About Us

When we opened our first office in 1986, we adopted the name QWERTY to reflect the prominent role that emerging computer technology would play in our work as we paved new paths to learning. We are eager to explore with you how, once again, we can employ innovation and insight to enhance your child's education.

We have been a premier provider of professional education services for Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Atherton, and surrounding San Francisco Peninsula communities since 1976. Looking for multi-sensory math tutoring, help with writing, study skills support, learning differences and ADHD testing, or expert insight about how your student learns? QWERTY is here to assist.

Since we began offering tutoring in Menlo Park in 1976, our philosophy has been simple yet inspired: Students who develop self-understanding gain self-confidence and make educational progress to achieve their academic goals.

Everything we do reflects that philosophy. We are professional educators and learning specialists that build supportive relationships through one-on-one tutoring and other education-focused efforts.

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Tutoring Services


Tutoring is an excellent way to develop confidence, organization, motivation, study skills, and to improve a student's overall performance.

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Executive Functions Coaching

Executive Functions

Students with Executive Functions challenges or ADHD can learn to cope with demands from an increasingly complex school environment.

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Learning Differences and ADHD Testing Services

Learning Differences and ADHD Testing

We offer formal learning differences and ADHD testing provided by educational psychologists and learning specialists.

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Admissions Services

Admissions Services

We offer ISEE, HSPT, and SSAT test preparation services, as well as a college essay writing course for seniors applying to college.

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Learning Consulting

Learning Consulting

Bring your education-related questions to QWERTY. Together we can determine how to help you or your child reach their true potential.

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Contact Us

Whether you are looking for multi-sensory math tutoring, executive functions coaching, or want to learn about your student’s learning strengths and challenges, QWERTY is here to help.

Maybe you have unanswered questions about how to best help your student, whether he or she is struggling or thriving? Contact us for a no-cost phone consultation. If we are unable to provide the services you may need, there’s a good chance that we know someone that can.

Our Team

Our team members are skilled in the essential relationship building that brings out the best in a diverse array of students.

Michael Perez

Michael Perez, M.S. Director

"As QWERTY's Director, I wear many 'hats,' but the best thing about my work is helping students to understand that the challenges they may face are navigable once they understand where their strengths lie."

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Natalie Varney

Natalie Varney, M.A. Director of Education

"When there's that "click" when one of my students suddenly realizes that they can actually understand a concept or is capable of better work than they ever thought possible, it's been a good day."

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Todd Daly

Todd Daly, M.A., LEP, LMFT and LPCC Director of Educational Testing and Evaluation

"All of us have learning strengths and weaknesses, but it is through gaining a better understanding of ourselves through assessment that leads us to become more self-aware, independent and lifelong learners."

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Betty Willdorff

Betty Willdorff, M.Ed. Education

"Customization for each student is essential. In my experience, it is this customization that lets students follow the path toward learning and understanding their individual strengths."

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Lori Patton

Lori Patton, B.A. Education

"I enjoy watching students connect their learning to things in their lives. Making learning personal is what I believe makes learning fun and long lasting."

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Ed Stern

Ed Stern, M.S. Education

"Not every student learns the same way. I thoroughly enjoy learning why each student is unique. In order to do this, I make connections with them by tapping into their multiple intelligences and utilizing various methods and strategies to help them reach their potential."

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Kristin Bellamy-Lloyd

Kristin Bellamy-Lloyd, M.Ed. Education

"It's a teacher's responsibility to excite students through learning and ensure they grow. If a student isn't making progress we need to adjust our process. Everyone can achieve their goals in their time."

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Our staff includes professional tutors and specialists from the fields of learning disabilities, educational psychology and educational therapy. Team members are skilled at assessing students' immediate needs, while developing longer-term strategies to improve academic performance and learning.

QWERTY’s Core Service providers are experienced in meeting a diversity of student needs including the development of techniques to compensate for obstacles to learning.


Students at QWERTY typically work directly with one or two of our staff, but in actuality, the expertise and experiences of several staff members are often brought to bear in working with a student.

As a student's needs change over time, we rely on collaboration to determine appropriate next steps. This may involve a student working with more than one staff member, or even transitioning the student to a different staff professional.


Our staff members regularly communicate with parents and in many cases, speak with and work with teachers, counselors and other professionals.

Coordinating between several members of a child’s education team requires sound judgment and communication skills. We are among the most sought after independent educators, so you can be confident that when you engage our services, you are working with a team of experts with unparalleled professionalism.

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