Kaizen Education Founder & Director

Samantha Woods

Empowering Brains for Learning & Life

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Samantha Woods

Founder & Director
Executive Skills Coach
Learning Strategist

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Executive Skills Strengths


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Executive Skills to Support


For the past two decades, Samantha Woods has served as an inspiring leader to children and educators across the country. Beginning as a Grade 5 teacher at an independent school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she has explored the far reaches of the educational spectrum – teacher to administrator to academic coach & now Director of Kaizen Education Services.

Utilizing her experiences, Samantha has become a recognized and well-respected authority on executive functioning skills, creating a comprehensive curriculum in conjunction with a specific style of executive skills coaching to help develop these skills. In September 2013, Kaizen Education Services was born and has since grown to help over 2000 students and their families take control of their learning and lives.

Based on well-crafted and time-tested skills, Samantha brings a strategic intellect to her practice which focuses on making small daily improvements which, in time, provide a significant gain in a child’s life. Along with a specialty focus in matching neuroscience with teaching executive skills, Samantha has developed a comprehensive training program to bring on a team of committed, like-minded educators. Samantha’s coaching style is warm and inviting, understanding that when a student, no matter the age, feels secure and safe, great things can happen in a growing brain!

Her mantra:


Her favourite mentor quote:

“Kids do well if they can” Dr. Ross Greene

Samantha continues to learn and grow while empowering others with her practical research, expertise and unique approach to brain-based coaching. Now, more than ever, she believes that well-developed executive skills will be the key to our students’ success in learning and life!

“Samantha’s disposition is truly kind and genuine which supports my unique needs and individual learning style.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact us and we’ll get right back to you.
How does Kaizen determine what my child’s Executive Skills strengths and deficits are?
We are data collectors. We gather as much relevant data regarding your child’s learning as possible. This includes feedback from the parents, educational psychological assessments (if available), information from Kaizen’s free questionnaire, and any school evaluations or assessments that can be shared with us.

Kaizen has partnered with Mindprint Learning, creator of the world’s leading online cognitive test developed by neuroscientists in the Brain Behavior Laboratory at Penn State University’s Perelman School of Medicine. This Learning Profile Assessment, combined with two, 1:1 consultations with Kaizen’s Director gives you a clear picture of where your child shines and where they need support.

Learn more about the Learning Profile Assessment.

We also offer a FREE online questionnaire to help you identify your child’s Executive Functioning needs & strengths before committing to the Coaching Intake Process.

Is Kaizen Coaching the same as tutoring?
No. Tutoring teaches students WHAT to learn; Kaizen teaches students HOW to learn and WHY it’s important. The essence of Kaizen Education Services is to foster results through incremental steps, focused on building confidence through understanding. Our objective is to highlight the importance of establishing differentiated processes and systems that contribute to the overall long-term personal and academic growth of each learner. Empowering brains for learning and life. Skills that can be applied across your child’s entire curriculum and beyond.
How does my child start their coaching sessions with Kaizen?
Contact us to book your intake, and we will match your child with a coach so that they can get started.
My child has had a psychoeducational assessment completed and needs help. Is Kaizen the right fit?
Certainly! Oftentimes, a psychoeducational assessment is completed and results are shared, but lack guidance and support for the appropriate next steps leaving you, the parent, wondering, “What now?” If strategies are provided, you are often left to your own devices which can create additional frustration.

The curriculum from which Kaizen operates is tailored to your child and their very specific needs. By sharing the results of your child’s psychoeducational assessment with your child’s coach, we can work together to best support your child academically, intellectually, and beyond.

My child has ADHD. How can Kaizen Coaching help?
Typically, executive functions are delayed up to 30% in a child diagnosed with ADHD. More than 85% of Kaizen’s students have been diagnosed with ADHD, and more than 70% with an additional or other learning difference. Executive Function deficits are amplified in those with ADHD and, as a result, our coaches are specially trained in effective strategies and methodologies to best support your child.

Empowering Brains for Learning & Life

We help your child reach their true potential through neuroscience and coaching their unique strengths and needs for lifelong success.