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University of California, Santa Cruz, M. Ed
University of California, Santa Barbara, BA, cum laude
UCLA TEFL Certificate/California Teaching Credential
Gesell Assessment Certification

Marissa has been a Kindergarten and Early Elementary educator for 15 years.  She has presented at Growing Educators for their Literacy Program and has designed units of study in American History for the California Charter School Association.   Marissa has also led programs in STEAM for math and science. Because Marissa has studied and taught in Spain and South America, she brings multicultural perspective to all her teaching. Marissa is the Director of our KinderPrep and Early Elementary division and administers all KinderPrep and Early Elementary Assessments.


California State University, M Ed
Southeast Missouri State University, BA
California Teaching Credential

Currently teaching in a German immersion classroom, Laura has taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.  Laura has also been a middle school remediation teacher.  Her multi-talented background includes being the Musical Director for Cafe Kids Musical Theater, KinderPrep Camp coordinator, and one of Academic Achievers international traveling tutors.  Laura's professionalism, attention to detail and fun personality has made her a popular KinderPrep and early elementary teacher.


Loyola Marymount University, MA Ed.
Texas Southern University, BA

A native of Texas, Karen has been teaching elementary school children for over 15 years.  She has worked as a teacher, teaching assistant, and tutor both in Texas and California respectively.  She was most recently assisting teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District while studying for her Master's degree in Elementary Education.  With a strength in reading literacy and language arts, Karen uses fun and practical strategies that will educate and engage all students.


University of New Haven, M.S.
Gettysburg College, B.A.
Elementary Teaching Credential

Melissa has been a passionate elementary educator for over 17 years. She started her career in Connecticut earning a Master's program in Education where she taught third grade for almost a decade in Maryland. Her LA experience has included teaching third grade for 4 years at the Laurence School and 3 years at Seven Arrows Elementary School. Since her Master's Degree in education, she has continued her professional development with over 50 credits in education. Melissa also prepares students for the ERB and ISEE tests.


Queens College, MA
SUNY Oneonta, BS

Michelle Castro is a seasoned academic mentor and academic tutor.  She taught math and provided reading and writing remediation and strengthening for private institutions and tutoring companies.  She had successfully worked with a diverse array of learning differences and psychological disorders and is trained in executive functioning skills. Michelle excels with grades ranging from 4th grade through 12th; whether strengthening foundational gaps or furthering an already advanced student. Michelle is currently applying for PhD programs in Clinical Psychology.


Wheelock College, Boston, MS, Elementary Education
Northeastern University, BA, Psychology
Elementary Teaching Credential
Orton-Gillingham Certification

Tara was the Academic Coordinator for an Education and Enrichment Services program in Massachusetts.  She was also the Director for Holbrook High School Extended Learning Program.  Tara is a Reading Specialist trained in the highly effective Orton-Gillingham Method and has also worked with deaf children assessing their individual reading progress. She also works for World Speak, a multi-lingual school where she teaches reading and math.


California State University, M Ed
University of California at Riverside, BA
CA Teaching Credential

Susan has worked with elementary school students for over 8 years.  She values the gift of education and is committed to ensuing her students grow up to be independent and confident young learners. Susan wants to make a difference in the lives of her students.  She has also volunteered her skills in Japan and India. Susan is an excellent K-8 teacher and an experienced ISEE/HSPT tutor.


University of San Francisco, BA, cum laude
Louisiana Elementary Teaching Certification
Florida Professional Teacher Certification
California Mild-Moderate Disabilities Specialist Credential

Jessica originally attended Wildwood and Windward School in Los Angeles and became a motivated elementary and special education teacher committed to providing a supportive environment for children with and without special needs. She has taught 3rd and 4th grade in both Florida and Louisiana and has designed engaging student-driven, multi-dimensional reading and spelling curriculum to students in 1st to 5th grade whose abilities surpassed their academic achievements.


University of California at Berkeley, BA
Lindamood Bell Certification

Atusa is a Reading Specialist experienced in decoding through phonological and orthographic processing. She uses sensory-cognitive processes that underlie reading and comprehension.  Atusa has also worked as a Behavioral Therapist for 3 and 4 year olds using applied behavior analysis techniques to increase language and communication. Adept at lessoning planning, creating new curriculum, and designing syllabi, Atusa tailors her instructional style to individual children's needs.


Harvard University, BA, cum laude

Nancy is an educator with nearly 10 years experience. Her focus is in technological literacy and demystifying coding for all learners. She has worked with students in grades k-5 for nearly 7 years in a wide range of subjects, including language arts, math, and tech. For 2 years she was the lead teacher at STAR Education Minecraft summer camps.  She has lead courses in 3D printing, Kano, and has taught tech literacy at dozens of schools all over LA. Most recently Nancy was a Web Design instructor at a school in Venice.


University of Virginia, M Ed
University of Virginia, BA, cum laude
Teaching Certification

As a tutor and classroom teacher in Virginia, Lindsay planned and taught students in grades 3rd through 7th.  She is specifically trained to work with students with learning differences, applying tools and techniques to suit each student's unique learning style. Lindsay has also taught children with behavior challenges, finding ways to help even the most difficult students. She is also an accomplished musician and has toured all over the country. Her passion and charisma inspire students to want to learn and achieve their full potential.


University of Southern California, MA, TESOL
Lanzhou University of Technology, BA, summa cum laude

Yingdu is a Mandarin/English teacher in an elementary school and specializes in teaching K-2.  Not only is Yingdu a proficient teacher of Mandarin and English, she collaborated in designing and implementing an after school Mandarin program for English speaking teachers. As top of her class at Lanzhou University, Yingdu is also the recipient of the National Endeavor Fellowship, Merit Scholarship, and was named "Outstanding Graduate Student" in 2014.

Britt (South Bay)

University of California Los Angeles, MA Ed
Stanford University, BA
CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Britt's varied background both inside and outside the classroom allows her a unique perspective on children and learning. Her classroom experience ranges from 1st-6th grade and includes overseeing a school reading enrichment and peer-mentoring program. In addition, being a mother of two successful college graduates has enhanced her understanding of the challenges faced by parents and students today. She attempts to teach the "whole" child and strives to promote a lifelong passion for learning.

Angela (Long Beach)

New York City College, MFA, Creative Writing
Fordham University, MS Ed, Curriculum Development
Fordham University, BA, Elementary Education

Angela has taught 2nd and 3rd grade and has published and presented literacy practices for teaching reading in K-6. She has been a reading and writing consultant for professional language arts companies. Angela is a well known presenter and teacher of best practices for literacy instruction, components of guided reading, balanced reading and writer's workshop. She works with children from kindergarten through 6th grade.

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