Elementary Teachers

 

Keep your child on track—learning to love learning—with our early elementary subject tutoring. Our Master Homeschool Teachers in Santa Monica 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.

Lara

Acadia University, M.Ed.
Mt. St. Vincent University, BA Ed.
Seneca College, Post-Diploma
University of Western Ontario, BA
CELTA Certification

Lara is a fun, enthusiastic, professional teacher with 12 years classroom experience. She has taught grades 1-3 in the classroom as well as worked with children 1:1. Lara uses project based whole learning to encompass the constructionist project-learning style of teaching. She has been trained in the Lindamood-Bell Reading Program as well as the Woodcock Assessment Tests. Lara has done post-training in mild-moderate special needs and is skilled at delivering accommodations, modifications, and specialized instruction. She builds working relationships with her parents and students and individualizes all her curriculum teaching to the needs of her homeschool student. Lara also speaks fluent French.

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!

Bari

Johns Hopkins University, MS Ed.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA
Loyola University, Teaching Credential

Bari has undergraduate degrees in psychology and environmental studies as well as completed her prerequisites for pre-med. She entered teaching through the prestigious Teach for America program and has taught chemistry for the last 4 years in Los Angeles. Bari has also studied advanced Spanish at Universidad de San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. She facilitates 1st-grade reading groups and has tutored elementary math in Spanish. Bari's passion is creating garden and food awareness programs for underprivileged communities. She has twice received the LAUSD Teacher Recognition Award for Excellence.

Kristie K.

Mt. St. Mary's University, MA, Child Psychology
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.

Kristie H

California State University Northridge, MA
Mount Saint Mary's University, BA

Kristie is a passionate and creative elementary school teacher. She has taught 3rd grade in a private school, kindergarten in Spain, and ELA and science in middle school. She has also taught English to 5th and 6th graders. Kristie has a bachelor's in child psychology and is bi-lingual in both Spanish and English and can teach reading, writing, listening and speaking in both languages. She also loves teaching science. Kristie prioritizes student engagement, interests, and strengths in her teaching practices. Her goal is to help build a student's confidence and challenge them to obtain a growth mindset as lifelong learners.

Monique

Chaminade University of Honolulu, M.Ed., summa cum laude
UCLA, B.A., English, Education
Teaching licenses in Hawaii and in California
NCLB National Recognition Award
Lindamood-Bell Learning Method and other reading programs

Monique has taught K through 12th grade in California and in Hawaii for over 20 years. She specializes in early intervention for children, including assessments and IEPs. Her teaching skills include phonics, reading, writing, math, and science. Monique is an experienced kindergarten and elementary teacher creating individualized learning plans, assessments, and providing curriculum using cognates from L1. She is a Blue Ribbon educator and recognized as a National Highly Qualified Teacher. Monique has worked with children of all skill levels from special needs to highly gifted. Monique has been a KinderPrep and early elementary homeschool teacher for Academic Achievers for over 6 years.

Maggi

University of California at Los Angeles, PhD
University of California at Los Angeles, MA
University of California at Los Angeles, BA

For 15+ years, Maggi has tutored children, teens, and young adults. Her passion is discovering each child’s individual learning skills profile and teaching to their strengths. At UCLA, she taught English and Anthropology as a PhD grad student. She founded and edited a research journal and three creative writing journals and won multiple writing awards while earning three degrees at UCLA with highest honors. The hands-on fieldwork she did infuses her teaching style, fostering interest and ownership in student investigative learning.

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.

Ashley

Texas Southern University, MA Ed.
Texas Southern University, BA
CA Teaching Credential

Ashley has 9 years of classroom experience teaching Pre-school – 2nd grade in both Public and Private school settings. Her experience ranges from working with Autistic children to the Gifted and Talented. She understands that each child learns differently and adequately prepares unique educational programs that meet the needs of each child. Ashley has a true passion for working with young learners. She’s also an advocate for parental involvement and loves to collaborate with parents. Her bubbly personality coupled with fun-filled, academically inclined, and learner motivated activities has always been the goal in the success of her students.

Mary Beth

Bank Street College of Education, MA Ed.
Washington University, MBA
Bradley University BA
Ed. Specialist Mild/Moderate Certification

As a graduate of Bank Street College in New York City, Mary Beth takes a progressive approach to education that is rooted in a deep respect for the child. Over the past 13 years, she has worked as both a classroom teacher and an itinerant special educator in more than 25 classrooms in California and New York. In addition, her background in acting and improvisation helps her to create fun and engaging learning environments and to respond creatively in challenging situations. Mary Beth is passionate about creating an environment where children are engaged and inspired, and works closely with parents and caregivers to build strategies that are optimal for the family.

Vanessa

University of California at Los Angeles, BA

Vanessa is a National Chess Master with 10 years of chess teaching experience. She has taught students of all levels and ages ranging from age 4 and up and she has worked with beginners to experienced tournament competitors. In addition, Vanessa is an accomplished chess journalist, winning the 2017 Chess Journalist of the Year award from the Chess Journalists of America. Competitively, Vanessa is currently ranked within the top 10 women chess players in California. She has qualified for and competed in the US Chess Championships twice. As a teenager, she represented the United States at the World Youth Championships in Crete, Greece. Vanessa specializes in interactive teaching techniques that showcase the fun of the game while optimizing learning.

Zoe

Wesleyan University, BA

Zoe attended college at Wesleyan University, where she studied writing with a focus on teaching writing to students of all ages and educational backgrounds. Since moving to Los Angeles, Zoe has worked as a professional screenwriter as well as a high-level writing and test prep tutor, in addition to writing tests and creating educational content for students. Zoe has also trained extensively with top-level behaviorists to help students with learning differences, from learning disabilities such as dyslexia to behavioral disabilities such as autism. Energetic, bubbly, and upbeat, Zoe believes that developing writing skills should be fun, and her students always enjoy themselves throughout their educational journeys!

Tara

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

Tara is a highly experienced elementary teacher who has taught in the classroom for over 10 years. She's creative and enjoys augmenting her lessons with STEM projects. Tara was the Academic Coordinator for an Education and Enrichment Services program in Massachusetts. She was also the Director of 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. Tara uses an integrated approach to teaching and has taught 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade.

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".

Kristen

California State University, M.Ed.
California State University, BA, cum laude
California Teaching Credential

Kristen is a Master teacher has been teaching kindergarten through high school to rave reviews for 20 years. She has a Master's degree specializing in language and literacy. Kristen has been a kindergarten teacher, a homeschool teacher, and a private tutor for elementary through high school. She is also an admissions reader for CSU college essays.  Kristen loves to teach and makes learning fun!