Navigating the academic world can be challenging. Sometimes you may need a little extra assistance. Whether you need an Academic Coach, Educational Therapist, Private School Admissions Consultant, or College Counselor --we’re here to help.

Meet Our Staff

Lisa Marfisi

Private School Consultant

University of Pennsylvania, BA
Philadelphia College, BS

Lisa has been a professional in education in Los Angeles since 1991. She was the Director of Admissions K-12 at Wildwood School and Echo Horizon School. She also worked at the Archer School for Girls, PS #1, and Westside Neighborhood School. Lisa’s experience has given her an understanding of what schools are looking for and enables her to help parents navigate the admissions process from an insider’s point of view. Lisa has been helping families with the admission process for 19 years. She is a former steering committee member of ESAD (Elementary School Admission Directors).

Dr. Josh Arnold

Application Specialist

Harvard, M Ed
UCLA, BA English

Before his consultancy career advising school districts, county offices of education, and individual students and families navigating K-8, high school, and college, Dr. Arnold served as Superintendent of the Culver City Unified School District and Chief Academic Officer for the CATCH Prep Family Of Schools in Los Angeles. Currently an Admissions Interviewer for Harvard, Dr. Arnold leverages his experience with the application process to maximize access to T20 Universities and top L.A.-area schools for the students he advises. As a former English teacher at Santa Monica High School, and raised on the westside throughout his youth, Dr. Arnold is deeply familiar with the context of Academic Achievers' families and serves as a valuable resource in supporting their life-long academic goals.

Jacqueline Pravda

College Consultant

Columbia University, M Ed, MA
Brandeis University, BA

Prior to her work as an Independent Consultant, Jacqueline served as a Director of College Counseling, Dean of Students and School Counselor at top high schools in Santa Monica, CA as well as Westchester, NY, and Long Island, NY. Complimenting her vast knowledge of the college admissions process, Jacqueline holds two Masters degrees in Counseling and Psychology. Jacqueline provides a highly personalized service by forging a partnership with students and their families. She advises a wide range of students, finding college choices that match their interests and abilities. Jacqueline has been a respected college consultant for almost 20 years.

Dr. Bibi Pirayesh

Educational Therapist

Loyola Marymount University, PhD Ed
Columbia University, MA, Psych.
University of Pittsburgh, BA, Neuroscience

Bibi is an Educational Therapist and Learning Specialist with over 10 years of professional experience. She provides one-on-one services for students with a wide range of learning disabilities and differences including dyslexia, ADHD, Pervasive Development Disorders as well as the development of individualized educational and treatment plans. Dr. Pirayesh also offers a Cognitive Brain Training Program which addresses Attention, Memory, Logic/Reasoning, and Processing to ensure students are working at the top of their abilities.

Rob Stone

Academic Coach

Harvard University, MA
Colorado College, BA

Rob has been working as a teacher/advisor for over 20 years. He has trained teachers, published articles in education journals, presented at educational conferences and lectured at graduate schools of education. His primary focus has been middle school students, especially in developing skills and building work habits to prepare them for high school. Rob works with students on meta-cognition and understanding their own learning, building effective study habits, time management and organization skills and executive functioning issues. He helps to empower students in a direct, but compassionate way, and serves as a sounding board and advisor to help parents understand their child’s learning, strengths and shortcomings, and school experience through an academic and social-emotional lens.

Jenny Marshall

Educational Therapist

California State University Northridge, Educational Therapy Certificate
Columbia University, MA Special Education Pre-12th grade
University of Kentucky, BA Learning and Behavior disorders

Jenny is a popular Educational Therapist here in Los Angeles and has been in practice for twelve years. In her work, she is able to discover the best way a child learns and present alternative, creative, novel, and attention-grabbing curriculum that remediates and enriches. Jenny has extensive experience with issues such as ADHD; autism and spectrum disorders; school and test anxiety; sensory processing; dyslexia; dyscalculia/math; behavior; reading/reading comprehension; writing; executive functioning; giftedness and twice-exceptional; processing and memory. Jenny is well-liked by her students and believes that all children can grow, learn, and amaze!


Assessment Specialist

City College of New York, MFA
Fordham University, BA, MA Ed
Teaching Certification General/Special Ed.

Angela provides academic assessments in reading, math, written and oral language. She also measures progress towards developmental benchmarks and develops curriculum and content materials for our students. Angela has published and presented educational development topics ranging from literacy instruction, components of guided reading, balanced reading to writing workshops. Angela is also an education editor and writing consultant for a highly regarded educational publishing house. She helped develop the Common Core Standards with the progressive/constructivist inquiry-based curriculum for the NY Public Schools. Angela has also taught 2nd and 3rd grade for many years.