Specialists

Navigating the academic world can be challenging. Sometimes you may need a little extra assistance. Whether you need an Academic Coach, Educational Therapist, Private School Admissions Consultant, or College Counselor --we’re here to help.

Meet Our Staff

Lisa Marfisi

Private School Consultant

University of Pennsylvania, BA
Philadelphia College, BS

Lisa has been a professional in education in Los Angeles since 1991. She was the Director of Admissions K-12 at Wildwood School and Echo Horizon School. She also worked at the Archer School for Girls, PS #1, and Westside Neighborhood School. Lisa’s experience has given her an understanding of what schools are looking for and enables her to help parents navigate the admissions process from an insider’s point of view. Lisa has been helping families with the admission process for 19 years. She is a former steering committee member of ESAD (Elementary School Admission Directors).

Dr. Lauren Rubin

Test Prep Specialist

Monash University, Melbourne Australia, Ph D
Indiana/Purdue University, MSMT
Pacifica Graduate Institute, MA Counseling
University of Hawaii, BA summa cum laude

Dr. Rubin has assisted hundreds of students to succeed in test prep, writing, and academic support over the last 20 years. Through personalized instruction, catered specifically to the student's strengths and weaknesses, Dr. Rubin helps students achieve academic excellence. She designs customized test preparation for students studying the ACT/SAT, ISEE/SSAT, GRE and TOEFL tests and has excellent results. Dr. Rubin works with a variety of students from different countries, backgrounds, and ability levels, catering her study plans to ensure each student reaches their highest ability. Dr. Rubin has led the test prep department for a national company in Medford Oregon, owned her own SAT test prep center, and headed Academic Achievers' test prep department since 2014.

Rob Stone

Academic Coach

Harvard University, MA
Colorado College, BA

Rob has been working as a teacher/advisor for over 20 years. He has trained teachers, published articles in education journals, presented at educational conferences and lectured at graduate schools of education. His primary focus has been middle school students, especially in developing skills and building work habits to prepare them for high school. Rob works with students on meta-cognition and understanding their own learning, building effective study habits, time management and organization skills and executive functioning issues. He helps to empower students in a direct, but compassionate way, and serves as a sounding board and advisor to help parents understand their child’s learning, strengths and shortcomings, and school experience through an academic and social-emotional lens.

Dr. Josh Arnold

Application Specialist

Harvard University, M. Ed.
University of Southern California, Ed D.
University of California at Los Angeles, BA English

Before his consultancy career advising school districts, county offices of education, and individual students and families navigating K-8, high school, and college, Dr. Arnold served as Superintendent of the Culver City Unified School District and Chief Academic Officer for the CATCH Prep Family Of Schools in Los Angeles. Currently an Admissions Interviewer for Harvard, Dr. Arnold leverages his experience with the application process to maximize access to T20 Universities and top L.A.-area schools for the students he advises. As a former English teacher at Santa Monica High School, and raised on the westside throughout his youth, Dr. Arnold is deeply familiar with the context of Academic Achievers' families and serves as a valuable resource in supporting their life-long academic goals.

Kate Healy

Reading Specialist

West Chester University, M.Ed. Literacy
Juniata College, BS, Specia Needs Elementary
Teaching Certification CA and PA
Wilson Reading Program Certified

Kate has worked as a Reading Specialist and Special Education teacher for the last 14 years in the Philadelphia area. She has worked primarily with students in grades 9-12, and has tutored students from Pre-K-12th grade both online and in-person. Her focus as a Reading Specialist is to improve fluency and decoding skills while raising reading comprehension levels. In her time as a teacher, Kate has worked with students with a broad range of learning differences, including but not limited to: Dyslexia, Reading Disabilities, Processing Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Executive Functioning, Giftedness/Twice Exceptional, Anxiety, and Hearing Disabilities. Kate has crafted or contributed to many IEPs and formal reports. Using her depth of experience, Kate creates individualized tutoring plans for each student drawing on a range of different programs and methods to help them reach their full potential.

Dr. Bibi Pirayesh

Educational Therapist

Loyola Marymount University, PhD Ed
Columbia University, MA, Psych.
University of Pittsburgh, BA, Neuroscience

Bibi is an Educational Therapist and Learning Specialist with over 10 years of professional experience. She provides one-on-one services for students with a wide range of learning disabilities and differences including dyslexia, ADHD, Pervasive Development Disorders as well as the development of individualized educational and treatment plans. Dr. Pirayesh also offers a Cognitive Brain Training Program which addresses Attention, Memory, Logic/Reasoning, and Processing to ensure students are working at the top of their abilities.

Jenny Marshall

Educational Therapist

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!

Judith Sullivan

Early Elementary Admissions

University of California, Los Angeles, BS

With over 18 years of tutoring and admissions counseling experience, Judith has prepared and placed over 80 students into highly prestigious private elementary schools, high schools, universities, and grad schools.
Judith specializes in preparing Pre-K and early elementary school students for private school assessments. Judith is a UCLA graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and she studied in a one year program of French, Law and Politics at L’Universite de la Sorbonne in Paris. She is fluent in French and Japanese with a working command of Spanish. Judith loves working with young students and is proud of her many kindergarten school placements.