Our Tutors

campbellfamilyAcademic Learning Labs is proud to be a family owned and operated business. Andrina Campbell is the Director of Academic Learning Labs and can be found in the center, or by phone, most days. Originally from Indiana, Andrina earned her Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies from Indiana University. The next year she earned her Masters of Arts in Historical Theology and went onto 10 years of non-profit advocacy for people with developmental disabilities.

In addition to her career in non-profit, Andrina taught introduction to Western Religion at community colleges in Florida andMinnesota. As for the last ten years, Andrina has focused her time and energy on her three young children, Eva, Machara and Michael. She can be found at Academic Learning Labs Mondays through Thursdays into the evening but tries to enjoy the weekends with her three favorite little people.

The most important factor in your child’s learning experience is the quality of the tutors we offer. While we strive to provide the most comprehensive learning tools available anywhere, we recognize these are valuable only in the hands of skilled, caring tutors. At Academic Learning Labs, we’re confident our tutors are the best you can find. Please take a moment to meet this amazing group of educators.

Assistant Director

Bobby Tachine

Bobby holds a BS in Social Studies(World History) and a Master of Arts in Teaching and has his Teaching Credential in Social Studies and English! He obtained his degrees from Pacific Union College and brings a variety of subjects to our organization including economics, world history, US history, government, and essay writing. Bobby can also tutor pre-algebra and algebra 1. He enjoys spending his free time doing martial arts, playing soccer, watching movies, and participating in trivia competitions.
“If I can show a student that what they are learning will help them in their lives, beyond getting into college, then I think maybe I made a difference”

 

Tutors

David Fick

David is a credentialed chemistry teacher with a Masters in Chemistry from UC Irvine. He started his career as a pharmaceutical research chemist and has over 20 patents in his name. He is an entrepreneur and has started multiple research companies. While building his companies, he started teaching and tutoring part time for Princeton Review. He quickly found he has a real love for teaching which he now pursues full time.

He also tutors other topics like science, math, and algebra II. When people ask David what it is that drew him to chemistry, he says “That is what comes easy to me.” David enjoys spending his spare time with his family, and finds a good game of golf to be very relaxing. On his work with Academic Learning Labs, he tells us, “I look forward to making a difference in young people’s lives.”

Claire Vernant Dias

Claire is our language expert! Subjects she tutors include all levels of French, Spanish 1-4, German 1-2, Latin 1-2, and AP Euro History. She holds a Master in French Administrative Laws and a Bachelor in French as a Foreign Language. The latter enables her to use her expertise to teach French to students learning it as a second or third language. Some of Claire’s hobbies include hiking, traveling, reading, and playing board games with family and friends. She loves to see her students’ progress and improved grades as well as the added confidence in speaking language. She enjoys using resources such as charts, flashcards, and other materials to help students memorize vocabulary. She is an enthusiastic and outgoing individual with a unique and personalized style of teaching.

Yoana Silva

Yoana’s diverse set of subjects make her a frequently requested tutor students enjoy learning with. She tutors all levels of Spanish, Biology, Algebra 1 and 2, Reading/Writing (K-8), and Study Skills. Yoana graduated from California Baptist University with a major in Biology and Pre-Med. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science. She enjoys hiking, watching movies, and traveling and is very involved with family and church activities. Her favorite thing about tutoring is building relationships with her students and watching them improve academically.
“It’s great seeing their confidence and potential increase through the course of the year! I really enjoy working with my students! It’s important for me to get to know who they are as a tutor and am willing to put the effort it takes to help them improve.”

Bill Zuersher

Region capture 8Bill Zuersher studied economics and government at Yale.  He had a fast-paced and successful career in the energy industry in the U.S., Western Europe, and Russia before turning his attention to teaching.  He received his California teaching credential but prefers working with students in small groups or one-to-one.  In economics and finance, math is a useful tool, but Bill likes to teach math because, “It’s beautiful.”  Bill also tutors SAT/ACT test prep and confesses that he “was rather fond of the old SAT.”  In his spare time Bill enjoys studying and discussing philosophy and religion, especially the historical development of Christianity.  Rumors abound that he is working on a comedy film script.

Larry Wilbur, PhD.

Region capture 9Larry Wilbur a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor and PHD in Mechanical Engineering, along with a minor in mathematics. He is well versed in mathematics, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering as well as an expert in designing and developing mathematical models for difficult engineering problems.
Dr. Larry’s favorite pastimes are classical music, old cars, sports, card games and exploring the great outdoors.
“I consider tutoring a privilege. It gives me a chance to help nice young people learn and grow in a meaningful way. My approach to tutoring is to express understanding, kindness, and patience, while maintaining firmness and discipline.”

Sogol Pahlevan

Sogol graduated from University of California, Irvine and received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.
“I have always been so fascinated by science and from a young age enjoyed teaching other students. My focus of specialty is Biology and I tutored many college students in such courses as Genetics, Microbiology, Evolution, Biochemistry, and Anatomy. In college I became interested in medical research and worked as a research assistant in the Nephrology department of the UC Irvine School of Medicine. I hope to pass on my knowledge to other students that may be interested in perusing a career in the fields of math and science.”
Some of Sogol’s hobbies include going on hikes, singing, and making delicious fruit smoothie bowls at home.
“I enjoy having a healthy life style that involves daily exercise, eating healthy foods, and challenging myself intellectually each and every day to learn something new”.

Linda Dillon

LindaLinda is an experienced and dedicated teacher of English Grammar, Comparative Literature, and Writing. She has a special affinity for high school and college students.  She enjoys helping them accomplish their academic goals and objectives.

Linda grew up as an avid reader from an early age. Her weekly passion was going to the library every Saturday to check out 4 books to read during the week. She excelled in her academic studies throughout graduate school at Concordia University. Her love of reading, writing and learning is contagious.

Linda enjoys world travel and learning about each country’s geographical wonders. She studies it’s history as reflected in art, architecture, food and culture. She has visited 16 countries and is planning to continue traveling as the opportunities arise. These experiences have provided her with a broad perspective of people and enhanced her communication ability with all cultures.

Linda is an inspired teacher, who, in turn, inspires.

Babak Ganjeh

2016-04-14 09.29.22Babak Ganjeh recently graduated with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.  During his graduate studies, he also worked as a teaching assistant and lecturer for various undergraduate courses. His professional experience as an engineer provided him with a broad view in assisting students with better understanding of mathematical and physical principles and their practicality in the real world. He has been teaching different college preparatory mathematics and physics subjects for the past four years. Babak’s greatest satisfaction as a tutor is helping students form a deep understanding of mathematical and physical concepts which are the cornerstone of their academic success.

Donny Segien

tutordonnyDonny holds an associate’s degree in chemistry and he is completing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. His passion for science began in his school’s laboratory, but his knack for teaching started at home. “My older sisters both struggled understanding what their math teacher taught them, so I’d try to help by explaining the material in a different way.”

Donny understands that each and every student has a unique learning style and adapts his tutoring tactics to accommodate all types of learners. The subjects he tutors include chemistry, mathematics (pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus), and physics. When not studying or working, Donny’s hobbies include playing music (piano/guitar/singing) as well as mountain biking and ocean snorkeling.

Karan Sahni

My name is Karan Sahni and I was born and raised in Newport Beach, California as the youngest of three brothers. I studied Biology at the University of Michigan where I received my bachelors in science degree. I have also recently received my Master’s degree in Physiology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I have a passion for science, medicine and healthcare, and I am pursuing a career in dentistry. I have enjoyed my past experiences as both a group leader and teaching assistant for my undergraduate and graduate study groups. There is just a certain sense of satisfaction when I can help convey a difficult/challenging concept or lesson, whether it be chemistry or algebra, and seeing students have that “lightbulb” moment where it all begins to sink it and they actually enjoy the learning process. I enjoy exercising and playing sports such as tennis and basketball. I love traveling and have been to 8 different countries, and of course I enjoy spending time with family and friends!

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