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. She is available remotely via Zoom.  

Erin James

Erin is a Los Angeles based tutor and Ivy League graduate. She has been tutoring for three years working with students of all ages. She is a jack-of-all-trades, but her focus has been HSPT prep, homework and assignment help, reading/essay writing and remedial lessons to help students recover Covid learning loss and stay on track with their peers. She is available in-person and remotely via Zoom.

Margaret Montgomery

Dr. Margaret Montgomery currently serves as an AP United States History and American Studies teacher in Atlanta, GA. Since 2014, Dr. Montgomery has also taught college courses such as Western Civilization and American Studies for both four year and two year higher institutions. She has five years of experience tutoring undergraduates in writing skills and six years of working with highschool students before that. While living in Atlanta she has also served as an individual tutor for AP United States History for three years. She has successfully coached students to earn above average scores on the national exam in both her own class as well as with her individual tutoring. She has been recognized for teaching excellence in history and has helped highschool, undergraduate, and graduate students compose personal statements for admissions applications, fellowship applications, graduate programs, and law schools. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in enthusiasm and compassion. She loves working one-on-one with students because of the opportunity to customize her approach to a student’s needs and become an academic cheerleader. When she’s not in the classroom, Margaret can be found taking her dog Keno on adventures around the city, enjoying makers’ markets in town, or cooking Cajun comfort foods like jambalaya and gumbo. She is available remotely via Zoom.

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. He is available remotely via Zoom.

Kelli Lycke

Kelli Lycke is a professor at New Mexico State University, teaching in their online technical and professional writing program. She is also a fully credentialed teacher in California and tutors the HSPT, middle school math, reading analysis with evidence-based writing, Spanish, foundational language arts skills, Algebra I, English, and writing. Although she lives in LA, she is originally from Kansas City. Kelli fell in love with tutoring back in 2008 when she began tutoring writing at her local community college. She enjoys tutoring because it provides a great opportunity to connect with people from different walks of life and to feel more connected with the community. When she’s not teaching or tutoring, she’s probably quilting, playing board games, or checking out local historical sites. She is available in-person and remotely via Zoom.  

Avni Singh

Avni has been tutoring elementary, middle, and high school students since she was 16 years old. Her areas of expertise are math, reading, writing, HSPT, SAT, and ACT tutoring. Avni graduated from UNC Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar in May 2023 with a double major in Economics and Communication Studies. Her unique teaching experiences as an academic subject tutor in high school, SAT/ACT instructor at Austin’s premier tutoring firm in 2023, and dance teacher since 2015 mean she understands that success is possible for every student. Avni provides students with a uniquely tailored approach and dedicated support. Her ultimate objective is to instill confidence and grit in her students as they work to achieve their goals. She is available in-person and remotely via Zoom.

Phoebe Chang

Phoebe Chang is an experienced tutor specializing in elementary through high school math (basic math/algebra to AP Calculus), English (elementary level to AP level), chemistry, HSPT prep, and public speaking. She has worked with students in both 1:1 environments and classroom settings. Phoebe recently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Phoebe has taught and tutored at the elementary through high school level for 3 years. Inspiring curiosity for learning is one of her passions, and she hopes to teach students learning methods that make studying fun. She is an empathetic, focused, and innovative tutor who aims to lead students to academic success and encourage them to be self-motivated individuals. In her free time, she loves to play tennis, make art, participate in improv theater, and play games. She is available in-person and remotely via Zoom.

Athena Frost

Athena tutors the HSPT, ISEE, SAT, and ACT. She specializes in math and sciences as well as middle school/high school subject support, reading fluency, building vocabulary, and standard English conventions. She has a bachelors in physics from the University of Chicago and a masters in secondary education-(physics and math) from DePaul University. Athena has taught at the high school and college level for four years and has tutored for over a decade. She follows a holistic approach, helping students not only gain the knowledge necessary to succeed with their short term goals but also the tools to succeed at all academic tasks. She is available in-person and remotely via Zoom.

Jordan Heimer

Raised in New York and Connecticut, Jordan has been a private tutor since 2010. After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in literature and a concentration in 20th-century American history, Jordan moved to Los Angeles, where he has worked with middle school and high school students on everything from HSPT, ISEE, SAT, ACT, GRE, and LSAT test prep to history, English, economics, essay writing and navigating the many steps of the college application process. Jordan believes that nothing inhibits learning quite like anxiety and stress. His ability to tailor lessons to individualized learning styles and paces helps to create an encouraging learning environment for his students that facilitates curious engagement with even the densest material. When Jordan isn’t tutoring, he spends his time podcasting about the NBA, screenwriting for an eclectic array of TV shows on networks like Starz, CrunchyRoll, and ABC, and taking long hikes in the Altadena foothills with his dog. He is available in-person and remotely via Zoom.

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.She is available remotely via Zoom.

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! He is available in-person and remotely via Zoom.

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. He is available in-person and remotely via Zoom.
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