Josie Porcella is Compass High School’s Learning Specialist. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and recently relocated to the South Bay from San Francisco. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Arts degree in Mild/Moderate Special Education from San Francisco State University. Josie is bilingual and also studied Spanish literature in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has over 6 years of experience working 1×1 with students between the ages of 5-21 on reading remediation, writing, assistive technology, organization and time management skills. She is trained in Lindamood-Bell and Orton Gillingham-based reading programs, the Reading Apprenticeship literacy program, and various assistive technology software programs for students needing a diverse teaching approach. She believes passionately that every student can achieve success, by helping them to recognize their inherent strengths while providing support in their areas of need and fostering their self-confidence.
Josie comes to Compass from Bayhill High School in Oakland, where she taught intensive reading and writing remediation classes, provided 1×1 Educational Therapy for students, and partnered with teachers to support differentiated instruction in the classroom. Her hobbies include reading (of course!), experimenting in the kitchen, yoga, and music. She also enjoys traveling near and far, especially to visit relatives in Puerto Rico.