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Julie Albanese - Director of Fit Learning Inland Empire

Julie Albanese


Julie Albanese earned her Master’s in Behavior Analysis in 2011 from Western Michigan University and her Doctorate in Psychology with an Emphasis on Learning from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has served individuals and families with autism and other developmental disabilities in Southern California since 2008 as an in-home behavior consultant. In 2017, her professional path crossed the founders of Fit Learning. Since then, Julie has dedicated herself to building a laboratory in her community and beyond guided by the commitment to transform educational practices in the world so that all learners have the capacity to achieve their full potential and greatness.

Alberto Guadarrama

 Operations Manager;

Certified Case Manager,

Certified Learning Coach

Julie Yepez

Case Manager and RBT Supervisor;

Certified Case Manager,

Certified Learning Coach

Yuliza Hernandez

Certified Learning Coach

Marcelo Pescina

Lead Trainer;

Certified Case Manager,

Certified Learning Coach

Giselle Garcia

Clinical Director;

Case Advisor,

Certified Case Manager,

Certified Learning Coach

Brian Ramirez

Certified Case Coach

Angelina Lujan

Frances Pallagao

Isaiah Bautista

BA Certified
Learning Coach

BA Certified
Learning Coach

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BA Certified
Learning Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome! We hope these frequently asked questions (FAQs) are helpful to you. At any point, feel free to reach out directly to director Julie Albanese to discuss your specific situation and answer any additional questions.

• What kinds of learners benefit from Fit Learning’s approach?

Through its individualized and 1:1 approach, Fit’s method is scientifically proven to help all types of learners.

• A child who is getting poor grades, or whose grades don’t match their academic skills and depth of understanding

• A learner who may not be ready to attend a desired private school and needs to boost admissions scores

• A student with test anxiety

• A child who has lost confidence in their abilities

• Students who are struggling in school

• Gifted learners who could use additional challenges to take their learning to the next level

• Students with a diagnosis of ADHD (or who could benefit from ADHD coaching), dyslexia, slow processing speed, or a learning disability

• Learners who tried traditional tutoring, but it just didn’t work as well as hoped

• What subject areas does Fit offer?

Fit’s curriculum areas include reading, math, logic (beginning and advanced), spelling, penmanship, and grammar and composition. There are also programs designed especially for younger children (kindergarten readiness) and homeschoolers.

• How is Fit Learning different than other tutoring programs?

This is a great question that’s both easy and hard to answer. It’s easy because there are lots of significant factors that set Fit apart from other tutors. But it’s hard because we could go on and on about this. In a word, at Fit, we help learners build fluency in core academic skills. We identify and treat the source of the problem instead of just its symptoms. How do we do this? By uniquely combining learning science, precision teaching, direct instruction, and curriculum-based assessment.

Traditional tutoring, or homework help, involves someone trying to explain the content your child’s teacher is currently covering in class, but perhaps in a different way. Oftentimes there is a heavy reliance on worksheets. Certainly, this homework help is exactly what’s needed for some learners. Unfortunately, homework help sometimes turns into forever help because the underlying skill deficits aren’t ever fully addressed. In these cases, when a student is struggling, providing traditional tutoring in the form of homework help is like putting a band-aid on a broken leg – or taking aspirin to get rid of the headache caused by a brain tumor. Your child might be able to turn in more homework assignments and get a passing grade. However, they’ll feel behind and will need just as much help with the next unit or grade level. Oftentimes, the learners we see in our lab have tried homework help or tutoring programs before but saw minimal results. Perhaps their grades improved for a while because more assignments were turned in. Maybe they even understood the concepts being taught slightly better. But they still disliked the material and struggled to pass each new unit taught in school. They seemed to fall further and further behind every year.

• How do you keep learners from getting bored?

After all, research shows that learning is most effective when students are having fun. Fit keeps learners engaged using:

• a 1:1 approach that’s highly interactive, multi-sensory, and personalized (no small group learning!)

• lots of reward, reinforcement, and celebration 

• fast-paced sessions led by credentialed learning coaches who are pros at motivating students

• an individualized curriculum that meets students right where they are

• What’s meant by the terms fluency and cognitive fitness?

Fluency is synonymous with being an expert, where demonstrating skills appears to be second nature. With the type of training that Fit provides, students become experts in core skill areas. This allows them to effortlessly complete classroom and homework assignments. Even more, when students achieve fluency across the core skills, they experience an actual transformation as a learner. A fluent foundation produces learners who demonstrate cognitive fitness – or the ability to learn and perform as an expert in any academic setting on any type of task. Additionally, they can engage with the material in such a way that they actually begin learning new things. Ultimately, students who are cognitively fit tend to be agile, flexible, focused, perseverant, confident, determined, and able to think critically.

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