Juan Garcia, Ed.D.
Founder and CEO
Earning a doctorate is tough. Coursework at the highest level is hard. Dissertating feels impossible. Students are tasked with creating original research almost completely on their own while balancing all sorts of other academic and non-academic commitments. What I do is help doctoral students (re)gain control of their lives, develop work habits that work for them, manage professional relationships, and get past the internal and external criticism that keeps them stuck. My clients gain confidence, feel less isolated, and ultimately take action that moves them forward.
As a doctoral coach, my goal is to help you to not only excel as a scholar but also develop vital life skills. I offer concrete strategies for dealing with the demands of pursuing your doctorate and establishing a healthy school-work-life balance. While providing academic and dissertation coaching services, I draw on my experience earning my Ed.D. in three years, more than a decade as a senior-level administrator in for-profit education, and teaching and coaching experience in both the public and private sectors. I am committed to providing the highest quality coaching service because I want you to succeed in both your academic and personal life. As someone with first-hand experience in the challenges facing doctoral students as they pursue their degrees and fight to maintain a healthy school-work-life balance, I provide honest, but empathetic, support and guidance.
Juan earned his Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC. He also holds an M.A. from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, an M.Ed. from Claremont Graduate University, and a B.A. from Colorado College.
Juan has spent his entire career in education (both the public and private sectors) as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He is co-founder and Chief Academic Office of Business English Elite, a company providing customized English language development trainings to organizations with multi-cultural workforces. Prior to co-founding Business English Elite, Juan
was Director of Operations for a privately-owned network of English language schools with campuses across the United States. He has also directed the day-to-day operations of an Intensive English Program and taught English in California public high schools and university language programs. His career has led to expertise in organizational leadership, hiring and training, curriculum development and delivery, student services, accreditation and compliance, continuous performance improvement, language arts education, English language development, and instructional methodology.
Juan is empathetic to the ups and downs experienced on the doctoral journey and believes that students can overcome obstacles and successfully complete their doctoral programs with the right support and guidance. He provides his clients with methods to get unstuck and become more productive in their studies via coaching that involves time and project management, overcoming perfectionism and other negative internal dialogues, and motivating people to work with realistic expectations and behaviors. He considers the process of earning a doctorate to be a difficult (but enriching) process that should result in a person being able to reflect with newfound perspective upon both the world around them and themselves.
His own doctoral journey was a three-year adventure that culminated in a mixed methods study utilizing a parallel sequential mixed sampling design to understand the knowledge, motivation, and organizational factors impacting working fathers’ ability to achieve their performance goal of graduating on time from their doctoral program.