Building on the Best / Word Lab

Building on the Best is based on the understanding that difference is not a deficit. We facilitate evidence based learning about literacy, positive behavior, and learning differences (including dyslexia and autism).
Offerings include workshops for parents and teachers, instructional coaching for schools, and literacy programs for children. Please contact for more information about supporting your school or family.

In business since June, '11
Alexis Filippini

Camp Director Dr. Alexis Filippini is the organization’s creator and executive director. She holds a PhD (and MA) in special education from UC Santa Barbara, a BA in linguistics, and an education specialist credential...

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Ryan Nepomuceno

This will be Ryan's third year teaching alongside Alexis to integrate literacy and the outdoors. Ryan ("Mr. Nepo") also teaches experiential environmental education at a school garden in Oakland with kindergarten thro...

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This summer Alexis will be joined by a Garden Teacher, Teaching Fellow and Junior Teacher. Bios and photos coming soon!

All teachers are CPR/FirstAid certified and have passed comprehensive background checks.

Teaching Fellow

Our Teaching Fellow is either in the process or recently finished their teacher training program. This competitive Teaching Fellowship is designed for post-baccalaureate educators looking to gain experience in researc...

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Building on the Best / Word Lab