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Hesley Harps

Hesley Harps graduated summa cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South, one of the nation’s top liberal arts universities, with degrees in Environmental Studies: Ecology and Biodiversity and Theater Arts. She is a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa. Hesley has been working as a tutor and teacher for many years and is passionate about bringing material to life. She works with students ranging from kindergarten to college level and specializes in Algebra I and II, geometry, biology, all levels of elementary and middle school science/math, English, history, literature/the classics, reading comprehension and fluency skills, building vocabulary, organizational skills, essay writing, general homework support, and all levels of the HSPT, ISEE, SSAT, SAT, and ACT. Additionally, she has helped students complete remedial math and English programs. She often works with children facing executive function challenges, autism, ADD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and more. She is engaging and upbeat when helping students develop strong time management skills, goals, and a positive attitude towards learning. Hesley loves discovering and developing new strategies to help students reach their goals, while making the learning process both memorable and fun.

Gor Antonyan

Gor is an experienced instructor specializing in SAT, ACT, HSPT, ISEE, and subject tutoring. He graduated with honors from California State University Northridge (BA- Criminology) and is currently pursuing his Juris Doctorate degree. During college, Gor received numerous awards for argumentative writing and volunteering to help underserved communities. While working as a private tutor, Gor also worked in the Academic Division of LAUSD After-School Program. Gor believes that every student is capable of learning if given the correct guidance. When not tutoring, Gor enjoys playing tennis, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

Ben Thompson

Originally from Spokane, WA, Ben has been a teacher his entire life. He began coaching soccer at the age of 13 and tutored his peers at the University of Redlands, where he graduated in 2018 with Bachelors in Science in Global Business and Spanish. After several years working in the Entertainment Industry, Ben now helps students of all ages with writing, English, Spanish, math, and HSPT preparation. Ben believes it was his willingness to learn and strong work ethic that allowed him to succeed academically. He knows first hand how challenging school can feel and how extra time with a tutor can go a long way. Ben is patient, understanding, encouraging, and easy to get along with. Outside of tutoring, Ben performs stand-up comedy and is an avid skier and soccer player.

Kevin Tumanyan

Kevin is a graduate from Loyola Marymount University and majored in Health and Human Sciences and was Pre-med. He is now a current Medical Student doing research. Kevin tutors AP Biology, mathematics, AP sciences, and Anatomy/Physiology. Kevin believes that the most important aspect of tutoring is providing every student with confidence, so they know that they can master any subject or topic. When not tutoring, Kevin enjoys swimming, working out, boxing, and reading about new topics in medicine. He is ready to help students succeed and reach their goals by providing them with his experience and knowledge.

Charlie Tercek

Charlie is an honors graduate of Middlebury College and works as an English teacher at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, a private school in the LA area. Before becoming a teacher, he enjoyed a long and exhilarating career as a TV sitcom writer and advertising executive. He brings all of this experience to bear at Archimedes, where he helps students with their reading and writing skills, coaches high school juniors as they prepare for the ACT and SAT, and advises seniors with their college admissions essays. Outside of the classroom, Charlie spends time with his family hiking, biking, playing tennis and making music. Fun fact: Charlie was once the “12 Years and Under” winner of the National Accordion Player Championships.

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.

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. 

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.

Dayna Bowers

Dayna is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, the author of the 2020 Archimedes Academics HSPT Strategies Workbook, a passionate educator, and once the Head Counselor at her childhood summer camp. When she’s not tutoring, Dayna enjoys her work as a graphic facilitator, drawing and writing out meeting notes for all types of presentations and collaborations. Dayna brings her visual thinking skills to her work with students by incorporating visual elements into her lessons while encouraging creativity in her students. Dayna brings 10+ years of tutoring experience to her work with Archimedes Academics, specializing in the HSPT, ISEE, SAT, Elementary Math, PreAlgebra, Algebra, Geometry, Creative Writing, College Application Writing, Writing Mechanics and Idea Generation, Persuasive Speech and Essay Writing, Speech Presentation and Performance, Research Paper Support, Religious and Philosophical Studies, Visual Art, General Homework Support, Time Management and Organizational Skills. Fun Fact: Dayna was a high school Speech and Debate National Champion.

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!

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!
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