Craig Bessermin ~ Serving ages 5 – 18
(831) 241-8478 ~ email@example.com
Serves, Port Hueneme, Carpinteria, and Montecito.
Craig has a well-rounded education and can help students develop their educational and emotional skills to increase knowledge, improve grades, and feel more confident about the decisions they make in life. He has received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics along with his Bachelor of Arts degree in French Culture and Literature. He has also received a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Policy and will graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychotherapy from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in March. Craig currently lives in Ojai and is not far from neighboring towns.
Specialties: Elementary Math, Social Skills, Pre-Algebra / Algebra, Organizational Skills, Emotional Functioning, Behavioral Counseling, Career Counseling, Foreign Language(s), Dream Work, Therapeutic Analysis, Family Systems, and Empathic Attunement.
Rates: $40 – $60/hour depending on travel distance.
Availability: Monday – Saturday mornings and afternoons.
Jennifer Brown ~ Serving ages 12+
805-297-5121 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer grew up in the education system at Ojai private schools and gained a different perspective on teaching. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree of arts in theater and became a writer, with three published novels and a fourth novel nearing completion. She believes that everyone can benefit from learning about the creative arts.
Specialties: Writing Skills.
Availability: Monday – Sunday afternoons.
Robert Costanza ~ Serving all ages
831-234-5217 ~ email@example.com
Serves Ojai, Ventura, Carpinteria, and Montecito.
Robert worked in the aerospace industry and uses his experience to teach science, physics, and engineering in interesting ways, such as helping students design solar boats, or robotic musical bands. At the same time, he teaches students how to work with others in a group environment to achieve a goal.
Specialties: Elementary Science, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Engineering, and Career Guidance.
Rates: $20 – $50/hour.
Availability: Saturday mornings and afternoons and Sunday mornings.
Jessica Donahue ~ Serving all ages
805-798-2751 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves Ojai and Ventura.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and several years of experience working in the biotech industry. She aspires to use her experience and education in science to positively impact the lives of students. She values individual learning styles and tailors her approach to meet the student’s needs in a way that is respectful and meaningful.
Specialities: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Availability: Monday – Friday mornings and afternoons.
Larry Johnson ~ Serving ages 6+
805-798-3890 ~ email@example.com
Serves Ojai and Ventura.
Larry has experience 25 years of experience in teaching, mostly in the areas of science and film at Oak Grove and Villanova, as well as experience in tutoring all academic subjects.
Specialities: Basic to High School Level Academic Skills, Science, Math, Film, Video Editing, Guitar, and Test Prep.
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday afternoons.
Dawn Knoeller ~ Serving ages 12+
805-746-5352 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves Ojai and Ventura.
Dawn has a bachelor’s degree of arts and a master’s degree in Mathematics and a minor degree in Economics. She taught for five years at Besant Hill School when it was still called Happy Valley School. She now tutors students individually to be able to identify and focus on their specific needs in regards to math.
Specialities: Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra.
Availability: Monday – Friday afternoons and Thursday – Friday mornings.
805-452-2812 ~ email@example.com
Serves Ojai, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Carpinteria, Montecito, and Santa Barbara.
Tom has many years of experience working with students at a variety of levels and ages, and all throughout this time he has tutored in math because he has loved math since he was in grade school. Every tutoring experience to him is a new and fresh challenge. He enjoys working one-on-one to provide the support for a student’s individual areas of concern.
Since 1968, Tom has worked with students when he taught at the Santa Barbara Free School and worked as Co-Director at the Community School in Santa Barbara. He later worked as a math consultant for the Open Alternative School at the Santa Barbara Unified School District while running an after school program and teaching photography at Anacapa High School. He then worked with students diagnosed with learning disorders at the Santa Barbara Educational Clinic. He also taught a photography class at the Santa Barbara Homeless Shelter, worked as an Assistant Director at the summer camp Camp Jolly Roger, and supervised the summer playground for the Carpinteria Recreation Department.
Specialties: Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.
Availability: Monday – Friday mornings, Monday – Thursday afternoons, Sunday afternoons.
Ted Powell ~ Serving all ages
805-500-5134 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves Ojai, Santa Paula, Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Carpinteria, Montecito, and Santa Barbara.
Ted believes in using songs, music, and caricatures to help with learning. He has varied experience in working with English learners, high school level math, fashion and design, and architecture.
Specialties: Basic to High School Level Academic Skills, Organizational Skills, Study Skills, College Counseling, Career Counseling, German, French, Architecture, and Engineering.
Availability: Monday – Sunday mornings and afternoons.
Shane Rilling ~ Serving ages 6+
805-451-6455 ~ email@example.com
Shane uses his education in nutrition, energy, and positive thinking, as well as a holistic approach to find a student’s learning style to help students of all ages. He has experience in working with students with dyslexia and students who have a lack of motivation, a fear of math, or a fear of tests.￼
Specialties: Basic to High School Level Academic Skills, Organizational Skills, Study Skills, Emotional Functioning, Behavioral Counseling, College Counseling, Career Counseling, Spanish, Life Coaching, and World Peace Perspectives.
Rates: $55 – $75/hour.
Availability: Monday – Friday mornings and afternoons.
Sydney Robertson ~ Serving All Ages
(951) 468-4091 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves Ojai, Santa Paula, Ventura, Carpinteria.
Working with high school students for over 25 years, I have taught, coached, tutored, and nurtured a wide variety of students from diverse backgrounds. I have worked at the Thacher School, Sage Hill School, and Idyllwild Arts Academy as well as working as a college counselor in China and France. My strengths are teaching writing, reading, note taking, and research skills, and helping students engage with the material, with an emphasis on teaching history and social studies.
Specialties: Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Writing Skills, Social Studies, History, Organizational Skills, Study Skills
Rates: $45 – $65/hour.
Availability: Monday – Friday and Saturday Morning or Sunday afternoons.
Johnathan Twena ~ Serving Late Elementary through High School
(949) 554-3988 ~ email@example.com
Johnathan grew up in Newport Beach, CA. He went to UC Santa Barbara and received a B.A. in Geography. He began tutoring math in High School and has always had a passion for teaching. He spent a lot of time traveling in his 20’s and working seasonally as an outdoor educator. He spent three years working as a math and science tutor in the Bay Area. He recently moved to Ojai to be closer to his family.
Specialities: Elementary Math, Social Skills, History, Pre-Algebra / Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Test Prep, Organizational Skills, Study Skills
Availability: Tuesday – Thursday (Mornings and Afternoons Only).
Hayley Shula ~ Serving Pre-K through College
(415) 351-8482 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves Ojai, Ventura, and Oxnard.
Hayley has been a private piano instructor for 10 years and enjoys teaching students of all ages. Other experience includes teaching music theory and performance at summer camps, leading after-school programs, and teaching music production and engineering to children. Her father being a high school English teacher and journalist, Hayley learned how to have a way with words at a young age. She specializes in tutoring in English and writing, spelling, typing, and other communication methods.
Specialties: Reading Fluency, Writing Skills, Grammar, Writing Mechanics, Social Skills, Organizational Skills, Study Skills, Emotional Functioning, Behavioral Counseling, Career Counseling.
Rates: $30 – $40/hour.
Availability: Monday – Sunday (Mornings Only).
Zitta Stubstad ~ Serving ages 6-14
805-640-1211 ~ email@example.com
Zitta grew up and attended college in Denmark, where she taught public school for five years. She found that she wanted another way to teach. When she moved to Ojai in 1978, she home-schooled her children and developed her own program for home-schooling her children and other children. She has now taught for 35 years and sees her past students become adults who show integrity, honesty, leadership, and self-confidence.
Specialties: Reading, Writing, Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, and Geometry.
Rates: $60/hour in groups.
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday mornings and afternoons.
Vivian Sudhalter ~ Serving ages 12+
805-640-9737 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Vivian is a semi-retired publishing professional who has used her experience to teach hundreds of young people how to write correctly and effectively. She encourages writing through interesting, tailored writing projects to engage and motivate.
Specialties: Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, Writing Mechanics, and Grammar.
Rates: $40/hour by email, $50/hour in home.
Availability: Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
410-409-1717 ~ email@example.com ~ website
Serves Ojai, Santa Paula, Ventura, and Oxnard.
Travis has an M. A. in English and an advanced TESOL certification. He teaches Film Studies at the Oak Grove School in Ojai. In the past, he has taught college writing courses, at the University of Oregon and Washington State University, and ESL courses to students of all ages. Travis specializes in Language Arts and has experience tutoring students at all levels.
This summer he is excited to work online with students through Skype.
Specialties: ESL; Reading; Writing; Literature; Film Studies; Social Studies.
Availability: Monday – Friday mornings and afternoons and Sunday mornings.
Laura Wells ~ Serving ages 5+
805-990-6697 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura has a BA degree in Anthropology, a TESOL certificate, a Japanese Language Proficiency Certificate and 20 years of experience in Tokyo, Japan as an EFL teacher and adjunct instructor in content-based university/junior college and high school courses. Laura’s other skills include editing, proofreading and translating for well-known educational publishing companies in Tokyo. She has many years of experience in the U.S. and abroad in teaching and tutoring subjects of ESL, World History, U.S. History, Literary Analysis, reading (critical thinking) and writing (essay formation) in addition to TOEFL, TOEIC and SAT test preparation. Over the years, her students have ranged in age from 5- 85 years. More recently, Laura has gained experience teaching elementary and high school classes at public and private schools in Ventura County. Laura is bicultural and experienced in teaching the language and culture of Japan to individuals of all ages seeking to further their understanding of that country’s rich culture. She is available for consultation prior to personal and/or professional ventures to Japan in order to maximize results and enrich one’s overall journey.
Specialties: Phonics, Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Writing Skills, Grammar, Writing Mechanics, Elementary Math, Social Studies, Social Skills, History, Statistics, Earth Science, Biology, Test Prep, Organizational Skills, Foreign Language(s).
Rates: $40 – $80/hour.
Availability: Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning, Friday morning, Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon.
Dan Willard ~ Serving ages 3-18
805-415-8478 ~ email@example.com
Dan has been playing music since he was a child. He has over 40 years of experience with music and has been teaching it since 1992 at Besant Hill, Thacher, and Ojai Valley School.
Specialities: Music (clarinet, sax, flute, trombone, piano, guitar, drums, and trumpet) and Spanish.
Availability: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings to afternoons.