Instructors

We hand-pick our instructors because of their mastery of their content areas and their creativity and flexibility in working with students with a variety of learning styles. Our instructors are passionate about learning and dedicated to each of their students thriving academically and learning to navigate the world as a successful human being.

 

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Madeline B. Schussel

A graduate of Tufts, a “Top Thirty” University, Madeline is a standardized test instructor and tutor who has been sharing her skills in academia for over a decade. Having overcome significant learning struggles as a child, she went on to “ace” the SAT and excel in her schooling, and she now specializes in building the confidence of students (of all ages) with their own perceived focus challenges. While in college, she developed and defended an interdisciplinary major in liberal arts and sciences, and she is especially in tune with kids and teens who need help balancing diverse interests and strengths. Also an editor, she is exceptionally capable at advancing students’ writing abilities, as well as at sharpening their math skills up to the Calculus level.

 

Carly Pandza

Carly has been teaching and mentoring children from infants to high schoolers for almost a decade. She loves working with youth as she considers herself just a big kid at heart. Carly got her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film from Chapman University. Her lessons are always full of energy, fun and learning. Carly loves connecting deeply with students and helping them see the material and themselves in a new way. She has a passion for unlocking the potential for of all ages as a coach, consultant, and leader of transformational learning programs since 2014. Outside of the classroom, she loves dancing, going to the movies, and spending time with her husband and dog-children, Baby Driver and Biscuit.

 

Matt McMurphy

Matt has been tutoring high school students in math and writing since his Junior year of high school. After college, he began teaching a variety of subjects ranging from Drama to Buddhism to Algebra II, and he earned his California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for grades K-12 as well as his Single Subject Credential in History. Matt continues to proudly guide students in their studies from middle school all the way through to high school graduation. Matt believes there is no one way to teach or learn content, and he loves to help students understand new concepts and develop the skills they need to grow as confident and responsible independent learners.

 

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PK Kulkarni

PK has been teaching students one-on-one and in large groups since 2006 when, as a college sophomore at a premiere Engineering school, he began tutoring students in and doing pre-test reviews for Calculus and Physics. Being a book reviewer for the university newspaper, he also supported Graduate and Doctoral students by proofreading and editing their theses and dissertations.

After graduating college, PK continued tutoring students in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics,  Statistics, and writing. He has also worked for well-known test prep companies as an instructor for the SAT and other standardized tests.

PK’s philosophy is learning by doing; he empowers students by nudging them in the correct direction so the focus is on understanding the solution rather than simply arriving at the answer. His firm mathematical base and linguistic skills coupled with his friendly, easygoing demeanor help students relax and be at ease as they tackle the stress of school subjects and standardized tests.