Elementary Teachers

 

Keep your child on track—learning to love learning—with our Early Elementary Subject Tutoring. Our Master teachers will help keep them from getting frustrated and falling behind or being unchallenged and getting bored during these crucial early years. They’ll also develop key study and organizational skills to sustain their progress.

 

Meet Our Staff

Mary

Mount Saint Mary's University, MA
Mount Saint Mary's University, BA
California Teaching Credential

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mary has been a teacher for almost 20 years. She has taught at several private westside schools and has been a lead teacher for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Mary has also tutored children from kindergarten through elementary school. She has worked with children with a wide range of learning differences and differentiates her instruction to accommodate each. Mary is a dedicated, compassionate, organized, creative and professional educator and has a passion to bring out the best in her students. Mary is the Director of Academic Achievers' Early Elementary Program.

Jenny

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

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

Michael

University of California at Los Angeles, Early Elementary Ed., Post-Grad
University of Wisconsin at Madison, BA

Michael has taught K-3 at a private school in Los Angeles for the last 3 years. He utilizes Montessouri and Reggio Emelia strategies to guide cognitive, physical, and social-emotional flourishing. Michael is trained in the Froebel Method, Singapore Math, and Project-Based Learning. He has received the CityKids LA Community Rapport Badge and was a UCLA Humanities Council Representative. Before elementary school teaching, Michael taught French at UCLA. He is also an accomplished musician and plays the piano.

Sarah

Illinois State University, BA in Special Education
Learning and Behavior Specialist Certification
California Teaching Credential

Sarah is a Chicago native who began her career as a Special Education Teacher in 2012. Sarah immediately began working as a K-2 Special Education Teacher in a Severe/Moderate Autism Program. After two years, Sarah moved across the country to assist in developing a special education program in East Los Angeles. She received her teaching credential in California and began working with a diverse group of students. Sarah’s love for elementary education allowed her to work with the special education and general education population. After 7 years in the classroom, Sarah began working in homes as an educational therapist and educational consultant for families who needed additional support. She works individually with students on personalized lesson plans. From the highly gifted to those with special needs, Sarah differentiates her teaching to bring out the best in each child.

Ghislaine

Southern New Hampshire University, MS
Nova Southeastern University, BA

Ghislaine has worked as a tutor and teacher for over 5 years in Coral Gables and Miami, FL. She has assisted children from public elementary schools and private academies in early literacy, reading, mathematics, science and social studies. Since her mother was a pre-school teacher, Ghislaine grew up enjoying children, enriching their learning skills, and improving their critical thinking abilities and knowledge of math and science concepts. As a native French speaker, she also teaches French to the early learner.

Tracy

University of Texas, PhD (in progress)
Texas A&M, BS

Tracy has been a professional homeschool teacher since 2009. She has also been an academic manager for students in some of the most competitive schools in LA. Tracy can adapt any curriculum to suit the student's needs whether enrichment or remediation and incorporates executive functioning, time management, and study skills into all of her sessions. Tracy works with students in 2nd through 12th grade and in all subjects. Her ability to create project-based learning and her knowledge of the California curriculum has led to rave reviews from all her students. Tracy has been working with Academic Achievers for over 7 years.

Samantha

California State University, Northridge, MA
Boise State University, BA

Samantha is passionate about education and has taught in both private and public schools. She has worked as a one-on-one interventionist for the past 3 years using Lindamood-Bell, Wilson Reading System and ST Math. Samantha currently creates and implements personalized lesson plans for students with learning differences. Her life mission is to teach children the love of learning. Before becoming an educator, Samantha worked as a juvenile detention officer.

Kristie

Mt. St. Mary's University, MA, Child Psychology (in progress)
George Mason University, MA Ed
Virginia Tech, BA
CA Multi-Subject Credential
Virginia PK-6 Teaching License

An educator for 10 years, Kristie recently has been a principal at a middle school in Los Angeles, and previously taught first, second, fifth and sixth grade. She has been a Director of Curriculum, Curriculum Specialist, and Dean of Humanities in schools in Virginia, New York, and Los Angeles. Kristie has a passion for education, especially literacy and reading. She has developed curriculum for a wide variety of learners and learning needs. Kristie believes in aiming instruction and curriculum to the child's needs and interests and developing a growth mindset with young learners.

Annie

UC Santa Barbara, M.Ed. and BA
Certified Reading Specialist
California Teaching Credential

Annie is a California native and just completed her 10th year of teaching. After a decade, she is still loving every minute of it. Her experience ranges from teaching 2nd and 3rd grade in private and charter schools, to her most recent role as a Kindergarten through 2nd grade reading specialist in a public school where she worked with students with a range of learning needs. Annie is passionate about engaging her students and loves the opportunity to work with them one-on-one and see their rapid growth. She has tutored students ranging from 3-10 years old, tailoring lessons to fit their needs and interests. During this time, Annie continues to teach exciting and interactive online lessons to ensure students’ progress in their education while we are not able to meet in person.

Marissa

University of California, Santa Cruz, M. Ed
University of California, Santa Barbara, BA, cum laude
UCLA TEFL Certificate/California Teaching Credential
Gesell Assessment Certification

Marissa has been a Kindergarten and Early Elementary educator for 15 years.  She has presented at Growing Educators for their Literacy Program and has designed units of study in American History for the California Charter School Association. Marissa has also led programs in STEAM for math and science. Because Marissa has studied and taught in Spain and South America, she brings a multicultural perspective to all her teaching. Marissa is a certified Gesell Childhood Development Assessor.

Tess

The University of California at Santa Barbara, BS

Tess has worked with students of all ages in school and home settings for over 5 years. She has provided one-on-one interventions and is accustomed to working as part of a collaborative team in support of her students. Tess has experience working with children with a range of mild to moderate learning differences, including ADHD, ASD, dyslexia, processing disorders, and other school-based challenges such as anxiety and low motivation. In addition to tutoring elementary and middle school students in reading, writing, and math, Tess is trained in executive function coaching and loves to help students develop systems for organization and time management.

Daniel

Georgia State University, M Ed
Central Michigan University, BS Ed

Daniel has been a teacher and tutor for over 22 years. He holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Reading, Language, and Literacy from Georgia State University. Daniel has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta. He has worked with students with a wide range of learning differences and uses engaging and effective techniques for teaching math, reading and writing. Daniel is a dedicated professional educator with a solid commitment to the academic growth and development of every student. Daniel is an Academic Achievers Academy teacher.

Julia

University of California at Los Angeles, current
University of Pennsylvania, post baccalaureate
Drexel University, BA

Julia has studied at Drexel University and UPenn, and is currently continuing her medical research studies at UCLA. She has tutored students from elementary school through high school in reading comprehension, math, and writing. A native Russian speaker from Ukraine, she is also fluent in Spanish and has studied at the Universidad de Latina and Clinica Biblica. Julia tutors algebra 1 and 2, geometry, physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as English. She is also a top test prep tutor and prepares students for the ISEE, SAT, and ACT.

Gal

University of Florida, BA
Universidad de los Andes in Chile, MA Ed

Gal has a broad range of experiences as an educator and therapist. She has worked as an educational therapist and early elementary homeschool teacher for over 10 years. Gal has worked with children who are highly gifted as well as children with developmental delays. She has been an academic coach, elementary and high school teacher and as an educational psychologist in a preschool. As an educational specialist, Gal believes in using a multi-sensory approach to teaching, being trained to support in all areas including reading, writing, math, history, English and Spanish.

Tara

Wheelock College, Boston, MA Ed
Northeastern University, BA
Elementary Teaching Credential
Orton-Gillingham Certification

Tara was the Academic Coordinator for an Education and Enrichment Services program in Massachusetts. She was also the Director for Holbrook High School Extended Learning Program. Tara is a Reading Specialist trained in the highly effective Orton-Gillingham Method. She also works with deaf children and children who have visual, auditory, and sensory processing disorders. She uses an integrated approach to help students with their reading and all academics.

Audrey

Loyola Marymount University, MA
University of Maryland, BS
CA Teaching Credential

Audrey is the Lead Teacher and Educational Math Specialist for a Los Angeles Charter School. She was selected from approx. 45,000 applicants to become a Corps Member teaching under-represented youth and 100% of her students improved at least one grade level. Audrey is a member of Teach for America and actively engages in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as well as CLR (Culturally Responsive Linguistics) training. She works with Green Dot Public Schools on their Disciplinary Review Board. Audrey was awarded "Rookie Teacher of the Year".

Theodosia

University of Southern California, MA
Oberlin Conservatory, Artist Diploma
University of California Los Angeles, BA

Theodosia has been helping students achieve academic excellence for over ten years. She tutors math, sciences, history, English, Spanish, and test prep, and brings her creativity and sense of fun to each lesson. She tailors her approach according to individual students' personalities, learning styles, and educational goals. Theodosia is also a frequent guest lecturer at her alma maters University of Southern California, Oberlin Conservatory, and University of California Los Angeles. Her kindness, humor, and patience make her a wonderful teacher for students of all ages.