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Learning Support


Children who struggle with any aspect of their learning are supported at Marin Horizon through our Learning Support Program, which is staffed by one full-time and two part-time learning specialists. Specialists work with students in small groups generally twice a week, although individual needs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Specialists help teachers with modifications and work directly with children in areas where they need support. Specialists spend approximately half of their time directly with children and half managing communication between any outside tutors, classroom teachers and parents.


Marin Horizon School offers a child-centered, developmentally based academic program. The majority of our students enter the school at the pre-school level before any learning differences or issues become apparent to teachers and parents.

When learning issues are identified, the school makes every effort to work with parents and outside specialists to determine strategies and modifications that help children find success in our program. For clarity’s sake and to minimize misunderstandings, agreements and timelines that result from conferences will be formally documented with copies for the school and parents.

Learning issues can be complex, and every child with special needs presents a unique learning profile. As children grow older some issues may resolve themselves, while others may persist and interfere more seriously in a child’s success as academic expectations increase. New issues may also present themselves at later stages of development. In some cases, periodic review may be needed to evaluate how Marin Horizon can best serve an individual child’s needs.

Learning Support Team

    • Linda Blum

      Director of Lower School Learning Support

    • Anna Varnay-Truong

      Director of Upper School Learning Support

    • Dana Dacus-Hare

      Learning Support Teacher, Lower School, and Kindergarten Teacher

    • Jamie Goldstein

      Learning Support Teacher, Upper School

    • Hilary Levey

      Learning Support Teacher, Upper School

    • Kathryn Starke

      Learning Support Teacher, Lower School, and 2nd/3rd Grade Teaching Assistant

Non-discrimination policy: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identification, disability or other category protected by law.