Maria grew up in a small town in Brazil and moved to the Bay Area when she was eleven. She adapted to the new culture quickly and attended Mercy High school from 2011-2015. During her high school years, she found herself working at Belmont Iceland. Belmont Iceland became a great place for her to learn new experiences and develop her skills in communicating and coordinating events. In 2015, she was promoted to “Event Coordinator” for Belmont Iceland and will remain in that position until the closing of the company on April 30th, 2016.

Maria is a passionate learner who is pursuing her dream in childhood developmental psychology. Working with the Right Approach to Education gives her a chance to work with kids and learn new experiences as their administrative assistant.

"Maria is nothing short of AMAZING. She works math problems into games, let's my daughter "teach back", and ends every session with compliments and encouragement. My daughter can't wait to get to see Maria each week!"

​- Kelly S., TRA Parent

Sandra Moore originally hails from northern Illinois, but has studied throughout the USA. She has taught in private schools, The San Mateo Adult School (ESL), overseas in Japan, and also has been a business trainer. Her passion is to work with special needs students particularly in the areas of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Dyslexia.   She has tutored foreign and special needs students in the Bay Area as well.

Her other greatest passion is music. Sandra has directed and performed in a number of company and church choirs throughout her career and performed in community orchestras with her violin, viola and harp. She currently performs solo and orchestral music throughout the Bay Area.  Sandra also has produced one CD of sacred music with vocals, harp, violin and recorder.

Sandra has been a member of her high school Foreign Language Honor Society and the National Honor Society.   
​She was also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society in college. She has won numerous voice and violin contests throughout her schooling career.

“Thank you for all you do to help Sara and Shane improve on their school work.” 
- Lyudmila, Parent

“Thank you so much for sharing your considerable gifts. You are a treasure.”

- Ken Carter, Choir and Orchestra Conductor at Peninsula Covenant Church

College Advising, College Admissions, K-12 Counseling 


B.A. Psychology, Russell Sage College 
M.S. Education, Professional School Counseling, The Sage Colleges

Joanna was born and raised in upstate New York and is a graduate of the all-women’s college Russell Sage in Troy, New York.  In 2008 she was awarded a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with minors in Sociology, Political Science, and Women’s Studies.  During this time she also completed a semester long internship working full-time for the NYS Assembly, and spent a semester abroad through the Semester at Sea program where she visited 11 countries in 100 days while completing a full semester of college courses on board a ship. 

In 2010, Joanna completed her Masters of Science in Education (Professional School Counseling) though The Sage Colleges which included internships at both private and public schools.  She is an  Academic Advisor for Excelsior College where she advises students from various walks of life and from all over the country in completing their online degrees.  During this time Joanna has also been an instructor for Excelsior College’s Success Seminar where she assists new students in transitioning to student life, and teaches basic college skills such as time management, goal setting and research paper writing.   For her instruction efforts, she was nominated for Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award in 2015.  Outside of her time working in education, Joanna takes any opportunity to travel and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her friends, family, and two dogs.

Office Assistant & Spanish Teacher

"I think the biggest value they get is the 1-1 time, and where they can focus on the strength and weakness of both children."  

- Jeff. H. (Parent)

Zeida is a certified Suzuki violin teacher since 2010 and also has training in the early childhood music education curriculum “Despertar Musical”. Zeida has held several leadership roles in the field of music education at the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Puerto Rico. At the Conservatory, she held the position of Dean of the Preparatory School and Director of Music 100x35 (El Sistema inspired program).
As founder and board member of Fundacion Gisela, Zeida lead a series of important endeavors to disseminate the Suzuki Philosophy in Puerto Rico and the Domincan Republic through teacher training, workshops, and community outreach events. She currently volunteers for the Asociación de Violín Suzuki de Puerto Rico. She has also been a Suzuki parent for the last seven years.
Zeida began studying the violin at age 10 at the Special String Program for Children of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. She continued her studies at the Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini with Jaime Medina, and at the university level with José “Pepito” Figueroa and Dan Rizner. She has been a member of the Arturo Somohano Philharmonic Orchestra and founder member of the “Camerata Filarmónica”, Porta Coeli String Quartet and Cuatro Lunas ensemble. She studied Violin Performance at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree, specializing in Music and Business Administration at DePauw University in Indiana. She carried out her graduate studies in Teachers College Columbia University, completing a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration.

View video of Zeida's performance:  LINK TO VIDEO

Violin and Music Performance and Early Childhood Music Education


Violin Performance, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

M.B.A. Arts Administration, Columbia University

B.A. Music & Business Administration, DePauw University

Academic Counselor & College Advisor



B.A. Psychology, UC Santa Cruz 

Zeida Garcia

K-8 All Subjects, Communication, Organizational Skills & Event Coordinating


A.A. Psychology, College of San Mateo (In-progress)

High School Diploma, Mercy High School, Class of 2015

Cristina was born and raised in San Mateo. She graduated from Hillsdale High School in 2013 and continued her studies at UC Santa Cruz that year. She recently completed her BA in Psychology and is hoping to receive her Masters in School Counseling in the near future.

Cristina enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, dancing, and traveling. She is excited to be a part of the TRA team as it will allow her delve into the world of education and make a difference in the lives of TRA students and families.

Cristina Gutierrez

Joanna Heinsohn


K-6: All Subjects
7-12: English, SAT & ACT Prep Tests, History
English as a Second Language (ESL), Special Education
All Ages Music - Theory, Violin, Viola, Recorder, and Harp

B.A., Liberal Studies & CA Teacher Certification, Biola University
M.S., Curriculum Development Teacher Education, Cal State East Bay

Maria Leite

Sandra L. Moore

 Administrative Assistant & Teacher

The Right Approach to Education Staff