About Us

Our mission at Saga Educators is to use our extensive training, background and experience in the education industry to help people be more effective in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

Gary Abud, Jr., MAT

Gary is an Educational Consultant who brings his experience in education from the local to national level to inform the work he does for his clients. He takes a personalized approach to assessing client needs, identifying areas of focus, and coaching individuals to move toward what they value as they build their skills. Previously, Gary has served schools as a science teacher, principal, curriculum specialist and college instructor. In 2014, he was named Teacher of the Year for the state of Michigan and in 2015 he received the Bammy Award for high school teaching. He has spoken at TEDxDetroit, the Michigan Governor’s Education Summit, and numerous conferences around the country. Gary is an accomplished master teacher whose work has been recognized by the Michigan Governor’s Office, U.S. Department of Education, and the White House. In addition to his work with schools, Gary is a member of the Board of Directors at the Meemic Foundation, co-founder of #LoveTeaching Week, and past co-host of the weekly talk radio program Teachers of the Year Radio on BAM Radio Network. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in education, and has completed post-graduate programs in teacher leadership and school administration. In addition to being an award-winning educator, Gary is a double cornea transplant recipient. Since having his sight restored, he was moved to use his teaching gifts to make science fun for kids by creating a children’s picture book series, Science With Scarlett, about a young girl scientist and her teddy bear assistant who do experiments with the reader.

Janice Abud, MAT, CTP-E

Janice is an Educational Consultant who works with clients and their families to grow their productivity, time management, independence and success through executive coaching and family advising. She believes there lies within every person a potential to thrive, even where there may be barriers to overcome. Janice’s strengths-based approach helps to unlock each individual’s maximum potential. She has served students and families for a decade in public schools as a Special Education Teacher Consultant, Special Education Department Head and Resource Room Teacher at the middle and high school levels. Additionally, Janice has served on a district assistive technology team, and participated in the Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project intensive training. Janice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Wayne State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. She holds endorsements in Cognitive Impairments and Learning Disabilities. Janice completed the National Network of State Teachers of the Year Social Emotional Learning Fellowship and is a certified Level 1 Trauma Practitioner in Education through Starr Commonwealth.

Our Experience

We bring decades of combined experience to the work that we do for our clients. We believe that our personalized consulting services can assist clients in gaining insights into their strengths, values, and skills, so they are better equipped to overcome the challenges they face in any domain of life. We hold degrees, certificates, and microcredentials in numerous areas of teaching, educational psychology and leadership, including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Adaptive Schools
  • Blended Learning
  • Brain Based Learning
  • Cultural Responsive Teaching & Learning
  • Design Thinking
  • Educational Leadership
  • EmpowerMind Accelerated Learning
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Restorative Justice
  • Special Education
  • StrengthsFinder
  • Trauma Informed Schools