Luminaria Learning Solutions believes that every child deserves an equal chance at academic, social and economic success. Our Life Navigator Middle School Program is a two- to three-year, advisory-based curriculum model designed to prepare middle school students with concrete executive functioning skills, social-emotional learning and life management tools needed to develop and promote long-term social and economic mobility and wellness.
The Life Navigator Middle School Program was born out of the work that founder and executive director Ana Homayoun has been doing with students over the past two decades. In 2018, she received seed funding from the Foundation for the Carolinas to look at the relationship between educational opportunities, academic outcomes and long-term economic mobility. As part of her assessment, Ana conducted nearly 100 interviews with students, educators, school district administrators, social workers, non-profit executives, civic leaders, as well as young adults who had been socially and economically mobile.
In 2019, the Life Navigator Middle School Program was launched in two public middle schools in Charlotte, NC.
Ana Homayoun, Founder and Executive Director
Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker and educator. She is the author of three books: That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week, The Myth of the Perfect Girl, and her latest, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World. Ana speaks at schools and organizations all over the world about organization, time-management, personal purpose and overall wellness. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Atlantic, Daily Beast, CNN, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune, and ABC News, among others. She is a frequent guest on NPR.
In 2001, Ana founded Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm, and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents and educators around the world. Since 2018, she has also been the executive director of the Life Navigator Middle School Program, an advisory program with the mission of promoting executive functioning skills, social-emotional learning, and social and economic mobility.