Welcome to the Muth Family Center for Learning!


Mater Dei High School is proud to offer the following options for students in need of extra academic assistance:


Monarch Academic Program for Success (MAPS): Students that have learning differences are often just as bright, if not brighter, than their peers. However, differences in the way they process and retain information often cause them to have difficulty learning in school. A two-tiered, fee-based program designed for students with documented learning and/or attention differences has been developed to assist in narrowing the gap between intellectual ability and academic achievement, focus on not just what to learn but how to learn, and to set students up for success.


Academic Assistance Program (AAP):  This academic support program is provided to all Mater Dei students looking for help in their core classes. 


The Learning Center: The Learning Center (LC) is a dedicated space in the library open to all students who need extra assistance and/or a quiet, monitored place to study.  The LC is staffed full-time by two learning specialists.


The Center for Learning Team


Kathleen Montemagni, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Executive Director, Learning Services




Katrina Fineberg, CET, Certified Educational Therapist

Associate Director, Learning Services

MAPS Teacher Grades 9 & 11

(714) 754-7711 x694



Eva Borbon, M.A., Education & Reading

MAPS Teacher Grades 10 & 12

714-754-7711 x612



Denise Senzig, M.A., Catholic School Administration

Coordinator of Options and Special Testing




The Center for Learning and MAPS team is directed by Kathleen Montemagni, Ph.D., Executive Director of Learning Services. Dr. Montemagni completed her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, as well as an M.S. in Forensic Psychology.  She is the founding Clinical Director of the MDHS resource program and has over 27 years of experience conducting neuropsychological testing and academic/therapeutic interventions at the UCI College of Medicine and within private practice.  Along with MAPS teachers, Mrs. Katrina Fineberg, CET, Certified Educational Therapist, Mrs. Eva Borbon, M.A., Reading, and Denise Senzig, M.A., the goal of The Center for Learning is to provide students with tools to succeed and set them up for success.


*Please contact Dr. Montemagni with any questions*