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…!

Tutors

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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....

Todd Ackland

Tutor, Music Instructor

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

Kay Wolff

Tutor

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

Haley Escamilla

Haley Escamilla

Tutor

Bio: Hi there! I’m a (not-so-recent) graduate of Rice University, based in Houston, Texas....

Aidan Bassett

Tutor

Bio: My name is Aidan Bassett, I’m a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, and...

Rhea Verma

Tutor

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

Molly Clinehens

Tutor

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

Jonathan Whitcomb

Tutor

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

Rita Devine

Tutor

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

Emma Olsen-Dufour

Tutor

Bio: My name is Emma Olsen-Dufour and I’m thrilled to be joining the team...

Josh Kraus

Tutor

Bio: I grew up in Chicago and got the writing bug in high school...

Mary Tuck

Tutor

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

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Kevin Villagran

Tutor

Bio: Hi! My name is Kevin Villagran; I overall have 5 years of experience...

Richard Adamek

Tutor

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

Tracey Ovsey

Tutor

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

Steven Walk

Tutor

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

Tutor

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

Phil McDonough

Tutor

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

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Dina Greenberg

Tutor

Bio: Dina is a recent graduate of Indiana University and thrilled to be joining...

Dylin Coons

Tutor

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

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Anna Seidman

Tutor

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

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Ryan P.C. Trimble

Tutor

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

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Lynn Gilbertsen

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

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Carolyn Hanus

Tutor

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

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Dennis Pavlik

Tutor

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

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Amla Singh

Tutor

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

Bill Toomire

Tutor

Bio: My name is Bill Toomire and I am thrilled to be a member...

Music Instructors

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

Music

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

Mary Herman

Music

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...

Todd Ackland

Tutor, Music Instructor

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

Tommy Swanson

Tutor, Music Instructor

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

Specialists

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Dr. Kati Guada

Psychologist

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

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Noreen Haque-Colombe

Professional Development Instructor

I came to education through corporate America.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation...

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Peter Herman

College and Career Specialist

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

Bloggers

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Ryan Crawley

Writer and Blogger

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