Founding Partners

Christina Clark, founder, Foundations TutoringChristina Clark is an experienced Special Education professional.  She started her teaching career as a Teacher of the Deaf, working first in the public schools and then transferring to the California School for the Deaf where she taught in the elementary grades for more than 10 years.  Christina has also taught Resource (Special Education) in the Fremont, Livermore, and Pleasanton schools, where she specialized in reading, writing, and math intervention.  Her degree in Communicative Disorders and early training with deaf students uniquely prepared her to work with students who have learning differences, given that most at risk students have language-based auditory challenges.  She has also made it a goal to attend workshops and conferences related to reading disorders and brain science throughout her career.  In 2001, Christina founded the Barton Reading Program within the Pleasanton Schools, which provided at risk students one-on-one specialized tutoring through the generosity of well-trained, monitored and supported volunteer tutors.  When the program was eliminated from the district at the end of the 2012/13 school year, she left the district to become a founding partner of Foundations Tutoring, offering the same effective one-on-one tutoring that had already significantly improved the reading, spelling, and writing of over 450 students.

dianaDiana Orton Johansson graduated from UC Berkeley in 1984 and received her Multiple Subject Credential in 1985 from San Francisco State University.  She taught in both public and private schools for 16 years, with classrooms ranging from pre-school through middle school. In 2002, she gave up her teaching position with Pleasanton Unified School District following contract changes relating to her job share position.  In September of that same year, she began volunteering for the Pleasanton Barton Reading Program and became a Certified Barton Tutor in 2003. In 2005, she was hired as the Barton Facilitator at Harvest Park Middle School, where she was in charge of identifying students for the program, supporting volunteer tutors, and testing students to evaluate their progress.  In 2006, Diana was asked to implement and manage an intervention program at Wells Middle School in Dublin using the Barton program; she modeled this program on that used in the PUSD, providing training and supervision to volunteer tutors as well as evaluating the students’ progress. In 2011, Diana added Hart Middle School to the schools she was facilitating. In addition, Diana also ran a private tutoring business utilizing the Barton and Making Math Real programs from 2004 until late 2013, at which time she became a founding member of Foundation Tutoring.

Caron French, Foundations TutoringCaron French (co-owner) graduated in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from California State University, East Bay. After graduation Caron spent 7 years as an office manager running several small and large businesses. Her primary focus was developing new procedures for office policies and human resources. In 1999 Caron moved to Pleasanton with her husband to raise their two children. In 2005 she was introduced to the Barton Reading Program, which is approved by the California Department of Education and offers one-on-one tutoring specifically designed to help struggling readers and spellers. Caron immediately began volunteer Barton tutoring at Hart Middle School. In 2006 she took the position of Barton Facilitator at Donlon Elementary School, where she worked with teachers to schedule students who were identified at risk. Caron also worked with tutors to develop individualized lesson plans for each student, monitored students’ progress, and scheduled and supervised all the volunteer tutors on site. Caron worked as the site-facilitator for 5 years until the program was eliminated in 2011. Thereafter, Caron continued privately tutoring students, and in 2013 she became a founding member of Foundations Tutoring LLC, a company that continues the efforts of helping struggling students to read and spell.

LaurieLaurie Kristof graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a BS in Industrial Technology and a concentration in Marketing in 1989.  She began her career in the Aerospace Industry as a Manufacturing Planner/Technical Writer.  In 2000, Laurie worked as an Operations Manager for a small company and then in 2002, after years of advocating for her own daughter diagnosed with learning differences, discovered her passion to work with students with reading challenges.  Laurie began as a volunteer for the Pleasanton Barton Reading & Spelling Program and in 2006 was hired as an Early Intervention Barton Tutor at Valley View Elementary School.  She provided one-on-one, multi-sensory tutoring to students identified at risk.  Laurie became a Certified Barton Tutor in 2008 and in 2011 transitioned to a Barton Facilitator position at Valley View where she identified students for the program, supported tutors, monitored student progress and coordinated scheduling. As a private tutor and business woman, Laurie created and managed a successful tutoring business from 2006-2013.  Using the Barton Program, she continued to tutored students from K-12 and handled all day-to-day operations until she became a founding member of Foundations Tutoring.