“You really go to his school and meet with his teacher?” The father of a struggling high school student could hardly believe his ears. The director of the new tutoring and academic advancement center in Arden Park was offering to meet with the student’s teacher in order to collaborate on his success. This concerned parent was looking for some extra help from a tutor. He found a tutor for sure, but he also found a Founder and Director who was a passionate dedicated professional who was willing to go the extra mile for his son. Salli sees a key role for the Academy in leveraging every possible resource available to help a child succeed, starting with the parents and classroom teacher and extending to the efforts of the Academy staff and to study tools and technology. As a parent herself, Salli recognizes what a daunting challenge parents of school-age children sometimes face. She says her reward is hearing parents say “thanks for giving us back our family time.”
Dupé Aleru is the founder and CEO of Davi Creative, a creative agency that creates, produces and distributes digital content for speakers, business professionals and brands. From teacher to entrepreneur, Dupé forged her own professional path by transferring her teaching expertise and creative skills to becoming a motivational speaker and content creator. For 16 years she has educated, empowered and inspired people from all walks of life to embrace their most natural gifts and use them to help others. Dupé, a 5x published author, is recognized as one of the top powerhouse motivational influencers and a leading authority on curriculum development and video content creation.
Lee Chazen is a former high school social studies teacher and speech and debate coach. As a teacher, he and his students created a way to learn all of world history by playing a game called Global Challenge. From there, Lee completed a graduate degree in education , studying many of the reasons why games work so well. As someone who loves the summer camp experience, Lee was a Lead Debate instructor at a program offered through Stanford, UC Berkeley and Education Unlimited. Then in 2018, Lee had the opportunity to teach Scratch programming and outdoor activities for a STEAM Summer program in Chongqing, China. Lee is a former symphony musician (French Horn) who enjoys podcasting, hiking, running and disc golf. You can find samples of his activities and courses here.
Sheree is an Art Director / Graphic Designer / Portfolio Consultant / Educator with extensive experience in the industry. She has worked in the entertainment eld, in both music and lm, with studios such as Warner Bros. Film, Elektra Records, and Paramount Pictures as well as with independent entertainment companies such as Stan Winston Studio and Unfold Games. She also has considerable experience designing projects in the corporate world and for a wide variety of businesses large and small. Creative problem solving, concept design and color are some of her areas of expertise.
In addition to her professional work, Sheree is a Portfolio Consultant, using her years of experience as an
Art Director to work closely with students and aspiring artists to create professional quality portfolio work
for art college admission and professional opportunities. She has been a Guest Lecturer at UCLA, Pepperdine University, Pasadena City College, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) and Event Planners Association. Besides running her Graphic Design business and Portfolio Consulting, Sheree is also a Professor who teaches Graphic Design at several Colleges and Universities in Los Angeles. She feels that it is a complete joy to work with students who are aspiring artists and designers. Working together is a privilege and a constant source of inspiration.
Spencer currently works at Universal Studios Hollywood and is a huge theme park enthusiast, having been to all US Disney and Universal parks, multiple Six Flags and Busch Gardens parks, and many other theme parks across the country, though his next goal is to attend theme parks outside of the USA. He has over 50 roller coaster credits and a certificate in hospitality and tourism management. He is an actor and director and also a board-certified music therapist.
Wyatt is a writer and comedian based in Los Angeles. His sketch comedy group, The Shrimp Boys, has performed at festivals and showcases across the country, including the Onion Comedy Festival and the New York Comedy Festival in Brooklyn. He’s been featured on Adult Swim and is currently pitching television projects to various networks. In his free time, Wyatt edits videos, skateboards and searches for new pieces for his ceramic animal collection. Let’s make some laughs!
B.A. Applied Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley ‘16 M.S.
Applied Mathematics, California State University, Long Beach ‘19
Hello! My name is Mohammad, and I have a goal of helping students succeed academically by instilling them with the knowledge of mathematics and science. With the philosophy that mathematics is the language of science, I have worked with students from different academic backgrounds and students with learning differences to help them have a firm grasp of these subjects.
While working on a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, I have provided tutoring services to students in math and physics. Besides tutoring, I published a physics book in collaboration with another author during the senior year. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I taught upper-level math and physics at a private high school for about a year and then provided teaching and tutoring services as a graduate teaching assistant during the master’s program. Moreover, I have provided tutoring services in mathematics and physics at various learning centers to both middle school and high school students including students who took AP-level courses.
When not teaching or tutoring, I am watching documentaries and science fiction movies, and I use them as examples in my teaching methodology
Amina Kearney is a community collaborator and filmmaker. Amina has 3 years of experience teaching media production to youth at The Art Effect. A SUNY Purchase graduate holding degrees in both Media Arts and Screenwriting, Amina has a history of being active in her community, serving on Arts Mid-Hudson’s Folk Arts Advisory Board and facilitating various filmmaking groups in the Hudson Valley, NY. Since moving to LA in 2019, Amina has become an associate producer for Essence, a feature film, and other film related projects. She is passionate about poverty alleviation, childhood education, animals, social injustice, and protecting the arts.
The Academy Learning Center's “Discovering the World Around Us” and "Fitness is Fun" camp is lead by our diverse instructor Bailey Stafko-Cox. Bailey is an alumna from UC Davis with a degree in Psychology, emphasis on Childhood Learning/Behavior. She has worked with students of all ages, skill levels, and academic goals. She has training for special needs learners and children on the spectrum. In addition, she has studied French and Dance extensively. 6 years of French, 10 years of ballet, tap, and jazz dance, and 14 years of partner dance experience have left her with an extensive knowledge of both disciplines. She knows the French culture. She how the body works and safe ways to stretch, warm up, exercise, and cool off. And she know how to properly take care of the body and mind. She has also been studying martial arts, which contributes to her style of bi-weekly conditioning stations/circuits. Learning is an important priority for this instructor and she strives to bring a deeper sense of awareness and overall health and wellness to all her students
Christian has been journaling for over 15 years. He started journaling as a way to express and work through his difficult emotions when he started his recovery from compulsive overeating. Over the years journaling has helped him to recognize and walk through how he plays a part in the actions that caused these difficult emotions. In recent years journaling has been a great help to review his part in his interpersonal relationships and to be able to sit back and review where he was 15 years ago and how far he has positively progressed today. Christian believes all students of all ages can benefit from an additional emotional outlet that is safe and a creation of their own making, particularly with the added stresses of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Christian comes to Academy Learners Centers as a postgraduate of The Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, with his Master’s Degree of Arts in Teaching.
Dr. Roy teaches:
Hello young Scientists! I am Doctor Ishita Roy. I am your Instructor for the science camp. I love everything about science and their cool facts. I am passionate about using simple home items and test research the daily science in our lives. Our everyday life includes Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Ecology and all forms of Physical science. I am going to do various experiments at home with you all and have lots of fun. Thank you!
Charisse has entertained our troops in the Middle East, and elsewhere. Her TV Credits include: "She's So Funny" Women's Television Network (Canada); “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX; “The Millionaire Matchmaker” (comic relief) on BRAVO,; To Tell the Truth, ABC; plus a development deal for a series on The WB. She has worked the Ice House, Laff Factory, The Improv, etc., and was a regular at The Comedy Store. Roadwork both as a feature and headliner. Radio work includes “The Five O'Clock Funnies” on KLOS and “The Rick Dees Show” on KISS FM. Was voted Best of the Fest at the Burbank Comedy festival. She can think on her feet (no real reason for her to think when she's on her back). Oh, and can speak and write backwards sdrawkcab etirw dna kaeps.
Hi, my name is Marsha Rogers and I love everything technology! I remember growing up and fixing computers for the first time with my dad in the garage and carrying that passion on when I joined the US Army as a Computer Repair Specialist. After obtaining a master’s degree in 2014, I discovered my next passion – teaching! I’ve spent the last 5 years helping others of all ages learn and embrace everyday technology. I look forward to working with you as a partner in your child’s growth and development.
“I love what I do. I love working with fashion without limits.”
Tiffani Sutton is a 14yr fashion veteran. Tiffani is the CEO of L.A. Unlimited and Associates, an independent manufacturer’s representation agency headquartered in Malibu, California. Miss Sutton has worked with various fashion brands such as Seven For All Mankind, Guess?, BCBG, and Badgley Mischka, including celebrities Miley Cyrus, Rhianna, Sofia Vergera and Kate Hudson. Working with emerging designers, Tiffani Sutton has landed accounts with Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Fred Segal, Planet Blue, Revolve and hundreds of other prominent retailers globally.
I have worked extensively in the field of beauty, health & wellness, self development and education for over 32 years. Building the image that works with the individual not against them through makeup artistry, skin care, consulting, training, and teaching, which has led me to work in all areas relating to the beauty and self development industries .
I also have decades of experience in film, TV, print, runway, theatre, pageants, cosmetics, as well as, director, instructor, teacher, counselor, curriculum development and writer, marketing, and outreach program development for several modeling, acting and self-development based schools throughout the country.
Working for Barbizon was a true blessing. Over 18 years as the local” Education Director” and “Director of Operations” nationally and in Hawaii, I was blessed to help develop talent. Supporting the dreams of our youth is a great passion of mine! Watching a person’s growth and being allowed to nurture and assist them in their growth has been pure joy!
I hold a degree in Child Development which has made me truly value the growth and development of each individual through the medium of performing arts in education. As well as, I hold a beauty operator’s license in two states, Hawaii and California.
I truly believe that a strong self – esteem is the foundation for all success in life. This type of education is a vital part of all learning systems. When raising my own two, now adult children, I did witness this at home as well as within their schools.
I have been honored to work with thousands of children and teens throughout the years nurturing their self – growth through the arts.
My passion in life has always been about helping to turn dreams into a reality through team work and using supportive ideas, whether it’s in the field of beauty, the performing arts, or through the educational system.
The gifts I have received back have always outweighed what I have given.
Spencer is an actor director with an MFA in Film Production. He is an improv graduate of ComedySportz LA, Second City Hollywood, and iO West and a graduate of the musical improv program at Second City and UCB and has taken improv and character classes at UCB as well as stand-up at Second City and musical improv at Second City and iO West. He is currently a member of the family-friendly improv show The Really Awesome Improv Show at second City Hollywood -- and sometimes, he thinks he's funny.
An experienced writer, former newspaper critic and columnist, Daphne O'Neal has more than two years of classroom experience. A Harvard graduate, she is eager to share her expertise with the motivated students of Academy Learning.
I am currently a special education teacher in a learning center. I have over ten years of experience working with students with special needs one on one and in small groups. I currently hold a special education and general education credential, have my Master’s in special education, as well as a Language and Academic Development authorization. My speciality is helping students with special needs learn to read, understand what they are reading, and write about their thoughts and feelings.