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Laura

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 having been the Musical Director for Cafe Kids Musical Theater and one of Academic Achievers KinderPrep Camp Teachers.  Laura's professionalism, attention to detail and fun personality has made her a popular KinderPrep and early elementary teacher.

Carly

Pepperdine University, MA Ed
Indiana University, BS
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

A California native, Carly has a background in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Currently working in a self-contained classroom, Carly is well versed in the Common Core curriculum.  She pays close attention to the way her students learn.   Carly differentiates her lessons in order to cater to all her students' abilities.  Traveling, spending time with her family, and her enthusiasm for learning, Carly brings her passions alive in and out of the classroom.

Karen

Loyola Marymount University, MA Ed. (in process)
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.

Nancy

Oregon State University, PhD, chemistry
University of Kansas, MA, mathematics
University of Kansas, BA, chem., summa cum laude
University of Kansas, BS, math, summa cum laude

Nancy is a well-regarded private tutor with a Doctorate in chemistry and a Masters in mathematics. She has the ability to put the student at ease so they may discover the joy of learning.  Nancy encourages critical thinking, mental math, curiosity, and creativity in each student. She has taught math from 3rd grade to college and finds that using real-life examples is one of the best ways to help students get a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. She especially enjoys teaching elementary math, algebra, geometry and trigonometry and looks forward to watching her students grow and shine in society.

Anne

UCLA Graduate School of Education, PhD  (2017)
Brandeis University, BA, magna cum laude

Anne has been a pre-school and elementary school tutor since 2008.  She is currently working towards her PhD in Human Development and Psychology, with a focus on language and literacy development in young children.  Anne uses interactive, creative, and individualized methods to keep children engaged and excited about learning to read, write and do math.  She has extensive experience with English language learners.  Anne currently works wih the UCLA Lab School.

Marissa

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

Marissa is a popular early elementary tutor and has been teaching 2nd-5th grade for the past 9 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.  She is also one of our top ISEE-LL tutors.

Tara

Wheelock College, Boston, MS, Elementary Education
Northeastern University, BA, Psychology
Teaching Credential

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 has recently worked for World Speak, a multi-lingual school where she taught reading and math.

Jennifer

University of Santa Monica, MA
University of California at Los Angeles, BA
Calif. State University at Northridge, Teaching Credential

Jennifer has been an educator for the last 8 years teaching students in grades K-8.  She has worked with a variety of students and has taught all the core subjects.  She also works one-on-one with students from elementary school through high school and particularly enjoys tutoring Humanities, Writing, Literature, Social Studies, and Public Speaking.  Jennifer's BA is in Art History and her MA is in Spiritual Psychology.

Melissa

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.

Michelle

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.

Susan

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.

Yingdu

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.

Kristen

California State University, M.Ed
California State University, BA
California Teaching Credential

Kristen has been teaching kindergarten through high school to rave reviews for over 10 years.  She has a Masters degree specializing in language and literacy.  Kristen has been a kindergarten teacher, a home school teacher and a private tutor for elementary through high school. She is also a reader for UCLA college essays. Kristen loves to teach and makes learning fun!

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.

Jennifer (Pasadena)

University of Southern California, M Ed 
University of California, Los Angeles, BA, English, summa cum laude
California State University, Northridge, Teaching Credential

Jennifer is a talented teacher who uses humor and passion in her teaching.  She attended Flintridge Preparatory School and is familiar with the private schools curriculum.  Jennifer taught for LAUSD for 6 years and has experience with the gifted program and the Thinking Maps strategy.  Jennifer genuinely loves learning and teaching, and consistently brings warmth and creativity to her tutoring.  She also tutors the ISEE.

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