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.

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 has also written for numerous publications and institutions, among which include ClevelandClassical, 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.

Gail Greene

Gail is a Los Angeles native, and graduate from California State University Northridge. Gail has a degree in Liberal Studies and Childhood Development. Gail has a Multiple Subject teaching credential and a Special Education Specialist Instruction Credential. Her favorite subjects to tutor are reading and writing, all though mathematics is not far away either. Gail has over 20 years of public school teaching experience with upper and lower elementary school children. She also has years of experience working with special education elementary aged children in public schools. Her hobbies include reading, being in nature, and spending time with family and friends. She's most passionate about making learning easier for students and helping them feel good about themselves. What she enjoys most about working with children is seeing them grow into more confident learners. If she had a superpower it would be to make children feel instantly comfortable with her.

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!

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.

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.

Hannah Kreiger

Hannah is a California native and attended UC Santa Cruz where she received her degree in English Language Literature, with the intention of teaching. While at UCSC, she worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in the on-campus childcare center, working with children ages 3-5. Currently, Hannah works at iLead Encino (grades TK-8), working with students of various grade and developmental levels. Hannah’s true passion is helping students that were having difficulty accessing the curriculum without additional support. While working with 7th and 8th graders. Hannah saw the importance of caring and supportive instruction when dealing with content area weaknesses. Hannah is continuing her coursework in pursuit of Special Education Credential and Multiple Subject Credential.

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.

Michael Lutz

My name is Michael Lutz, I taught high school physics and chemistry for four years before deciding to pursue a master's in environmental engineering. I received my B.A. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, and my master in education and teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara. I love working with students of all ages and in all subjects from elementary through college level: science, math, English, SAT, essay writing and more. My philosophy of tutoring is to enable students to become independent learners, and I do this by helping them set goals and get the job done.

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.

Education: 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.

Diana Buck

Diana is a UCLA graduate with her degree in Anthropology. She is continuing her education at Cal State, Northridge and will earn her K-6 teaching credential at the end of 2017. Diana has been tutoring students in all grade levels since the 2014-15 school year, but she is most excited to work with kids in elementary school. She is comfortable with Common Core and can help students in all subjects (though math and science are her favorites). In addition to experience in general education classrooms, Diana has worked with students with learning disabilities and those that are learning English as a second language. She believes that every student can succeed with practice and encouragement (and the right studying tools), and she aims to make the tutoring experience fun and positive. When Diana isn't working with children, she enjoys music, art, and the great outdoors.

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. Hannah has always enjoyed working with students in a variety of different subjects including mathematics and Spanish. Hannah enjoys the one on one bond she makes with students as she helps them understand the material that appeared difficult before. She has worked with elementary school students, middle school, and high school students.

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.

Megan Hulse

My name is Megan and I am an experienced teacher, and tutor. I graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in education with certification to teach general and special education. I have both my Indiana and California teaching certifications.

I have over three years teaching experience in the public-school system. During the first two years, I taught sixth grade students receiving special education services for mild to moderate disabilities. I provided direct instruction in the resource room for the subjects of Math and English Language Arts. For the remaining year, I was an itinerant teacher who provided services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. These services were focused on developing self-advocacy skills and listening skills, along with expression of speech.

During my two years as a mild-moderate special education teacher I also provided after school tutoring services to students in preparation for the state’s yearly standardized test.

I have recently moved to Los Angeles where I will be a nanny for a family here. I am excited and hopeful to continue my tutoring services with students who have great potential!

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.

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 bachelor’s 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.

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.

Blean Girma

Blean is a Los Angeles native with a degree from Mount St. Mary's University. Her favorite subjects to tutor are Biology, Algebra and French. She can speak both English and Amharic. Her hobbies include dancing, reading, exercising and volunteering. She's very passionate about girls education, health equity, and global awareness. The further she's ever traveled is Ethiopia. What she enjoys most about working with children is the ability to pass down her knowledge and teach them things she wished she knew when she was their age. She says her superpower if she had one would be the ability to fly. When asked if she could give her 15-year-old self any advice, it would be, "To not be concerned with what other kids have. Focus on what you have and build on it."

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.

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.

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.

Amanda Krasner

Hello my name is Amanda Krasner, I am from Simi Valley, CA. I graduated from California State University of Channel Islands with my Bachelors in Liberal Studies and in Mathematics in 2013 and graduated with my Single Subject Math teaching credential in 2014.

Currently I am a math teacher at a public charter school in Oxnard, where I help students learn Math. I have been teaching here for over 2 years. I work with students of many different backgrounds and educational levels. Our school is independent study and I work with students one on one. So I feel very comfortable adjusting the lesson to be specific for each learner. I truly love being a teacher and being able to work with students every day. I look forward to getting the chance to work with you.

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 Teacher for K-12 (in all subject areas) for various schools in Los Angeles County for over 2 years. Aeriel has tutored students of all ages, and in a variety of subjects including Reading, Writing, Literature, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2 and Calculus 1 for over seven years. 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.

Paul Flores

Paul is a PhD student in clinical psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Southern Nazarene University and an M.A. in psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Paul has a passion for helping young people develop self-efficacy in their academic and personal lives.

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.

Reid Anderson

Reid grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Case Western University. Upon graduation in 2011, he began his teaching career by teaching high school English at PUC Lakeview Charter High School (Sylmar). He has taught all grade levels, as well as the AP Language & Composition course. Reid works with a variety of different students to include English Language Learners and students with special needs. 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 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.

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!

Shari Charalambous

Shari has been an educator for over 20 years. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology, and obtained her teaching credential from CSUN. She grew up in the L.A. area, and considers herself to be a California girl. Her favorite color is purple, and she wears it every single day. Shari loves to read, listen to music, spend time with her dog, Coda, and add to her purple collection. She has never had a job that didn't involve kids. Shari has a passion for teaching, and it definitely shows!

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.

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.

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.

Sara Eastwood

Sara Eastwood is currently a Resource Specialist Teacher in the San Fernando Valley, completing her third year of teaching in a public high school. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in International Development Studies. She received her Master's in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University in the spring of 2016. Sara works with students in small groups and one-on-one teaching a wide variety of subjects. She enjoys helping students learn new math skills, strengthen their writing, and prepare for the SAT and ACT. She is passionate about education equity and working to improve personalized learning experiences for all students.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nathan James

Nathan James has been a resident of the San Fernando Valley since 2014, where he resides with his wife. He has recently received his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and is applying to medical school in 2018. Nathan’s experience in teaching includes instructing swim lessons and water safety courses, as well as tutoring adults through the Los Angeles Public Library, Adult Literacy Program. Nathan enjoys teaching math, physics, biology, and chemistry, with biology being his favorite subject.

Justin Yadegar

Justin is a native of Los Angeles where he earned his bachelor’s degree with USC. His favorited subjects to tutor are Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Geometry. In addition to English, Justin is also able to speak Farsi, Spanish and Hebrew. His hobbies include cycling, traveling, yo-yoing, foosball, ping-pong, running and backgammon. He’s very passionate about helping others with their health. The farthest he’s ever traveled was Israel, which was a 15-hour flight. What Justin enjoys most about working with children is the moment when the concept clicks and he can see it in their eyes. If he had a superpower it would be the ability to “contain limitless quantities of information.” When asked if he could give himself advice at the age of the 15, he said it would be to, “Relax. Life doesn’t owe you anything, you owe it to yourself.”

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.

Irie De Lilly

Irie Rose De Lilly is an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher at a private day-school in Sherman Oaks, CA. Her goal is to be an influential and compassionate educator, who has positive expectations for her students, who cultivates respectful learning environments, and who designs creative curriculum for student success. Now in her seventh year of teaching, Irie maintains a student-focused, motivated, and dynamic approach to education.

Irie has taught for Achievement First Elementary School, ABC Phonetic Reading School, The Institute of Reading Development, and for The Mojave High School through Teach for America. In addition to teaching, she is also an accomplished writer and an award-winning poet.

Irie holds a BA in English from Spelman College, an MA in Humanities from Mount St. Mary’s University, and has completed M.Ed. coursework in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kevin Wyllie

My name is Kevin Wyllie, I graduated from Loyola Marymount University where I attended both undergraduate and graduate school. I am originally from Portland, Oregon (but was fed up after 18 years of rain!). My Master’s degree is in the sciences and I aspire to further my education. I have always had a passion for Science as well as teaching and helping students understand the subject. I hope I always maintain my appreciation for the natural sciences. I am excited to be sharing- in the form of tutoring-my curiosity for how the universe works, as well as helping students excel and succeed!

Keri-Anne Canton

Keri-Ann has over 10 years of experience as a tutor, working with elementary and middle school students in all subject areas. She has also been a Teacher for 3 years and strives to make learning fun by incorporating games and hands on activities. She enjoys helping young people reach their educational goals and will make sure your student gets the attention he or she needs. Keri-Anne enjoys working with children because she loves showing them that even their most difficult work doesn't have to be discouraging. Her diverse background allows her to help students succeed in and out of the classroom.

Adam Ross

Adam graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s of Science in Honors Biology and a Minor in Business. He currently works with the Upward Bound Program, where he mentors and tutors high school students from disadvantaged and marginalized backgrounds. Adam aspires to become a doctor, and loves sharing his passion for Math and Sciences with his students. He likes to take an individualistic approach to teaching, as every student's attributes and needs are unique to them.

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.

Hannah Zipperman

Hannah Zipperman is a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio. She has taught different ages and learning styles and particularly enjoys science and history, but she is adept at teaching every age in many different subjects. 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. She currently works in Pasadena as a Kindergarten Hebrew School teacher.