School Without Suffering is an academic coaching practice providing academic, mindset, and executive functioning support along with formal skill evaluation and 504 consulting and specializing in support for students who experience anxiety.

Our Founder

Laura Fragomeni, Ed. M.

Laura Fragomeni is a Harvard-educated teacher who’s been educating students with diverse learning needs for more than a decade. 

Over that time, she's taught students in grades K-16+ in a wide variety of settings, including traditional public school, home school, private tutoring, and hospital school programs. And she's honed a compassionate, neuroscience-based approach to instruction and academic coaching that works.

Laura founded School Without Suffering to help students around the world be both successful and happy because she believes that when students have the tools and support that they need, they thrive. 

Qualifications

Master of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard University

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Emory University

Educational Therapy training from UC Riverside Extension

California Teaching Credential (clear) with English Learner Authorization

Background report available upon request

Our Mission

Our missions is to help students feel and do better in school. We teach them to master their mindset, set their systems, and persistently practice so they can achieve their goals while cultivating health and happiness.

We help students improve grades and test scores, but we're more than that. We provide life-long tools that learners can use to take control over their external and internal stressors, increase their self-efficacy, and fully realize their unique potential.
An adolescent's neat desk

Our Values

To have a lasting effect for all students, we’ll need to impact the culture of schooling. And for that, we need a coalition.

We want to work with parents, students, educators, academics, allied professionals, and other invested community members to envision and enact change. The first step to building this coalition is getting the word out. Our first public initiative, the School Without Suffering Pledge, is aimed at building awareness and broad commitment to our mission. Ready to get involved?
A diverse team of five gathered around a laptop.

Our Coaches

Academic Coach

Sarah Geshell

Sarah is a passionate teacher and a strong advocate for student support. Sarah is certified in Secondary Education Biology, Chemistry, and General Sciences. She has taught in public schools over the last 8 years, serving students from grades 9-12 in Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Medical Chemistry, and Integrated Sciences. She leads her students with a love for learning and an understanding that every student will come to the table with different needs. You'll find her hosting daily Office Hours and supporting students 1:1 in our Intensive Membership.

Academic Coach

Aaron Thaul

Aaron has 10+ years of experience as an educator. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Math from Emory University with a minor concentration in music. His approach has always been to facilitate his students’ becoming lifelong learners by drawing off their inspiration, embracing failure as a necessary part of growth, and moving forward together. He loves helping students find joy, self-acceptance, and self-compassion in their work. Aaron is available to help students in all levels of The Student Membership in Office Hours each week.

Principal Academic Coach

Laura Fragomeni

Also our Founder, Laura serves as our Principal Academic Coach. She supports students in all three levels of The Students Membership, and collaborates closely with the other School Without Suffering coaches to provide a seamless experience to all School Without Suffering students. She's available for 1:1 sessions and hosts Office Hours Monday–Wednesday at 3:30 PT / 6:30 ET.