Alexis received her B.A from Johns Hopkins University and my Master’s of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up in Palos Verdes, and graduated from Peninsula High School. Alexis tutored in high school and also tutored reading and math for Kumon while in college. Alexis enjoyed working at a summer camp for 3 years so she knows not only how to teach academics but also to engage and connect with her students. She also has experience teaching analytical, informative and creative writing at the university level. Additionally, Alexis also taught English to high school students in Madrid, Spain.
Amaya was born and raised here in the city of Los Angeles. She graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in 2014 and in June of 2018, Amaya received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at the University of California San Diego. Amaya has always had a passion for science but after her success in her high school AP Chemistry course, she realized how much she loved the subject and wanted to further her studies at the university level. After graduating college, Amaya decided to take a few gap years before returning to school. Amaya currently works at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in the Division of Cancer Research and Training where her primary area of study is Breast Cancer research. In the future, Amaya hopes to attend medical school and follow her dream of becoming a radiologist. In Amaya’s free time, she loves reading, playing the piano, spending time with friends and family, and walking her silky terrier on the beach! Amaya loves helping others and sharing her knowledge of chemistry with students to aid their success in such courses would not only be a rewarding experience, but also a consequential one. Amaya looks forward to meeting her students!
Angie has been peer assisting and tutoring for her entire educational career. She has a Single Subject Math teaching credential. Angie’s educational experiences include Marlborough School for Girls in Hancock Park, Loyola University, New Orleans ( B.S. Mathematics), Cal State Bakersfield (B.S. Sociology/Math Minor), and currently Mount St. Mary’s University (in progress, M.S. Education). Angie’s philosophy is “just because you do not like it, does not mean you do not need to know or understand it”. She makes every effort to help student/tutee understand what they feel is impossible. Angie also specializes in SAT/ACT prep and has done test prep for 10 years. She looks forward to helping students shift their mindsets from “can’t and frustration” to “can and encouraged”.
Ashley received her Bachelors Degree from UCLA in Linguistics. She has experience working with children of all abilities, and specializes in Algebra, Geometry, English, Spanish, and French. She has tutored all levels of math including elementary, middle and high school in the South Bay. She enjoys working with the youth and mentoring them on the way to academic success. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology.
Christine has over twenty years of experience teaching second, third, and fourth grades for the Redondo Beach Unified School District. She has a Multiple Subject teaching credential from the state of California, as well as a certificate in Specialized Design Academic Instruction in English. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she has served as a trainer of teachers during the implementation of Common Core Standards at RBUSD. Currently, she is a teacher trainer for Project GLAD. Christine is passionate about teaching reading and writing. She is trained in both Readers and Writers Workshop. She also uses Eureka Math daily in her third grade classroom. Her goal is to help students realize their potential to be scholars and life long learners.
Corinne is a full time aerospace engineer and has worked as a full time math and science?tutor for an intensive program tutoring 12 hours a day. She recently moved to South Bay after earning her B.S. in Aero/Astronautical Engineering?from MIT and her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering?from the University of Colorado. She is passionate about inspiring students to love math and science.
David earned his Bachelors Degree in political science from Villanova University and he earned Credential in Mild/Moderate Special Education and Masters in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. David has been teaching Special Education at the high school level for 4 years and teaches 9-12th grades. He supports in all A-G courses with a focus on English and Math, but also works frequently in the social sciences, Environmental Science and Biology. He is part of the after school tutoring program, and is also a mentor to several of his students as they complete their pinnacle assessment as seniors. David believes in using strengths to grow and focuses on what students “can do.” David loves to provide students with opportunities so they can use their existing abilities to become successful.
Gerri has over thirty years experience teaching kindergarten through third grades for Los Angeles City Schools in South Los Angeles and in South Gate. She has a lifetime teaching credential from the state of California, as well as a Bilingual Academic Certificate in Spanish. She has served at various times as a mentor teacher, a bilingual coordinator and a gifted coordinator for the schools in which she taught. She loves working with young children and has spent her teaching career preparing them for academic success by developing their written and oral language, reading and math skills. She has tutored many children privately and currently is a volunteer tutoring emerging readers through the Reading Partners program at William Green Elementary School in Los Angeles. She also works with children as a volunteer docent at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.
Hugo is currently working towards completing his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Long Beach and has been studying Applied Mathematics for 4 years at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Hugo has tutored small study groups and held the position of Math Supplemental Instruction Leader at CSUDH for 2 years, mentoring over 120 college students. He has a deep passion for helping students and will dedicate as much time needed to help a child learn new material, concepts, and study habits. Everyone learns at their own pace and Hugo is there to guide them in the right direction. With over 3 years of experience tutoring/mentoring students in various subject, Hugo tells his students, “You’re not alone, we’re in this together.”
Illeanna graduated from South Torrance High School in 2014 and then went to the University of California, Irvine to further her education. She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Sciences. Illeanna excels at math and has multiple years of experience tutoring math at the middle and high school grade levels. Illeanna always had a passion for tutoring and helping students succeed. She loves helping students realize their potential and seeing them reach their academic goals. Illeanna believes that academic success is possible for every student and she loves sharing her study and organization tips for success. She is currently a mentor with the organization Girls Inc. where she visits different schools in the Los Angeles School District and provides her students with academic confidence exercises, study tools, and mindset hacks to help them succeed. Illeanna loves working with students and her goal is to be a school psychologist to help students realize that their dreams are possible!
Jamecelle has her Master?s Degree and teaching credential in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University. She received her Bachelor?s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Education from UCLA. She has worked as a teacher?s assistant, college advisor, and tutor. In addition, Jamecelle has gained experience with elementary, middle, and high school students in general education and special education settings, at-risk youth, incarcerated youth, and English Language Learners. Her primary focus is on tailoring her tutoring to address the student?s needs. She is currently an ED/Special Education Teacher for 3rd-5th grade and earned LAUSD Rookie of the Year Teacher award for 2015-2016.
Janice holds a BA in History from the University Of California, Los Angeles and has over 5 years experience tutoring elementary and middle school students in all subjects and high school students in literature, writing, and history. She specializes in the development of strong language arts skills, ranging from phonemic awareness and fluency to comprehension and writing expression. Additionally, she assists with elementary common core math and test prep for the ISEE, SSAT, and OLSAT. For the past three years, along with tutoring, she has worked for the Hermosa Beach City School District in both resource and general ed classrooms as an instructional aide for children with special needs. Her years of exposure to differentiated instruction equip her with the tools necessary to customize lessons to the individual needs of each student. Possessing a lively personality and a playful sense of humor, she delivers engaging lesson plans within a warm and encouraging learning environment.
Janssen earned his B.A. from U.C.L.A with a double major in International Development Studies and Latin American Studies. He has been teaching in the Long Beach Unified School District for the past 8 years. He has taught in different classroom settings from K to 12 and has experience teaching students with special needs. He also coaches the Basketball, Soccer, and Track and Field teams at his middle school. Janssen is able to motivate his students to achieve their academic goals. He also has provided tutoring in Algebra, History, Spanish, and English.
Jule has her BFA from Texas Christian University where she graduated from the John V. Roach Honors College. She has taught both middle school and high school Theatre and has been a study tutor for three years. Jule specializes in teaching students effective study habits while tutoring English, Social Studies and other liberal arts. She believes in creating a fun, stress-free environment where students can thrive and learn the skills they need to succeed.
Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State University Long Beach in Liberal Studies and continued her post graduate teacher education courses at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She has been employed with the Redondo Beach Unified School District for over 27 years teaching experience as both a full time and substitute teacher. Her skill set includes having been specifically trained to teach the EngageNY/ Eureka Math program for K through 5th grade from its inception for RBUSD. Karen also works with students to improve their
writing skills to adhere to the mandated writing rubric. Additionally, Karen has been assisting students as a private one on one and small group tutor in the Redondo Beach, Torrance and Long Beach school districts for 14 years. She has a passion for teaching and more so for
learning. It is her belief that every student can improve his/her study habits and overall
grades, given the proper support and commitment.
Katherine has earned an AA Degree in Communications at El Camino College in Torrance, CA and is a court certified Spanish Interpreter. Katherine has more than 20 years of tutoring experience in both, Spanish and English, and is well-versed in reading, writing and comprehension. Her skill set also includes speech preparing and presentation, along with the providing of organization tips and test-taking skills that will automatically set students up for success.
Kip received her Bachelor’s degree in Science from Penn State University. She has a CA credential in high school Biology, taught in the South Bay for 6 years and has private tutored for 10 years. Her specialities are Math and Science: specifically Algebra, and Geometry, all levels of Biology, Basic and Honors Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Science. She loves teaching one-on-one to clarify areas of difficulty into useful, understandable concepts and her specialty is creating unique lesson plans. Kip has lived in Hermosa and Redondo for 35 years and is originally a Phillie girl. She is also a amateur watercolorist.
Laramie has a BA in Chemistry from Lipscomb University. He currently teaches Chemistry and has been teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry for 11 years. He is passionate about the subject and makes sure to connect Chemistry’s purpose to everyday life so students can understand it’s value. He has created digital labs and videos to make Chemistry come alive during Covid-19’s online learning environment.
Laura is a writer from New Jersey. She graduated first in her class from Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ, and from Georgetown University with a degree in English in 2009. Since then, she has worked in the publishing, theater, and entertainment industries. She is the author of two nonfiction books for Globe Pequot Press, as well as a playwright and magazine contributor. She has worked with children of all ages, from elementary to high school, specializing in English, verbal test prep, and essay writing. Laura’s work in the creative arts makes her especially adept at helping students harness their own creativity to write college application essays that stand out in the crowd. In addition to helping middle and high school students with language arts, she tutors elementary age students in all subject areas.
Lea is currently working on her Ph. D in Educational Psychology ( specialization in Instruction & Curriculum). She ultimately seeks to teach graduate level Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods, Instruction & Curriculum or Special Education courses to psychology majors or master level special education teachers, and small groups of students across the South Bay. Lea has 20 years of experience in teaching students with special needs ( i.e., ASD, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia) as well as general education students in all subjects K-12th grade. She not only teaches the subject matter, she also focuses on how the student learns so he/she will develop positive study habits and study skills. Additionally, Lea has a background and is certified in ABA (applied behavior analysis). Lea has compassion for her students’ differing learning styles and makes sure to engage them academically as well as socially.
Leanna earned her B.A. degree in Child Development and Family Studies from CSU Long Beach. Since then, she has served children, and their families, as a Tutor, Teacher, and Director for the last 20 years. Her specialty lies in English/Language Arts and loves to assist children in learning early reading skills. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s program to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. Leanna looks forward to continue working with children, and families, while encouraging healthy development.
Liliana is finishing her degree in math at University of Southern California. She works for El Camino College as a Supplemental Instruction Coach for the Mathematics Department and has been doing so since Fall 2014. She is also fluent in Spanish and took 4 years of French in High School and has passed the AP placement test. Liliana tutors in all levels of Math through Calculus as well as all levels of Spanish. Liliana enjoys helping students unlock their potential not only in the classroom but also in their daily lives. She is able to break down difficult concepts and connect math concepts to real life. She hopes to inspire her students in the future by becoming a math teacher.
Megan was born and raised in the South Bay. She is happy to now be assisting students in her hometown! In December of 2019, she graduated from Biola University with a degree in Liberal Studies: Elementary Education. She is able to tutor in all subjects, as she has a multiple subject degree. Through her schooling, she was able to have the opportunity to observe 1st through 4th grade classrooms, where she wrote and taught lessons in all subjects, tutored students one on one and in small groups, and learned from the master teachers. After graduation, she worked at two different elementary schools as a substitute teacher, where she got the opportunity to teach 1st-6th grade classes. Megan loves working with children and wants to teach them for the next few years while she finishes her credential. After that, her long term goals are to teach high school English. She loves students of all ages and has a passion to see them grow in their academic knowledge as well as their personhood.
Michael graduated from Vistamar High School and recently graduated from Humboldt State University this past December. He majored in English Writing Practices with minors in psychology and music. Michael specializes in teaching college-aged students but is more than capable of teaching students of all ages and of all reading/writing abilities. Michael spent a semester as a teaching intern for a core course that every English Major must take to graduate from HSU. The course he interned for was titled Literature, Identity, and Representation and dealt with argumentative essays, reflective essays, creative writing, and reading comprehension assignments. Michael also enrolled in an extra course at HSU to become eligible as a tutor on campus to help students from all backgrounds, not just English, to improve their writing in their respective fields. It is Michael’s belief that realizing one’s highest potential in writing and reading should be a stimulating and rewarding experience for his students and not simply a tedious, daunting task made necessary by the demands of academia. Michael has a calm but engaging approach to his teaching and believes the key to unlocking one’s success as a reader or a writer is to find a passion for reading and writing.
Mike received his Master of Education degree from UCLA. His thesis focused on developing positive mathematic identities within learners.? He also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge in history. He has been a credentialed teacher since 2002, working in both the public school and non-profit sector.? Mike specializes in math and English instruction.? When working with students, he creates a unique academic plan based on the learner?s strengths.? The goal of the plan is to allow individuals to achieve their educational goals.
Nicole is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, where she earned her undergraduate and Master’s degree in elementary education, with a focus on reading and writing. She has had 6 years of teaching experience with 2nd-4th grades, and has been tutoring for the past 3 years, in grades ranging from 1st through 8th grade in language arts and math. She’s been hired by the Redondo Beach Unified school district as a substitute teacher. She has lived in the South Bay for three and a half years, and now calls California home. She is passionate about helping students succeed and inspiring in them a love for life-long learning.
Nik has been teaching piano/music in Los Angeles for over ten years. With 25 years experience as a musician he enjoys passing on his knowledge of genres ranging from traditional Classical to Pop/Hip-Hop and R&B. He believes “whether a student is 5 or 95 they should all have a chance to enjoy the gift of becoming a musician”. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music History from UCLA. Nik’s piano teaching style focuses on obtaining a high proficiency of fundamentals, learning to read music, basic music theory, ear training, and improvisation. He is also highly skilled in music composition/production and digital multitrack recording. He has produced songs for many local recording artists. When he’s not busy teaching and making music he enjoys relaxing trips to the beach, playing basketball, and working out at the gym.
Samantha has a BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University. She has over three years experience as a tutor, specializing in 1-on-1 test prep for the ISEE and the SSAT. Her most recent student went from scoring in the 92nd percentile on her SSAT practice tests to scoring in the 99th percentile on her actual exam. Besides test prep, Samantha has tutored students grades K-12 in many subjects and areas including: Math, English, History, Science, Phonics, Essay Writing, and Study Skills. For the past two years, she has been working as a substitute teacher for charter schools. To Samantha, a great tutor embodies patience, positivity, compassion, and fun.
Sartaj earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, as well as Minors in Economics and Computer Science, at the University of California San Diego. He has been tutoring students since high school in all levels of math, with a specialty in upper level Calculus. He also tutors in Economics and AP Computer Science. Sartaj enjoys helping students to not only solve complicated problems, but to also learn the reasoning and logic behind the methods. With his love for math and eagerness to help others, Sartaj wants to teach his students to understand what they’re doing, rather than memorize formulas.
Sheryl graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts. She has 16 years experience working with students in Special Education at the elementary and middle school level. Sheryl has extensive experience working with students on many levels of the Autism Spectrum, ADHD/ADD, varying levels of of learning disabilities and behaviors. She is very patient, friendly and excels at building a relationship with her students so they look forward to their lesson and/or doing homework with her. Sheryl especially loves working with students who struggle with reading skills, reading comprehension and writing as these skills are crucial to all parts of the education process. Sheryl has also been trained in the Orton Gillingham method. She wants her students to gain confidence as their ability increases. In addition, Sheryl is a Southern California native and has enjoyed living and raising her three sons in the South Bay for 24 years.
Steve earned a B.A. cum laude from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Marketing from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. After many years as a successful marketing/advertising executive, he found his true calling: helping children discover and reach their full potential as scholars and lifelong learners. He holds a California Clear Multiple Subjects teaching credential with a certification in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). He has been teaching 4th/5th grade, with 30-50 percent GATE students, at the same Los Angeles Unified School District school since 1998. He has built in-depth knowledge of the California Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Science for upper elementary grades. He has both Readers and Writers Workshop training, and uses Eureka Math and the Imagine Math app in his 4th grade classroom. He has quickly adapted to Distance Learning, conducting classes on Zoom with a wide array of resources, including Google Classroom and Google Forms for students and Class Dojo for parents. As one of only 10% of elementary school teachers that are men, he has developed a strong rapport both with male and female students and parents/guardians. He has also mastered the art of differentiated instruction due to the diverse composition of his classes, with students ranging from GATE to far above grade level to far below grade level, including those with IEPs and/or special needs. Steve prides himself on providing a nurturing Growth Mindset environment and adapting his instructional approach to the varied personalities and learning styles of his students.
Thithien has been a teacher for over 5 years working within both Los Angeles and Ventura county school districts. He is a SoCal native, graduating from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 2007 and then later obtaining his Special Education teaching credential and Master’s in Science at California Lutheran University. He has gained much experience working with his students that come from various socio-economic backgrounds throughout his years working in Special Education. He continues to thrive and grow in the education field and is currently working within the Torrance Unified School District as a High School Special Education teacher. Teaching has always been a great passion for Thithien and he is excited to continue making an impact in the beach cities.
Ulises is a test-prep specialist and UCLA- certified college counselor with over 8 years of experience tutoring in the South Bay. Ulises earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California – Santa Cruz in 2014. During his time in college, Ulises worked as an AVID tutor and college counselor for immigrant students of low-income in Watsonville, CA. Ulises teaches Spanish and English at all levels and works with college students to develop skills for writing research and analysis papers. As a test prep specialist, Ulises has been successful in helping students earn perfect scores in the ACT and SAT Spanish Subject test while improving the personal best scores for many others in a variety of other standardized tests including the ISEE and HSPT.
Vanessa holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Teaching Math and Science with an endorsement in Chemistry. Vanessa is a High School Chemistry teacher who has +5 years of experience as a chemistry tutor specializing in introductory college chemistry, High School chemistry, and AP High School Chemistry. She has experience with assisting students of varying ages to conquer their academic goals. Vanessa believes in empowering students with effective study skills while providing a friendly environment for students to openly ask questions. She has a true passion for teaching and finds great satisfaction with assisting students excel in their own academic endeavors. Vanessa tutored in person for Beach Cities Tutoring but has since moved to Washington temporarily so she is available through Zoom or other online methods.
Wyatt is Manhattan Beach native, and a computer science major at the University of Utah. Through his four semesters, he has completed math courses through Calculus III, has become proficient in Java, and has studied many data structures and famous algorithms. Wyatt prides himself on achieving academic excellence in his engineering classes, and has been named on the Dean’s List the past two semesters. He is able to tutor all levels of math up to calculus and computer science at a difficulty equivalent to high school or low level college. Wyatt is also looking forward to offering a computer science summer class through Beach Cities Tutoring which will provide students with an introduction to coding, but more importantly, an introduction to how computer scientists think about solving problems. Wyatt also understands the demands put on students from their commitments outside of the classroom. He has played ice hockey his whole life and is proud to continue his passion playing for the University of Utah. Wyatt knows time management skills are paramount in the success of active students, and can provide guidance to students who are struggling balancing their activities.