Elementary Teachers

 

Keep your child on track—learning to love learning—with our early elementary subject tutoring. Our Master Homeschool Teachers in Santa Monica will help keep them from getting frustrated and falling behind or being unchallenged and getting bored during these crucial early years. They’ll also develop key study and organizational skills to sustain their progress.

 

Meet Our Staff

Mary

Mount Saint Mary's University, MA
Mount Saint Mary's University, BA
California Teaching Credential

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mary has been a teacher for almost 20 years. She has taught at several private westside schools and has been a lead teacher for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Mary has also tutored children from kindergarten through elementary school. She has worked with children with a wide range of learning differences and differentiates her instruction to accommodate each. Mary is a dedicated, compassionate, organized, creative and professional educator and has a passion to bring out the best in her students. Mary is the Director of Academic Achievers' Early Elementary Program.

Lara

Acadia University, M.Ed.
Mt. St. Vincent University, BA Ed.
Seneca College, Post-Diploma
University of Western Ontario, BA
CELTA Certification

Lara is a fun, enthusiastic, professional teacher with 12 years classroom experience. She has taught grades 1-3 in the classroom as well as worked with children 1:1. Lara uses project based whole learning to encompass the constructionist project-learning style of teaching. She has been trained in the Lindamood-Bell Reading Program as well as the Woodcock Assessment Tests. Lara has done post-training in mild-moderate special needs and is skilled at delivering accommodations, modifications, and specialized instruction. She builds working relationships with her parents and students and individualizes all her curriculum teaching to the needs of her homeschool student. Lara also speaks fluent French.

Kristie K.

Mt. St. Mary's University, MA, Child Psychology
George Mason University, MA Ed
Virginia Tech, BA
CA Multi-Subject Credential
Virginia PK-6 Teaching License

An educator for 10 years, Kristie recently has been a principal at a middle school in Los Angeles, and previously taught first, second, fifth and sixth grade. She has been a Director of Curriculum, Curriculum Specialist, and Dean of Humanities in schools in Virginia, New York, and Los Angeles. Kristie has a passion for education, especially literacy and reading. She has developed curriculum for a wide variety of learners and learning needs. Kristie believes in aiming instruction and curriculum to the child's needs and interests and developing a growth mindset with young learners.

Kristie H

California State University Northridge, MA
Mount Saint Mary's University, BA

Kristie is a passionate and creative elementary school teacher. She has taught 3rd grade in a private school, kindergarten in Spain, and ELA and science in middle school. She has also taught English to 5th and 6th graders. Kristie has a bachelor's in child psychology and is bi-lingual in both Spanish and English and can teach reading, writing, listening and speaking in both languages. She also loves teaching science. Kristie prioritizes student engagement, interests, and strengths in her teaching practices. Her goal is to help build a student's confidence and challenge them to obtain a growth mindset as lifelong learners.

Monique

Chaminade University of Honolulu, M.Ed., summa cum laude
UCLA, B.A., English, Education
Teaching licenses in Hawaii and in California
NCLB National Recognition Award
Lindamood-Bell Learning Method and other reading programs

Monique has taught K through 12th grade in California and in Hawaii for over 20 years. She specializes in early intervention for children, including assessments and IEPs. Her teaching skills include phonics, reading, writing, math, and science. Monique is an experienced kindergarten and elementary teacher creating individualized learning plans, assessments, and providing curriculum using cognates from L1. She is a Blue Ribbon educator and recognized as a National Highly Qualified Teacher. Monique has worked with children of all skill levels from special needs to highly gifted. Monique has been a KinderPrep and early elementary homeschool teacher for Academic Achievers for over 6 years.

Zoe V.

Occidental College, BA

Zoe has taught students kindergarten through 7th grade. She has developed customized curriculum in-line with the CA State Standards for many homeschool students as well as original STEM enrichment. Zoe’s educational background in cognitive science has prepared her to assess, plan and differentiate for specific learning needs. She is particularly fond of teaching organizational and executive functional skills to encourage self-reliance in her students. Zoe works equally well with gifted as well as children in need of remediation. She is invested, focused, organized, and remarkably patient.

Michael

University of California at Los Angeles, MA
University of Wisconsin at Madison, BA

Michael has been tutoring French to elementary, high school and college students for 6 years. He has also been an assistant teacher for French at UCLA. Michael has been an elementary teacher at a private school in Los Angeles for the past 5 years. He has also homeschooled elementary students focusing on project-based learning. He utilizes Montessori and Emilio Reggia strategies to guide cognitive, physical and social-emotional flourishing. Michael holds a Bachelors with honors in French and Political Science and a Masters in French studies. Michael is currently doing post graduate work at UCLA in Early Childhood Development.

Maggi

University of California at Los Angeles, PhD
University of California at Los Angeles, MA
University of California at Los Angeles, BA

For 15+ years, Maggi has tutored children, teens, and young adults. Her passion is discovering each child’s individual learning skills profile and teaching to their strengths. At UCLA, she taught English and Anthropology as a PhD grad student. She founded and edited a research journal and three creative writing journals and won multiple writing awards while earning three degrees at UCLA with highest honors. The hands-on fieldwork she did infuses her teaching style, fostering interest and ownership in student investigative learning.

Ashley

Northeastern University B.A
K-8 Teaching Credential

Ashley has a B.A. in Elementary Education with middle school Language Arts and Social Science endorsements and a minor in Spanish. Ashley has taught all grade levels ranging from Kindergarten to eight grade. She taught 6th and 7th grade Language Arts and Social studies for 6 years. Ashley developed a reading and writing curriculum with the focus on social emotional learning and common core standards. Prior to that, she taught early elementary for 4 years. She is well versed in working with general ed and special needs students and understands how to modify curriculum and work with challenging behaviors to keep students motivated.

Dena

California State University Northridge, ET
Loyola Marymount University, MA Ed.
Rollins College, BA

Dena has been an Educational Therapist in private practice since 2016. For the last 4 years she has also been a reading and math specialist at a private school for special needs in Culver City. Dena specialized in working with students with varied learning differences such as Dyslexia, Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Executive Functioning Disorder, Dysgraphia and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At Loyola Marymount, Dena worked in the Reading Lab with early elementary students diagnosed with ADHD to improve their reading skills in areas such as phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and writing.

Marissa

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 a multicultural perspective to all her teaching. Marissa is a certified Gesell Childhood Development Assessor.

Vanessa

University of California at Los Angeles, BA

Vanessa is a National Chess Master with 10 years of chess teaching experience. She has taught students of all levels and ages ranging from age 4 and up and she has worked with beginners to experienced tournament competitors. In addition, Vanessa is an accomplished chess journalist, winning the 2017 Chess Journalist of the Year award from the Chess Journalists of America. Competitively, Vanessa is currently ranked within the top 10 women chess players in California. She has qualified for and competed in the US Chess Championships twice. As a teenager, she represented the United States at the World Youth Championships in Crete, Greece. Vanessa specializes in interactive teaching techniques that showcase the fun of the game while optimizing learning.

Patricia

University of Costa Rica, BA
Teaching Credential
Special Needs Cert.

Patricia has been teaching for over 15 years. She has taught preschool and began her career at Bright Horizons in Santa Monica. She has also taught elementary for LAUSD, and Spanish at Wildwood School. Patricia currently teaches Spanish at Crossroads School. She encourages social interactions and fosters a creative learning environment. Patricia believes young students should have a fundamental educational foundation to prepare for a successful school year and beyond. She teaches Spanish from pre-kindergarten children to adults.

Tara

Wheelock College, Boston, MA Ed
Northeastern University, BA
Elementary Teaching Credential
Orton-Gillingham Certification

Tara is a highly experienced elementary teacher who has taught in the classroom for over 10 years. She's creative and enjoys augmenting her lessons with STEM projects. Tara was the Academic Coordinator for an Education and Enrichment Services program in Massachusetts. She was also the Director of Holbrook High School Extended Learning Program. Tara is a Reading Specialist trained in the highly effective Orton-Gillingham Method. She also works with deaf children and children who have visual, auditory, and sensory processing disorders. Tara uses an integrated approach to teaching and has taught 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade.

Audrey

Loyola Marymount University, MA
University of Maryland, BS
CA Teaching Credential

Audrey is the Lead Teacher and Educational Math Specialist for a Los Angeles Charter School. She was selected from approx. 45,000 applicants to become a Corps Member teaching under-represented youth and 100% of her students improved at least one grade level. Audrey is a member of Teach for America and actively engages in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as well as CLR (Culturally Responsive Linguistics) training. She works with Green Dot Public Schools on their Disciplinary Review Board. Audrey was awarded "Rookie Teacher of the Year".

Kristen

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

Kristen is a Master teacher and has been teaching kindergarten through high school to rave reviews for 20 years. She has a Master's degree specializing in language and literacy. Kristen has been a kindergarten teacher, a homeschool teacher, and a private tutor for elementary through high school. She is also an admissions reader for CSU college essays.  Kristen loves to teach and makes learning fun!