Meet Our Tutors – In Home Tutors Serving San Fernando Valley

Kari Croft

Kari has recently returned to Los Angeles after earning her Masters in School Leadership and her principal license from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to attending grad school, she spent three years as a high school English teacher where she taught everything from Intensive Reading and ESOL Support to Honors English and AP Language & Composition. She is currently working as a principal intern and is in the middle of the school design process with plans to open her own high school in August 2017. In addition to working as a credentialed teacher, Kari has worked as a private tutor where she supported students of all ages in strengthening their reading, writing, and literary analysis skills; in improving their public speaking; in becoming more organized and better managing their time; in writing strong college admissions essays; and in preparing for the ACT and SAT. She is passionate about teaching and learning, loves seeing students grow in their confidence and joy, and believes that every single student has the potential to succeed. When she’s not teaching or tutoring, she loves traveling, running, reading, and taking advantage of the beautiful LA weather.

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.

Ariel Campos

Ariel Campos is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she majored in Film and Media Studies. In high school, she took AP Language and AP Lit, and excels at grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension. She is currently works for the LA Unified School District, and enjoys teaching students of every age in a variety of different subjects.

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.

David Hu

David Hu graduated from UCLA with a BS in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and also holds a JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He began his tutoring career almost 20 years ago, helping students from all backgrounds and abilities achieve academic excellence. Primarily focused in the sciences and mathematics, David's expertise includes mathematics through Math Analysis and standardized test preparation. With more than a decade of experience teaching standardized tests, David has taught hundreds of students the proper way to engage the SAT Math and ACT Math and Science sections. And as a result, students consistently achieve exam scores far beyond their initial expectations. A part time student himself as he prepares to enter graduate school, David maintains a keen understanding of what is required of his students to achieve academic excellence. When not studying or teaching, he enjoys reading esoteric books, socializing with friends and family, and never shies away from the occasional poker night with the guys.

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. Currently, I am working towards my teaching credential in special education at Cal State Northridge. I have worked as a one on one providing educational and behavioral support to different students. I enjoyed 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 starts!

Matthew McMillin

Matt, or Mr. Mac to students, is currently student teaching English Literature at Valley Academy of Arts and Science. He is in the process of receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge, as well as his teaching credential. He’s had experience teaching for almost 3 years, in Europe (specifically Poland) and in Bakersfield, CA. He focuses on positive reinforcement in his tutoring, and genuinely believes that each student can achieve at higher levels on his/her own with proper guidance. It’s difficult for students to accept help from a stranger, which is why Matt approaches the students with a friendly attitude, a positive outlook, and respect for their accomplishments. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and fellow teacher, Gina, playing video games, and expanding his film buff knowledge.

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.

Jorge Rios

With five years of teaching and tutoring experience, Jorge (UCLA B. A. 2007, M. Ed. 2013) provides one-on-one tutoring in mathematics and Spanish. He holds a credential in mathematics and has passed the Praxis exam, a requirement for National Board certification. He is a recipient of the Rising Star Teacher award from Green Dot Public Schools.

As a tutor, Jorge has worked with students ages nine to 35 in subjects including pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and college statistics. As a native Spanish speaker, he has also tutored AP Spanish Language and Spanish 2 and 3. Years of teaching and academic work has taught him to recognize students' areas of strength and improvement. He customizes his tutoring to allow students to understand the material deeply, practice, complete assignments, and develop study skills. Currently, he is completing coursework in data science and statistics.

Sandra Ruiz

Sandra Ruiz has been in the educational sector for 7 years. Although her primary focus is remedial math skill building along with tutoring non-native Spanish speakers, her experience has ranged from elementary language arts to high school level pre-calculus. She has continued her education and recently received her Master’s of Arts Degree from Loyola Marymount University in Bilingual Secondary Education where she has learned various strategies in classroom management, instructing different learning modalities and effective strategies to excite and engage students in a seemingly mundane topic of Mathematics. Sandra has plans to eventually pursue a doctorate degree in Educational Policy to pursue her life long career path: Superintendence.

Tarisa Ramserran

I was born in Trinidad but raised in a small town in Minnesota. I am the oldest 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.

Hamoun Mojib

Born in Iran and raised in Los Angeles, Hamoun Mojib is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Cal State Northridge. Hamoun has 5 years of experience working with children and teenagers of all ages in a multitude of settings, such as classes, camps, and sports. Hamoun provides students with the tools necessary to not only grasp broad concepts, but to excel in the use of said concepts to provide solutions to a variety of problems. He focuses on the student’s understanding of the material in order to ensure a solid foundation for years to come.

Raquel Alvarez

Raquel Alvarez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Sylmar High Math, Science Technology Magnet. As a high school student, herself, she began her career as a tutor, spending her afterschool hours helping her peers in all levels of math. She enjoyed her volunteer work as a tutor that, in college, she continued tutoring formally through a company--Number 1 Academic Tutoring--where she taught K-12 math and 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. She looks forward to working with. 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.

Vanessa Rivera

Vanessa is extremely passionate about education and the power it holds for our youth today. She loves working with children and helping them find their gifts and talents that will lead them on a path to success. She has a degree in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Southern California. As a way of giving back during her high school and college years, Vanessa dedicated a lot of time tutoring K-8 students in inner city schools. After college, she taught Spanish at a K-12 private school for four years. During her time, there, she developed curriculum for Spanish I, II, III courses which were approved by the UC system. Although she enjoyed teaching, she discovered a new love for fundraising and grant writing and currently works as a development officer for a non-profit Catholic school. She looks forward to working with new families through A+ Tutoring and providing children the academic support they need to reach their full capacity.

Gabriela Ramirez

I am a graduate of University of California, Davis. I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a focus on Psycho-biology. During various after school programs and multiple summer math academies I have been able to tutor students for a wide variety of subjects, from integrative math to algebra 2 and even standardized testing. I am able to offer tutoring sessions for various subjects. I find my skills, resources and passion to be focused in Math, Science, and Spanish- as I am a native Spanish speaker. In addition, I also have worked for undergraduate admission at UC Davis, my department took part in ranking applicant and determining acceptance for the incoming class. In addition, through the Early Academic Outreach Program at UC Davis, I have been able to advise and create individual academic plans for a wide variety of students in order to reach academic success and acceptance to a 4-year college or career path of their choice. I am a lifelong learner that believes education is the key to success and overall well-being. I aim to share my passion in education by sharing my knowledge, resources and perspective about learning in a more realistic and enjoyable manner. I aspired to become a Family Medicine or OBGYN physician in the near future. In my spare time, I enjoy keeping myself physically active through running, hiking, and swimming but more than anything, I love being at the beach.

Hannah Rosenstein

Hannah graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles, where she graduated with public service distinctions. She has worked with undergraduate students in improving their writing skills and served as a law clerk for several years. She hopes to focus on civil rights as an aspiring attorney.

Negareh “Mia” Saberan

Mia Saberan has been teaching and tutoring in the Los Angeles School District for the past 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.

Nivedan Nayak

Nivedan is a private academic and music tutor, giving lessons by day and rocking the stage by night. Hailing from the Bay Area, Nivedan moved down south to attend UCLA, graduating in 2013 with a major in Mass Media Communications and a minor in Film & Television. After spending two years consulting the recruiting teams of the top Bay Area tech startups, including Airbnb, Tango, and Counsyl, Nivedan moved on to focus on his lifelong passions in education and music. When he's not tutoring, or performing, you can find Nivedan inventing new dance moves or petting the nearest dog.

Whether your student is looking for academic success or to follow his or her passion—or even better, both!—Nivedan would love to help.

Niyusha Zifan

I am a current graduate student at UCLA pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I love science and math and I would love to create the same passion in my students. I have tutored friends and classmates for years and I have been tutoring professionally for about a year now. My students all seem very happy with their experience, keep coming back, and often recommend me to others. Every very individual is different, and a tutoring method that works for one person may not necessarily work for another person, so I try different methods when tutoring my clients. I love it when the students have the "light bulb effect" and their face lights up when they understand the topic. I like to have the student feel comfortable with me, curious, and wanting to ask question. I always try my best to not have any "student-teacher" barrier. My ultimate goal in tutoring a student is making them independent, self-reliant, and confident that they can master any topic. I first spend a short while making the student feel comfortable and confident that they can learn the topic. Then I exactly find where the problem is. Is it just that recent topic or the problem lies somewhere deeper? Then I break the task into parts and give them a way to approach a problem. Sometimes even a "recipe" if possible. Then I solve the problem with the student interactively step by step. I constantly observe the student and see whether they are actually "getting it" or pretending to be. Then at the end, I give them a summary and check their confidence in the topic and assure that they do not have any worries and are confident that "they can ace."

Demi Sidrak

Demiana is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she majored in Biology. As an undergraduate, she tutored students in middle school and high school while conducting research in fields like ophthalmology and autism. She has experience tutoring all subjects and test prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. Demiana believes that every student learns in a different way and at a different pace but each one has the potential for success. Her goal is to make learning enjoyable for her students, no matter how difficult the subject. In the near future, she plans to fulfill her lifelong dream of going to medical school.

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.

Arianna Smith

Ari Smith obtained her Bachelor's degree from Cal State University Monterey Bay, where she worked as a sea lion trainer for several years before realizing her passion and affinity for teaching. Currently completing her teaching credential in English, Ari is excited to improve the skills of her students, especially in reading and writing. She believes that students should feel invested in the content, and strives to make the content relatable for students. She is most excited to help her students learn to enjoy reading, and to teach her students skills that can be translated to their everyday life and that they can continue to use in the future. In her spare time, Ari enjoys reading, hiking, and camping.

Payam Taheri

Payam is a professional Math and Physics tutor. He has been providing tutoring sessions for Math (all levels), Physics (all levels), and test prep (AP Math, AP Physics, SAT, GRE Math) since 2008. Payam held a Teaching Assistant position in Physics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught all high school and college level Physics courses. He also worked as a tutor at University at Buffalo, tutoring mathematics (high school and undergraduate levels).

Christopher Wright

My name is Christopher and I have been an educator for over two years. I graduated from Kenyon College in 2014 with a bachelors degree in biochemistry. I am now working on my medical school applications while tutoring students and substitute teaching. I recently completed a teaching position in Greece, focusing on the sciences and college access, and I am excited to bring what I learned to the states! I find that paying close attention to a students' teaching style and nurturing their unique way of digesting material is key to academic enrichment. I am thrilled to work with your student and look forward to seeing their progress!

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.

Bria Rolison

My name is Bria and I am a valley native. Working with children has been a part of my life since I was 14 years old. I started off as a camp counselor for eight summers and evening assistant teaching at a preschool while in college. While growing up in the greater Los Angeles area I attended one of the top and most competitive high schools in L.A. I am a graduate from the University of Arizona having studied Psychology and Spanish.

Victor Onuigbo

Victor has been a K-12, standardized test prep tutor for over three years. He graduated at the top of his class in high school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University. Outside of tutoring he is an aspiring actor, a dog aficionado, and a pop culture fanatic.

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.

Nahid Yashar

My name is Nahid Yashar. I began my career majoring in accounting, however, my passion for educating children lead me into working with the LAUSD, and now for 15 years. I began tutoring math 8 years ago, and find it to be very rewarding. I believe that every child, with a little guidance, could achieve his/her goals and be successful in school.

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 cactus, research ancestry, and come up with new and interesting recipes in the kitchen.

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.

Diane Angulo

Diane graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She continued her studies at Pepperdine University, where she earned her Master’s in Educational Psychology. Currently, Diane is a College Counselor assisting High School students with college applications. In the past she has worked with students of all grade levels assisting them with their reading proficiency and English Language Development. Diane was also an Elementary and Middle School tutor, running after school tutoring programs and reading clubs. She is dedicated to helping students improve academically in different subject areas.

Elena Fisher

Elena has been working with kids for the past five years and loves it! She taught creative writing to primary aged students and worked with kindergartners at Hess International Organization while attending graduate school at NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore. Since living in Los Angeles, Elena has worked as a private tutor and ESL instructor. She loves working with students of all ages as it brings her joy to see their minds expand.

Samuel Deery-Schmitt

Sam graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. He has engaged in field research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and plans to pursue marine biology. Sam is interested in tutoring biology, math, English, and SAT prep. He has experience as a calculus and writing tutor at the college-level, and is an SAT expert; as a National Merit Scholar Finalist, he was one of the top scorers nationwide on the PSAT and SAT.

Stacy Schwam

Stacy is a veteran teacher with over twenty years’ experience in the elementary classroom. Stacy received her Bachelor's Degree in early American history and Elementary Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She went on to complete her teaching credential and Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Pepperdine University. Stacy taught at a local independent school, Los Encinos School, for seventeen years. During her time at Los Encinos, Stacy taught fifth grade, third grade and was the school's librarian. As librarian, Stacy personally worked with each student to find books at both their reading and interest levels, and integrated the humanities into weekly lessons for kindergarteners through sixth graders. Stacy has worked as a private tutor, across the curriculum, for the duration of her career. As a result of a love of cooking, Stacy has also worked as a private chef, caterer, and teaches cooking classes for children and adults. She recently left her career as an educator to open her own online fashion business, work as a tutor, and be a stay at home mom with her four-year-old daughter, Amber, as often as possible. Stacy also has a great love of children's books.

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 younger 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 and look forward to continuing my research in the Los Angeles area.

Madara Jayasena

Madara grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA. She studied International Relations and Communications at UC Davis and came back to sunny Los Angeles. History, Psychology, English, and Creative Writing are her favorite subjects. She can usually be found watching period pieces and compulsively researching the history of the film right afterwards. She enjoys working with kids and motivating them to reach their goals.

Shahin Saremi

Born in Tehran, Iran, I moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14. Overcoming Language and cultural barriers was a challenge in high school but my love for biological sciences allowed me to share my knowledge with others and quickly find my niche among students. Soon after entering Cal. State University Northridge, and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology, I started working as a university and private tutor and never looked back. Now I have graduated with over 3 years of tutoring experience, and I am now pursuing a graduate degree in biotechnology with teaching aspirations as a college professor. I love to swim, read, surf, and spend time traveling and taking on outdoor adventures.

Aeriel Ventrano

Aeriel has recently obtained his BS degree in Mathematics from Alabama State University and decided to further his education in Los Angeles at the illustrious California Institute of the Arts (CalARTS) receiving an MFA in Acting/Filmmaking. Aeriel is currently working in the arts and as a Substitute Teacher for K-12 (in all subject areas) for various firms servicing Los Angeles County. Aeriel has tutored Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2 and Calculus 1 for seven years and has been teaching for the past two. With his knowledge in the field and experience, he’ll be sure to connect the material to the students unlike any other and is a great addition to the A+ team.

La’Ron Haymore Jr.

La'Ron was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He earned a BA in Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo while also playing Division I-A football. After a successful career in sales he found his true passion in working for, and on behalf of children, through volunteer work on the West and Southside of Chicago. After completing Teach for America, he went on to earn awards as Teacher of the Year in the St. Louis Public School District. Teaching children different ways to solve problems and equipping them with a skill that they will use on a daily basis is fulfilling for La'Ron. He pulls new understanding from students with purposeful questioning that allows them to ask themselves these questions when they are faced with problems out in the real world.

Joshua Cutler

Joshua has been with A+ since spring of 2015. He received a Bachelor’s of Sciences in Physics from UCLA and a Master’s of Science in Nano-engineering from UCSD. His favorite subjects are Math (from Algebra to Calculus) and Physics. He also currently is working at the personal computing software company, MindSpark.

Juan Sanchez

I’m Juan. I’m a Syracuse University graduate. Spanish is my native tongue. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I have been passionate about this beautiful language for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to have a family who immersed me in the arts and fed my imagination with wonderful stories written by Hispanic writers like Julia de Burgos, José Martí, Manuel Mendez Ballester, Gabriel García Márquez, Alfonsina Storni, Luis Palés Matos, Abelardo Díaz Alfaro among many others. My teaching experience started when I was young. My aunt, who is a teacher, would ask me to help her by giving reading tutoring to those students who needed it. During my years at Syracuse, I was part of All Star CAST. This acting organization. would meet once or twice a week to offer acting workshops to people with disabilities. Today, I work as a Spanish tutor both freelance and with private companies. I’m excited to be part of A + Tutoring. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Betty Njenga

I graduated from University of California, Berkeley in December 2013 with a B.A in Economics. I am currently a first-year medical student at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. I am enrolled in the dual MD. MPH program. As a college student, I worked with 8th grade students where I prepared students for the transition to high school. I worked with a team that helped them understand the resources that were available to them in their prospective high schools, planned their schedules as well as helped them identify activities that would be beneficial to them. After graduation, I did some private tutoring with students of various ages and backgrounds. My favorite subject in Biology. The intricacies of the human body and life fascinate me. I also enjoy Math, English, literature and writing.

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, Rachel spent the next few years working in retail sales and information technology while also performing in a plethora of theatrical productions. In her spare time, she began writing her first full novel and travelling to NYC where she trained in improv and acting at schools such as the HB Studio, UCB, and the People's Improv theatre. 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. 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.

Reid Anderson

Reid grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Case Western University. Upon graduation in 2011, he began teaching high school English at PUC Lakeview Charter High School (Sylmar). He’s taught all grade levels, as well as the AP Language & Composition course. In addition to teaching English, he is also the head basketball coach for the boys’ varsity team. In his free time, Reid enjoys playing and writing music, as well as working on various screenwriting projects. He is still furthering his own creative writing education through UCLA Extension.

Devyn Vaughn

Devyn is new to the LA area and brings experience teaching a variety of ages in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a 2015 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has taught 4th, 6th, and 8th grades. She's most recently been the lead teacher for a classroom of 2-3 year olds. Her favorite subjects include writing, social studies, and science. Devyn's strengths stem from her love of learning through new experiences. She finds learning opportunities in all experiences and hopes to inspire students to love learning as much as she does. Devyn is passionate about helping all students succeed and realize their unique strengths. In Devyn's opinion, one of the biggest challenges with learning is self-confidence of the learner. She works hard to create a safe and comfortable learning environment to ensure all students feel comfortable asking questions, sharing ideas, and learning through mistakes. When she’s not tutoring, Devyn is a nanny to a little baby boy. She also pursues her passion in music working as the fan coordinator and head of the street team for a recording artist.

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.

Deborah Scro

Originally from Chicago, IL, Debbie moved in 1986 to Los Angeles to pursue her teaching career. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Debbie has been teaching students from kindergarten to 8th grade for 38 years. She has been a tutor for the last 5 years and has been with A+ Tutoring since last September. In her spare time, Debbie has been performing in the theater! She is excited to be a part of our team and knows how to make learning fun!

Tricia Wallace

Tricia is originally from the east coast and has lived in Los Angeles for 8 years. Tricia graduated with honors gaining a BA in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. She is a proud member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Currently she is pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling. Tricia began tutoring at a community school in, loving the inspiration she was able to provide to the elementary aged children needing not only help academically but a role model as well. As her present work as a with youngsters, she tutors children of families attending public, private and specialty schools for the highly gifted. Tricia’s areas of strength are in reading and writing, grades K-8. She loves creating fun ways that involve the students to think more creatively while brainstorming their ideas on paper. Ensuring comprehension during each lesson is extremely important to Tricia and very rewarding for the student. Working with a variety of families in their homes, Tricia feels she understands what goes into the dynamic of a home and what kids need from a tutor depending on their learning style, characteristics and interests. Tricia has tremendous patience, a captivating way to relate to the youth and she believes there nothing is better than when a child smiles because of their comprehension to what they are working hard to learn and accomplish!

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.

Zayd Al-Marayati

Zayd was born, raised, and educated in the Los Angeles area. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University where he also worked as a research assistant at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. Zayd has experience tutoring grades K-12 through the service he completed with Iganatians Service Organization, an on-campus service organization committed to serving the Greater Los Angeles Area. Zayd loves to travel, having gone to countries like Peru, the United Kingdom, and Jordan throughout the course of his studies. Some of his other interests include reading, basketball, and language learning.

Nicole Roberts

Nicole Roberts has been an Educational Specialist in Los Angeles, New York and Northern California for over ten years. She is excited to be teaching with A+ Tutoring, and continues to work with the Los Angeles based non-profit STAR Education as a Science and Engineering instructor. In 2006, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis and is currently working on finishing graduate school requirements. Nicole has taught a wide variety of subjects both in the classroom and privately. She specializes in Math and Science, but also teaches Writing, English and French. She finds that the best part about teaching is helping her students develop the confidence they need in order to succeed in their academic and personal goals. Aside from teaching, Nicole is a student herself and continues to study musicianship, violin, piano and classical vocal performance in Santa Monica.

Ruben Soleymani

Ruben is a 2015 UCLA grad pursuing a career in Dentistry, also with UCLA. Upon taking his Dental Admissions Test (DAT), he scored in the 85th percentile. Every semester at both UCLA and Santa Monica College, he was on the Dean’s Honors List and his Science GPA was 3.85. Throughout college, Ruben has managed to stay in the top percentile of his class. Ruben has over 5 years of private tutoring experience, and has been a wonderful addition to our team at A+ Tutoring. He has experience tutoring for the ACT and SAT, as well as many other subjects. Ruben is responsible, hardworking, goal oriented and personable. He looks forward to meeting with different families and helping all his students succeed while working with A+ Tutoring!

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.

Malek Al-Marayati

Malek is a recent graduate from Cal State University Northridge with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology and a minor in English literature. With a passion for conservation biology and science education, his plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in biology are in full motion. During his undergraduate career, Malek specialized as a tutor in the fields of college-level chemistry, math, biology, and physics. He is currently an active volunteer as a research assistant, using molecular genetic techniques to understand population structure of local California red seaweeds. He also volunteers as a SCUBA diver at the California Science Center kelp forest aquarium in downtown L.A.

Breana Watkins

Breana is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. She also landed a job at Boeing as a Systems Safety Engineer working on NASA’s Space Launch System that will power people and cargo beyond the moon and into deep space. Not only did Breana excel academically throughout high school and college, she was involved in several organizations and extracurricular activities, including competing in the Miss Alabama Pageant. She understands the anxiety that comes with taking tests and will provide techniques that will help students stay calm and focused. Along with teaching, Breana enjoys dancing, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Georgianne Leong

Georgianne is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a music degree in flute performance. A native Californian, she grew up primarily in Portland, Oregon where she was surrounded by the Columbia Gorge, pine forests, and the waterfalls of the great Northwest. She grew up bilingual, speaking English and Cantonese.

Georgianne loves teaching with a focus on English (grammar, composition, essay planning) and biology. She has over 6 years of tutoring experience. She informally tutored friends and classmates in English composition on a variety of subjects including drama critiques, topic and final papers, short story analysis as well as personal statements for college applications.

Recently, Georgianne was working on a Pre-Veterinary Medicine degree so her math and sciences skill sets are up to date. She was also tutor coordinator and taught group sessions in animal science 101 and animal anatomy and physiology. Georgianne has experience with furry and feathered friends including dogs, cats, rats, guinea pigs, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks.

Georgianne enjoys Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, and Cranium; volunteers for a guinea pig rescue; maintains a container garden growing heirloom tomatoes; dabbles in essential oil blending; collects antique cookbooks; and enjoys Pilates when she has a chance.