About Us

Learning Foundations is a Diagnostic and Learning Center based in San Antonio, Texas. We strive to create a friendly and safe environment for our students to challenge themselves and think about themselves in a positive way.

Our team of experienced trainers are specialists in their field and are caring mentors for our often frustrated children. We are excited to work with you and help your child become the confident learner he or she deserves to be.

Joyce Powell Director of Cognitive Development

Joyce Powell
Director of Cognitive Development

I was drawn to Learning Foundations because of their neuroscience-based, one-on-one approach. My love of science began early as a student at UTSA when I discovered a passion for psychology. After earning my BA in Psychology (with a focus on developmental psychology), I became deeply fascinated with neuroscience and its potential to affect learning and shape people’s lives.

Before finding Learning Foundations, I worked for seven years at a publishing and assessment company in their standardized testing department. I was also the founder and director of a professional organizing company which served clients in the private and public sectors; however, much of my adult life has been dedicated to my family: a great husband and three wonderful children. Some of my favorite memories include reading to my children, helping them learn to read and to develop a real love of reading.

I started at Learning Foundations as a trainer, implementing individualized cognitive programs and later served as Assistant Director. Now, as the Director of Cognitive Development, I have the privilege of working with the trainers, our students and their families to ensure the most successful outcomes possible. I love my job, because of the amazing people I work with each day, but especially because of the joy I get seeing our students reach milestones and grow in confidence and abilities.

I firmly believe one of the greatest joys in life comes from finding work that you love. Even better is to find that your work helps others succeed in fulfilling their potential and ultimately finding their joy and purpose in life. In Learning Foundations, I have found the place that helps me to do both!

Leslie Jernigan Director of Assessment

Leslie Jernigan
Director of Assessment

I joined Learning Foundations in 2004 after 10 years in the public schools. When I was getting my Master’s degree in school psychology, I dreamed of helping students of all ages, one student at a time. Upon graduation I learned just what teachers, parents and students are up against. By necessity, most schools best serve the “typical” learner. For those who learn differently, school can be a holding cell, or worse, a place of daily struggle, frustration, and shame.

As a school psychologist, my primary job was to evaluate students to determine eligibility for special education, and there was a tendency for schools to postpone those evaluations until at least third grade. This “wait and see” approach caused some students to struggle for up to four years before any real assessment was done.

Indeed, I have met students who were in the Response to Intervention (RTI) for years; and while they made some progress, they were still falling further behind their peers. Often, students I did evaluate failed to qualify for services or accommodations in school because they were not eligible, not “low enough.” I was frustrated and doubted whether I was truly helping anyone.

Finding Learning Foundations was a dream come true. Now, I use assessment to plan targeted intervention tailored for each student’s needs. I evaluate cognitive skills such as memory, attention, processing speed, auditory and visual processing, and language processing. For students with difficulty reading and spelling, my dyslexia battery can determine whether they fit the dyslexic profile and what interventions and accommodations would work best. I am a proud member of a team that helps students become comfortable and independent learners, one student at a time.

Ashley Stegemoller Director of Boerne Center

Ashley Stegemoller
Director Of Boerne Center

I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. After graduating from Antonian College Preparatory High School in San Antonio, I made my way to the greatest school on earth, Texas A&M University—I admit my bias—where I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in English.

After graduation, I began my journey to become a teacher, meeting a few roadblocks along the way. I began to question whether my idealized version of teaching was even possible. Then a new door opened itself to me when I was given the opportunity to teach at Hill Country Montessori School in Boerne.

There, I became part of their first dyslexia intervention program where I worked one-on-one with students 1st-6th grade. This environment, where children were free to be children and were taught with a manipulatives-based curriculum, opened a new world to me. I could clearly see how much a student’s environment could affect a successful educational outcome.

After the birth of my son, I took a break from working full time and a was blessed to find part time employment at Learning Foundations, Boerne. Learning Foundations embodies the values I believe should be in every learning environment: patience, fun, and compassion. We understand the struggles and embrace the strengths. I cannot imagine being anywhere else.

Sofia Scarnati Director of HR Finance and Marketing

Sofia Scarnati
Director Of Operations

My role at Learning Foundations is to provide our staff, students, and families support and create a positive environment to ensure the best, most effective intervention programs.

Looking back on my own experiences growing up, I can relate to many of the families here. Although I was a good student, I always wondered why I struggled with certain things, like word retrieval, why my words sometimes “came out wrong” and why I sometimes had to read something several times to understand and retain it.

I always compared myself to my older brother, the classic over-achiever who seemed to glide effortlessly through school and read books with ease. I also saw my other brother, who always struggled in school, especially with attention issues, and how our whole family was at a loss about how to help him.

As an adult, I discovered that I fit the profile of someone with mild dyslexia. So many of my unique challenges made sense after that, and it left me with an even greater sense of determination to help all students who may be struggling.

Natasha Johnson Administrative Assistant

Natasha Johnson
Administrative Assistant

I have been with Learning Foundations since June 2017. I serve as the Office Manager and the Marketing Assistant. I graduated from Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC) in 2004 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

I have worked for multiple non-profit organizations as a Counselor, Residential Assistant and an Office Manager for several years. Before joining LF, I was a Jewelry Consultant for 8 years and during that time, I have also volunteered with several youth groups and churches. After traveling the world, first as an Army Brat, then as an Army Spouse, my family has settled in San Antonio, TX.

Since joining LF I have been able to watch so many children grow and begin to love learning and reading. It has been a pleasure to be able to see so many students come out of their shells and see a boost in their self-confidence. I look forward to coming to work every day because I know there will never be a dull moment. Every day is a chance to impact a young life and put a smile on someone’s face!

Contact Us

San Antonio

2817 Thousand Oaks
San Antonio, TX 78232


215 West Bandera Rd., Ste. 105
Boerne, TX 78260
To learn more about why your smart child is struggling, and what solutions are available for your family, attend our FREE Parent Information Seminar or Webinar, OR call us at 1-844-TX-LEARN.

To find out more about our research-based, clinically proven programs contact Learning Foundations today.

Success Stories

  • I will and have recommended Learning Foundations to friends at work. My son Jeremy has a new attitude about responsibility and his grades. He has more confidence when he is in class. So much, in fact, that he feels he no longer needs me to help him with his studies.
    - Mary A.
  • Learning Foundations has taught my son Kevin how to spell, read and write. When he comes here, he gets so excited to learn. He will actually pick up a book and read it now. That is amazing!
    - Bridget R.
  • Every time our daughter Crystal came out of her sessions, she seemed to be oozing with confidence. Kind of like “I’m smart and I know I’m smart.” That is something we’re not used to seeing. She also does an awful lot of reading on her own now.
    - George F.
  • We would highly recommend our friends to this program because it has made our relationship with Jonathan much happier and easier when it comes to school.
    - Debra A.
  • Learning Foundations has truly helped my child in many areas. He has learned how to focus and concentrate better. He now understands not only why it is important to be focused, but how he can achieve that. I have recommended this program to several parents.
    - Angie O.
  • Fortunately, our trainer Joel warned us that we had to be dedicated by completing our home assignments and not missing appointments. He was very dedicated and accommodated us even on weekends.
    - Greg & Michelle H.

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