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 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


California State University, MS Ed.
Manhattan Graduate School of Education
State University of New York, BS Ed.
California State Teaching Credential

Lauren has taught TK through 2nd grade in New York and California and is currently a transitional kindergarten teacher for a private school on the westside. She also is on their admissions team and administers comprehensive kindergarten entrance screening to prospective TK and Kindergarten students. Lauren developed a reading program based on Lucy Calkins' Reading Workshop incorporating research-based phonics and literacy. She also utilizes the CGI mathematics program to deepen a student's number sense and reasoning skills. Lauren is our Director of KinderPrep and Early Elementary Camps.

Marissa Hutter

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.


Pepperdine University, M Ed
Indiana University, BA
California Teaching Credential

Carly has taught kindergarten through 5th grade in both public and private school. She differentiates and modifies her instruction for each student and also maintains dialogue with parents and support team. Carly is warm and caring and guides her students as they make each educational discovery their own. She receives outstanding reviews from all her families and has been one of Academic Achievers most popular KinderPrep and KinderPrep Camp teachers since 2015.


University of California at Los Angeles, BA
California Multi-Subject Teaching Credential

Emma has taught Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten for 10 years. She designs, organizes and implements differentiated instruction for transitional kindergarten based on developmental needs. She supports and nurtures the academic growth of the gifted learner as well as those children with learning challenges, including autism. Emma facilitated staff and parent workshops on early literacy and has taught classes for students from TK to 3rd grade. She has a calm demeanor and her students truly learn to love learning. Emma is a Teacher of the Year recipient.


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 passionate about teaching and uses developmentally appropriate practices to help her students succeed academically. Saba has a degree in psychology and is well trained in effectively supporting emotional development in the child. She differentiates her instruction to accommodate each child's unique abilities and has worked with a diverse population of students including children with special needs and children who are highly gifted. Saba is also a social skills facilitator at a therapeutic learning center.


University of California at Los Angeles, M Ed
California State University at Northridge, BA

Porche has been working with kindergarten and early elementary students for 5 years. She has worked one-on-one as well as with small groups as an Elementary Intervention Specialist improving children's language arts, math, and fluency skills. Porche has worked as a program supervisor for two different westside summer camps and as the literacy teacher for three school programs. She is passionate and patient and eager to teach and work with children in order to contribute to the enrichment of their lives and education.


California Polytechnic State University, BS

Kathie has been a lead Kindergarten teacher for the Children's Center at Caltech and a Kindergarten teacher and Science Specialty teacher for the Stratford School for the past 8 years. She has also provided behavior therapy (ABA) and worked with children with autism and other related disorders as a Behavior Therapist using Iniozi Interventions. Kathie is currently writing a book called, "HELLO KINDERGARTEN! A Plethora of Educational Ideas and Activities Promoting Positive Self-Esteem, Intrinsic Motivation and a Love of Learning". She has taught pre-school and kindergarten and is one of our top KinderPrep tutors.


Montclair State University, BA
New Jersey K-3 Teaching Credential
Florida Elementary Teaching Credential
CA Multidisciplinary Teaching Credential

Alissa has been immersed in the field of education for 13 years. She has worked in the classroom and one-on-one with children ages 1.5-7 years old. She believes in taking a hands-on approach and using innovative and creative techniques to keep her students excited about the learning process. Having spent years as a classroom teacher, Alissa is knowledgeable about the common core standards. Alissa focuses on the whole child and has the ability to quickly identify a student's needs, as well as their strengths, and differentiates her curriculum accordingly.


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.