Meet Our Tutors – In Home Tutors Serving San Fernando Valley

Patti Eskander

Patti Eskander is a UCLA graduate with a degree in history and minors in English and art history. She received her teaching credential from Cal State Northridge and taught middle school history, language arts, art and art history in Los Angeles Unified for 41 years. In 2007 she received her National Board Certification in history. At her school, she served in many capacities including department chairperson, smaller learning communities’ coordinator, and Gifted/Talented coordinator as well as the Mentor Teacher program. Her primary concern, however, during her tenure in the classroom was the academic success of her students. She created a learning environment where her students were valued and nurtured. Since her retirement, Ms. Eskander has continued to work with both the students that she tutors and young teachers who can benefit from her academic and organizational skills.

Brittany Brahn

Brittany Brahn is an educator who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from Oberlin College. She has over five years of teaching and tutoring experience, and is licensed in Integrated Language Arts, Language Arts and Reading, and Social Studies by the Ohio Department of Education. Brittany enjoys standardized test preparation, because it gives her an opportunity to teach students problem solving skills. Brittany has also written for numerous publications and institutions, among which include Cleveland Classical, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Brittany is incredibly passionate about fostering an intellectual curiosity in students while supporting them to achieve their full academic potential.

Cindy Tenn

Cindy Tenn is a retired elementary educator with more than 25 years of experience serving a variety of needs. She taught bilingual education in English and Spanish, worked with highly gifted children including her own and successfully taught 3rd to 5th grade non-English groups to be fully involved in speaking, writing and reading in English in one year. She has been tutoring for 3 years and loves tailoring the lessons helping students excel.

Katie Hawkins

Katie has been tutoring children and young adults in mathematics for over 10 years. She enjoys interpreting the language of mathematics to students. She has received her bachelor degree in the study of pure mathematical theory as well as her graduate course study in the same field. She has taught at CSUN for five years and is presently an adjunct professor of mathematics at the Master's College. She is a talented lecturer as well as a gifted one-on-one tutor as she works diligently to create a comfortable environment for her students to grow and learn in. She challenges students and enables them to absorb math on a new level, thus teaching them in the process to enjoy and excel at what they are learning. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking and traveling.

Jordan Malinoff

My name is Jordan Malinoff and I am a graduate of the University of Southern California, where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology and a minor in Health Care Studies. I have a strong background in science, including biology, chemistry, physiology and anatomy. I have several years’ experience tutoring a wide variety of disciplines in the sciences, as well as Spanish. I recently applied to dental school and will be attending in the fall of next year. I enjoy snowboarding, playing golf and going to the beach.

Laura Perez

I am a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. I received my Bachelors in Psychology. I recently finished obtaining my Special Education Teaching Credential at Cal State Northridge. I have worked as a one on one tutor providing educational and behavioral support to different students, with a lot of experience in working with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I enjoy working with children and see them overcome their challenges. I have learned through my experience the importance of positive feedback, reinforcement, and great attitude. All children need to hear they are super stars!

Gonzalo Parodi

Gonzalo Parodi has always loved science and helping people understand science. He graduated from California State University Northridge with degrees in both Biotechnology and Biochemistry. Soon after graduating he started his Master’s degree in Biochemistry where he began to teach chemistry laboratories in introductory, general, and organic chemistry. He is currently doing research focusing on the regulation at the RNA and protein level of specific genes related to carbohydrate metabolism and atherosclerosis.

Richard Jones

Richard Jones has recently moved to Sherman Oaks, CA, from Tampa, FL, where he earned a certification in Elementary Teaching, Grades K-6. Prior to arriving in California, Richard has gained several years’ experience teaching and assisting in multiple grades, including classes in grades 1-8. In addition, he has worked as a tutor, specializing in Mathematics education and standardized test prep. Richard also has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida. Richard loves using his theatre abilities to make students smile, laugh, and have fun in their learning. One of his favorite skills to show off in front of his students is juggling. Other passions include fitness, music, and filmmaking. Richard is currently gaining experience with the Los Angeles area by teaching in different districts.

Tarisa Ramserran

I was born in Trinidad but raised in a small town in Minnesota. I am the eldest of three and played a significant role in raising my brother and sister throughout my junior and senior high school years. I received a full scholarship upon graduation and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Since then, I have earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Credential in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. I am currently two classes away from earning a Master’s degree in Mathematics. I plan to continue my studies and earn another Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction and then eventually write a thesis toward a Doctoral degree.

Raquel Alvarez

Raquel Alvarez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Sylmar High Math, Science Technology Magnet. She began her career as a tutor in high school, spending her afterschool hours helping her peers in all levels of math. She enjoyed her volunteer work as a tutor so much that, in college, she continued tutoring formally K-12, Math, English Literature and Language Arts. Given such opportunities, Raquel has harbored a unique passion for teaching, specially teaching one-on-one sessions where she can work closely with each individual student and adapt her technique to students’ different strengths and styles. She focuses not only on obtaining correct answers, but teaching her students to thoroughly grasp the concepts and come up with their ways of solving problems. Raquel is of friendly personality, making it easy for her students to approach her with questions, comments, and suggestions.

Raquel earned her BA in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently seeking to finish her credential and Master’s program and eventually be hired as a high school instructor.

Negareh “Mia” Saberan

Mia Saberan has been teaching and tutoring in the Los Angeles School District for over nine years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Science from California State University Northridge, with a minor in Psychology. Mia’s years of experience in the public-school system have taught her to approach each student as an individual, addressing the unique learning style of that student and choosing the method most suitable for him or her. She has experience working with a variety of diverse groups and addressing specific goals. She is very familiar with current curriculum and the methods of teaching that achieve the best results. She approaches her students with warmth and humanity, giving them tools to grasp difficult concepts and understand challenging material in new and effective ways. On her free time, she enjoys traveling, drawing, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Connor Engilman

Mr. Engilman has over 3 years of experience in tutoring and study skills training; as well as over 80 hours of Student Teaching with LAUSD ranging from Elementary to High School. Mr. Engilman is a college graduate from CSUN, with a CSET in History, a CSET in FCS, and has passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). He has also trained in the Gurian Gender/Brain based Learning Differences, to help maximize the tutoring session. He brings to A+ Tutoring some new ideas that reinforce the founding principles of A+ Tutoring, giving your child the best tutoring experience possible.

Gabriela Valenzuela

Gabriela is currently finishing her master’s in English Literature at California State University, Los Angeles. Soon after completing her master’s, she plans on applying to PhD programs. Tutoring students ranging from 1st to 12th grade for four years, Gabriela believes that a little help goes a long way, and that any student can overcome academic obstacles with the help of a great tutor. In her free time, Gabriela greatly enjoys watching movies and visiting bookstores.

Jennifer Dietrick

Jennifer is an experienced science teacher in both middle and high school. She has taught Biology, Honors Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Physical Science. She has also tutored in both science and math. As a very organized person, Jennifer can also help with these tools along with time management skills for students. She graduated from Bloomsburg University Cum Laude while working three jobs and going to school full time.

She has worked with all levels of students and enjoy the challenge of helping a student be successful with their class. Jennifer enjoys the one on one focus with tutoring, so she can teach specifically to that student's needs.

Danica Ostrander

Hi! My name is Danica (or DJ) and I've been tutoring students for over seven years in a variety of subjects. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a minor in Spanish and have been passionate about both subjects since high school. In my free time, I play a lot of video games, read, and play tabletop RPGs. I'm excited to be working with you and your student and look forward to helping them grow academically.

Jeremy Helgeson

A Bay Area native, Jeremy recently moved to Burbank after completing a Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he double majored in Literature and Theatre. He has experience in after-school instruction and tutoring K-12, and has even dabbled in teaching adults to use popular tech devices. Having taken no less than five Honors and AP courses himself in High-school, Jeremy knows how easy it can be to feel left behind in the classroom. He brings a friendly, hands-off approach to his tutoring that encourages students to develop independent work strategies. His goal is for his students to become confident in their own work and comfortable using resources to find solutions when they’re stumped. In addition to teaching, Jeremy is an avid reader, an actor, and fancies himself a bit of a writer, too.

Brian Mendel

Brian first started tutoring his peers as a freshman at his high school’s writing center. Since then, he has tutored students of all ages (elementary school to senior citizens). He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences (Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering track). Brian tutors’ math up to the level of BC Calculus, as well as chemistry and physics. He also wrote two musicals for the Hasty Pudding theatricals (America’s oldest theater troupe) and edited his high school’s newspaper, so he also knows his way around the English language. For those more classically inclined, he also won his high school’s Latin award (it’s not a completely dead language!). In his spare time, Brian enjoys comedy writing, sports statistics, and travel. 

Robert Russell

My name is Robert Russell, and I have been teaching for nearly 15 years. Having worked in the field of biomedical research for several years before becoming a fulltime teacher, my specialty is sciences, math, and test prep. Having taught outside the U.S. for nearly 14 years, I also have advanced expertise in English, language arts, writing, and ESL/EFL learning. I enjoy working with learners of all ages, and have taught preschool through university levels. I am very pleased to be a member of the A+ Tutoring team, and look forward to working with you.

Lloyd Wallace

Lloyd Wallace is an experienced Mathematics teacher. During his teaching career, he has taught at Granada Hills Charter High School and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies. Lloyd has taught middle school mathematics classes, as well as Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and AP Calculus. Lloyd believes that everyone learns in different ways, so he strives to personalize each student's learning experiences by applying his diverse interests to each session. He enjoys helping young people reach their educational goals and will make sure your student gets the attention he or she needs. Lloyd enjoys working with children because he loves showing them that even their most difficult work doesn't have to be discouraging. When not teaching mathematics, Lloyd enjoys to bowling and playing tennis.

Genna Weisenberg

Genna graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in History and then obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. She has studied abroad in Costa Rica, China and Argentina and has traveled all over the world. She has a passion for helping students find the best method of learning for his/her individual needs and has mentored students in grades K-12 for over a decade. Genna also has experience working with students who have test anxiety and incorporates techniques to help relieve fear and stress associated with taking exams. In her free time, Genna enjoys traveling, researching her family tree, and spending time with friends and family.

Nelli Khudaverdyan

Hi, my name is Nelli Khudaverdyan. I recently completed a Bachelor’s degree at The University of California Riverside where I double majored in Biochemistry and Neuroscience with a medical emphasis. Science and helping people has always been my passion and I want to create the same passion for my students.

I worked as a Chemistry tutor at Glendale Community College where I was completing my prerequisites towards my undergraduate degrees and since then I have been tutoring Chemistry for high school and college students. My goal for my students is to provide knowledge, but most importantly to boost their confidence and, help them, help themselves in becoming independent learners and successful leaders.

Evan Hedge

My name is Evan Hedge. My mathematics teaching expertise has been shaped by years of mathematics training and tutoring. In college, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I deepened my number sense by earning a BS in Mathematics and dived into the world of education by tutoring students at the university and the local community college. Since then, I've worked professionally for several tutoring companies with whom I've taught mathematics of all kinds to a diverse sampling of students. It's my belief that with patience and a positive attitude, any student is capable of learning math.

Abram Antler

Abram is a Northridge, CA native! His education includes: Bachelor of Arts from Albright College, Reading Pennsylvania in English and Philosophy, 1997, Master of Arts from California State University, Long Beach, in Linguistics, 2003 and a Doctorate of Philosophy, from National Taiwan University, in Foreign Languages and Literature, 2016. He has taught in the community college system part time for over ten years. Also, taught and conducted research in universities in Taiwan. Studied ancient Greek and speaks Mandarin, Chinese. His Hobbies include doing Taichi, yoga, running and working out, and playing guitar.

Nathaniel Tan

Nate is a tutor with a passion for education and extensive experience tutoring math, science, and SAT/ACT preparation. In 2015, he graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Chemistry. During his freshman and sophomore years of college he tutored middle school math, reading, and writing at the Gary Comer Youth Center--an organization serving underprivileged youth in the South Side of Chicago. Throughout college he continued working with kids: he continued tutoring at Gary Comer, he delivered hands-on middle school science activities after-school with Paradigm Shift, he gave piano lessons to 15 kids aged 4-13, and he conducted psychology research on effective teaching methods at the University of Chicago’s Early Childhood Development Lab. In the summers, he continued counseling with the YMCA. He is passionate about helping his students obtain a deep understanding of material by involving them in self-motivated and engaging activities. He strives to connect coursework with real-world applications and provide his students with a sense of ownership over their learning. By emphasizing student-driven learning, real-world connections, and personalized curricula, he hopes to instill in students a deep understanding of concepts and a genuine passion for learning.

April Stewart

I love math and I want to help your child see how easy and satisfying it can be. I am very accommodating and will make sure your student gets the attention he or she needs. I especially enjoy working with children because I love showing them that even their most difficult work doesn't have to be discouraging.

Recently I have worked as the Director of Tutor Development at a prestigious tutoring company in the Boston area, while also serving as a tutor for the company. In addition, I've spent the past few years working on my Master's in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Massachusetts after completing my B.S. in Mathematics and look forward to continuing my research in the Los Angeles area.

Kevin Roberts

Kevin has a master's in physics from UCLA. He has been teaching secondary and collegiate mathematics, physics and chemistry privately for six years. He covers study skills, problem-solving techniques, and test-taking strategies. He has also lead student labs and graded many midterms and finals while a teaching assistant at UCLA, to give students the fullest picture of the topics that instructors require in their students work. In his spare time, he loves reading history, singing in the Angel City Choral, and strives to become a teacher.

Rachel Melignano

In July 2016, Rachel moved to the Los Angeles area from a suburban town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Penn State Abington with a BA in history in 2010, In 2013, Rachel began tutoring students online and in person. She has continued tutoring since then, applying her diverse interests to each session, helping young people reach their educational goals. She is very accommodating and will make sure your student gets the attention he or she needs. She especially enjoys working with children because she loves showing them that even their most difficult work doesn't have to be discouraging. When Rachel isn't tutoring, or taking care of her Golden Retrievers, she spends time writing and reading. In the spring of 2017, she will finish her second degree (in Information Technology--Networking), and then in Summer 2017, she will begin an MFA program in Creative Writing.

Robert Chidgey

Having grown up in the mid-west, Robert moved to Los Angeles when he was 18 to attend college, and has been here ever since! With a B.A, an M.A, and an eclectic selection of interests, he has over half a decade of tutoring and teaching experience. His greatest achievement in life so far is his daughter Amara, born at the end of 2013.

David Jia

David Jia graduated with a scholarship from the University of Miami as a marketing major. When he was 17 years old, he started tutoring people of all ages and grades, specializing in SAT prep, math, reading, writing, guitar, music theory, acting, and Mandarin Chinese. He's gotten perfect scores on several SAT and AP tests throughout his life. During high school, he took 8 AP classes, with the rest as all honors. David believes that everyone learns in different ways, so he strives to personalize each student's learning experiences by applying his diverse interests to each session. He enjoys helping young people reach their educational goals and will make sure your student gets the attention he or she needs. David enjoys working with children because he loves showing them that even their most difficult work doesn't have to be discouraging.

Matthew Sherling

Matthew Sherling is a college English instructor at LA Trade Tech and a tutor in the Greater Los Angeles Area. He has a passion for literature, films, music, and the internet. In addition to teaching, he writes poetry and makes visual collages.

Marisa Sandoval

Marisa grew up in Venice Beach. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology. Marisa is incredibly passionate about preparing students to pursue higher education, and being an advocate of student growth, independence and responsibility. For the past two years, she has worked as an Educational Advisor and Program Coordinator for a college access program in South Los Angeles. She works with 9th-12th grade students assisting them with academic advising, the college application process, college and career readiness, SAT/ACT exam prep, and financial aid literacy. She plans to pursue her Master's in School Counseling. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, hiking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Gaby Moya

Gaby has been an elementary school teacher for six years. She was born in Chile and is a native Spanish speaker. Gaby grew up in New York and attended Stony Brook University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Psychology Honors Program, which allowed her to take part in research with psychology laboratories. At Queens College in New York, Gaby obtained a Master’s degree in Teaching with a Bilingual Extension. Her future plans include pursuing an Educational Doctorate degree.

Gaby spent two years as a bilingual teacher in a dual language class, teaching Spanish and English to 3rd graders. As a teacher, she has worked with English Language Learners, students with learning disabilities, and gifted learners. Gaby truly believes that by getting to know students and customizing each learning experience, each and every one has the potential to succeed. One of her favorite parts of teaching and tutoring are connecting with students and families to better understand their needs. In her free time, her hobbies include hiking, painting, and exploring the beautiful sights of Los Angeles.

Erma Zufelt

Hello my name is Erma Zufelt and I come to A+ Tutoring with over eighteen years of experience working with students of various backgrounds. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boise State University with a dual degree in Education and Special Education. I am certified to teach all subjects K-8 and all Special Education Subjects K-12. Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of teaching students with a wide variety of abilities. I use research-based methods to individualize lessons based on a student’s abilities, developmental function, learning style, and interests. I can effectively use diagnostic, formative, summative, formal, and informal assessments to guide instruction. I have attained a reputation of being a person with great patience and endurance. I love experiencing those “Ah Ha” moments with my students when they make that discovery, see the connection, or understand the applicability of what we are learning. I especially enjoy watching students blossom when they are given the extra care, nurturing, and instruction that fits their individual needs. I am excited to utilize my skills with A+ Tutoring in the home environment. I look forward to working with your family.

Sharon Shinghai

Sharon Shingai is a retired LAUSD elementary school teacher and math coach in the San Fernando Valley where she taught for nineteen years. She has provided professional development on the Common Core Math Standards as a LAUSD math fellow and for the UCLA Math Project. Sharon incorporates many methodologies to help her students gain mastery of mathematics through word problems. She firmly believes the National Council of Mathematics Teachers' motto "Do math and you can do anything!". Sharon strongly believes that every child can understand the mathematics that they are studying. She has spent and still spends much time finding ways to make comprehensible to our elementary and middle school students.

Besides tutoring students, Sharon spends a lot of time hiking and enjoying the beauty and tranquility of our local mountains. She does community outreach to share her knowledge and love of our native reptiles and amphibians. She is very active in the Chatsworth area to help educate the public about our local mountains and promote the conservation of our remaining open spaces.

Andrew Behjatnia

Andrew is a law student living in the San Fernando Valley. He graduated UC Davis in 2007 with a B.S. in English Literature and minors in Spanish and Linguistics. He has experience teaching adults and children (and those with special needs) in English, Spanish, and Farsi for non-native speakers. Andrew also teaches music and martial arts a few times a week. He likes to take an individualistic approach to teaching as every student's attributes and needs are unique to them.

Lizeth Barraza

Liz is a former Education Specialist and on-site program coordinator for Special Education services. In the last three years, Liz taught and supported students with learning differences in math, science, history, and ELA. Prior to earning her teaching credential, she taught English at a bilingual elementary school in Madrid, Spain. She also held private tutoring sessions to help students improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills in the English language. Liz is a proud Cal Bear, having earned her Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley. More recently, she earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University. Motivated by her work as a teacher, passion for students, and love for school, Liz hopes to return to the classroom as a law student in the near future. Liz loves traveling, speaking Spanish, reading, playing soccer, and socializing with family and friends.

Tina Mirzakhanian

I graduated from San Diego State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I invest my time and energy in helping students understand concepts and encourage them to engage in their academics. I enjoy observing a child use his or her creativity and help them broaden their knowledge. During each lesson, I continue to build a professional relationship with the student and better understand their learning style.

Manvir Kaur

I graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. I am currently a student at the California State University, Northridge studying to earn my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I began tutoring as a junior in high school, and have continued to work with students from various grade levels till present. In addition, I have also enjoyed the experience of working as a substitute teacher for K-12 grade levels in the past academic year. I adapt to the student's needs and learning pace very well. I love working with students because I am really fond of seeing that expression of happiness on a student's face when a concept makes sense and the light bulb in their minds turns on.

Marine Khachatryan

Marine recently moved back to Los Angeles after obtaining her Masters of Science in Global Health from UCSF. Before that, she was a student at UCLA and received her degree in Physiological Science. Marine has been involved in and volunteered with multiple nonprofit organizations where she participated in spreading awareness about real-world issues and teaching students and the community. Her passion for teaching arose after she mentored high school students in a summer program for those interested in healthcare careers. She hopes to translate her own love for education to tutoring students and helping them achieve their own educational goals. In her free time, Marine enjoys playing the piano and traveling.

Roxane Romero

Roxane has a master's degree and is a credentialed teacher. She has taught all different ages and learning styles. Her teaching experience has spanned over 20+ years. She loves being able to work with students individually and really seeing their eyes light up when they understand a difficult concept. She also knows how to adapt lessons to reach all learners and learning styles. What she enjoys most is seeing a smile on a person's face after they conquer a skill that has been challenging.

Cindy Yeatts

Cindy graduated from Reed College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and then attended Drexel University where she received her Medical Degree in 2004. She has been working as a private tutor for the last 8 years, and could not love her job as an educator more. Cindy’s true skill is in working with students who do not necessarily identify as academically inclined towards the math and sciences. She is bright, approachable, and takes a real interest in the goals and achievements of each student. Cindy works with students preparing for standardized tests including the SAT and ACT, and in academic support for classes like AP Biology and AP Chemistry. In her free time, Cindy loves to garden cacti, research ancestry, and come up with new and interesting recipes in the kitchen

Veronica Zukovski

Hello! My name is Veronica Zukovski and I have a strong background in biological science, including biology and chemistry. I have over four years of tutoring experience in a wide rage of subjects. I have just applied to dental school and hope to be starting next fall! In the meantime, I love to tutor. My tutors helped me succeed in school and as a child I looked up to them so much! It is my turn to give back now, I absolutely love knowing that I helped a student get better grades and have a positive outlook on school. When I'm not tutoring, I enjoy drawing and spending time at the beach.

Deeba Danesh

Hello! My name is Deeba and I graduated from UCLA with the highest Latin Honors. I have been teaching kids of all ages for the past five years and have structured my lessons to meet the specific needs of each student. Therefore, I am able to tutor a wide range of subjects. Additionally, I was a camp counselor at a summer camp so I know the most beneficial way to interact and engage children of all personality types. I am very personable, patient, and efficient.

Natalie Wright

Natalie is a 13 year veteran teacher with a BA in English and an M.Ed, children's book author, and copyeditor. Her specialty is English and Language Arts with an emphasis in writing and reading comprehension.

Kevin Huang

Hello, my name is Kevin. I graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. I've been teaching for most my career, whether it's in academics or fitness. My approach to teaching emphasize encouraging and guiding the students to answers, so they may feel empowered and become self-sufficient. Not only do I believe in having strong fundamental knowledge as the key to successful learning, I try to cater my lessons to be result-oriented so that the student understands the material through the teacher's perspective and will be able to perform well in tests.

My academic background is multi-disciplinary which includes math, biology, chemistry, and physics. I also have experience teaching standardized tests, personally having scored above 90th percentile in the quantitative, verbal, and writing sections of the GRE.

Brian Montsinger

I attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where I received my BA in Film & Media Studies. Almost immediately after graduating I attended the Los Angeles Film School to receive hands-on training in the fields of writing, producing, shooting, and directing films. It was after this time that I first began substitute teaching at Campbell Hall Episcopal. I enjoyed the experience immensely, but I had to cut my time there short as I traveled to South Korea to work as a full-time English teacher. It was there that I discovered my passion for teaching and ended up staying for the next four years. I loved my time in South Korea, and it was one of the most formative experiences of my life both personally and professionally. After working in my own classroom for four years in Korea, my career goals were never clearer to me. I immediately began classes to earn my Single Subject Credential and Masters in English. I have been a full-time classroom teach in High and Middle schools since, and nothing gives me more joy than helping a student say “I get it!”

Seth Wacks

Seth is a recent graduate from UCLA with a BS in mechanical engineering. He has enjoyed teaching and coaching at the high school level for the last four years now in a variety of subjects including math, english, debate, and presentation. He believes that one of the most important parts of being a good teacher is empathizing with and understanding his students. Nothing is more satisfying than watching someone meet their goals and knowing that you helped!

In his free time Seth enjoys rock climbing, guitar, cooking, and exploring the many delicious places to eat in Los Angeles.

Arthur Wang

My name is Arthur Wang. I am a recent college graduate with a major in mathematics and a minor in education. I have passed exams such as the GRE, CBEST, and 3 math CSETs. I have a substitute teaching 30-day credential. I have years of tutoring experience, working with students and classmates around my age. I also intend on eventually becoming a full time credentialed teacher. I love tutoring because there are so many ways you can teach a concept, especially in a one on one setting. This is because in classrooms the teacher may only have time to cover one method, since there are standards that need to be covered and time restraints. I also love math and how there are different routes to take that can arrive at the same correct answer.

Phillip Gordon

My name is Phil Gordon and I tutor students to achieve excellence in academics and standardized testing. My expertise – developed in my graduate studies at Princeton University -- lies in designing study programs to accustom students to read, write, and test at a very high level. In particular, I’ve researched the new SAT and ACT tests in detail and I have developed training systems that enable my students to achieve impressive results.

Mary Huckstep

Mrs. H is passionate about tutoring, because she gets to help students move from frustration to breakthrough. And when they succeed, then so does she.

Mrs. H loves everything “English.” In seventeen years of teaching, she taught everything from LA/SS to AP Eng. Lit., including Journalism, Speech, Drama, and Study Skills. Mrs. H even has ways to make Grammar fun!

Mrs. H grew up in Eagle Rock, but earned her BA in Eng. Lit., cum laude, from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, where she also received her Teacher Certification. She settled in San Diego, where she and her husband raised five kids. Then after her “baby” graduated from college, Mrs. H earned an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA.

Madlena Nalbandian

My name is Madlena Nalbandian. I was born in Armenia and grew up in Los Angeles area. I attended University of California, San Diego where I majored in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and later received my Masters in Biological Science. After which, I attended St. George’s University School of Medicine to receive a Masters in Public Health along with a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) degree. During my journey through medicine, I have not only had a passion for helping others through medicine, but also through education. I have consistently been involved in teaching and motivating students through individualized tutoring sessions and small groups. I have an enthusiasm for teaching and a constant drive for the betterment of my students. I like to utilize attractive teaching techniques to individual target and identify their strengths and weaknesses. I have constantly sought to promote active learning, while helping them strengthen their critical thinking and logical reasoning skills to help them form a solid foundation. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, as it has revealed my inner desire to help others and have an impact on their futures.

Jennifer Shirazi

Hello I'm Jennifer Shirazi. Education is my passion and I love working with kids. I graduated from CSULA with a master’s degree in Education, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and CLAD certified (cross cultural language academic development). I taught elementary school for 12 years and enjoy private tutoring because I am able to tailor learning goals of the individual students needs while making student learning engaging and meaningful beyond the classroom walls.

Silvia Perchuk

Silvia has 20 years of experience as an Elementary School teacher, Instructional Reading Coach and Bilingual Coordinator for the Los Angeles Public School. After retiring from the LAUSD, Silvia began to work with young teachers as a Mentor and Support Provider for the UCLA Extension Teacher Credential Program. For 3 years, Silvia volunteered for the NCJW’s “Homework Club” afterschool program where she tutored Laurel Elementary School students in English and Math. Throughout her career as a dedicated educator, her main belief has been that all children can learn. Her goal is to always support her students to actualize their potential. Silvia has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Bilingual Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development Certificate (BCLAD) that authorizes her to teach students whose first language is not English.

Derrick Sumampong

My name is Derrick Sumampong and I am a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. I am currently a prospective Masters in Occupational Therapy student and hope to start next year. I have had experience in tutoring from various age groups; from all the comprehensive subjects in elementary school to college level math up to Calculus II. I am currently working as a Paraprofessional mainly supporting two students with special needs at a middle school. I support in everyday living activities and also assist in their academic work to help them succeed in school. I also assist in the class and help others in their academic work. Teaching is a passion of mine and I believe that everyone is capable of learning if they put in the right effort. There is always room for growth and it is a joy to see others flourish.

Milana Medvedeva

Milana is a California State University Northridge graduate with a degree in Finance with a focus in Insurance and Financial Planning. She has been working with children for over ten years as a camp counselor and a private tutor for the last 5 years. She has a strong background working with children on establishing their organization and study skills. She has worked with children ranging in ages from 5-18 but focuses on children from 3rd to 11th grade. She excels in helping students with social studies, history, reading comprehension and class projects.

Adrianne Bailey

My name is Adrianne B. and for the last five years I have been a Reading Intervention teacher and elementary school teacher. Reading, decoding, phonics, grammar and comprehension are my specialties and I love the challenge of helping students succeed. My goal is to achieve academic excellence and universal access for all students to my utmost ability. I have an undying drive to use every tool and strategy I have acquired throughout my education, training, and work experience in order to implement explicit, strategic, and effective differentiated instruction to culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations.

At the core of my values is an unfaltering belief in hard work, dedication of time, and a creative energy that drives me to be highly resourceful and adaptive. These values are at the core of my teaching philosophy. I was able to develop my teaching strategies specifically by participating in every aspect of the community at a highly collaborative Title 1 school setting, along with countless volunteer experiences and education. This included participating and attending every staff meeting, and a professional development course. Along with these courses, I was granted the great opportunity to observe several grade level teachers’ implementation of these courses, such as Judy Bower’s Step-Up to Writing program. My values in project based learning have led me to create lessons in math, science, and language arts that allow students to use guided discovery along with essential questions and use of multiple tactile and kinesthetic resources to explore new ideas and concepts.

Audelia Arasheben

Audelia recently graduated UC San Diego with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and Physiology. Having tutored students of all ages, she has a strong grasp on many subjects and a passion to teach others. She believes that the most rewarding part of tutoring is to see students understand school subjects and build a true passion for learning. Audelia individualizes tutoring sessions to taylor to the student's learning skills, and approaches subjects in a very creative and engaging manner. As an aspiring physician, she hopes to inspire students to chase their dreams

Julian Tarula

My name is Mr. Tárula or Mr. T for short! I received my master’s in Education from Loyola Marymount University and am a credentialed teacher with an autism authorization. I have been teaching for five years and in my years of education I have taught almost every subject.

Before teaching, I majored in Political Science at USC, and taught at an after-school center in Gilroy for the Cesar Chavez Foundation. Additionally, for last couple years I've been a coach and participate for the LA marathon with the Students Run LA program.

I love music and art and I’m always going to concerts. Also, I'm an avid traveler and have been 12 countries and 30 States.

George Walden

George is an experienced mathematics instructor who loves working with all different kinds of learners. George has taught various subjects in mathematics at different schools including Community College classes. Mr. Walden’s strong track record in explaining complex material will surely help your child master Mathematics. Mr. Walden holds dual Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics.