Our Team

Meet our team!  Our tutors, music instructors, test prep instructors, specialists and writers come from diverse backgrounds, have a multitude of skills, and are experts in the areas they tutor or their instrument.   All of our instructors are full-time professionals and many of them are current teachers and hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree. They are required to go through an intense screening process that involves a current background check.  For the tutoring sessions, our instructors will either travel to your home or meet at a local library.  All music lessons do take place in the comfort of your own home.  Take a look at our amazing teachers…!


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Sarah Kochan

Founder and Lead Tutor

Bio: Working one-on-one with students has been a passion of mine for many years....

Claire Blakemore

Admin Assistant

Bio: I’m excited to be joining the iAchieve Learning team as an administrative assistant!...

Todd Ackland

Tutor, Music Instructor

Bio: Growing up, I took lessons in everything from roller skating and swimming to...

Kay Wolff


Bio: I live in Arlington Heights and have a middle schooler and an elementary...

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Ben Purcell


Bio: Hello! My name is Ben Purcell. I have more than 10 years of...

Alaina Knier


Bio: Hi! My name is Alaina Knier, and I recently graduated summa cum laude...

Brian Harding


Bio: Hello! My name is Brian Harding and I am very happy to help...

Rhea Verma


Bio: My name is Rhea Verma and I recently moved to Chicago from Southeast...

Michelle Shapiro


Bio: Hi!  My name is Michelle Shapiro, and I graduated from pharmacy school in...

Shruthi Aravindan

Bio: Hey! My name is Shruthi Aravindan, and I am so excited to be...

Molly Clinehens


Bio: I grew up in Texas and Northern California. After graduating from college, I...

Jonathan Whitcomb


Bio: I am an innovative, creative, intelligent person with great character and ethics.  I have...

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Ryan P.C. Trimble


Bio: The Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini is quoted as saying, “A different language is a different vision...

Rita Devine


Bio: Growing up in Nebraska, I loved school.  As a teacher for thirty plus...

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Zorin Daramjee


Bio: My name is Zorin Daramjee and teaching is my passion. I am very...

Mary Tuck


Bio: Inspiring young minds is one of the things I enjoy doing most! Technology...

Richard Adamek


Bio: I bring a long experience and a deep passion to my teaching/tutoring.  My...

Tracey Ovsey


Bio: My name is Tracey Ovsey and I am originally from St. Louis, MO. ...

Steven Walk


Bio: Hi, my name is Steve Walk and I am a physics tutor and...

Tommy Swanson

Tutor, Music Instructor

Bio: Hello! My name is Tommy Swanson. I am from sunny Orlando Florida and...

Noor Noush


Bio: My name is Noor Noush and I’m very excited to be a part...

Phil McDonough


Bio: Hello, my name is Phil McDonough, and I was born and raised in...

Dylin Coons


Bio: Hello Everyone, my name is Dylin and I am from the northwest suburbs....


Anna Seidman


Bio: Hi! I’m Anna Seidman. I lived in Evanston almost all of my life,...


Lynn Gilbertsen

Bio: I am a native Chicagoan, long-time classroom teacher, and mom of two young...


Carolyn Hanus


Bio: I am originally from Chicago and I currently tutor students in the Young...


Dennis Pavlik


Bio: I have obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the Illinois Institute...


Amla Singh


Bio: Amla Singh is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Substitute Teacher in Illinois....

Music Instructors

Todd Ackland

Tutor, Music Instructor

Bio: Growing up, I took lessons in everything from roller skating and swimming to...

Dave Uhrich

Music Instructor

Bio: Dave Uhrich was born in Chicago and began playing Guitar at 11 years...

Christopher Braig

Music Instructor

Bio: Christopher Braig is the first musician to win a New York Jazz Film...

Kyle Downs


Bio: My name is Kyle Downs and I am a guitarist, bassist and educator...

Mary Herman


Bio: Hi!  My name is Mary Herman. I would like to tell you about...

Johnny Alletto

Music Instructor

Bio: Johnny Alletto is an ASCAP published National Recording Artist, Singer Songwriter and Vocal...

Tommy Swanson

Tutor, Music Instructor

Bio: Hello! My name is Tommy Swanson. I am from sunny Orlando Florida and...



Dr. Kati Guada


My name is Kati Guada, and I am a doctor of clinical psychology. I...

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Peter Herman

College and Career Specialist

College and Career Specialist, iAchieve Learning. Since 1996, Peter has been assisting families with...



Ryan Crawley

Writer and Blogger

Ryan Crawley was born the middle child of eleven. While his parents were often...