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
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. She also works with deaf children and children who have visual, auditory, and sensory processing disorders. She uses an integrated approach to help students with their reading and all academics.
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 Texas, PhD program
Texas A&M, BS, bio engineering
Tracy has been a professional homeschool teacher since 2009. She has also been an academic manager for students in some of the most competitive schools in LA. Tracy can adapt any curriculum to suit the student's needs whether enrichment or remediation and incorporates executive functioning, time management, and study skills into all of her sessions. Tracy works with students in 2nd through 12th grade and in all subjects. Her ability to create project based learning and her knowledge of the California curriculum has led to rave reviews from all her students.
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.
California State University Dominguez Hills, MA, School Administration
California State University Dominguez Hills, Teaching Credential
TESL/TEFL Certified, UCLA
Amy has been an educator for 16 years. She has taught K-8 students with learning differences as well as the highly gifted. Amy is a conscientious Master teacher and uses differentiated instruction based on constructivism and brain base activities and uses growth mindset for encouragement. As a teacher, she has constructed and facilitated a full balanced literacy classroom focusing on reading based on evidence. She is often recognized for her outstanding teaching with promotions and mentorships. Amy also taught 3-5 year olds in Taiwan for 3 years and is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese.
University of Central Florida, BS
Alternative Educator Certification
Multi-Subject Teaching Credential
As a former fifth grade teacher, Gabrielle differentiated and individualized instruction for a diverse group of learners. She has extensive experience teaching critical thinking skills and helping students build a strong foundation in reading comprehension. As a first grade teacher, she planned and implemented lessons in reading, math and social studies. Gabrielle is also a Creative Writing teacher. Through Awaken Arts, a mentorship program, she has taught students how to utilize writing as a creative outlet of self-expression.
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.
California Institute of the Arts, MFA
University of California, San Diego, BA
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. She has lead courses in Mindcraft, 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 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.
California State University, M.Ed.
California State University, BA, cum laude
California Teaching Credential
Kristen is a Master teacher has been teaching kindergarten through high school to rave reviews for 15 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 a reader for CSU college essays. Kristen loves to teach and makes learning fun!
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.