MLC Educators

Our tutors are outstanding educators in their fields, all of whom possess college degrees, and many with Masters degrees, PhDs, and teaching credentials.  MLC tutors bring experience from classroom settings, small group instruction and one-on-one contexts to teach academic content and Executive Functioning skills in multiple ways.  We're proud of our staff, who are also mentors, cheerleaders, and creative, collaborative guides to students on their unique learning paths. 

Fisayo Adeyeye

Fisayo holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Fullerton.  He has over four years of experience working as a Language Arts and Study Skills Tutor.  Fisayo has been an Artist in Residence for the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, where he taught Poetry to high school students.  As an English Instructional Assistant for the Educational Opportunity Summer Bridge Program, he worked with incoming college freshmen on their writing and reading.  He has taught study, organization, and time management skills to students at the Learning Assistance Center at San Francisco State University.  Fisayo has experience supporting a diverse set of students, including English Language Learners and students with learning difficulties.  He is currently working on a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from San Francisco State University.  Outside of tutoring, Fisayo spends time writing, reading, and making art.  A former Poetry Editor for Fourteen Hills and Co-Curator of the VelRo Graduate Reading Series, Fisayo has poems published in New American Writing, Souvenir Lit Journal, and Up the Staircase Quarterly.

Ahmed Alansi

Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has over 7 years of tutoring experience in math and science, supporting a variety of students from elementary school to college levels, including those with identified learning differences and those without.  Ahmed tailors his instruction to guide students toward mastery of academic subjects and provide the tools to build success, including time management, study, and organization skills.  He strives to provide just enough guidance to help his students, while enabling them to discover the solutions to problems on their own; he believes the best solutions are the ones we find ourselves.  Ahmed is a seasoned tutor who is patient, personable, and genuinely cares about his students’ success.  In his free time, he enjoys robotics, cycling, hiking, and exploring new places.

Azita Alavi

Azita holds a Masters of Arts in foreign languages from Shahid Beheshti University and a Bachelor of Arts in French literature and linguistics, also from Shahid Beheshti University.  She brings more than 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience serving students at all levels (from elementary to college), including those with learning differences in math, Language Arts, history, and French.  Azita believes that integrating time management, organizational, and study skills into her teaching equips students with efficient tools to advance their learning.  As a proponent of the growth mindset, she supports her students from a deep belief in their innate ability to learn and to excel.  She is resourceful and patient.  In addition, Azita also has training in the use of Emotional Intelligence in leadership and teaching and manages a website where she writes on a variety of developmental topics.  Outside of tutoring, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, spending time in nature and taking a variety of courses online.

Leah Ball

Leah holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish literature with a minor in French literature from Santa Clara University.  She has nine years of experience teaching in a variety of subjects, including critical reading and writing, pronunciation, grammar, Spanish, and presentation skills to students of all ages.  She has worked with students who have learning differences and uses a wide variety of techniques that address different learning modalities.  Leah has had the opportunity to support students in time management, organization and learning skills throughout her years as an educator.  She received an educator award at Foothill College, and her teaching was also featured in an article in the San Jose Mercury News.  Leah has been published in Spanish and English and has won writing awards in English and French.  In her spare time, Leah reads British history and knits her own clothes.

Alexandria Bass

Ally holds a Master of Education in Mild-to-Moderate Special Education from Baldwin Wallace University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Social Studies Education from Kent State University.  She also holds two California teaching credentials, in mild-to-moderate special education and social sciences.  Ally has more than ten years of experience working with children of all ages, from tutoring to full-time teaching.  She has taught students from diverse backgrounds and learning profiles, including English Language Learners and students with ADHD, mild autism, emotional challenges, behavioral issues, and other learning differences.  Throughout her career, she has learned the importance of teaching Executive Functioning and study skills, and she enjoys integrating these lessons into her tutoring.  She also places a high value on building and encouraging students' self-confidence, so that they can be successful in academics and life.  In addition, Ally believes in teaching students about the Growth Mindset and finding creative ways to achieve their goals.  In her free time, she enjoys working out, hiking, traveling, being with animals, trying new foods and spending time with family and friends. 

Bonnie Blackard

Bonnie holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Cairn University, a Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University, and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Harding University.  She brings over 15 years of education experience, which include teaching elementary and middle school grades.  Her training and experience as a school social worker enrich her ability to understand issues that may hinder student learning.  Bonnie has supported students with a diversity of learning needs in different types of learning environments, both in the United States and abroad.  She has also incorporated time management, organization and study skills into her work with students at all levels.  Bonnie enjoys getting to know her students – their strengths, weaknesses, perceptions, and dreams for the future – and helping them overcome barriers to becoming their best selves.

Chris Bonfilio

Chris holds a California Teaching Credential (Elementary for Life) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She brings a passion for teaching and helping students find a way to unlock their potential.  Chris spent 10 years as a classroom teacher and worked for three years as an education director for a Bay Area learning center before coming to Meyers Learning Center.  There, she actively managed student educational programs and consulted with parents on a regular basis.  In addition, she incorporated Time Management, Organization, and Study skills into her teaching in both classroom and individual settings.  She has worked with a diversity of students, including those with dyslexia, AD/HD, and Asperger’s syndrome.  Chris finds ways to maximize each student’s strengths by modifying instructional methods to suit their individual needs.  Building confidence is essential in learning any new skill, and Chris has the ability to do this with sincerity and warmth.  She believes in every student’s capacity to learn and grow.  

Ali Brown-Hejazi

Ali holds a Master of Design Studies from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from The University of California, Berkeley.  She is currently a PhD student in Art History at Stanford University.   Alexandria has over six years of teaching and tutoring experience as a graduate teaching assistant at Harvard and Stanford and as a private tutor.  She specializes in teaching Language Arts, History, and college essay writing.   She is also a passionate advocate and tutor for Time Management, Organization, and Study Skills.  Alexandria’s teaching ethos is modeled on patience and individuality, helping each student find his or her own voice and power through reaching educational goals.  While not at the library, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Sarah Campbell

Sarah holds a Master of Education in Educational Technology and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English from George Washington University.  She has enjoyed working as an educator for over 30 years.  Sarah's priorities include fostering enthusiasm for learning, treating students with respect, and watching their growth in self-esteem as they master relevant skills.  Her experience includes private and public classroom teaching and tutoring in elementary through high school, covering a variety of subjects and skills, including Time Management, Organization, and Study skills.  Teaching in these venues has given Sarah the opportunity to work with students of varied learning styles, strengths, and challenges.  Sarah has undergone specialized training for and has experience teaching students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, emotional difficulties, and other learning differences.   She also brings experience in preparing students for the verbal and essay portions of the SAT.  Sarah recently moved to California where she loves spending time with her daughters and their families, as well as exploring the wonders of the west coast.

Jenn Castro

Jenn holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Multiple Subject Teaching CLAD credential.  With more than eighteen years of teaching experience, she is passionate about education.  As a home school mom and active member of her home school community, she has provided individual tutoring to a diverse student population in all subjects, including math, writing, reading comprehension, early reading skills, handwriting, and history. Jenn is adept at quickly assessing how each student learns best and adapting her teaching accordingly.  Time management, organization and study skills are important to her, and she incorporates these skills into her teaching.  Jenn’s encouraging, creative, flexible, and firm approach helps students build on their strengths and address their needs.  A published author, Jenn is currently writing a middle-grade novel.  When she’s not teaching and writing, Jenn rides her bike, reads, and volunteers for her church.

Ruby Chen

Ruby holds a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of Southern California, a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She graduated from both masters programs with honors.  Ruby has more than 10 years of tutoring experience with many grade levels in multiple subjects, including AP, standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT, and HSPT), English, science, and math courses.  Her students have been diverse, with a variety of learning strengths and challenges.  Ruby enjoys encouraging young people to discover the joy of learning.  She strives to teach her students how to think independently, a crucial life skill, and work efficiently—through effective time management, organization, and study skills.  Ruby also likes to write and is a contributing writer to the San Francisco Science Examiner on how advances in biotechnology improve lives.

Patti Colver

Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University.  She also earned a Multiple Subject Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University.  Patti brings more than nine years of experience teaching children in elementary grades.  She has successfully tutored students in all subject areas from kindergarten through fourth grade, for the past thirteen years.  In addition, Patti has worked as a one-on-one aide in classroom settings with students who have learning differences (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, AD/HD, and other challenges), for over eleven years.  Patti strongly believes that children benefit greatly from individualized instruction provided by a caring, patient educator.

Greg Farkas

Greg holds a Master of Business Administration degree from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of San Diego.  He also holds a single subject teaching credential in mathematics.  Greg has tutored elementary, middle, and high school students for over seven years in academic reading, writing, math, general homework support, and time management, organization and study skills.  He has worked with gifted and mainstream students, as well as those with learning challenges.  Greg enjoys supporting his students to help them overcome their difficulties, with straightforward approaches gleaned through years of practice and application.  He teaches a variety of strategies, problem solving skills and conceptualization, rather than focusing on memorization and drills.  Greg’s teaching style leverages humor, enthusiasm, and an open approach that engages the student’s imagination and thinking processes to find the methods that connect best for him or her.  Outside of tutoring, Greg holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, and has won many awards in local, state and international competitions.  He has skied all over the western United States and Canada and is an avid cyclist.

Christie Franke

Christie holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Utah, and is a Cambridge University-qualified ESL teacher.  Since 2011, Christie has worked as both classroom teacher and tutor with students from preschool to high school in Europe and the USA, focusing on English language and literature, history, and the arts.  She has taught a variety of learners through the years, from mainstream to those with learning differences, helping them to understand and grow to love their subjects.  Christie enjoys guiding her students towards mastery and watching them discover their own capabilities.  Recognizing the importance of time management, organization, and study skills, she supports students in developing these foundations of success.  Christie is adaptive and tailors each session to the student’s needs, using her innate creativity and love of learning to bring academic subjects to life.  In her free time, Christie enjoys creative writing, traveling, and attending the opera with her friends.

Abigail Gavens

Abby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Boston University and is currently working toward a Master of Education degree with a focus on Communication Disorders at San Jose State University. She has been teaching for over five years, including two years in South Africa. Abby enjoys working with individuals with learning differences of all kinds and has taught students with ADD, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, and dyslexia. Her work has focused on a variety of academic subjects, Executive Functioning skills, and self-help skills incorporating time management, organization and study skills in learning. Abby strives to create a positive, supportive environment with her students, teaching with care and compassion as she tailors each lesson to fit students’ individual needs. When Abby is not tutoring or studying, she enjoys practicing yoga, exploring the outdoors, or traveling the world.

Robert Greeley

Robert holds a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University.  Robert has been an active attorney and member of the California State Bar for over 18 years, litigating cases and counseling clients in estate planning matters.  His commitment to tutoring Language Arts stems from his passion for encouraging young people to develop as readers and writers while providing them with excellent communication skills in their careers.  He has also taught and trained law students for over 15 years, earning high ratings for his teaching and mentoring abilities.  Having worked with a variety of students and age groups, Robert recognizes the importance of time management, organization, and study skills for school and life success.  As a result, he incorporates lessons and strategies for these skills into his work with students.  Robert is conversationally fluent in Spanish and French and has studied numerous other modern and classical languages, including Latin and Greek.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing classical piano, hiking, and keeping fit.

Amanda Hale

Amanda holds a Master of Arts degree in History from California State University, Sacramento.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of California, Davis.  Amanda has worked with children and young adults for over 13 years, first as a camp counselor and then in private tutoring, where she has instructed students in Math, Pre-Algebra/Algebra, Biology, English, elementary Spanish, and History.  Most recently, Amanda served as a Teaching Assistant while she was a graduate student at CSU, Sacramento, aiding and instructing in World History survey courses.  Additionally, she has supported students in developing time management, organization, and study skills, to help them manage challenging workloads.  Amanda deeply values education and the learning process.  She has a special capacity to teach at various levels and to a wide age range.  Amanda has served as an Education Program Manager, managing ground and niche, online programs at UC Davis Extension. In her personal time, she enjoys following current events, reading, history, traveling, American Football, and spending time with family and friends. 

Sama Hamid

Sama holds a Master of Teaching degree and a Bachelor of Science degree, both from the University of Toronto, Canada. She brings more than 4 years of teaching experience, working with students from elementary through high school in various subjects. She has supported gifted learners and those with learning differences (including AD/HD, ASD, auditory and visual processing disorders, and developmental delays). Sama aspires to nurture the whole child and develop motivated learners by integrating critical thinking and problem-solving skills throughout the learning process. To help students thrive, she teaches from a growth mindset, incorporating self-help skills such as time management, organizational and study skills. Sama is a passionate, patient and creative educator who enjoys bringing learning to life. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, travel and spending time in nature.

Zoheb Hooda

Zoheb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science (Quantitative Economics) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of California, San Diego.  He has been a tutor for over 10 years, supporting students from middle school to graduate school in various subjects, including Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Economics, Political Science, Writing, Standardized Test Preparation, and more.  Zoheb places a high value on teaching students to “work smart”, so they learn academic material but also get positive results with the most efficiency.  This comes through as he integrates the teaching of time management, organization, and learning skills into his tutoring.  In math work, he is particularly adept at explaining concepts using relevant, real-world scenarios and to ensure that students understand the fundamentals behind those concepts.  Zoheb enjoys helping students succeed in their academic journeys while reaching the "aha" moments that make material come alive and help build their confidence.  Outside of tutoring, he works as a Senior Financial Analyst while raising his young son, Zain, who also wants to learn math!  

Lauren John

Lauren holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Boston University and a Master of Library Science degree from St. John's University.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from Binghamton University in New York.  In addition, Lauren has a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Lauren has taught and tutored for years, after her career as a public, college, and business librarian.  She enjoys sharing her love of learning with students, from elementary school to college and is an adjunct professor at Menlo College.  Lauren has supported many local students with diverse learning profiles in their transitions from middle to high school and high school to college, integrating time management, organization, study and learning skills in her lessons to help them succeed.  She is also the author of Running Book Discussion Groups: A How to Do It Manual (American Library Association 2006) and has led book groups for all ages throughout the Bay Area.  Outside of tutoring, Lauren enjoys reading, hiking, and jazz.

Neil Jørgensen

Neil holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from West Virginia University.  He has over 7 years of combined tutoring and teaching experience at both the high-school and college levels in math learning centers, classrooms, and private homes.  Neil has interacted with well over 1000 students in his teaching experiences, each of whom had a unique learning style and background.  Some of his students had learning differences such as ADD, ADHD, behavioral and physical challenges.  Neil’s teaching philosophy is that, “The student does the teaching.”  In this sense, Neil learns from each student how he or she should be taught, from which he tailors a customized plan for that student to optimize his or her confidence and strengths.  Neil is also an advocate for visualization, imagination, interactivity, collaboration, and humor in his teaching, to keep interactions fresh and engaging.  In addition, he believes that patience and encouragement are keys to success in mathematics; this in turn guides how Neil treats his students.  In his free time, Neil enjoys hobbies such as extreme snowboarding, camping, and exercising.  Other interests of his include machine learning, art, coding, and information theory.

Peggy Kahn

Peggy holds a Master of Arts from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas (Austin).  She brings 40 years of teaching experience in Language Arts.  She has taught all high school grade levels and multiple courses, from introductory English to American Literature, to Writing for College.  She also worked with groups of students after school to prepare for the rigors of SAT and AP exams.  Peggy served as the chair of the English Language Development program for ten years.  She brings an enthusiasm for education to her relationships with students, creating lessons that focus on each student’s unique learning abilities.  Peggy understands the importance of working together with parents and teachers to ensure the tutoring experience makes a difference in the student’s academic success.

Patti Kahn

Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis.  She tutors language arts, French, and time management, organization, and study skills.  Patti enjoys helping students discover that writing can be fun.  She has helped dozens of high-school students write their college-application essays.  A professional writer and editor, she has also spent the past fifteen years developing training and educational materials on numerous subjects.  Patti is a lifelong reader and lover of literature.  When she’s not working, she can often be found writing nonsensical poems or sitting in a cozy corner with a book in her hand. 

Stavroula Kazaki

Stav holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from the University of Macedonia in Greece.  She is a certified Early Childhood Special Education Teacher with 11 years of experience as a SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) working with students with various learning difficulties and behavioral issues.  She has supported students, one-on-one, in all areas of development through individualized instruction and play, helping them to successfully integrate into mainstream classrooms.  Throughout her career, she has planned interventions with instructional modifications, created customized learning activities and applied behavioral management strategies in order to promote growth of age-appropriate skills. In addition, as a native Greek language speaker, she has over 10 years of experience tutoring Modern Greek.  She also enjoys teaching children Executive Functioning skills to promote their organization, time management, and learning abilities.  Stav is a firm believer that all students, despite any learning difficulties and challenges, can experience academic and social success when provided with modified instruction, effective tools and individualized learning strategies that meet their specific needs.  As a new mom, she enjoys spending time with her son and husband.  In her free time, she loves to travel, cook and exercise. 

Colton Kelly

Colton Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He grew up in Silicon Valley, where he attended Blach Middle School and Mountain View High School.  Colton has tutored students at the middle, high school, and college levels for years.  His scope of expertise and experience includes sciences, such as General Biology and Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology, as well as mathematics.  Colton’s patient and relaxed approach puts students at ease.  He is also driven to ensure that his tutees go above and beyond their learning capabilities and is passionate to share his love for academic subjects and the skills it takes to become a successful student.  This includes instruction on time management, organization, and study skills.  Colton strives to develop learning strategies that are customized to the individual and does so in an entertaining, engaging manner.  Outside of tutoring, he is an Emergency Department volunteer at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and is currently pursuing his dream of earning a degree in medicine, to become an emergency room physician.

Elizabeth Klose

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from San Francisco State University, where she graduated Cum Laude.  She also holds an English teaching credential from San Jose State University.  Elizabeth has over four years of experience tutoring and teaching students.  She specializes in teaching writing, including academic essays and timed essays for SAT tests, as well as textual analysis and reading comprehension for elementary through high school grade levels.  Elizabeth has worked with students who are accelerated, mainstream, English language learners, and those with learning differences.  She provides instruction and guidance in study, organization, and time management methods as well.  It is her goal to equip students with tools and strategies that will enable them to become independent learners.  Elizabeth strives to make learning positive, enjoyable, and productive.  When not tutoring, Elizabeth can be found writing stories, doing arts and crafts, or devouring a good book.

Grace Lee

Grace holds a Master of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She brings more than five years of experience teaching critical thinking skills and writing to middle and high school students, including many with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and emotional challenges.  She has also taught time management skills as part of an overall school curriculum.  Grace has tutored students at the UCLA Writing Center and was a teaching assistant at USC.  She believes that teaching to one’s strengths and connecting learning to long-term goals are among the most important aspects of motivating students.  Grace is a former journalist who loves reading political novels and short stories. 

Sara Mehraban

Sara holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the prestigious Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran.  She has more than 6 years of teaching experience with students from various grade levels (middle school, high school, and college), as well as diverse learning styles and needs.  Sara’s students consider her to be a patient, hard-working, engaging and caring teacher.  Her experience developing effective coursework and lessons has taught her how to improve student learning and interest in math.  She delights in seeing students smile as they come to understand how to find solutions to the problems they need to solve. 

Liz Mogin

Liz holds a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science and Mathematics from Wellesley College.  She also earned a certificate in Special Education from the University of California.  Liz has been teaching for 18 years in Silicon Valley, mostly in middle school math.  Throughout her career, Liz has worked with many students with learning differences, such as ADD/ADHD, hearing impaired, Autism Spectrum Disorders, auditory and visual-spatial processing disorders, Executive Functioning disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and emotional difficulties.  She teaches time management, organization, and study skills within her lessons, as these skills apply across academic subjects.  Liz partners with her students to understand and leverage their unique ways of learning while teaching them to self-advocate.  Outside of teaching, Liz explores her creative side by running a Destination Imagination program, cooking, and sewing.  She is an avid reader, traveler, and life-long learner. 

Amy Morency

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with an emphasis in Counseling from Hope International University.  She has over 25 years of experience teaching and tutoring children from kindergarten through 12th grade in multiple subjects.  Amy is passionate about empowering students to reach their highest potential through multi-sensory, individualized instruction.  She loves finding creative ways to reach a child’s heart in order to teach concepts “from the inside out”.  Through the years, she has had the privilege of tutoring many students with learning differences and emotional difficulties, including students with speech/language disorders, ADHD, Asperger’s, and those on the Autism spectrum.  Amy has experience helping students prepare for the PSAT, SAT, and  ACT tests and enjoys teaching test prep skills, in general.  She highly values teaching time management, organizational, and study skills in tutoring sessions, as she perceives them to be essential skills to a student’s success (not only in school, but also in life). When she’s not tutoring, Amy loves to read, do handiwork, and hike or jog.

Michelle Motoyoshi

Michelle holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her teaching career began when she founded an after-school creative writing program through “Ohlone for Kids”, where she worked for five years.  She has been teaching students for over seven years.  Michelle specializes in tutoring middle and high school students in Language Arts and standardized Test Preparation (such as SAT and ACT).  She also supports students with their college application essays and time management, organization, and study skills. As an educator, Michelle values establishing rapport and trust, evaluating and adapting her teaching to each student’s needs, and sharing her passion for knowledge.  In her spare time, Michelle writes scripts, several of which have been performed in local festivals.

Manoj Nachnani

Manoj holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Binghamton University, SUNY Binghamton in New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Pune.  He has over 10 years of experience teaching at Santa Clara University and many more years in mentoring students with a variety of learning strengths and challenges.  Throughout his career, Manoj has enjoyed imparting knowledge to students, with a practical, patient approach.  He motivates students in their science and math studies by relating knowledge to their day-to-day life, activities, and passions.  Manoj also encourages creative thinking and gives students enough time to grasp the fundamentals and show their knowledge before moving on to more complicated concepts.  In his spare time, Manoj enjoys reading and gardening, as well as spending time with his family.

Belinda Nguyen

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Arts and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics from San Jose State University.  She has over three years of teaching experience and has worked with students from middle school to college in everything from remedial to common core and advanced mathematics.  Belinda also has ample experience with SAT prep.  She enjoys showing students the importance of time management, organization, and study skills through her lessons. In addition, Belinda is adaptive, empathetic and patient with students, utilizing best practice resources to make lessons interactive and enjoyable.  Outside of teaching, Belinda loves spending time with her three pugs, playing video games, and baking.

Alejandra Pacheco

Alejandra is a graduating senior at Santa Clara University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering.  She is part of the LEAD Scholar Honors Program, as well as a recipient of the Latinos in Technology Scholarship Award from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Alejandra has over three years’ worth of tutoring and mentoring experience in classroom, one-on-one, and group settings.  She has worked with students from second grade through high school, specializing in math up to Calculus.  She also tutors in Spanish, up to the AP level.  Alejandra is committed to teaching her students time management, organization, and study skills, seeing these as fundamental aspects of their success.  She is passionate about helping others and works to instill a positive learning mindset with every student she encounters.  During her free time, Alejandra enjoys spending time with family, trying new coffee shops, and hiking in the Bay Area.

Josie Porcella

Josie holds a Master of Arts degree in Mild to Moderate Special Education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.  She is trained in Lindamood-Bell learning programs, the LANGUAGE! literacy curriculum, Reading Apprenticeship literacy program, and various assistive technology software programs for students needing a diverse teaching approach.  She has over 8 years of experience providing Educational Therapy services to students with learning differences, autism, ADD, and emotional/behavioral challenges between the ages of 5-25.  Additionally, she has taught intensive reading remediation, writing remediation, and Executive Functioning skills classes to students of many ages.  Josie is bilingual and has also provided tutoring and summer school classes in Spanish.  She is committed to developing each student's strengths, while providing support in their areas of need and fostering their self-confidence.  Josie strives to help students realize their ability to learn and achieve success in their own unique ways.

Goutham Reddy

Goutham holds a Master of Science Degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University.  In addition, he completed coursework in medical informatics in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University in New York.  Goutham brings over 6 years of experience working with children and adults.  He has taught students from middle school to graduate school, tutored one-on-one and online, supported gifted students, mainstream learners, and those with learning differences.  He supports students in a variety of STEM subjects (chemistry, mathematics, statistics, biology, and physics) and standardized testing preparation (including SAT, GRE, AP and IB), as well as time management, organizational and study skills.  Goutham is passionate about helping students maximize their learning style in a supportive environment.  Outside of teaching, he enjoys rock climbing, table tennis, and hiking.

Breauna Roach

Breauna Roach holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English Language, Literature and Composition from Florida A & M University.  She has over 4 years of tutoring and teaching experience, working with a range of students from middle school to the collegiate level.  Her instructional fields of expertise include English, Language Arts, Research Writing, Creative Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading Comprehension and related subjects.  Breauna has taught students with many different learning styles and needs, including those with physical, behavioral, attentional and emotional challenges.  She is dedicated to maintaining the flexible methods needed to best serve each student’s ways of learning.  Her teaching style emphasizes active observation and critical inquiry to help learners become better writers and enlarge their understanding of the world.  She places a high value on teaching time management and study skills to assist students in expanding their learning experience, and she incorporates these skills into all aspects of her instruction.  Outside of tutoring, Breauna is an accomplished poet, artist, and yoga enthusiast. 

Chris Swartz

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential in Liberal Studies from San Jose State University (K-12), as well as a Teaching Credential from Washington state.  She has 12 years of teaching experience, with Special Education and elementary education as her specialties.  Chris’ classroom experience includes emphasis on language, writing, and math in Learning Centers and Contained Learning Centers.  Her students have been mainstream learners, as well as those with AD/HD, behavioral, physical, and emotional challenges, ASD, and dyscalculia.  Chris enjoys imparting knowledge with a practical and organized approach--which includes time management and organization skills as part of her teaching.  She wants her students to learn how to think and develop study skills tailored to their own needs.  Chris is adaptive, empathetic, resourceful, and patient with her students, using her creativity to bring academic lessons to life in a memorable way.  In her free time, she enjoys music, research, writing, swimming, and spending time with animals and nature.

Carol Taylor

Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Her Masters was a double Masters degree with dual emphases on learning disabilities and supporting students with emotional challenges.  Carol has taught Special Day classes and been a Resource Specialist in the California schools and other states for 12 years.  She has been a full time/part time lecturer at San Jose State University since 1980. She educates and supports new special education teachers in the mild-moderate program at SJSU which allows her to follow curricula used in schools in three counties.  Carol has taught Study Skills sessions since 1984 for students in grades 5-11.  Carol has experience teaching children with learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s, executive functioning issues, depression and anxiety.  She most enjoys teaching grades 3-7th.  She loves teaching language arts, writing and math and is aware of Common Core expectations.  Carol believes that highly engaging tutoring sessions and collaborative relationships with parents and teachers are key to effective tutoring.  She describes her teaching as “strategy based” teaching.  Carol is an avid reader, a regular hiker in the local hills, and enjoys spending time with her husband, two grown sons and her golden retriever Maddie. 

Deb Taylor

Deb holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New England, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from San Francisco State University, and a California Teaching Credential.  She has over 20 years’ worth of teaching, tutoring, and training experience, having taught at North Star Academy in Redwood City, trained technical writers, and worked as a technical writer and editor.  Her fields of expertise include language arts, math, science, health, research, and debate.  Deb has also worked with students to prepare them for their SATs and PSATs.  She has supported a wide variety of learners, including mainstream, gifted, and those with learning differences such as AD/HD, processing difficulties, and Asperger's. She believes in challenging students, nurturing self-esteem, and developing attainable goals.  Deb focuses on helping students understand and master content deeply, rather than rote memorization of subjects.  By teaching how to learn and building foundation skills, Deb’s students develop effective study habits, as well as time management and organization skills.  They also have the confidence to apply these skills to their academic and professional futures.  In her spare time, Deb enjoys oil-painting, pottery, reading, and spending time with her husband Mike, and their kitten, Elmo II.

Tatiana Ter-Zakhariants

Tatiana holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from Haifa University (Israel), a Master in Business Administration degree from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Saint Petersburg (Russia).  For almost 30 years, she has been working as a math educator in various academic settings, including one-on-one tutoring, private and public schools, and community college in the U.S., Russia, and Israel.  In addition to a wide range of regular academic mathematics courses, she has taught classes and tutored students for standardized tests such as the ISEE, HSPT, SAT, and ACT.  During her career in education, Tatiana gained substantial experience and mastered techniques to keep children engaged and motivated in order to learn efficiently and effectively.  She has worked with a diverse population of students, including those with various learning difficulties and emotional challenges.  Tatiana believes that with dedication, attention, and opportunity, young people can grow, gain self-confidence, and achieve their personal goals.

Nahil Vijeh

Nahil holds a Masters degree in Education and Curriculum, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University.  Nahil has been working with students in a variety of academic settings for over eight years, having taught youth from elementary to high school grades in classrooms, mentoring, after-school, and outreach programs.  Through this work, she has had the pleasure of supporting students with diverse cultural backgrounds, learning styles and abilities.  Nahil values teaching time management, organization, and study skills as they set the foundation for fostering self-discipline, pride and a strong work ethic.  She uses a variety of tools to help motivate students to adopt these skills.  Nahil loves her work as an educator and celebrates the opportunity to give back to the community every day.  Outside of teaching, she enjoys reading about mindfulness and meditation in classrooms and for teachers.  She completed her Master’s Thesis on mindfulness practices integrated in the classroom, as well as their beneficial social, academic and emotional outcomes.  In addition, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and family.

Meagan Vizier

Meagan holds a Master of Arts in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She holds a California Professional, Clear Special Education Credential in the area of Mild/Moderate Disabilities.  She is currently working on an Autism certificate through Cal Poly Pomona.  She has taught in a Special Day Classroom for 11 years, working with students with emotional and behavioral difficulties, learning disabilities, Executive Functioning disorder, cognitive impairment, ADHD/ADD, and autistic spectrum disorders.  Meagan has also worked in a therapeutic residential treatment center for boys for 10 years and with mainstream learners in tutoring settings for years.  In addition to providing all types of subject-specific tutoring (including math with Making Math Real strategies), Meagan has taught Time Management, Organization, and Study Skills to students at MLC for over 8 years.  She is a dedicated, patient, and knowledgeable educator who believes in instilling a passion for learning in students by helping them recognize their strengths as well as providing them with encouragement.  Meagan loves teaching and is committed to helping students succeed.  Outside the classroom, Meagan enjoys playing soccer on two San Francisco teams!

Chris Williams

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Math and science have always been exciting areas of interest for him, and he has incorporated these passions into a successful career for nearly 10 years.  Chris has a talent for breaking down complex mathematics and physics concepts using simple metaphors, teaching students with a patient, friendly approach.  In addition, he has taught computer programming, critical reasoning, SAT and ACT standardized tests-prep. Having worked with elementary, middle, and high school students with a variety of learning strengths and challenges, Chris’ calm teaching style helps create a stress-free learning environment, while his focus on organization, study skills, and resourceful problem-solving helps develop the student’s ability to thrive academically.  Outside of teaching, Chris enjoys working on creative projects using a variety of crafts and mediums.

Fang Yuan

Fang (pronounced “Fong”) holds a Doctorate in Physics from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the prestigious Fudan University in China.  He brings over 15 years of experience in teaching math and science (including all levels of math, Chemistry and Physics) from middle to high school and college levels.  He has taught students who struggle with math and science, as well as those who excel in these areas (working with both SAT and AP-supported coursework too).  Fang has also worked as a researcher and teacher at the University of Michigan and Harvard University.  He is a patient, caring teacher who loves supporting students in their learning.

TJ Zmucki

TJ holds a Law Degree with an emphasis on Education and Special Education Law from Lincoln Law School of San Jose, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois.  He brings over 20 years of experience working with children and young adults.  TJ has taught students from kindergarten to college age, tutored one-on-one and online, and supported gifted students, in addition to mainstream learners and those with learning differences (such as ASD, AD/HD, auditory and visual processing disorders, executive functioning, dyslexia, visual and hearing impairments, and emotional difficulties).  He supports a variety of subject areas and standardized testing preparation (including SAT, TOEFL, GRE, AP and SBAC), as well as time management, organizational and study skills.  KBay radio station selected TJ as their May, 2015 Teacher of the Month.  He draws from a wide array of educational manipulatives, games, and creative activities for tutoring.  TJ is a passionate advocate for parents’ and students’ educational rights.  In addition, he enjoys fundraising for charities that help students, through being an avid RunDisney 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon runner. 

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