events, Sonny's input and role on this team is invaluable. 

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