KinderPrep® Teachers


Motivate and keep your child "learning to love learning" by adding weekly sessions with Academic Achievers' highly skilled Master's level tutors. 

Studies have shown that the absolute best education is one-on-one tutelage. Customized reinforcement and enrichment will keep your child from getting bored or falling behind.  

Because elementary school now moves at a faster pace, our teachers will meet with your child to review and enrich what they have learned, clarify any questions, help them prepare their schoolwork for the coming week, and tutor ahead to preview what is coming up.

Your child will learn excellent study and organizational skills right from the start.

Whether we come to your home and learn with our Homeschool Tutors in Santa Monica or you chose to come to our Santa Monica facility, your child's academics will be enhanced. It is an investment that will pay dividends their whole life.

Meet Our Staff


University of California, Los Angeles, BA
Hebrew Union College, Teaching Certification
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Saba has taught kindergarten and first grade in a number of Los Angeles schools, both public and private. She is also a homeschool teacher for kindergarten through second grade. Saba is passionate about teaching and uses developmentally appropriate practices to help her students succeed academically. She has a degree in psychology and is well trained in effectively supporting emotional development in the child. Saba has taught for ten years and differentiates her instruction to accommodate each child's unique abilities. She has worked with a diverse population of students including children with special needs and children who are highly gifted. She is also a social skills facilitator at a therapeutic learning center.


University of California at Santa Cruz, M.Ed.
University of California at Santa Barbara, BA
CA Teaching Credential
UCLA TEFL Certification
Gesell Developmental Assessment Certification

Marissa has been a Kindergarten and Elementary educator for 19 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 designed and directed Academic Achievers’ KinderPrep Camp for several years. She is a literacy coach and also leads professional development trainings in schools. Marissa is certified to administer the Gesell Developmental Assessment for children ages 2.5-6, an age-appropriate assessment to determine a child’s developmental age and readiness for Kindergarten. Additionally, Marissa is a certified Ayurveda Health Coach and Yoga Instructor. She has been an Academic Achievers KinderPrep teacher for 10 years.


Dallas Baptist University, BS
Texas Reading Certification
Teaching Credential

Kendall has taught first grade for 3 years in the Keller Independent School District located in Texas. Before being a full-time teacher in the classroom, Kendall was a teacher and curriculum creator for Stretch-N-Grow, an enrichment program for pre-school and early elementary. She has also been a kindergarten homeschool teacher. Kendall is passionate about teaching and adapting to the needs of students on an individual level. Kendall enjoys studying and implementing best practices of both academic instruction and social-emotional learning into her teaching. She loves to help others learn in an uplifting and engaging environment that builds positive relationships


California State University, BA
Santa Monica College, Early Childhood
SUNY Fedonia, NY

Ali specializes in Kindergarten readiness, having taught at a private I.B. school in Beverly Hills as a Kinder teacher, as well as teaching the Kinder Readiness class at her current program. Ali has worked with children of all ages and backgrounds to support academic and social emotional growth for each individual. It was in doing this that Ali found her passion for meeting a child as an individual and helping them grow to their fullest potential, and learning how to support the entire family as a unit, not only her student. Ali also teaches chess and acting/dance to children, and is especially adept at supporting early literacy learning. Her greatest joy in life is helping a child learn how to love learning itself by becoming a critical thinker and questioning the world around them.


Georgia State University, MA Ed
Central Michigan University, BS Ed

Daniel has been a teacher and tutor for over 22 years. He holds his Bachelors in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Reading, Language, and Literacy from Georgia State University. Daniel has worked extensively with students at the kindergarten and early elementary level as a lead classroom teacher and educational tutor. He has worked with students from a wide range of abilities and uses engaging and effective teaching techniques to enhance student learning. Daniel believes in lifelong learning has been successful at instilling in his students a passion and joy for learning. Daniel is also an experienced and accomplished ISEE tutor.


University of Costa Rica, BA
Teaching Credential
Special Needs Certification

Patricia has been teaching for over 15 years. Before her teaching career, Patricia was an on-air reporter in Costa Rica. 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 to pre-kindergarten children as well as adults.


University of Arkansas, BA
Alliant University, MA Ed.
Elementary Teaching Credential

Sofia began her teaching career in the highly competitive Teach for America and AmeriCorps programs. She has taught kindergarten through 3rd grade for Kipp Endeavor Academy in both Kansas City and Los Angeles. She has homeschooled kindergarten and taught 1st-grade curriculum in our Academy. Sofia taught at Citizens of the World and specializes in early literacy. She creates personalized plans with the families of students for targeted instruction. She has taught gifted and 2e children and prepares early learners for kindergarten entrance exams. Sofia is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher for children and has studied yoga in India.


University of California, Los Angeles, BS

With over 18 years of tutoring and admissions counseling experience, Judith has prepared and placed over 80 students into highly prestigious private elementary schools, high schools, universities, and grad schools.
Judith specializes in preparing Pre-K and early elementary school students for private school assessments. Judith is a UCLA graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and she studied in a one year program of French, Law and Politics at L’Universite de la Sorbonne in Paris. She is fluent in French and Japanese with a working command of Spanish. Judith loves working with young students and is proud of her many kindergarten school placements.