Tutoring & Test Prep For Students of All Ages In La Canada, Pasadena, & Los Angeles

Dayna Bowers

Dayna is an experienced tutor and mentor, specializing in the HSPT and ISEE. She is originally from North Carolina and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill where she earned her degrees in Religious Studies and Communications. Dayna is a passionate educator, whose favorite job ever was being Head Counselor at her childhood summer camp. When she’s not tutoring, she can be found drawing and writing in a cafe. She loves lending her visual art skills to visual learning techniques and she is dedicated to encouraging creativity in others. Fun Fact: Dayna was a high school Speech and Debate National Champion.

John Bryant

John graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a major in neurobiology and a minor in English, and has been tutoring in the greater Los Angeles area ever since. John can tutor a broad range of subjects ranging from the sciences to the humanities, but he specalizes in ACT, SAT, essay writing, English, math, and chemistry. John believes that the most important attribute for a tutor to possess, beyond a full understanding of the material, is adaptability. The same approach likely won’t work for every student, so John aims to adapt to every student in order to best fit their needs. When not tutoring, John spends his time playing pick-up soccer, screenwriting, and honing his improv chops at LA’s many awesome comedy theaters. He’s thrilled to bring all his experience to the table in order to help students attain their academic goals!

Cosima Cabrera

Cosima was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was Salutatorian of her high school and graduated with a 4.56 GPA before moving on to Yale, where she graduated with Distinction in Literature. She has helped students improve their SAT scores by hundreds of points and jump from 20s to 30s on the ACT. Additionally, she tutors the ISEE and HSPT and has helped many students get in to their dream high schools. She loves imparting knowledge to her students while also helping them to achieve their academic goals and develop confidence. Learning is her passion, and she loves bringing her joy for learning into each session. Cosima is also fluent in French and Spanish and had a trilingual upbringing, studying at the Lycée International de Los Angeles for elementary school and La Escuela Argentina on the weekends. 

Katie Curri

Katie tutors the HSPT and ISEE and graduated cum laude from CUNY Hunter College where she earned her degree in Media Studies. In addition to her B.A, Katie has an Associates Degree in Acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC. With a background in therapeutic drama, Katie has experience working with children of all levels and specializes in teaching students with learning disabilities. Originally from New Hampshire, she is a lover of the outdoors and escapes the city to see the stars whenever she can. She loves to write poetry and play with her cat, Moxie.

Rachel Kaplan

Rachel is an experienced tutor and teacher specializing in HSPT, ISEE, and mathematics. Rachel graduated cum laude from James Madison University and then earned a Masters of Education from George Mason University. Rachel was a classroom teacher for over a decade teaching geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry and pre-calculus. While working in the classroom, Rachel continued her work as a private tutor. As a dyslexic herself, Rachel works effectively with dyslexic students to develop coping strategies and to see the content in a way that works for each individual student. The relationships formed and helping each student grow are why she tutors. Beyond the classroom, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles, farmer’s markets and writing.

Alexandra Kent

Alexandra received an honors degree in chemistry with an emphasis in biology from the University of Utah and tutors chemistry and biology. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in chemistry and chemical biology at the University of California at Irvine doing research focused on new applications for DNA and RNA, two of the molecules of life she finds fascinating.Alexandra’s love for teaching began in high school, working with elementary school children to improve math and reading skills. During college, she continued pursuing this passion serving as a teaching assistant for general and organic chemistry classes, while tutoring high school chemistry and biology in her spare time. When not in lab, Alexandra also enjoys reading classic literature, playing piano, hiking in the summer, and skiing in the winter.

Rebecca Leib

Rebecca Leib has been a professional writer and writing teacher for over fifteen years. She graduated with honors from The University of Wisconsin-Madison (BFA – Fine Art) and got a MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she taught composition, beginning film theory and persuasive essay writing. After moving to Los Angeles, Rebecca began tutoring creative writing, critical reading, college essay writing, pilot writing and the verbal sections of standardized testing (ACT, SAT and ISEE). She teaches many age levels and writing disciplines, but finds college essay admissions writing (the intersection of a student’s personal experience and their academic ambition) an incredibly creative and rewarding experience.  When she’s not tutoring, she writes on television shows airing on NBC, HBO, Disney and most recently, Investigation Discovery.

Kevin Manwarren

Kevin is an experienced HSPT and ISEE tutor and great with kids of all ages. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in Cinema-Television Critical Studies and a minor in Theater. He is an enthusiastic teacher and a patient communicator. Kevin spends his summers at Astrocamp in Idyllwild, where he heads the improv program, teaches science, and runs Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. His favorite one started at a dragonborne wizard’s bar mitzvah.

David Needell

David tutors all levels of mathematics, physics, and computer science. During his undergraduate time at Bowdoin College, David double majored in physics and mathematics with a minor in computer science, taking courses ranging from the Mathematics of Music to Electric Field and Circuits to Nature Inspired Computation. He currently investigates novel solar photovoltaic physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), pursuing his PhD in Applied Physics. David has tutored students since early high school and has been a teaching assistant for over four years. Adopting the paradigm that STEM subjects should be taught accessibly and with enthusiasm, David aims to pass along his excitement for science to every student he tutors. When not scribbling away at his blackboard, David can be found making wheel-thrown pottery, playing the guitar or drums, hiking and climbing in the San Gabriel mountains, or playing an intramural game of basketball.

David Rosenberg

David Rosenberg is an experienced tutor who has worked with students of all grade levels. While his favorite subject is history (especially AP Euro!), he is excited to work with students on anything from 1st grade math to high school English and French.

David graduated cum laude from Tufts University, where he majored in International Relations. When he’s not tutoring, he’s busy doing stand-up comedy, playing softball, or reading history books. (Seriously.) He looks forward to helping all students excel!

Lee Rubenstein

Lee Rubenstein is a magna cum laude graduate of Oberlin College and was recipient of the Comfort Starr Prize for Excellence in Historical Studies. After graduation, Lee moved to New York City where he worked in the non-profit sector. A few years, Lee shifted careers and has been happily writing for television and film in Los Angeles ever since. 
No matter where his work has taken him though, Lee has made time to teach. He’s a passionate and engaged educator who truly enjoys helping others reach their full potential. Lee offers tutoring on a wide variety of traditional academic subjects, like reading comprehension, vocabulary building and essay writing, as well as in more artist-orientated areas, like creative writing and performance.

Melissa Soriano

Melissa is a true tutoring renaissance woman: she helps students with biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, Spanish, and SAT & ACT prep. She’s also a full time engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a focus on remote sensing, and a former tutor and teacher with HarvardSquare2 and Mathnasium, where she was frequently awarded for her thorough, engaging, and clear teaching methods. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2003 and her Masters of Science in Computational Science from George Mason University in 2009.

Losha Soriano

Losha Soriano specializes in tutoring all levels of Spanish. She loves watching the light in students’ eyes after they have grasped a connection with the Spanish language and seeing their confidence rise as a result. She has a passion for languages that she likes to share with her students. Losha graduated with honors from UCLA Extension’s Court Interpreter and Translation Program as well and their Paralegal Program. When Losha is not working for a local non-profit translating/interpreting and tutoring, you can find her growing her own vegetables and herbs, hiking with her dog, or visiting her native Peru.

Meggie Spellman

Meggie graduated manga cum laude with a B.F.A. in dramatic writing from the Theater Arts and Film Conservatory at SUNY Purchase and has a long history with test prep, having taken her first SAT in 8th grade to qualify for the Johns Hopkins CTY program. She started her career in tutoring test prep in 2007 in New York and has worked for many prestigious companies tutoring writing, math and tests such as the SAT, ACT, SSAT, HSPT, and ISEE, helping many students go on to their dream schools. Meggie is a very empathetic teacher that loves helping students achieve their potential with positive encouragement. Every student has the ability and talent to succeed, and her approach helps them see that in themselves. When not tutoring, Meggie teaches yoga and likes to incorporate breathing and relaxing techniques she has learned into test prep.

Stuart Thompson

Originally from San Francisco, Stuart has been a private tutor since 2008. He began as a senior in high school in the Bay Area, working with younger students, and continued as a tutor while attending the University of California Berkeley. He went on to graduate early in the fall of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics. Since moving to Los Angeles, Stuart has continued to work with children and young adults for HSPT, ISEE, SAT, ACT, math, Spanish, chemistry, and general science.

Stuart’s passion for education is infectious. He truly enjoys guiding students down the road to academic discovery, and his ability to relate the importance of the subject matter, combined with his relaxed demeanor, provide an encouraging learning environment for his students.

When Stuart isn’t tutoring, he spends his time performing stand-up comedy, playing soccer, and cycling all over Los Angeles.