Serving students all over the Bay Area, including those from:

San Mateo

Palo Alto

Foster City

San Carlos
Redwood Shores
Redwood City
Menlo Park


San Francisco
San Bruno

Castro Valley


The need to help the local communities and students is more pressing than ever before. From organizing fundraisers, volunteering, developing partnerships with organizations, and collecting donations, we are confident our community efforts will not only build a stronger educational foundation for students and families but also provide a perspective on learning that will carry them throughout their lives.  If you would like TRA to help your charity endeavors or offer us volunteer opportunities, please contact us at (650) 525-1583 and via email,

Our Teachers

We teach K-12 students and lifelong learners in wide variety of subject areas. From test prep to subject support, our students receive high quality service from our fantastic, highly-qualified teachers and specialists. 

Click on the link to read our student success stories:

Hundreds of Students

1206 W. Hillsdale Blvd., Suite D

San Mateo, CA 94403

(650) 525-1583

Current Clients can now book their own online appointments:

The Right Approach to Education, LLC

Staffed by K-12 credentialed teachers and/or experts in the following academic areas:

Foreign Languages

Social Sciences


Advanced Placement (AP)

High School Applications

College Preparation

Message from TRA Founder

"The Right Approach to Education provides Waldorf inspired 1-1 and small group tutoring to students in grades K-12 and beyond.  We are a dedicated staff of credentialed teachers and specialists who work to understand the needs of each learner who walks through our doors.  We integrate all learning styles and teach through movement, visual aids, music, and hands-on activities.  This approach is so effective, we now work with students from over fifty Bay Area schools, and have helped over 800 families in not only academics but also test preparation and education consultation.  Have a look around our website, and be sure to add yourself to our contact lists.  Enjoy!" 

- Jamie Govoni Hobe, TRA Founder and Teacher

TRA San Mateo 

We seek to find the "right approach" for each child who walks through our doors. Through use of Waldorf inspired teaching practices, Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, observations, and reflection, we target areas of specific needs and teach students using a blend of traditional and alternative approaches.

 800+ Families Served 

Offering Online Sessions Now-April

Our teachers specialize in a variety of disciplines and teaching methodologies. We have specialists in math, English, foreign languages, technology, learning differences, test preparation and more! Watch a video about TRA Teacher, Kara: Link

At TRA, we believe it is a social responsibility in providing high-quality education and access to each individual who comes to us, regardless of his or her social and/or economic circumstances. By giving back to the community, TRA strives to help students from all backgrounds and provide for those who would otherwise be left behind due to societal challenges, such as poverty or inadequate access to basic social services.

Our Students

Accepted to their
First Choice Schools :

High Schools

Crystal Springs Uplands

Sacred Heart Prep.

Menlo School


Lick Wilmerding 

 Woodside Priory

Notre Dame 

Saint Ignatius




St. Francis

and more!

Colleges and Universities

UC Santa Barbara



Cal Poly SLO​

UC Berkeley

American University

Columbia University


Stanford University

Marquette University

Vanderbilt University

Santa Clara University

Georgetown University

Scripps College

and more!

Our Services

What is the Right Approach?

All of our services are performed by highly qualified instructors who adhere to the needs of the student. Each teacher individually develops a rich learning program that is specific to the needs of your child.

Visit our Test Prep and Services pages!


By the Numbers

Thank you for your generous support of our small business. Education is our #1 priority, and we truly believe that through education, we are securing bright futures for all. Your donation goes directly towards funding our teachers and covering our costs during this economic crisis. Thank you for all you do; we promise to pay it forward!

Certified Teachers

New clients, please use the contact form below.

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."

- Maya Angelou

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TRA Entrance is to the left of the Belbien Day Spa

TRA Gives Back

"I’ve never seen my 7th grader so excited to show me her report card! Maria [TRA Teacher] and The Right Approach has given my daughter confidence in her ability to tackle challenging work, manage project timelines, change her mindset, and master middle school.
Thank you for helping her be AND feel successful!"

- Kelly S. (Parent)